Iconic exterior remains; interior gets needed upgrade; new technology in a simple SUV
There are four trim levels for the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited this year, and they all have a 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is plenty for getting the lightweight body of this Jeep wherever it needs to go. The engine makes 202 hp at 5200 rpm and 237 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. All Wrangler models have a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment
All models come with electronic stability control, a full-size spare tire, and shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive; the Sahara and Rubicon models add traction control. All models also share new Dana solid front axles and heavy-duty rear axles. The black Sunrider soft top is standard, but the Sahara has an optional body-colored hard top for a uniform look. In either case, this year's has larger rear windows for better visibility.
Every 2011 Wrangler gets the upgraded interior, with the 6-speaker media center and steering-wheel mounted controls. The Sahara and Rubicon models add a subwoofer with a system by Infinity and one year of Sirius satellite radio. Heated power mirrors are available this year, and a 110-volt power outlet has been added as well as two 12-volt accessory outlets.
The changes for the 2011 Wrangler are almost entirely in the passenger compartment. The rough-and-ready Jeep gets nicer materials and sound-deadening measures for a more comfortable ride. The sound system also got an upgrade, now including USB connectivity and controls on the steering wheel. There are also five new colors for the Wrangler, though engines and transmissions remain the same for all trim levels.
With prices starting at a little over $20,000 and standard 4-wheel drive, the classic Wrangler is one of the best SUVs for the money in its class. The 6-speed manual transmission helps the Wrangler achieve a not-too-shabby 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway rating. Inside, the multi-function steering wheel and 6-speaker sound system are standard across the board. With a rugged rock-crawler like this, it's important to note for new shoppers that even at its least expensive, the Wrangler's doors are still all metal with roll-up windows ? and they can still be taken off completely.
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 JEEP WRANGLER VEHICLES MANUFACTURER FROM JULY 12, 2010, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A DEGRADATION OF FASTENER TORQUE FOR VARIOUS FRONT AND REAR AXLE ATTACHMENTS TO THE CHASSIS MODULE.
THIS COULD RESULT IN NOISE, OR ULTIMATELY, DEGRADATION IN STEERING AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS WHICH COULD LEAD TO LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL RE-TORQUE ALL NINETEEN FASTENERS TO THE MAXIMUM RESIDUAL TORQUE VALUES. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. L09. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
Mfg's Report Date
NOV 01, 2011
Potential Number of Units Affected
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2012 RIGHT HAND DRIVE (RHD) JEEP WRANGLER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2007, THROUGH OCTOBER 10, 2011. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH DRIVER'S AIRBAG CLOCKSPRING ASSEMBLIES THAT COULD EXPERIENCE A COMPROMISED AIRBAG CIRCUIT RESULTING IN AN AIRBAG LAMP ILLUMINATION, WHICH INDICATES THAT THE AIRBAG MAY NOT DEPLOY.
A BROKEN ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT IN THE AIRBAG CLOCKSPRING WIRING ASSEMBLY CAN LEAD TO NON-DEPLOYMENT OF THE DRIVER FRONTAL AIRBAG AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT THE DRIVER IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REMEDY THE VEHICLES AS NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. CHRYSLER WILL MAIL TO OWNERS AN INTERIM NOTIFICATION ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
CHRYSLER'S RECALL NUMBER IS L37. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.
Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.
Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
Risk of Rollover
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.
3.8L OHV 12-valve SMPI V6 engine
6-speed manual transmission
3.21 axle ratio
Next generation Dana 30 solid front axle
Next generation Dana 44 HD rear axle
Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly 4WD system
600-CCA maintenance free battery
(2) front/(1) rear tow hooks
Fuel tank skid plate
Transfer case skid plate
Normal duty suspension
Front stabilizer bar
Rear stabilizer bar
4-wheel disc brakes
Hydraulic assist brake boost
16" x 7.0" lux styled steel wheels
P225/75R16 on/off-road BSW tires
Full size spare tire
Matching spare wheel
Outside tire carrier
Easy folding soft top
Sunrider soft top feature
Black front bumper
Black rear bumper
Accent color fender flares
Body color grille
Tinted windshield glass
Front door tinted glass
Manual fold-away exterior mirrors
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Media center 130 -inc: AM/FM stereo, CD/MP3 player
Audio input jack
Fixed long mast antenna
Low back cloth bucket seats
Reclining front seats
Driver height adjustment
60/40 folding rear seat
Rear seat outboard head restraints
Full length floor console
Front seat area carpet
Rear/cargo area carpet
Front & rear floor mats
Cargo compartment floor mat
Tilt steering column
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Premium instrumentation w/tachometer
Outside temp & compass gauge
Sentry Key theft deterrent system
12V aux pwr outlet
Sport bar w/full padding
Sliding sunvisors w/mirrors
Front seatback map pockets
Front dome light w/on/off switch
Rear dome light w/on/off switch
Cargo compartment covered storage
Cargo tie down loops
4-wheel anti-lock brakes
Electronic stability control
Electronic roll mitigation
Hill start assist
Driver & front passenger advanced multi-stage frontal airbags
*Estimated payments are for informational purposes only and don't account for acquisition fees, destination charges, tax, title, and other fees and incentives or represent a financing offer or guarantee of credit from the seller.
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