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Some creature comforts never before seen here, such as seat heaters, power heated mirrors, and redundant steering wheel controls, make this the most refined (gasp!)
The Rubicon, of note, can be ordered with a body-color hardtop and fenders for the first time.
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four-door Wrangler Unlimited, which is accounting for nearly 60 percent of all sales—compares favorably to the typical midsize SUV
While the exterior of the Wrangler may suggest that it's totally rugged without much finesse, that's just not the case anymore. Today's Wranglers can be equipped with automatic climate control, navigation, and alloy wheels that look just as comfortable on the street as they do on the trails.
The Wrangler lineup is offered in four trims, including the base Sport, the popular Sport S, the Sahara, and the mega-capable Rubicon. The upper trims offer a variety of configurations and options, including a body-colored hardtop with removable panels. To that point, the Wrangler remains unique among the other SUVs in the market–it's the only SUV with a removable top and a fold-down front windshield.
A lot of thoughtful interior touches come standard, too. In addition to the new instrument panel and new look last year, the refresh included an all-new steering-wheel design with integrated controls, a new armrest, and a locking glovebox, and heated seats and heated mirrors are newly available—as is automatic climate control.
Standard equipment on even the Sport includes fog lamps, tow hooks, a compass, a device that shows how economically you are driving, and even an outdoor temperature gauge. Its utter flexibility, along with those options and others like Bluetooth connectivity, MyGIG music storage, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a hard-core off-road package have us still quite amazed at all that's offered—more than any other off-roader.The 2014 Jeep Wrangler starts just over $23,000, but those base prices can be misleading, as Sahara and Rubicon models cost thousands more, and you'll want a number of options to make the off-road package (and appearance) complete. At the top end, Rubicon models can top $40k--a price point that could create a little anxiety if you're headed out to scrape against boulders and brush.
A music hard drive and a Freedom Top are just two of the options we're glad to see in the latest Jeep Wrangler.