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Jeep Wrangler Review | CarMax

When you see a Jeep, what pops into your mind? Carefree. Fun. Good times. The very first Jeep was created nearly 75 years ago and it has been going strong ever since. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is the second year of the fourth generation of this vehicle and it continues the trend of off- and on-road excellence.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Jeep Wrangler review:

Key Specs & Features

  • Plenty of technology features can be found in the 2019 Jeep Wrangler: Standard options on all of the 2019 Wrangler trims include Uconnect® with a seven-inch touchscreen, AM/FM radio, available SiriusXM® with one year of service, Apple Carplay® and Android Auto™, Bluetooth®, voice command, and hands-free calling.
  • Want better audio? The available Alpine® premium audio system includes a 552-watt 12-channel amplifier, nine speakers, and a rear subwoofer. Even better, opt for premium audio and you also get active noise cancellation and acoustic laminated windshield glass to offset road noise.
  • If you like to run your Wrangler through the dirt, the 2019 models are designed for you. A wash-out interior allows you to quickly and easily rinse away the effects of your muddy adventures. The Wrangler includes removable carpet and new one-way floor drain valves, making it a snap to keep your Wrangler cleaner—at least, until the next adventure.

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5 Reasons to Buy

1. Open-air freedom

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Every Jeep Wrangler offers the option to remove the doors and fold down the windshield for that full Jeep feeling. It's an SUV, a truck, a convertible, and then some. Air conditioning is optional on the two-door Sport and in some climates, that may fit your needs perfectly. The doors-off configuration is the closest experience you'll get to a motorcycle in terms of feeling the open air all around you. With a Wrangler, you also get the benefit of a steel cage surrounding your body.

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2. Off-road performance

Jeep drivers will appreciate the rugged ride of this unique vehicle; you'll rest assured that it can tackle tough roads. With standard features like special off-road tires and a steel front bumper, the 2019 Rubicon trim for example, can handle a wide range of terrains. And every Wrangler is designed to get dirty and wash off quickly, with weather-ready materials.

3. An array of options

The Jeep Wrangler now offers more options to suit your needs than ever before. Mopar® and Jeep joined forces to create an array of factory-engineered products designed to enhance the off-road performance of 2019 4WD Jeep-Brand vehicles. Need heavy-duty axles? LED lights, winches, and even a Corning Gorilla-Glass windshield are all available options to make your Jeep Wrangler your own. You can also choose from more than ten exterior paint colors.

4. Simple, streamlined controls

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The Jeep Wrangler has an interior replete with a brand-new touchscreen design as of the 2018 model. It also includes buttons and knobs that are intuitive and easy to use, which means you can quickly access the commands you need. All of the buttons, knobs, and toggles are as tough as the Jeep itself.

5. Manual transmission is standard

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler bucks the automatic trend and comes with a manual transmission as its first choice. If you're a Jeep owner and ride your vehicle off-road to take advantage of the way it was designed, you'll want to have the ability to shift gears as desired. Paired with the updated 290-hp 3.6L V6 engine, which is the same in every Wrangler trim, you will have all the control you need for the best driving experience in your Jeep. Add to that 260 lb.-ft. of torque across the board and you'll be pleased with the get-up-and-go the Wrangler offers even on rough paths.

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2019 Jeep Wrangler Trim Configurations

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is available in two-door and four-door versions. The two-door model is available in Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon trims; the four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara, Moab, and Rubicon trims. You may choose between a hardtop or soft-top convertible in any of the trims, for both the two- and four-door models.

Every 2019 Jeep Wrangler is standard with a 3.6L V6 engine generating 285 hp alongside a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is an optional feature. If you have your eye on a hybrid, look for the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder option on any of the trims, which creates 270 hp and matching 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The hybrid includes Jeep's exclusive eTorque technology, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Sport (two- and four-door versions)

Standard equipment includes:

  • 17-inch steel wheels and a full-size spare tire
  • Skid plates and tow hooks
  • Removable doors and a fold-down windshield
  • A height-adjustable driver seat with two-way lumbar adjustment
  • Five-inch Uconnect touchscreen display and Bluetooth
  • Eight-speaker sound system, USB port, and auxiliary audio jack

Sport S (two- and four-door versions)

All of the features of the Sport trim, plus:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Remote locking and unlocking
  • Power windows and locks
  • Car alarm

Sahara (four-door version only)

All of the features of the Sport S trim, plus:

  • Upgraded brakes
  • Painted exterior body panels and trim
  • Automatic climate control
  • Upgraded version of Uconnect with a seven-inch touchscreen and additional USB port

Moab (four-door version only)

All of the features of the Sahara, plus:

  • Mud-terrain tires and unique black wheels
  • LED exterior lighting (headlights, fog lights, and taillights)
  • Full-time 4WD
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Blind-spot monitoring

Rubicon (two- and four-door versions)

It gets the basic Sport equipment plus special features geared toward off-roading capability:

  • Special off-road tires on 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Steel front bumper
  • Heavy-duty front and rear axles
  • Electronic front and rear lockable differentials
  • Electronically disconnecting front roll bar

Interior

  • Black with cloth low-back bucket seats
  • Heritage tan/black with cloth low-back bucket seats
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Exterior colors

  • Bikini Pearlcoat
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Hellayella Clearcoat
  • Mojito! Clearcoat
  • Ocean Blue Metallic Clearcoat
  • Punkn Metallic Clearcoat
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat

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Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota's robust SUV line started with the now-iconic Land Cruiser over 60 years ago. The Land Cruiser has a reputation for tackling rocky and rough terrain, with components worthy of an off-road adventure. The 2019 Land Cruiser comes standard with a powerful 4WD 5.7L V8 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission; this vehicle is ready for a trip carrying a maximum of eight passengers plus their gear.

Jeep Compass

This compact SUV was one of the first crossovers produced by Jeep in 2006. The second-generation Compass kicked off in 2016 and shares a modified platform with the Jeep Renegade, a subcompact SUV. With seating for five passengers, there is plenty of room to get where you're going, comfortably and capably. And if you want to up the off-road quotient, the 2019 Trailhawk trim should be at the top of your list, including a raised suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, and unique red tow hooks.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Now in its fourth generation (starting in 2011), the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a perennial favorite, seating five. The engine options in 2019 range from the base 295-hp 3.6L V6 to the blazing-fast 6.2L V8 on the Trackhawk, which will take your breath away. The Jeep Selec-Terrain® system—including Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock modes—was first launched with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and gives this meaty SUV as much toughness as you need.

The Bottom Line

Owning a Jeep Wrangler will give you access to a world of exciting new adventures. Whether you choose a soft-top or hardtop the Jeep Wrangler is equipped to keep you loving your time behind the wheel.

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