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Used Jeep Wrangler – Cincinnati, OH

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  • Overview

    A black 2007 used Jeep Wrangler Unlimited angled left on white

    For nearly 40 years, the Jeep Wrangler has been the definitive commercial Jeep vehicle, sought after by drivers of all different backgrounds. Although a high-quality used Jeep Wrangler can serve a wide range of functions, those looking for a fantastic, dedicated off-road machine often turn to the Wrangler as their vehicle of choice. The look and design of the Wrangler is the quintessential Jeep for a lot of people, and the Wrangler’s ability to open up to the environment around it makes it an off-road vehicle unlike any other.

    The legacy of the Jeep Wrangler speaks for itself, as the bold front grille and headlamps have become truly iconic, especially among drivers looking for an unbeatable off-road experience. While the Jeep name has long been associated with rugged vehicles built to handle anything, the Wrangler has truly cemented its place among the best off-road vehicles in the world. Throughout most of its lifespan, the Jeep Wrangler has been a two-door vehicle comparable in size to some compact SUVs out there, though four-door models have become available in recent years.

    Few people would mistake a used Jeep Wrangler with any other compact or midsize SUV, however, as the style and performance of the Wrangler have set it apart for decades. The first generation of the Wrangler, referred to as the YJ, kicked off for the model year 1987 and ran until 1995. TJ models make up the second generation, which ran from 1997 to 2006 and brought the classic round headlamps to the Wrangler.

    In 2007, the third generation or JK Wrangler was introduced and brought along a four-door “Unlimited” model to join the standard two-door version. This four-door model became very popular, and so you will find a lot of them when looking at different used Jeep Wrangler models available. The fourth generation of the Jeep Wrangler, called the JL, kicked off in 2018, and these account for some of the latest used Jeep Wranglers that you will find. Choosing the right one comes down to what kinds of features and designs you are looking for, but you cannot go wrong with any of them.

    Why Choose a Used Jeep Wrangler?

    The most obvious, and perhaps most important, answer to this question will typically be simple: an incredible off-road performance that truly defines the trail experience. This starts with the engineering of the Jeep Wrangler, which has been produced for decades to be a vehicle with the ability to go anywhere. Even factory versions, without any aftermarket upgrades or changes, are incredible off-road machines that can tackle challenging trails. 4WD versions have pretty much always been available, so you can easily find a 4WD used Jeep Wrangler, and aftermarket improvements to off-road performance are also quite common.

    One of the primary reasons a lot of people choose a used Jeep Wrangler, for off-road or even city driving, is the unique, open-air design that can be found with it. This signature design creates a driving experience that most other vehicles cannot even come close to matching. You can find a used Jeep Wrangler with a removable top – but there are plenty of convertible cars out there that can give you a similar experience. Where the Jeep Wrangler goes so much further, however, is with removable doors, windshields, and more that let you open up the vehicle.

    There truly is nothing quite like taking a Jeep Wrangler off-road, feeling the mist and spray of a shallow stream as you splash through it and push up the other side, confident that your Wrangler can handle anything you encounter. Whether you are interested in hitting an off-road trail for the first time, or you have years of experience with difficult terrain, a used Jeep Wrangler is a fantastic way to prepare for your next great adventure. And a newer model from the third or fourth generation combines excellent technology and safety features with this incredible performance and legendary ability to handle anything you throw at it.

  • 2007-2009

    A green four door 2007 used Jeep Wrangler in front of a body of water

    Perhaps the biggest year for the JK generation of used Jeep Wranglers; this is the first and initial release year for the JK. It was launched with two different models available, both with a 3.8L EGH engine: a standard 2-door version with a short wheelbase, and a 4-door model that has a long wheelbase. The 4-door model was called the “Unlimited” throughout this entire generation, and both models were available in 2007 in four different trim levels: X, X-S, Sahara, and Rubicon.

    There were hard-top and soft-top versions of these Wranglers available, so you can typically find used Jeep Wranglers for sale with either of those options. The Sahara and Rubicon trim levels also had half-doors available in addition to the standard full doors. In general, the Sahara was the luxury model within this generation, while the Rubicon was the off-road ready version, so keep that in mind as you look at different used Jeep Wrangler models.

    The Jeep Wrangler available in 2008 was very much like the previous year, with little in the way of upgrades or improvements. Just like in 2007, there were standard and Unlimited models manufactured and they had the same 3.8L EGH engine that was introduced in the 2007 model. When you look at used Jeep Wranglers for sale, you can more-or-less consider the 2007 and 2008 models the same in terms of available features and functionality. Collectors who want the first model year will gravitate toward the 2007s, but if you just want something to drive, then the 2008 is just as good. There were some slight improvements and upgrades made for the 2009 model year, so keep an eye out for these used Jeep Wranglers for sale. Most of the changes were safety upgrades, which makes this a great year if you want an early JK model but also want great safety features. These upgrades include things like hill start assist to help keep you from rolling downhill. Trailer sway control was also introduced to help with towing a trailer or camper behind the Jeep, along with electronic stability alerts for trailer sway.

    Trim levels were also slightly changed starting with the 2009 model year. The trims previously called “X” and “X-S” were renamed “Sport” and “Sport S” for both the standard and Unlimited models. As such, used Jeep Wranglers from 2007 or 2008 can have different trim names than those from later years within the JK generation.

  • 2010-2011

    A white 2010 used Jeep Wrangler Islander in the snow

    Although the upgrades in 2010 were not as major as the safety improvements that mark used Jeep Wranglers from 2009, there were still a few important changes. 2010 saw the release of a new soft top that was easier to fold and open than the one found on models from previous years. The 2010 Jeep Wranglers also included new sun visors that offer more coverage and a UConnect infotainment system that became standard. Overall, not a lot of huge changes, but the soft-top improvements alone make this a popular year.

    Model year 2011 used Jeep Wranglers are quite popular for a number of reasons, including an updated interior that made for a more luxurious experience overall. The redesigned interior included a USB interface and Bluetooth support for streaming audio content. Automatic temperature controls were added as an option to the 2011 Jeep Wrangler, which makes them quite popular on the used market, and the interior redesign also addressed issues with noise.

  • 2012

    A dark blue 2012 used Jeep Wrangler in front of a yellow house with an American flag in Cincinnati.

    Second only to the initial release year of 2007, 2012 marked the biggest improvement and change to the JK generation of Jeep Wranglers. In 2012, the engine was changed from the older 3.8L model to a greatly improved Chrysler engine: the 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine that provides more horsepower and torque than the previous engine did. While some people were critical of the engine in the JK’s initial release, this silenced just about all of that criticism.

    For people looking for used Jeep Wranglers for sale, 2012 is a major year and one worth looking for. Any model year after 2012 includes the 3.6L Pentastar engine, so keep that in mind as you consider your options.

  • 2013-2015

    A blue 2014 used Jeep Wrangler on a desert hill at sunset

    After the introduction of the new engine in 2012, the 2013 models had only minor improvements, as you might expect. These were largely aesthetic in nature and included contoured seats and new trim details inside the vehicle. A lever was introduced that allowed for rear-seat folding using only one hand – previously it required two hands – and ambient lighting was introduced in the cabin. Overall, however, 2013 used Jeep Wranglers are quite similar to those from 2012.

    Changes introduced in 2014 were also quite limited in scope and were largely minor. They included a new Trail Kit that became available, which included a pair of D-rings and a tow strap. Clear turn signal indicators and park lamps replaced the amber lamps from previous years, and six new body colors were introduced in 2014, including Copperhead and Flame Red. Interior features available on some used Jeep Wranglers from 2014 include a 6-inch touchscreen with hard drive storage and other technology upgrades.

    2015 saw the addition of even more body paint colors, including a dark olive green shade referred to as Tank, Baja Yellow, and Firecracker Red. An 8-speaker audio system became standard in 2015 Jeep Wranglers, and a 9-speaker system with a subwoofer was also introduced. Additional improvements were similarly minor in nature, such as a package that included 31-inch tires and a standard Torx tool that made it easier for owners to remove the doors.

  • 2016-2017

    A silver 2016 used Jeep Wrangler Willy on a mountain

    Most of the upgrades and improvements in the 2016 Jeep Wrangler were aesthetic in nature or very minor. This included greater comfort in the driver’s seat thanks to a more ergonomic design – something that often took second-place to the more “Jeep-like” design features of previous years. Overall, 2016 used Jeep Wranglers are very similar to 2015, with only a few minor differences, beyond some special editions only available during certain years. This includes the 2016 Black Bear Edition – which built upon the standard Sport trim level, but added features based on Black Bear Pass near Telluride, Colorado.

    In 2017, the JK generation came to an end, so improvements and changes were quite limited. Perhaps the biggest change was the introduction of LED headlights and fog lamps as standard features in the Sahara and Rubicon trim levels, and available options for the Sport model. A cold weather package also became available in 2017, which included an engine-block heater, heated seats, and similar features aimed at driving in cold weather. Otherwise, used Jeep Wranglers from 2017 are quite similar to the previous year.

    Of course, collectors might focus on getting one of these models to mark the end of an era. 2018 models, on the other hand, mark the beginning of the JL generation with an impressive redesign and an array of new features for a new generation of used Jeep Wranglers for sale.

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