We never turn down the opportunity to drive a Jeep Wrangler. Despite being a poor choice for a daily commuter, it’s one of our all-time-favorite rides. Why do we love it so much? It’s awesome at going off-road. We took one for a spin to see what’s new for 2013 and also drove down one of New Hampshire’s many non-maintained Class 6 roads. Let’s go for a ride.
Trim Level: Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4X4
Base Price: $31,395
Total Options: $5,090
Options of Note: Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats ($1,110), Max Tow Package ($390), Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle ($295), Premium Black Sunrider Soft Top ($400)
Photographer: Zane Merva / Driver: Josh Merva
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The Unlimited is a four-door version of the Wrangler. Our example came in Sahara trim. It’s more civil than the Rubicon but still equipped to be tenacious off-road.
This reddish / orangish /pinkish color is aptly named “Rock Lobster” and is new for 2013. We’re still not sure how we feel about it because it gave us an appetite for seafood.
Driving a Wrangler opens up the door to a whole new world of trails, dirt roads, and adventures that you’d never be able to access with a crossover. For the price, no other vehicle can match the off-road ability it delivers straight from the showroom floor.
These rugged looking 5-hole wheels are new this year and specific to the Sahara.
The interior has been updated with new LED map lights but the front console remains the same. Function over form is the theme throughout the Wrangler.
Here, we find the Jeep Wrangler in its native habitat. Crikey, look at that bloke move through the water!
This year the Wrangler has an easier folding soft top for the Unlimited that uses torsion bars to help with lowering. One person can operate the top but two people makes it an easier job. The first few times will be awkward but repetition makes installing and removing the top easier than it looks.
The new “Premium Soft Top” is made out of a cloth that you’d normally find on a convertible car. It delivers on the premium look compared to the standard top which is made of a rubberized material.
The Sunrider soft top folds neatly into the back for unobstructed sky-gazing. With a little more work, you can take it off completely and removing the doors completes the transformation.
Four doors makes the Wrangler a more hospitable place on a daily basis but if you plan to drive a Wrangler year-round, we suggest buying the hard-top.
The seats on the Wrangler have been updated this year to be more comfortable. Fine detailed stitching and embroidery is a noticed touch.
Getting closer to mother nature is easy when you’re driving down a remote trail without a roof over your head.
Aside from the new wheels, the tried and true look of the Wrangler remain unchanged.
Jeep, creating the need for an oh sh*t! handle since 1941.
Craving to see more Wrangler? In 2007 when the Unlimited first came out, we shot this video review with the Rubicon. Have fun watching but remember, most of the stats are out of date and don’t apply to the 2013 model.