The lineage of the Jeep Wrangler is unparalleled. Few vehicle have such an unmistakable look, as the years and decades roll on. Extra styling doesn't help when the going gets tough, you see, as straight stretches of sheet metal are simply easier to repair.
Yes, the current Wrangler looks a whole lot like the Wranglers that came before it, and the older Jeeps that came before that. It's ripe with military heritage and go-anywhere parentage, and there's just nothing else that looks like it on the road today.
With its trapezoidal wheel flares, flat sides, and seven-slot grille, the 2016 Wrangler reminds us that Jeep was designed with function at front of mind. Many of its current design features are just about as old as the original model—just look at the fold-down windshield, the removable doors, and the external door hinges.
Yet the deference to heritage hasn't stopped the designers from having a little fun with the details, though. Some models even have that Willys silhouette painted in the wheel pockets. As well, a Willys silhouette is part of the windshield's edge mask, and there are little Jeep icons in lighting elements.
Over the years, it's the interior of the Wrangler that's changed most—and mostly, that's a good thing. The drab, hard-plastic dashboard and trim of a few years ago are now history, elbow rests and other areas have soft-touch padding, and there's now interior courtesy lighting underneath the instrument panel and in the cupholder areas. The look and feel is way more sophisticated while keeping the brief, upright, and businesslike look of the dash. Instrument panels and door panels are now nicely contoured, while trims have been freshened and given a bezel or machined look.