Like many of your garden-variety exotic cars -- your Porsche 918 Spyders and Lamborghini Huracans -- the Jeep Wrangler's resale value is secure, to say the least. Like its extreme, purpose-built non-brethren from Italy and Germany, the Wrangler does one thing brilliantly: It climbs over things. That rugged, rowdy, go-anywhere off-road nature never gets old.
Designed and built to do the impossible, the Jeep Wrangler features a hardcore-SUV body-on-frame structure, solid axles, and true 4-wheel drive. Its take-no-prisoners suspension works with the Jeep's squared-off shape to afford mythical approach and departure angles, studly ground clearance, and wicked-good negotiation of jagged, rutted and bouldered off-road landscapes.
One excellent engine comes with the 2015 Jeep Wrangler: the 285-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or available 5-speed automatic, this engine has the capability to destroy all off-road monsters while also playing smoothly and responsively when on-road conditions require it.
Any war vet would recognize the ancestral shape of the Wrangler, especially now that the military-themed Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition has been introduced. In truth, any human being from age three on would recognize the beautiful, boxy Wrangler. Iconic? No. It IS the icon. Inside, the Jeep would make any Spartan proud, but the noisy ride can be mitigated a bit by its USB port and available 9-speaker premium Alpine audio system.
While you can pay $40,000-plus for an all-in 2015 Jeep Wrangler, don't fret. There are plenty of new Wranglers available in the low-$20K range. And knowing that the world will always need a great off-road SUV, Zombie apocalypse or not, is guaranteed to keep the Jeep's resale value strong.
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