I’m not cool enough to own a Jeep Wrangler. Okay, so, while there’s no official requirement of a Wrangler owner, after spending a week behind the wheel of the 2016 Jeep Wrangle Unlimited Sahara 75th Anniversary Edition, its clear Jeep owners are unlike the others.
Let’s start with the special Jeep code. Do you know about the Jeep wave? I have to admit at first, I thought the “Jeep Wave” was an urban legend or just a fun prank for the newbies like me. So, of course, I “Googled” it, and the wave is real. Urban Dictionary defines the Jeep Wave and explains modifications based on whether your top is on or off.
But here’s the thing you guys, I drove the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara around the suburbs of Dallas for a week, and no one would wave at me. What was the problem? I mean, this was the Sarge Green special 75th Anniversary Edition Wrangler with the anniversary badge and 17 inch bronze aluminum wheels. In my mind I was riding high and looking fly. But I must have encountered more than twelve Wranglers without anyone returning my two fingered wave.
Upon further review, there are several factors that were like strobe lights pointing to me as a driver not an owner. One, my Jeep was too clean. And, I’m not just talking about dirt. No, this Wrangler wasn’t wearing any Jeep Club stickers, wasn’t sporting any aftermarket accessories, and didn’t have any mud on the tires. And let’s not forget it was 80 degrees outside and the top and doors were still attached. Essentially, I was screaming “I’m an amateur.”
Yes, I know the Wrangler is meant for trails vs. the elementary school pick-up line. I’ve experienced its ability to climb rocks and hills without effort, to sling mud faster than a politician, and to scream for more. So, it’s a shame my week was too packed with running errands and working, to go looking for adventure off the beaten path. I almost felt like I was betraying an unspoken code or oath taken by Wrangler owners over the last 75 years.
Instead, my adventures consisted of taking the kids to school and back, grocery shopping and waving to complete strangers. I might not be cool enough to own a Jeep Wrangler or experience the Jeep wave. But… I did have my very own “cool moment” with the Wrangler. The kids and I had just finished dinner at our local Chick-fil-A and the restaurant was being swarmed by teenagers. As we made our escape, we passed a few other Wranglers in the parking lot. These Jeeps were in a different class than our press vehicle. The tops were off, doors were detached, and the paint was either covered in stickers or dirt from multiple counties. But just as my driver’s door was closing, a teenager yelled, “like your Jeep”, and gave me a nod. Yes, that might have been the moment I considered buying a Wrangler.
What’s made the Jeep Wrangler one of the most popular vehicles on the road today? There’s not just one answer, but many. Ask a Jeep owner why they chose to buy a Wrangler and the answers vary from one extreme to the next. Most owners want to belong to the exclusive group of Jeep owners, but also stand out by customizing their Jeep to make it one of a kind. From light-bars to tires, custom paint jobs, seat covers, speakers, and more, every Jeep can reflect its owners unique personality.
Jeep designed the 75th Anniversary Edition with a salute to its heritage. The 2016 Wrangler Unlimited shares DNA with the original Willys MB. It is the embodiment of Freedom, Adventure, Passion and Authenticity. Exclusive anniversary details include bronze exterior and interior trim, premium wheels, 75th anniversary edition badges, power dome hood and more.
Rugged yet distinct, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition has the ability to go anywhere and do anything. Jeep always pays attention to the details and you can see that with the Morrocan sun accents inside the vehicle. The seats, available in black or dark saddle, are embossed with the 75th Anniversary Logo. Under the hood, is the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 with 285 hp and 260 lb ft of torque. Whether you’re towing a boat, climbing rocks, or taking a road trip you’ve got all the power you need. MSRP on 2016 Wrangler Unlimited 4X4 75th Anniversary edition is $48,630.