Car Review: Wrangler Willys 4-door is made for off-road and more civilized on-road

The Jeep Wrangler was in a class by itself for many years. Now, there is competition from Ford, so Jeep has to do more to remain a popular choice.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys carries on the tradition of a rough and ready-looking SUV. The optional 35-inch tires and beadlock wheels means this Jeep is equipped for some serious off-road adventures right off the dealer’s lot. This Jeep has greater ground clearance than other versions, thanks to those cool-looking wheels. The blacked-out trim and fender arches give the Wrangler Willys a tougher look than other Jeep Wrangler models. It’s geared for off-road fun, so the step up into the cabin without any assist-steps could be off-putting.

While you might think of the Jeep Wrangler as a rough driving SUV not fit for daily use, you should drive one today. It’s not as smooth as a car-based crossover; still, the Wrangler 4-door ride has improved over the years. You can be more confident as it’s less antsy on the highway. When you choose the three-piece hardtop, it’s more hushed on the road but it has more road noise than most SUV and crossovers. The Jeep comes with the 2.0L turbo engine, with plenty of power for most buyers. A smooth 8-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

The Wrangler has improved interior materials, now on par with the competition. Some would say it’s a little too nice because it would be a shame to get it all muddy! It has an 8.4″ touchscreen and NAV, and a 4G LTE hot spot.

The Wrangler Willys can do something special. Take a few seconds and remove two roof panels and you have open air motoring. Spend a few more minutes with the supplied tool kit and the Jeep will shed its entire roof and doors — and this is a sun-loving ride. The 3-piece hardtop keeps you dry and is quieter than the soft top on the road.

Cost: $34,865; as tested $59,475

MPG: 21MPG City; 24MPG Highway. I managed 19.1mpg in 278 miles of mixed driving.

Options: $6,935 customer preferred package; $1,095 technology group; $2,295 8.4-inch radio & premium audio group with NAV; $1,795 black three-piece hardtop; $1,245 safety group; $995 Convenience group; $525 hardtop headliner by Mopar; $3,995 Xtreme 35-inch tire package; $2,000 8-speed automatic transmission; $1,145 trailer tow package and heavy duty electrical group; $495 earl clear coat exterior paint.

Safety: Electronic roll mitigation; ParkSense rear park assist system; adaptive cruise control with stop; blind spot and cross path detection; advanced brake assist; full speed forward collision warn plus
Things to know: Jeep Wrangler Willys is an off-road ready SUV with big capabilities and with four-doors its more useable for more people.


  • Take a few minutes and the Jeep Wrangler goes from hardtop to sun-loving convertible
  • The Wrangler is an off-road champion and now has more comforts inside than before
  • Many trim levels and options to please most buyers


  • Cost rises quickly when you add options
  • Only available with the automatic transmission when you choose four-cylinder engine
  • Still a bit loud and unruly for some buyers looking for a softer crossover

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2024 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Federal News Network Logo
Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up