2000 Wrangler New Car Test Drive
If you want the hot setup for off-roading you've come to the right place. The Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed king of off-road vehicles. It's also much easier to live with one than it used to be.
The Wrangler was completely redesigned and re-engineered for 1997 and the result was a vast improvement over its predecessors in every respect. Though it's no Cadillac, the Wrangler is quieter, roomier and more comfortable than it used to be. It rides better. It handles better. It's more capable off road. And it's affordable.
During the past two years, there have been refinements to further improve it. For 2000, the optional six-cylinder engine has been re-engineered for reduced emissions and there's a new five-speed gearbox.
In spite of all this refinement, the Wrangler remains true to its gritty heritage that dates back to World War II when it served with distinction around the globe. If you've wanted a Wrangler for years, be sure and buy this latest generation-distinguished by its round headlights.
Jeep's Wrangler is available in three models. At first glance, the base SE looks attractive, but its low price quickly rises when carpeting, nicer seat fabric, a rear seat, a stereo and other options are added. Not having a rear seat is certainly an option for those who don't think they'll ever use it. The SE comes with a 4-cylinder engine that is best teamed with the standard 5-speed gearbox.
Sport and Sahara models come with the much more powerful 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The top-of-the-line Sahara comes with more features, more style and adds more than $2,000 to the bottom line. However, you can add significantly to the cost of a Sport by ordering a lot of options. You can see prices of some of them on the specifications page, but you'll have to do your homework at the dealership to obtain an accurate bottom line figure.