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It has been over 70 years since the first Jeep rolled off the assembly line. The legendary off-road machine was instrumental to the Allied victory in World War II, and it became such a big hit with servicemen that the CJ was built for civilians after the war.

More than 65 years after that first commercial CJ hit the streets, the Jeep name is still going strong. But how much different is the 1945 CJ than the current Wrangler? Motor Trend looked into the transformation of the Jeep, and it translated its findings into an informative video.

Hit the jump
to watch the video for yourself. The latest Wrangler may be two feet longer, nearly twice as heavy and feature almost five times more power than the original CJ, but the functionality that makes the Jeep a big hit with off-road enthusiast remains intact.



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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for the comparison MT. Can we get one with the New Ford Explorer and the Model T? LoL.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      While the video was buffering the only thing I could think of was "Please don't do a stupid 0-60 drag race.... please don't do a stupid 0-60 drag race" which seems to be the only thing that Motor Trend considers a "comparison". While I am glad there was no race, it would have been nicer if they actually did SOMETHING to the vehicles rather than just read off specs.
      ufgrat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want my two minutes back. That was a worthless video. "Here's the spec sheet from each, read out loud", with no actual content that couldn't have been derived from 2 minutes of wikipedia reading. If you're going to call something a comparison, do more than just read out some of the differences between the specs.
      xspeedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you want something more authentic to the original, you would have to visit India. That is where the tooling went way back when. http://www.mahindraautoworld.com/thar_overview.aspx
      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrong company owns jeep.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      On the one hand, the ride has not improved much since WWII, but on the other, the reliability is now awful, and, the company is owned by one of the axis powers! Way to go! Wrangler is on a special top ten list of vehicles to never buy by Consumer Reports. At least with the extra room though, they can hold more groceries when you park it at the Wal Mart.
        David Becker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Have you read the review by Consumer Reports? It's like any other car mag doing a review: they largely don't get the Wrangler, and never have. They do begrudgingly admit its offroad prowess, but complain about on road manners, something that is exactly what must be sacrificed to attain it. For plenty of people, it's exactly what they need. And for the poseurs, meh. So be it. By the way, what Axis power owns it now? Fiat? Did you forget about the Germans owning them for a touch a bit ago? And do you think that profits from Toledo line Mussolini's pockets, mouthbreather?
      A B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Evolved = Ballooned to accommodate fat asses and people who irrationally need cargo room for non-existent cargo One thing to take away from the video is that the CJ was ONLY 2200lbs! Apparently the new jeep is better because it weighs more and gets crappier gas milage.
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A B
        You've never been on a REAL off road trip have you? Previous Wranglers were horrible in every way for that. Things like carrying gear to SURVIVE in remote areas, recovery gear to retrieve a stuck vehicle, spare parts and tools for repairs, food, tents and various sleeping accommodations. The larger JKs are very nice in that regard (and it will KILL you if it rolls over! :O). Irrational lol, let us know when you finally leave your local recreational park and actually venture out into the wilderness.
      nvonstaden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before too much technology & federal safety regulations came along. This is a great testament to the design of the Willys Jeep! 8 soldiers pull up on a main street in Halifax , Nova Scotia , on a holiday demonstration. They're in a standard issue, WWII-type, Willys Jeep. In the span of about 5 to 6 minutes they completely disassemble the vehicle and reassemble it and drive off in it - fully operable! The idea being, to show the genius that went into the making of the jeep and its basic simplicity. Fantastic! I dare you to try this one with your "Hummer" .. . . . . Click below. http://youtu.be/gD78rTF0Rjo
        Justin Robertson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nvonstaden
        They modified that one some to be able to take it apart so fast. I think the only thing keeping it together was gravity. They're still stupid simple
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      The original could go where the new one can't: between trees and rocks the wider one is too big for. And then there's the Humvee, which is so wide it needs running lights...
      RevenantDC5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worthless video is worthless. This premise could have made a much better video.
      Ashraf Wagdy
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Adam Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      This quirky, popular SUV has impressive off-road capabilities and extreme cons also. Its powerful engine and fun to drive along with two as well as four door availability keeps this convertible SUV in high demand. Looking forward to tame one.
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