SMB Auto Transport receives requests for car shipping quotes frequently to haul the Jeep Wrangler across the U.S. and overseas. Most requests are from individuals who buy the Wrangler from a dealer or person living many states away. The Jeep Wrangler, produced by a division of Chrysler, has been around since 1987. The name “Jeep” originated from the acronym “GP”, Government Purposes. It gained such popularity, that the modified Humvee version became available to the public in 1944 as the CJ-1 model. It is a modification of the HMMWV (High-Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle) or Humvee. The Jeep Wrangler has undergone many improvements to become one of the most popular off-road model on the road today. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler ranks 19 out of 23 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on analysis of published reviews of the Jeep Wrangler, as well as reliability and safety data. Reviewers say the 2014 Jeep Wrangler is one of the best off-road SUVs available, it’s no wonder why car shipping companies get so many online quote requests to ship this vehicle from coast to coast each day.
The Jeep Wrangler comes with a V6 engine that reviewers say provides adequate power in most situations. A six-speed manual transmission that is praised for its light clutch and precise shifter is standard. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 17/21 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to other off-road SUVs’ fuel economy. According to reviewers, the Wrangler excels as an off-road vehicle.
Both the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited come standard with a soft top. For a bit more quiet, a removable hardtop is optional on both models. Test drivers say the Wrangler's cabin is awash in high-quality materials. Reviewers appreciate the Wrangler's simple and straightforward audio and climate controls. Standard features are limited, and include a six-speaker stereo. Optional features include power windows, door locks and mirrors, a removable hardtop, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, navigation, satellite radio, Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, an Alpine stereo system and automatic climate control.
You can’t help but notice a Jeep passing you on the highway, whether via a car shipping carrier or just cruising alone. There are many variations of the Jeep Wrangler to admire. The Sport comes sparsely equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, front and rear tow hooks, foglamps, a removable black soft top, crank windows, manual locks and mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, CD player and steering wheel controls. The Unlimited Sport gets four doors, a bigger gas tank, more backseat and trunk space, air-conditioning and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. The Power Convenience Group adds heated power mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power locks and windows and keyless entry. Air-conditioning (for the two-door), satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels are also optional.
The Sahara adds the above options plus 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension, under-hood insulation, side steps, automatic headlamps, body-colored fender flares, power windows and a six-speaker Alpine sound system.
The Rubicon is not the most abundantly equipped trim level; instead it boasts the most robust off-road credentials. On top of the base Sport equipment, the Rubicon adds special 17-inch wheels, 32-inch tires, heavy-duty axles and transfer case, electronic front and rear locking differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio. The previously mentioned Power Convenience Group (heated power mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power locks and windows and keyless entry) is an optional extra on the two-door Rubicon, but it is standard on the Rubicon Unlimited.
The Connectivity Group is available across all trims and adds Bluetooth, a USB/iPod interface, an upgraded trip computer and a tire pressure monitoring display, as well as a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob on the Sport and Sport Unlimited.
Also optional on all trims is a multi-piece removable hardtop with a rear defroster and wiper; you can buy it in addition to, or instead of, the standard soft top. The default color on the hardtop is black, but you can also get it in body color on the Sahara and Rubicon. Jeep also offers a premium version of the soft top made of nicer material; it's available on all trims.
Optional on the Sport and Sahara is a limited-slip rear differential, while the Sport and Rubicon can be equipped with half doors that include plastic side windows. The Sahara and Rubicon can be equipped with leather upholstery and heated front seats, automatic climate control and a navigation system that includes a touchscreen interface, digital music storage and real-time traffic.
All Jeep Wranglers come with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is also standard and includes high- and low-range transfer case gears. A six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is standard, while a five-speed automatic is optional. This engine is quite the revelation for the Wrangler, as it provides quick acceleration and decent fuel economy.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler standard 3.6-liter V6 produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is also standard and includes high- and low-range transfer case gears, though the Rubicon features an upgraded transfer case with extra-low gearing. A six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is standard, while a five-speed automatic with both hill-start assist and hill-descent control is optional. When properly equipped, the Wrangler Unlimited has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, while the two-door Wrangler tops out at 2,000 pounds.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front airbags and hill start assist. Front side airbags are optional. In Edmunds brake testing, both two- and four-door Wranglers came to a stop from 60 mph in about 140 feet.
Though Jeep has refined and civilized the Wrangler over the years, there's no hiding the fact that the Wrangler's interior prioritizes function over comfort. Lean and durable, the cabin can be cleaned easily after a day spent in the dirt and dust. Despite the abundance of hard plastic surfaces, it's fairly attractive, with rounded lines that give it a fluid, organic look.
With the two-door, you'll find a backseat that seats just two passengers. Leg- and foot room in back are also pretty limited. If that isn't sufficient, the Unlimited offers room for three and its extra set of doors provides easier access. There's not much cargo room behind the two-door Wrangler's backseat (just 12.8 cubic feet), but the four-door Unlimited offers a more useful 31.5 cubic feet. The four-door also offers a respectable 70.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded, compared to only 55.8 in the two-door.
The Wrangler remains the go-to choice among hard-core off-roaders thanks to its compact dimensions, high ground clearance, steep approach and departure angles and a no-nonsense four-wheel-drive system with an aggressive low-range function. Even the most basic Wrangler can venture places very few mass-market vehicles can. The Rubicon furthers those capabilities with extra features such as a special transfer case, knobbier tires and electronic locking differentials.