Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler

After 75 years, the Jeep was never worthier of its 'American icon' status

Top Reasons for Buying an Jeep Wrangler | CarMax

October 2016

The Jeep Wrangler page is the second most visited page on carmax.com, and has been for quite some time now. Why? Because a Jeep offers so much history, so much utility, and so much fun to those who own one. Who doesn’t love the all-American Jeep?

The original Jeeps were tough, go-anywhere vehicles built to move troops and equipment for the U.S. military. They came with no frills, besides four-wheel drive, and lots of scrappy attitude. After 75 years, they’re still around — with lots more options. 

Here are 10 reasons CarMax customers choose a used Jeep Wrangler.

1. Pick two doors or four doors. Both versions are wildly popular; the four-door Wrangler Unlimited has, yup, two more doors, giving it more storage capacity and more room for families. 

2. Features. Lots of them. Four-wheel drive. Navigation system. Power windows and locks. Leather seats or cloth. Automatic or manual transmission. ABS brakes. 

3. Air conditioning. When the air outside is hot and thick as molasses, it’s nice to be able to button up and crank the air.

4. Fascinating history. Jeeps were the original SUVs. They’ve literally been driven around the world. Those vertical slots in the grille can be found on every Jeep made since 1941.

5. Nostalgia. Jeeps are cultural touchstones. The Greatest Generation drove the first models. Baby boomers bounced along with Hawkeye Pierce in his olive drab Willys. Generation Xers dug Daisy Duke’s white CJ7. And millennials wondered how Loralei Gilmore never got tickets for speeding or drinking (too much coffee) in her 2000 Wrangler in Gilmore Girls. 

6. The doors come off. It’s the only vehicle you can buy whose doors are designed to be removed. For that extra-outdoorsy, wind-in-your-leg-hair feeling.

7. The ride. Yes, the ride is comfy by today’s standards. The Jeeps of old were bumpy and uncomfortable over long distances. Since the late 1990s, however, they’ve ridden on independent coil suspension. This means smoother rides on pavement and more capable off-road handling.

8. Top on, or top off. Warm, sunny day? Remove the top. The soft top comes off easily, and even the hard top lifts off after loosening a handful of bolts.

9. It’s got drain holes. They’re under the carpets and covered with plugs. When water gets in after you’ve sloshed through whatever, just pull the plugs to let it all drain out.

10. The Rubicon option. The Wrangler Rubicon is for drivers who want the most off-road-ready Jeep they can find that’s right off the lot. Sure, owners tweak their Jeeps with all kinds of options; but with heavy-duty axles and gearing and extra ground clearance, the Rubicon is the closest thing you can find to a straight-from-the-factory rock crawler.

Conclusion

Is the Jeep for everyone? Decidedly, no. Jeeps are made for adventurers, who’ll be hard-pressed to find this mix of on- and off-road performance in any other vehicle. At CarMax, used Wranglers are available for prices starting under $20,000.

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