The Wrangler and its 4-door sibling, the Wrangler Unlimited, come in four trim levels for 2013, all with a 3.6L V6 engine. The engine makes 202 hp at 5200 rpm and 237 lb-ft of torque. All Wrangler models have a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, while a 5-speed automatic is optional.
All Wrangler models also come with electronic stability control, a full-size spare tire and shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive; the Sahara and Rubicon models add traction control. All models also share new Dana solid front axles and heavy-duty rear axles, ensuring that the Wrangler will keep moving over obstacles that would stop other off-roaders.
Every 2013 Wrangler's interior features cloth-wrapped bucket seats with driver height-adjustment, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, temperature and compass gauge, cruise control and an anti-theft engine immobilizer.
The Sahara trim receives heated power mirrors, power windows and remote keyless entry. The suspension is a heavy-duty type and the wheels are 18-inch aluminum. A standard 3-piece hard top is also included that comes with a rear wiper, defroster and tinted windows.
The Arctic Wrangler gets performance suspension, 17-inch semi-gloss aluminum wheels, a 3-piece body-colored hard top, fender flares, side steps, deep-tinted windows and a chrome and leather-wrapped shift knob.
The Rubicon is the Wrangler's factory off-road model. Mechanically, the Rubicon is fitted with Tru-Lok front and rear axles, Dana heavy-duty axles, an electronic sway bar disconnect and 4:1 Rock-Trac 4-wheel drive system. Inside and out, the Rubicon is fairly subdued, and the interior is intended to be more functional than luxurious, with cloth seat trim and a basic AM/FM/CD stereo.
The options list however, is broad enough to configure Wranglers any way the buyer wants, ranging from a 30GB media center stereo that includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation and a USB port, Katzkin 2-tone leather seats, remote start and a trailering upgrade package.
The Jeep Wrangler is already one of the most capable vehicles you can buy today. From rocky cliffs to desert wastelands and everywhere in between, there aren't many places this 4x4 can't take you.
Building on this legendary capability, Jeep is at long last offering a diesel engine in the a 3.0-liter V6 that, not surprisingly, provides a seemingly endless tsunami of torque, which further enhances this machine's mountain goat-like climbing talents.
That oil-burner joins a pair of respectable gasoline powerplants available in the Unlimited Rubicon model, including a 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and a 2.0-liter turbo-four cranking out 270 hp. Wrangler Sahara models can be fitted with versions of those gasoline engines augmented by FCA's eTorque mild-hybrid system, which slightly boosts efficiency and performance.
The Good ~ Go-anywhere off-road capability ~ Impressive refinement ~ Rugged good looks ~ Solid structure
The Bad ~ Fuel efficiency could be better ~ The diesel upcharge ~ Interior comfort
The Bottom Line Jeep's diesel-powered Wrangler is the ultimate off-roader, too bad you pay through the nose for this unmatched capability.
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