A blank canvas is best
by Mike Schlee
Like the Mazda Miata, the Wrangler is an unlimited fun machine. It’s a vehicle everyone needs to drive at least once in their lives. Nothing on the market gives the same raw, utilitarian feeling. I’ve driven several versions of the Jeepiest Jeep
and one thing is always true: I feel like a kid again within minutes of getting behind the wheel.
It’s a Jeep Thing
And it may be that youthful feeling that has given this Jeep one of the largest diehard fan bases in the entire automotive world. Owners of Wranglers live and breathe Jeeps. They’re part of secret society that gives each other the “Jeep wave” as they pass by on the street.
Officially on sale since 1987 as a replacement to the Jeep CJ, the Wrangler’s lineage dates back to World War II. Sticking to these roots, it is still equipped with solid axles and a low speed transfer case. Since owners love to modify and accessorize their Jeeps with a seemingly unlimited array of aftermarket accessories, lower trim models are popular.