Buyers Guide — 2014 Jeep Wrangler — Doors, Trims, Tops and Options + All Colors Visualized



The Jeep Wrangler lineup is larger and more inviting than ever for 2014.

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Standard V6 power and a new six-speed manual start things off in the two-door trucks from about $23,000 — which is an excellent driver’s package versus previous entry-level Wranglers.

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The Wrangler with the four-cylinder and automatic in the 1990s (of my high school days) was a very fun truck to ride around town in. Truly one for those who want to see and be seen doing the coolest things with the coolest people.

 

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But at anything over 50mph, the soft-top Wranglers of the 1990s lost me for good. The ride and wind buffeting are… still quite memorable.

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But why not overlook these items for all the Wrangler’s off-road prowess and previously-mentioned cool points? With the old standard engine: there just was nothing to love in the driving experience versus the older, more-powerful 1980s Wranglers.

 

The old 4.0-liter Inline-six was a great engine. Its robust manual transmission was so strong that it was my first time nailing clutchless upshifts on max throttle. Yes, it could be done — and was glorious!

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All this historical powertrain info is just to put the new Wrangler’s improvements in perspective. The new Wrangler’s standard 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine was the final missing piece of the Wrangler’s full chassis re-do in 2005 or so.

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With that potent standard V6 comes a six-speed manual comes standard, but the optional five-speed would be my grown-up choice in a heartbeat these days.

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4×4 is also standard, so what are these dozens of various models from which to choose? Lots of special editions for this year, including:

— Rubicon X

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— Willys — Color Hardtop not available (at least on Unlimited Willys)

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