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Jeep Wrangler is one of the top choices for anyone looking for a compact SUV. It has consistently won its segment (2012 to 2016) with the Canadian Black Book Retained Value Awards. And with good reason; there really is plenty to love about this iconic vehicle that truly stands out in its class.

Styling is still as unmistakable as it has been for years. There is also plenty of variation and this year, the list becomes even more robust. A collection of special models has been released for 2016 including Black Bear, 75th Anniversary and Backcountry Editions. Trim levels are also getting some updates such as the Olive Green interior option for the Sahara trim.

The much-loved Wrangler can go places other SUVs simply cannot. When you think off-road, Jeep Wrangler is most likely the first vehicle that comes to mind. It is also the only convertible SUV on the market. These are reason enough to choose a Jeep Wrangler over any other compact SUV.

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Jeep continues to build on the Wrangler's reputation and look of the past. The boxy shape has endured for decades and remains as popular as ever with adventure seekers. The door hinges are still purposely exposed and are attached to a flat sheet metal. It still has trapezoidal wheel flares and a seven-slot grille. The top and doors can be completely removed and the windshield can be flipped down. It stays true to its military heritage keeping the same look that it has for years.

There are two body styles available: two-door and four-door (called Wrangler Unlimited). Buyers can choose from three core trim levels: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. In between, there are special models based on these trim levels.

A vinyl convertible roof is standard on both body styles. A hardtop option is available. It has removable panels above the front seat. Other standard equipment on the entry-level Sport include: 16-inch wheels, on/off-road tires, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and full metal doors with crank windows.

Sahara trim level adds power windows and locks, keyless entry, heated power mirror, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, additional painted exterior body panels and trims and hood insulation for improved noise reduction. The Wrangler Unlimited version also adds tubular side steps. Rubicon adds 17-inch alloy wheels, 32-inch tires, rock rails, automatic headlamps and a robust list of off-road equipment.


Power and Performance:

Jeep Wrangler is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine which outputs 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The current engine generates about 40 percent more power and 10 percent more torque than the engine it replaced several model years ago.

The four-wheel drive comes with high and low-range gearing. It can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist or a five-speed automatic with hill-start assist and an optional hill-descent control.

Fuel efficiency rating for Jeep Wrangler is 14.2 L/100 kms for city driving and 11.0 L/100 kms on highways for the manual transmission and 14.1 L/100 kms city / 11.1 L/100 kms highway for 2-door automatic. The Unlimited manual is rated at 15 L/100 kms in the city and 19 L / 100 kms on highways while the automatic version is rated at 14.8 L/100 kms in the city and 19 L/100 kms on highways.

The true performance capability of the Jeep Wrangler can be seen when taken off the trail. It has a tough body-on-frame chassis and solid front and rear axle that makes it a capable off-roader. Aside from the rugged underbody, it also uses modern technology to supplement this capability such as an electric sway-bar.


Interiors and Special Features:

While the exterior of Jeep Wrangler has been the same for decades, the interior is a different story. Over the years, it has evolved to include some contemporary notes. The hard-plastic dashboard and trim are long gone. The elbow rests and other areas now have soft-touch elements. Interior lighting has also improved greatly. Keeping to its function-over-style sensibilities, the upright dashboard is still very business-like with clear gauges and a straightforward control layout.

Optional interior features include nine-speaker Alpine sound system, tire-pressure monitor display, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a trip computer and more.


Safety features:

Safety features of the Jeep Wrangler include antilock brakes, traction and stability control and front airbags. Front side airbags are optional. IIHS awarded Wrangler a rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test.

Overall, the Jeep Wrangler is a beast off-road. It handles a variety of terrains as it always has. The look is a throwback to its military past. Nothing on the road looks like it and nothing off-road performs like the Jeep Wrangler. This is the top choice for those who have a sense of adventure and need a vehicle that can handle it well.