New vs Used Jeep Wrangler: What’s the Difference

How does the new Jeep Wrangler measure up to the old one? Is it worth buying the 2021 model or can you stick with a used Wrangler?  Let’s take a look at these off-roading machines.

The Jeep Wrangler has been slowly undergoing a transformation. This isn’t always evident to the untrained eye. Jeep has retained all of the bright colors that feel like a throwback to some other time.  It has continued the policy of having removable roofs, fold-down windshields and removable doors.  Now that it is getting some new competition from the Ford Bronco, this open air attitude makes it pretty unique. 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rocks More Technology

New Wranglers are definitely more technologically advanced. They have more safety features including some of the automatic driving assistance that one expects from today’s machines. They have some new engine choices, including a more fuel efficient one that reduces the Wrangler’s thirsty tendencies.  

Another new engine jacks up the horsepower levels unprecedented in the Wrangler’s history. That’s sure to stoke the fires of fun for driving enthusiasts. It’s also a boon for off-roaders who need more get-up-and-go at the lowest speeds.  

The Older Jeep Wranglers Still Provide Unparalleled Off-roading Capability

If you want to save money and still get a good off-roader, a used Jeep Wrangler is still the best option.  A favorable used car loan may make the difference in whether you go for used or new. 

Even if it isn’t the ritzy Rubicon, the Wrangler will have lots of off-road capability.  For starters, used Jeep Wranglers are always 4×4 machines. There isn’t a rear-wheel or front-wheel drivetrain out there. You can get an automatic, but you are just as likely to find a six-speed manual transmission. That’s essential to some Jeep enthusiasts.

Furthermore, the typical Wrangler has more ground clearance than the majority of SUVs. Each aspect of the exterior is built to go further into the wilderness. Bumpers and other parts that usually hang over are kept tight. The approach and departure angles are extra sharp for greater mobility on the trail. 

Older Wranglers may have poor gas mileage compared to other SUVs of the same size.  However, this may be balanced by better horsepower. You definitely want to make comparisons not assumptions about this issue. Wranglers were slower to get dash tech, which means you should look for one of the most recent models to ensure you get the connectivity you want.  

Making the Choice

In conclusion, you can buy a used Wrangler and be perfectly happy with its capability.  The overall package will probably be pleasing, but it is likely that you will find some modern aspects are missing. That’s just how the Wrangler has been until recently.

If you are concerned about getting a nicer cabin or better dash tech, you definitely want to go with the most recent model.  The engine choices are definitely the best advertisement for choosing a 2021 Jeep Wrangler.  The other big draw is the safety tech that just hasn’t been available until recently.

You really can’t go wrong whether you choose new or used.  Buying a Wrangler just smacks of fun and adventure ahead.


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