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Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
  • Test-drive notes: Never pass up the rare opportunity to experience putting this highly capable off-roader to the test.
  • Price Range: $22,395 to $36,095
  • Best gas mileage:
    • City - 17
    • Highway - 21
    • Combined - 18

You can't get much more basic than the no-nonsense Jeep Wrangler. Despite the current Wrangler being the most civilized version ever, it's an unpolished gem. In its entry-level Sport model, about the only creature comfort is a six-speaker audio system. And removing or reinstalling the soft top is frustrating enough to make you want to pull your hair out. But that's some of the charm of this go-anywhere, do-anything rock crawler.

Every Wrangler comes standard with four-wheel drive. A 285-horsepower V-6 sends output to the wheels via either the standard five-speed automatic or optional six-speed manual transmission. Available in two-door or four-door models, Wrangler is about as capable as a vehicle gets. Jeep's off-road course at the auto show is the ideal place to put Wrangler through its paces in a safe environment.

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