2019 Motor Trend SUV of the Year: JEEP WRANGLER
“A soul-stirring affirmation of automotive freedom, a surprisingly groundbreaking vehicle that shouldn’t work in the 21st century as effectively as it does. The new Jeep Wrangler is what crossovers want to be when they grow up.”
~ Motor Trend
That was the official statement given by Motor Trend as they announced that this year the Jeep Wrangler is the best SUV of 2019. Every year Motor Trend likes to gather and test vehicles released throughout the year prior till in 3 categories, to decide which one comes out on top. In the SUV category, the Jeep Wrangler beat out its 24 competitors and approximately 34 variants.
The Jeep stays true to the SUV design, by keeping its classic overall appearance while adjusting the small stuff to stay current and modern. With many standard classic pieces and optional additional packages, the Jeep Wrangler allows the driver to customize their Wrangler in numerous ways.
Its vintage World War II look is one of the best advertisements for the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The styling alone projects an image of toughness and resilience that incorporates elements of both its military heritage and its historic off-road chops. For the most recent redesign, most of these traditional elements remain in place, but with a few modern twists. The fender turn signals now hide LEDs inside, for example, while the rear spare tire holder is also home to the car’s rearview camera.
There is no car out on the market right now that is as focused on providing an excellent off-roading experience as the Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited comes with everything you need to conquer the great outdoors, from high approach and departure angles and excellent ground clearance to a low range mode and dynamic suspension.
There are not many cars out there that come equipped with all-wheel drive on all models, but the Jeep Wrangler is one of them. Drivers who find themselves frequently driving on rural roads or through heavy snow or rain will appreciate the excellent traction that the Wrangler provides, and many of the features that make it a great off-roader also give it a little extra safety margin in such conditions as well.
At the heart of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sits the same engine that has proven so popular in the previous Wrangler models – a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. It has been slightly updated this year for better efficiency, but it is expected to hit the same 285 horsepower benchmark as last year’s model. Combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this engine should provide the Wrangler with even better performance than before.
A long-standing weakness of the Wrangler line has been its reliance on a single engine option. While the V-6 engine is a strong and popular one, drivers have been asking for alternatives for years and now the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has finally answered their calls. Among this year’s engine options is the Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It looks to produce around 240 to 280 horsepower, making it an excellent alternative to the traditional V-6.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers one of the most versatile options when it comes to opening the cabin to fresh air. It features the three traditional Wrangler options of a soft top, a removable hard-top and a modular Freedom Top that allows you to remove individual panels for the best convertible experience. A powered sliding hardtop also joins the lineup to provide you with even more open-air options for your Wrangler.
The Jeep Wrangler has often been derided as one of the most conservative vehicles in the Jeep lineup, but the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited brings plenty of much-needed modern updates to the car, from LED lighting to modern infotainment. There are touchscreens and an updated driver information view, as well as full smartphone integration. Drivers who passed on the Wrangler before due to a lack of tech options now have the opportunity to reconsider.
Despite its rough-and-tumble image, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also has a fairly deal and customizable list of options that match the more traditional mid-size SUVs when it comes to comfort. Those include features like heated seats, premium Alpine audio and advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring or rear cross traffic alerts. The many packages and options make it easy to design the Wrangler that has the exact features you want in a car.
In part because of its ruggedness and reliability, and in part because of the large demand for used Wranglers, this SUV has excellent resale value on the secondary market. Both Kelley Blue Book and its Canadian Counterpart Canadian Black Book have named the Wrangler as the best in class vehicle for retaining value multiple time. As such, your cost of ownership will not take as much of a hit from depreciation when you buy a new Wrangler.
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