Jeep has done a great job in keeping the feature list for the 2016 Wrangler thoroughly modern, despite the throwback look and feel.
Wrangler models can be equipped with power windows, automatic climate control, navigation, and alloy wheels. The lineup is offered in three main trim levels, including the base Sport, Sahara, and mega-capable Rubicon. Each of these models dramatically changes the content and appearance.
Standard equipment includes 16-inch painted steel wheels, an eight-speaker sound system, satellite radio, cloth seats, a 6-speed manual, skid plates, fog lamps, tow hooks, a compass, and even an outdoor temperature gauge. Options include Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and power windows and door locks.
Upper trims of the Wrangler offer a variety of configurations and options, including a body-colored hardtop with removable panels.
Last year the Rubicon Hard Rock replaced the Rubicon X and brought a new look; Willys Wheeler and Freedom editions added a new standard eight-speaker audio system, a new nine-speaker system that includes a subwoofer, a package that bundles black steel wheels with 31-inch tires for Sport models, and a Torx tool set that's standard on all models, allowing owners to remove the windshield or doors wherever they are.
For 2016, the feature and special-edition rejiggering continues a bit—as is customary on the Wrangler. The Wrangler Black Bear edition joins the fray and includes a "heritage" Wrangler hood decal, off-road rock rails, a Sunrider soft top, Mineral Gray bumper treatment, Silent Armor tires, and black tail-lamp guards, among other additions.
Pricing is something to keep in mind. While the entry price for the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is a tantalizing $24,000 or so, it quickly climbs from there, as Sahara and Rubicon models cost many thousands more, and you'll want a number of options to make the off-road package (and appearance) complete. Top Unlimited Rubicon models, loaded up with options such as leather seats, remote start, automatic climate control, premium audio, and infotainment upgrade can easily blow past $45,000—one that could make those inevitable boulder bashes and trail abrasions a little more painful.