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2016 Jeep Wrangler specs / reviews

2016 Jeep Wrangler

2016 Jeep Wrangler

Engine & Transmission
Base Engine 3.6L V6 24 Valve Gas Regular Unleaded ERB
Transmission MANUAL 6M
Drivetrain four wheel drive
Horsepower 285 Horsepower
Torque 260 ft-lbs.
Valves 24
Fuel Efficiency (CTY/HWY) 17 MPG City / 21 MPG Highway
Fuel Capacity 18.6
Fuel Type regular unleaded
Turning Circle 34.6
Front Suspension Classification solid axle
Rear Spring Type coil springs
Rear Suspension Classification solid axle
Front Stabilizer Bar stabilizer bar
Front Spring Type coil springs
Rear Stabilizer Bar stabilizer bar
Exterior Dimensions
Overall Width Without Mirrors 73.7 in.
Overall Length 164.3 in.
Minimum Ground Clearance 8.3 in.
Wheelbase 95.4 in.
Overall Height 70.9 in.
Interior Dimensions
2nd Row Leg Room 35.6 in.
1st Row Hip Room 55.6 in.
1st Row Head Room 41.3 in.
2nd Row Shoulder Room 44.7 in.
2nd Row Head Room 40.3 in.
1st Row Leg Room 41.0 in.
2nd Row Hip Room 44.7 in.
Epa Interior Volume 101.2 in.
1st Row Shoulder Room 55.8 in.

Need to get somewhere? Anywhere? A Jeep Wrangler can do that for you, no matter the weather. This iconic off-roader is a formidable weapon against adverse driving conditions, but living with one on a day-to-day basis requires a degree of compromise.


Changes for 2016

• Altitude and X models go on hiatus

• New Black Bear Edition based on Sport S trim level

• New 75th Anniversary Edition with available Sarge Green paint

• Sahara models have updated styling and wheels

• Olive Green interior offered for Sahara

• Rhino Mojave Sand and Hypergreen are new paint colors

2016 Jeep Wrangler Highlights

There are three different kinds of Jeep Wrangler from which to choose. Here, we’re discussing the 2-door model. If you want the 4-door version that sits on a stretched wheelbase, or if you’re interested in the Rubicon models, please see our separate reports.

Initially, the 2016 Wrangler was available in Sport, Sport S, Black Bear Edition, Willys Wheeler, Freedom Edition, and Sahara trim levels. A 75th Anniversary Edition debuted halfway through the year. Each is equipped with a 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 5-speed automatic transmission is an option. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

Impressive approach, breakover, and departure angles help the Wrangler deliver class-leading off-road capabilities, combined with standard 4-wheel drive, a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and live axles with locking differentials. Know in advance that the compromise associated with this hardware is less refined character in terms of daily driving.

A soft convertible top is standard, with a hardtop offered as an option. A Wrangler seats four people, and provides just 12.8 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat. Fold it down for 56.5 cu.-ft., or remove it to create 61.2 cu.-ft. of space.

The new Black Bear Edition gets a heritage-style “Wrangler” hood decal, a topographical Black Bear Pass hood decal, off-road rock rails, black wheels with special Silent Armor tires, blacked-out exterior accents, and gray bumpers and interior trim. This version also comes standard with the Connectivity Group and the Power Convenience Group, and is named after a popular Jeep Jamboree trail in Telluride, Colorado.

Jeep’s new Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition is available in several colors, including exclusive Sarge Green. This version comes with steel bumpers, rock rails, a power dome hood with functional air vents, Silent Armor tires, and more. Low gloss Bronze trim also sets this model apart.

Alternatives to the Jeep Wrangler

With the demise of the Nissan Xterra, which held questionable direct competitor credentials in the first, place, the Wrangler faces no serious threats to its dominance of what has become a narrow niche. Americans want crossover SUVs, not rugged off-roaders, but the Wrangler remains immensely popular for its rugged styling and iconic image.


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