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Drive This: The 2011 Jeep Wrangler

Photo; Russell Dandridge

For off roading or in the city driving the 2011 Jeep Wrangler won’t disappoint.  That’s why I always say that if anyone ever wants to know what vehicle goes with my personality the Jeep Wrangler is always the right answer.   In fact, I actually own an older Jeep Wrangler and after driving the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara last week my faith was renewed again.


This is just one vehicle that gets it.


Going back for over 50 years the original “jeep” was used in the military. From there it was sold to the public as the CJ and about 30 years ago the Wrangler version was born.


Over the years too, I have seen the Jeep Wrangler morph.  What was once down and dirty is now being offered even in a four-door version.  Inside the interior is snazzy just like it should – strong on the outside, but adding comfort on the inside.


There are three Jeep Wrangler trims and all come with a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. Since it is a Jeep the four-wheel drive is important no matter the trim.


The base trim called the Sport is little different from the next one up the Sahara or the mother of all Jeeps the Rubicon, especially for off roaders.  The Rubicon has more intense axles, lower gearing and locking front and rear differentials.


Another plus in each of the trims is there are two options for body style either a short two-door or the four-door Unlimited.  All interiors are upgrades this year for less wind noise when driving and even heated seats and a Bluetooth option.


Since Jeep has gotten it right time and time again, changes are few in 2011 this particular Wrangler style was introduced four years ago.  The soft top is now easier than ever to remove after a few tweaks last year by the manufacturer.  As well, there is the option of leather seats in both the Sahara and Rubicon.


Final answer; Jeep is superior off-road or on and otherwise, it’s just fun to drive from the two or four-door versions and even better, it’s the mother of all convertibles.

Least You Need to Know: Remember how easy it is to love the Jeep with its removable doors and zip-up plastic windows.  However, in the Wrangler I drove it was all luxury with power windows and a hard top that was easy to get off and on in minutes.  Add to that the options of a CD changer or a navigation system and what are you waiting for anyway.


Miles Per Gallon:  This one is a downer and I only wish the gas mileage was better since it comes in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.


Cost:  The Sahara I drove was priced at $31,770 for the Sahara 4X4.



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