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2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Test Drive Review

The world is packed with soft riding comfortable crossovers. You have everything from a Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander, Honda CR-V, and others. However, all those are just car-based crossovers that aren’t meant to do anything tough or tackle any rough terrain. Well, at the end of the day you can always rely on the good ol’ Jeep Wrangler.

The Jeep Wrangler is tough-as-nails and a very mean off-road machine that will allow anyone with an active lifestyle enjoy a weekend trip to an off-roading park. With standard four-wheel drive, a 285 horsepower V6 engine, and a six-speed manual, the Jeep Wrangler is one fun SUV in a pack full of soft crossovers. With that in mind, we were pretty excited when we had the chance to spend a week with the two door 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

Exterior:

The iconic shape of the Jeep Wrangler hasn’t changed much since its early beginnings. The Wrangler is one of the best looking SUVs on the market and it continues to evolve without departing too much from its heritage.

Since this is an off-roading vehicle, there are many aspects of functionality to the exterior including side steps, two front tow hooks, and one rear tow hook. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara sits on a wheelbase that measures 95.4 inches with an overall length of 164.3 inches. The width comes in at 73.7 inches. The model has a ground clearance approach angle of 41.7 degrees, a breakover angle of 25.1 degrees, and a departure angle of 31.8 degrees. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is available with a soft or hardtop convertible.

In a world full of stylish and sleek crossovers, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler sets itself apart with a rough and rugged design that has stayed true to its history. The iconic styling still has a strong cult-like following that we’ve come to love and appreciate.

Interior:

Like the exterior, the interior of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler remains true to its heritage. Everything is pretty simple and straightforward. There aren’t any crazy bells and whistles. You won’t get any cool standard options like USB, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, push-button start, dual-zone climate control. However, you will get a simple interior that allows you to focus on the fun SUV you are currently driving.

Our test model, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, came with cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, eighth speakers, AUX port, steering wheel-mounted controls, and a couple of other convenience features. The only other exciting option you can really get with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara is a UConnect voice command system with Bluetooth.

Interior space-wise, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara offers 41 inches of front leg room and 35.6 inches of rear leg room. Cargo capacity behind the front row comes in at 56.5 cubic feet and 12.8 cubic feet behind the second row.

Performance:

Unlike all of its ‘competitors’, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is the only SUV that offers a standard V6 engine and that’s because it needs the power to tackle rough terrain, tow up to 2,000 pounds, and be just a tough monster that it is.

Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep Wrangler is still one of the few SUVs that offers a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, and electronic lockers. Our Wrangler Sahara model a Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle. While some of this may sound foreign to you, all of these components allow the 2017 Jeep Wrangler to be one of the toughest and meanest mid-size SUVs on the market.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17/21 mpg* (city/highway).

Safety:

While there aren’t many fancy driver assist technologies, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler lineup comes standard with a long list of safety features including roll mitigation, electronic stability control, hill start assist, speed control, sport bar, and traction control.

Overall:

There is no doubt that SUVs and crossovers have quickly become more focused on transporting families in the most comfortable way possible. In a world full of crossovers, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler definitely stands out from the crowd with its tough off-road capabilities and fun-to-drive dynamics. Prices for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler start at $23,995** for the base model and $30,445** for our Jeep Wrangler Sahara test model. Visit your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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