Especially taking into account the fact that it's only slightly more expensive than a well-equipped compact econobox, the Wrangler doesn't exactly disappoint when it comes to the number of onboard gadgets. As we mentioned in the "Interior" chapter of our test drive, some of the ergonomics are a bit on the weird side, especially when talking about the power windows and power locks buttons. Probably in a fit of backwards thinking American engineers have switched their places.
The fact that each door has its own power lock button is a gadget by itself though, you have to admit. Another interesting feature which isn't exactly found in every car out there would be all-wheel drive system command. It consists of a gear-shifter-like lever which you can tilt in order to select rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive high and/or all-wheel drive low. Oh, it also has a towing function.
For the adventurous people out there, the Wrangler has two special functions which can be controlled from the cockpit. You can lock both axles and disengage the front and rear sway bars just by pushing two buttons on the center console.
Sadly, there were no sensor-based automatic headlights or windshield wipers and not even HID headlights for that matter. Considering the noise levels inside at highway speeds we found it a bit odd to discover a lever for a cruise control system on the steering wheel. Still, that's another gadget worth mentioning.
Other than the ones mentioned, our test car was also equipped with the usual power windows, and (manual) air conditioning, two features which could only be considered gadgets on a car like this. The real interesting "gadget" would have to be the car itself, since it can transform from a three-door hard-top to a three-door soft-top in a matter of minutes. Continue reading