(Photos and snow to the face by Dave Nutting) – I’m by no means an overly intelligent guy but when the chance to nab the keys to a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara presented themselves mere days before one of the most savage winter storms to hit New England in 100 years was coming, I jumped at the chance. In the first place I figured it would be good for the survival of my family if something really bad happened and in the second place I thought it would be a hell of a lot of fun. I was right. Because this is BangShift and because we know you expect us to go the extra mile and because Nutting and I are two of the most mentally numb people you have ever met, we took this sucker out fully dressed and then we decided to do it like true Jeepers would. We stripped the doors and roof off of the truck and met mother nature head on. We also met laughs, points, looks of angered derision, and even a few cell phone photos as we spent hours driving the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara around during a blizzard. After the dust settled, the family and I went exploring the local territory (with roof and doors reattached) to see what mother nature had wrought on the local area. It was stunning. We were constantly engaging in the famed “Jeep wave” because half of the vehicles on the road were Jeeps. Why? They were the only things that could escape neighborhoods that looked like this:
I have never owned a Jeep. I’ve always lusted after a CJ5 or a CJ7 but other than some random experiences riding in and driving Jeeps in pretty controlled environments, I have never spent any real time with one. Initially I wasn’t totally on board with the screaming yellow color that this one sported but honestly after a few days I was kind of into it. Nutting was gaga over it because he knew that it would look awesome against the frozen hell that is our local area during this historic winter. After spending about 10 minutes in the Jeep I had the same thought that everyone else has since the Wrangler Unlimited debuted. Why the hell have they not sold four door Jeeps since the beginning?! This thing is so neatly proportioned and so well laid out inside it is scary. Yes, it is a box on wheels but it is a box that uses its interior space really well. Front and back there is plenty of room. Being that most of today’s cars have a steep rake to the windshield, it is a bit jarring to have glass so close to you face but that’s not a bad thing once you get used to it.
This 2015 Wrangler Unlimited was equipped with the Sahara package which is by and large a styling and amenities upgrade situation. We’re not saying that in a pejorative manner but it bears mentioning when the Rubicon package is a full on, hardcore off-road set of upgrades that physically beefs the Jeep. With the Sahara package you get a great Alpine sound system, embroidered Sahara seats, 18 inch wheels, body colored fender flares, and power everything. This is not a “luxury” Wrangler but it is as close as you are going to get. The thing is insanely comfortable and the ride quality on the coil springs is damned fine in the realm of truck-like. Ours also had the body colored roof which had the “freedom” panels. These are forward of the rear roof section and are kind of the Jeep equivalent of T-tops.
The 3.6L v6 has plenty of guts and shoved this thing down the road in fine fashion. This was my first experience with the engine and I came away impressed. It is a bit high strung for a “truck” engine but it hustled this thing around town and down the highway without any issues. I have been in older four banger Jeeps and even some six poppers and this one would handle them in a drag race with no sweat.
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