- Daniel Errante
- Jeep Wrangler Enthusiast
The Jeep Wrangler has always been synonymous with adventure and freedom. For many, it’s not just a vehicle but a way of life. In 2017, the Jeep Wrangler continued this legacy by offering an off-roading experience that was unparalleled by any other vehicle in its class. The 2017 Wrangler was designed for the fearless and for those who demand a vehicle that can keep up with their adventurous spirit. In this article, we take a closer look at what makes the 2017 Jeep Wrangler an excellent choice for adventurers and off-road enthusiasts.
Unmatched Off-Road Capability
Jeep’s 2017 Wrangler maintained its iconic rugged exterior and came equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivered 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This power allowed it to navigate through tough terrains effortlessly. A six-speed manual transmission came standard, offering precise control, while a five-speed automatic option was available for those who preferred it.
The heart of the Wrangler’s off-road capability lies in its four-wheel drive system. With high and low range gearing options, the 2017 Wrangler was capable of tackling any terrain. The standard Wrangler Sport model featured the Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case, while the Rubicon trim came with an upgraded Rock-Trac 4WD system, providing a heavy-duty transfer case with a 4:1 low-gear ratio.
Ground clearance is another crucial factor in off-roading, and the 2017 Jeep Wrangler didn’t disappoint. With 10.2 inches of clearance and the ability to ford up to 30 inches of water, adventurers had the confidence to go wherever their hearts desired without worrying about getting stuck.
A Design Classic
Style-wise, the 2017 Wrangler was a faithful continuation of the iconic Jeep design. The classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, and removable doors remained, giving it an unmistakable presence. The convertible nature of the Wrangler was one of its most enticing features. Owners could configure the Wrangler as a fully enclosed SUV, a partially open convertible with a soft top, or a completely open-air adventure vehicle by removing the doors and folding down the windshield.
The Wrangler’s exterior was available in a variety of colors, from the bold Firecracker Red to the earthy Gobi, allowing owners to choose a look that matched their style or the terrains they loved to traverse.
A Functional Interior
While the exterior of the Wrangler spoke of the vehicle’s rugged capability, the interior offered a surprisingly comfortable space. Seats were well-cushioned, and higher trims, such as the Sahara and Rubicon, offered additional comforts like leather seating and heated front seats.
Though the 2017 Wrangler was built for durability with its wash-out interior and drain plugs, it did not skimp on modern conveniences. Optional features like an Alpine sound system, touchscreen infotainment center with navigation, and automatic temperature control made the interior a pleasant place to be, whether on a long highway drive or bouncing along an off-road trail.
Safety and Security
Jeep took safety seriously with the Wrangler. While stability and traction controls were standard, as were airbags and antilock brakes, the 2017 Wrangler was also equipped with some available advanced safety features. Hill-start assist prevented backsliding on steep inclines, while hill-descent control allowed for smooth and controlled descents on rough terrain.
For added peace of mind, the Wrangler had an optional security package that included a vehicle tracking system, which could provide a measure of comfort for those who often ventured off the beaten path.
Trim Levels and Customization
The Wrangler was offered in several distinct trim levels to cater to a variety of tastes and needs. The Sport model was the base offering, providing the essentials. Up from there was the Sport S, which added features such as alloy wheels and air conditioning. The Sahara trimmed turned up the luxury a little, offering larger wheels, updated exterior trim, and additional electronic features inside.
For the serious off-roader, there was the Rubicon, which featured heavy-duty axles, electronic front and rear locking differentials, an electronically disconnecting front sway bar, and other enhancements that made it an off-road powerhouse.
The 2017 Wrangler was also one of the most customizable vehicles on the market. With an extensive catalog of Mopar parts and accessories, owners could tailor their Wrangler to fit their personal styles and functional needs. From winches to oversized tires, lift kits to specialized lighting, there was almost no limit to how one could personalize their Wrangler.
The Verdict: A Legend Continues
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler wasn’t just another SUV – it was a statement on wheels. It promised adventure and delivered without compromise. While many vehicles have become softer and more city-friendly, the Wrangler remained true to its roots as a rough and tough trailblazer.
If you yearned for adrenaline-filled weekends and sought a vehicle that could be transformed to suit your escapades, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler was an exemplary choice. It wasn’t just about getting from point A to point B; it was about the experiences and memories created along the way. The 2017 Wrangler enabled wanderers to rediscover adventure with a vehicle that was as fearless as they were.