2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition
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Published on Thu, Mar 31, 2016
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
By Harold Osmer Are you cool enough to own a Jeep? Not the comfy, four-door, enclosed, SUV Jeep. A REAL, iconic Jeep? Open air, high ride height, squared off, function over form, short wheelbase, tall tires, in-your-face Tank green Willys-style Jeep? Feel up to it? If you have to ask... All that aside, we tested the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys and found ourselves dreaming of off-road adventures, camping excursions, and generally having a good time at the beach or mountains or wherever — where ever! — else we decided to go. We had our test vehicle for street work only and found the ride surprisingly smooth and quiet. Even with off-road tires and a soft top, Wrangler Willys conversation volume levels remain at comfortable levels. We have attended off-road demonstration events and unsurprisingly found the Jeep to operate and function just as you would hope it to—climbing steadily over anything and everything. That particular demonstration taught us about approach and departure angles, something we had little previous need to contemplate. Mother nature dropped a fair amount of rain on us during our Jeep visit. Getting through traffic and errand running was quite fun. Again, our off-road tires provide ample grip on slick surfaces and the Jeep never once displayed squirrely or dramatic behavior. Expectedly agile, our Jeep maneuvers through tight parking lots with precision. No backup cameras needed, just point and go. Large outside mirrors and a high driving position combine for great outward visibility. Jeep utilizes a recirculating ball steering system for smooth turning and Wrangler draws a decent circle at just 34.6 feet diameter. Wrangler's soft top feature folds up neatly and tucks away with little trouble. It helps to be tall when changing positions, but standing inside the vehicle is a viable option. We drove over Topanga Canyon to Malibu Bluffs Park with the top down on our only clear day and felt right at home. There's nothing quite like a topless drive on a sparkling Southern California winter day. If you've ever wondered what race drivers mean when talking a car "rotating", get aboard a Jeep and go around a few corners. Combining quick ratio steering with a short wheelbase will demonstrate the term exactly. Our test Jeep turns on a point. Off-road and rugged conditions dictate this design and drivers are amply rewarded. Our 6-speed manual transmission shifts smooth and easy. The clutch is light and shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive will prove handy when called upon. Low ratio gearing allows climbing strength. The trade off is low mileage numbers. Then again, mpg numbers won't get you out of a rain-soaked gully. While impractical as an only-car for city use, we appreciate the fun loving, carefree, workhorse, adventurous spirit that only a traditional Jeep can provide. Off-road driving clubs abound and it's easy to see the allure. Jeep Wrangler is at home in the wild and comfortable enough on city streets. Great combo. - Harold O. For more information about Jeep products, go to jeep.com. SPECIFICATIONS Name of vehicle: 2016 Jeep wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition Price: $23,495 (base) $33,930 (as tested) Options: Willys Wrangler Edition ($6,400) , includes Willys Wheeler Grill, 17-inch High Gloss Black wheels, Off Road Tires, Trac-lok Rear Axle, and Performance Suspension (partial list); Power Convenience Group ($1,595) includes Auto-dimming Mirrors, Power Heated Side Mirrors, Power Windows with one-touch, and Power Door Locks, (partial list). EPA fuel economy rating (miles per gallon) 17 city/21 highway Engine type: 3.6 liter V6 24-valve with variable valve timing (VVT) Horsepower: 285 @ 6400 rpm Torque: 260 pound-feet @ 4800 rpm Towing Capacity: 3500 pounds Performance: 0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds (est.) Transmission type: 6-Speed Manual; 3.73 Front/Rear Axle Ratios Drive configuration: Command-Trac Shift-on-the-Fly Part-Time 4WD Suspension: Performance Suspension; Monotube shocks with low-speed tunable valves Front sway bar disconnect Brakes: 4-wheel disk; ABS; Brake Assist; Hill Descent Control Wheels and tires: 17 x 7.5-inch high gloss black wheels, LT255/75R BSW Off-road tires Dimensions Overall length/wheelbase: 164.3 inches/95.4 inches Overall width: 73.7 inches Overall height/Ground Clearance/Water Fording Depth: 71.9 inches/10 inches/30 inches Approach/Breakover/Departure Angle: 42.2°/25.8°/32.3° Turning Circle Diameter: 34.6 feet Weight: 3,760 pounds Warranty: 3 Years/36,000 miles Bumper to Bumper 5 Year/60,000 miles Powertrain 5 Years/100,000 miles Rust-Through Coverage 5 Years/100,000 miles Roadside Assistance