In this Jeep Wrangler Old vs New review we have the opportunity of comparing a 1995 Jeep Wrangler with a 2015 model to see how good, or is it any better, the 2015 technology compares with a model that is 20 years older.
The 1995 Wrangler YK and the 2015 Wrangler JK were both recognised as being the best Jeep for off-roading in their respective year but to be honest I would not call this a true comparison of the models. The 1995 YK is the short wheelbase soft top with modified suspension and larger wheels and tires, while the 2015 JK is long wheelbase and appears to be a standard off the showroom floor Rubicon. Consequently the off road ability and performance between the two can be markedly different in some situations but it is still interesting to see how each get on in the tricky tough going sections, and in some instances bigger as in tires isn’t necessarily better.
The Wrangler would be the closest relative to the original Willys Jeep, and whether it be snow, mud, sand, or rock climbing the Jeep Wrangler properly set up for the job is generally still the one to beat. Jeep know this and do what they can to capitalize on its reputation of excelling in these conditions, with this reputation going right back to the early 1940’s. It is well documented that at the end of WWII as the US Military was withdrawing its troops the endearment in many countries was ‘Yankee go home now but leave your Jeep behind’ The Philippines for one turned many of their Jeeps into very colourful taxis, with other countries utilizing them for whatever tasks they could be modified for. This especially applied to America where the Jeep became the workhorse for many farmers and industries.
As time goes on no doubt Jeep will get strong competition in the sport of off-roading, and I suspect GM is thinking along those lines with its latestColorado ZR2, possibly bought on by the pending release this year of the JeepWrangler Pickup.
Would you call this review a true comparison of these Jeep Wrangler old vs new models?
Thanks to the FTL guys for making this video. Photos are video screen shots.