Description: Compact Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $18,390 - $28,930
Invoice Price Range: $17,105 - $26,358
Where built: USA
Jeep's icon wagon skews to multiple models for 2006 including new Wrangler Golden Eagle with premium gear and Ravine aluminum wheels trimmed in gold.
Wrangler comes in two wheelbase lengths -- short and long. The short version trims as SE, X, Sport, Unlimited plus serious off-roader Rubicon. The stretched version is called Wrangler Unlimited with ten inches added to the wheelbase and a structure 15 inches longer. Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon packs diamond-plate sill guards, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles and Goodyear Wrangler "Maximum Traction/Reinforced" tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels. Unlimited's comfort gear includes air conditioning and power steering, a fold-and-tumble back seat and a soft top with rollback roof panel that works like a sunroof.
Jeep's mega-torque in-line-six engine with 4.0-liter displacement shows up in Unlimited and most Wrangler models, while Wrangler SE the price-leader gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder plant good for 147 hp.
The all-wagon line of Jeep, DaimlerChrysler brand devoted exclusively to four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles, expands to four models in 2006. Jeep Commander is the newest member of Jeep's vehicle family and the first Jeep rigged with three rows of seats for a capacity of seven passengers. But Grand Cherokee SRT8, packing a 6.1-liter HEMI V8, becomes the most powerful Jeep -- and the quickest.