The Jeep marketing machine seldom misses as opportunity to remind us of the brand’s rugged roots. From the torrent of advertising gushing from Chrysler HQ, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every Jeep owner spends his days forging trails and fording streams, but the fair majority of Jeep products and their owners are happier commuting than communing with nature. Even the Wrangler, stalwart flag bearer for the Jeep brand, has grown in every direction over the decades. With a new engine, a more refined interior and an optional well-sorted hard top, has the Wrangler strayed too far from its billy goat roots? The Wrangler remains one of the most capable off-road machines money can buy straight from the factory.

The answer, of course, is no. The Wrangler remains one of the most capable off-road machines money can buy straight from the factory, and years of abuse, research and development from