This 2006 Jeep Wrangler is proof that a modern Jeep really gets the formula right.

It still retains all the usual Jeep ruggedness, 4×4 drivetrain, classic squared-off bodywork, round headlights, and even adaptability for nice upgrades. But this modern classic proves why later models are the best with plenty of modern comforts – including fuel-injection and A/C. So on the road or on the trail, this is the tool of choice.

The beefy lines of this Jeep remind us that all Wranglers are “Trail Rated”. But the good body panels and glossy paint mean this one also doesn’t look bad rolling through town either. The factory finish isn’t so perfect that you won’t think twice about having some fun when the time is right, and that is what you really want. After all, you can see this one was made for proper Jeep duty. The ruggedness is in many of the darker pieces, like the wide fender flares, upgraded diamond plate rockers, tubular rear bumper w/hitch, and an awesome set of Ion Alloy 15-inch wheels. And with the optional black hardtop in place, this Wrangler looks almost like a well-coordinated two-tone. And more than just a midnight package, the Explorer ProComp lights can help turn night into day.

While early Jeeps give you a minimalist setup, this modern one is comfortable enough to drive every day. The high-back bucket seats are all-day comfortable, and this one has full doors with proper roll-up windows. You get a ton of terrific features, like dual airbags, a tilt steering column, and a cup holder center console. Plus, these were built with ice-cold modern R134a air conditioning and plenty of vents. So you really get to stay comfy even when the top and doors are off. A full roll cage has been part of the Jeep spec sheet for decades, but this modern one takes advantage of a better design for strength and safety.

The 4.0-liter inline-six was a Jeep mainstay for many years. It’s quite energetic in the relatively lightweight Wrangler, and its reputation for reliability can’t be beat. While the motor has had a long life at Jeep, this is the modern evolution that includes fuel injection. So it starts easily and idles well. Another great part about Jeep life are the plentiful upgrades that this one easily accepts. You see it in the motor with the cold air intake and Banks monster exhaust. And the lifted stance and deep tread of the tires let you know it won’t complain about slogging through the rough stuff in 4×4 low range. But despite this go-anywhere nature, you can really see this one has not been abused as an off-road toy. This Jeep has led a nice life so far, and it has the right features for it to continue being a great driving friend for near or far. That’s why you have the six-speed manual transmission, power steering, and power brakes w/front discs.

Price: $23,995

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