New or Used, A Jeep Wrangler is a Great Choice

December 27th, 2019 by

A birds eye view of a grey 2017 Jeep Wrangler, which is a popular option among used Jeeps for sale, is driving past a river near Indianapolis, IN.

Of all the Jeeps on the market, none possess the spirit of the military-grade World War II Jeep as much as the Jeep Wrangler. Though there are some very obvious differences between those Civilian Jeeps, or CJs of the mid-1940s, and the Wranglers that show up amongst used Jeeps for sale today, the rough-and-tough, ready-for-anything capabilities of the Wranglers are surely attributes handed down from their great-grandfathers.

The similarities aren’t just in the attitude, however. All Wrangler models use the separate body and frame build as the CJs, and incorporate military characteristics like a fold-flat windshield and a soft-top, doorless option. And while many generations of Wrangler have been introduced, from the YJ introduced in 1987, the TJ of 1997, the JK of 2006, and the JL of 2018, each manages to maintain the off-road ruggedness and incomparable visage of the CJ. There’s one area in which the modern Jeep Wrangler differs; however, It seems like there are endless model options. It’s true that Wranglers often offer several trims, as well as customizable options. They’re also one of the most modified vehicles out there. So if you’re new to the Wrangler, and perusing used Jeeps for sale, how do you know what’s what?

As we head into a new decade of Jeep, let’s take a look at the 2019 lineup of the Jeep Wrangler to decipher all of the differences between models, and what those differences might mean for you.

The Two Door Options

One of the most hotly contended topics amongst Jeep fanatic in-fighting is whether the two-door or four-door Wrangler is preferable. At the end of the day, this is something that only the driver of each particular vehicle can answer, as there are some very serious opinions in both directions. Here is an objective look at the 2019 two-door models, along with some details that might help drivers review their options when finding a used Jeep Wrangler for sale.

The Sport is the base model amongst modern Jeep Wranglers. This model is extremely popular with gear heads who enjoy the opportunity to personalize and modify their Wrangler to their own specifications. As a result, Sport models tend to be at the lower end of the price range when left in manufacturer condition but may show up with higher price tags on the used lots due to these modifications. The 2019 Sport includes standard features such as cloth seats with adjustable head restraints, 17-inch black steel wheels, full doors with roll-up windows, fuel tank, and transfer case skid plates, and safety features such as roll mitigation, stability control, and hill start assist. Drivers could opt for the Freedom Top, a three-piece hardtop, as well.

The Sport S is the next trim level of two-door Wrangler. This model includes many of the same options as the Sport, with additional standard features such as 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, power windows, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include a premium black Sunrider soft-top or the Freedom Top hardtop.

A birds eye view of a yellow 2-door 2019 Jeep Wrangler is driving through the woods near Indianapolis, IN.

The Rubicon is the highest trim level with two-doors for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler, and it’s definitely made for some serious off-roading. It comes equipped with off-road tires, a performance-tuned suspension, a Rock-Trac Heavy Duty Part Time 4WD system, a 115V power outlet, low-back bucket seats, satellite radio, and rock rails. Drivers can choose the Sunrider soft-top, Freedom hardtop, or a body-color three-piece hardtop, as well as body-color fender flares. Leather seats and shift knob are also options.

As far as engine power, all 2019 two-door Wranglers are created equally, equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but in all models, drivers can opt for an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Four-Door Models

The four-door Jeep Wrangler is offered in seven different trims across the 2019 lineup. As with the two-door models, all models are equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, with the exception of the top-of-the-line Moab, which offers the automatic transmission as standard.

The four-door Sport model is also equipped with 17-inch black steel wheels, Command-Trac Part Time 4WD, skid plates, and the optional three-piece hardtop. The Sport S differs from the base model in that it includes 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, power windows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an optional Alpine nine-speaker audio system, and an optional choice of soft-tops or three-piece hardtop.

The next level is the Sport Altitude, which includes all-season tires, a heavy-duty suspension with gas shocks, and standard black Freedom hardtop with the option of black soft-top. The Sahara, then, is the exact middle of the line, but an impressive vehicle that’s ready to take on the trail. This model features 18-inch polished wheels, a heavy-duty suspension, a 115V power outlet, cloth trimmed low-back bucket seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, and an option of any of the soft-top or hardtops, and body-color fender flares.

The Luxury Options

While the Rubicon was the top trim for the two-door Wrangler, there are still two trims above it in the four-door models. Rubicon does include a host of rugged features, however, including off-road tires, Rock-Trac Heavy-Duty Part Time 4WD, a performance suspension, premium cloth bucket seats with optional leather-trimmed bucket seats, and rock rails.

The Sahara Altitude and the Moab trims represent the highest of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler trims. The Sahara Altitude includes all-season tires, Command-Trac Part Time 4WD, and a heavy-duty suspension, with a standard body-color three-piece hardtop or optional black soft-top. The Moab, on the other hand, includes 17-inch black aluminum wheels, eight-speed automatic transmission, and a full host of luxury touches, including optional hood art by Mopar, optional power roof, towing package, or even heated seats.

The front black and tan interior of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara is shown.

When it comes to evaluating used Jeep Wranglers for sale, it might seem difficult to translate all of the different trim packages and options. Bear in mind that nearly every model in a given year will have a similar engine unless upgrades have been made after it was purchased. Additionally, you’ll want to check if the Wrangler includes the standard manual transmission, or if the automatic transmission has been added.

While there may be modifications to the upholstery or sound system, check that the skid plates that ought to be included on the model are still intact and in good condition. Make sure any soft-tops haven’t been scuffed or damaged to a point where they can’t be used, as well. While the Jeep Wrangler is meant to be rugged, a used Jeep should still have plenty of adventure miles left on it, unless otherwise noted. Knowing the basic differences between the trims can help you get a feel for whether the asking price is reasonable, and whether the features you want on the vehicle match up with what the used model includes.

Shopping for a Used Jeep Wrangler

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