7 Reasons to Be Thankful for the Jeep Wrangler
Any time we’re behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler, we’re thankful. We recently spent a week in a 2016 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock. Of course, we were grateful to be there, but we started thinking about other things we were grateful for, especially because Thanksgiving is almost here. A lot of things came to mind: our loving families, our loyal friends, our health, and many other things we intend to say to the people we care about over perfectly cooked turkeys…or while commercials are playing during the Cowboys/Redskins game. Then we thought of the rig we were in. So here it is, our list of things about the Jeep Wrangler to be thankful for (aside from its obvious and awesome abilities off-road):
1.) Jeep Hasn’t Ruined Its Looks
There have been three distinct generations of the Wrangler over the past 30 years. A lot can change in that time and a lot has, but it doesn’t matter if you’re getting an eyeful of a YJ, TJ, or JK – you know you’re checking out a Wrangler. Everyone knows what a Wrangler looks like. Most importantly, so does Jeep.
2.) Its Simplicity…or Complexity
If you just want the rugged looks of a Wrangler, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on one, you don’t have to. Want to hit the trails with a fully warrantied and fully capable beast of an off-roader? For the right price, Jeep’s got you covered. Speaking of cover, you can go roofless, rock a fabric lid, or sport a hard top – in black or in the same color as the Wrangler itself. If that’s not enough, there’s a wide variety of aftermarket parts out there to choose from to make any Wrangler perfectly personalized.
3.) It’s a Standard for All Other Jeeps
An SUV is not a true Jeep if it’s not capable on rough terrain. Drilling that down a little further, let’s face it – a Jeep is not a Jeep unless it has at least a little Wrangler DNA in it. That’s why even the Renegade cute ute (in Trailhawk form) is available with a rock mode, a lift, and skid plates.
4.) You Make Friends In It Wherever You Go
You can go to a party co-hosted by a person you know almost nothing about and chat with them comfortably for over an hour if they’re a Wrangler owner. Trust us. We recently did just that. We saw his TJ pickup conversion outside, mentioned the JKU we had parked down the street from it, then talked Jeeps with him under the shade of a pomegranate tree. A day of wheeling with him at an OHV park that usually has nothing but Wranglers flowing through it is already on our calendar for early next year. We’re sure we’ll make even more friends out there.
5.) It Allows You to See Things from a Different Perspective
When you get to the top of a difficult incline in a Wrangler, you can see for miles ahead – the trees, the mountains, the horizon. From that vantage point, you might just realize certain things for the first time. Maybe you’ll gain a greater appreciation of nature or discover how determined and cool in the face of uncertainty you are. No matter what, you’ll have a great view.
6.) The Cool Factor
You don’t need to get tattoos and a badass leather jacket for your significant other to find you even more attractive that they already find you. Just have them ride shotgun next to you in a Wrangler. It works. We know from experience.
7.) It’s Only Going to Get Better
As great as the Wrangler is now, the JL version of it should be an improvement that brings reduced weight, a more modern transmission, an array of engine options, and better fuel economy.
If you haven’t hit the road in your Wrangler to make it to wherever you’ll be celebrating tomorrow’s holiday, please be careful out there. If you’ve already gotten your traveling done, we’re sure you’re grateful you can relax. Either way, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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