The No-BS Jeep For A No-BS Price

Jeep Wrangler Willys

Those who were looking for a JL Jeep Wrangler with all of the off-road bells and whistles, but were not within reach of affording the $41,545 price point of the Rubicon knew that all they had to do was wait. Because it was only a matter of time before the no-frills JL Jeep Wrangler Willys edition would come into the light. And today is that wonderful day.

New for the 2020 model year, the JL Jeep Wrangler Willys edition features a limited-slip rear differential, rock rails and shocks pulled from the JL Rubicon, heavy-duty brakes and 32-inch Firestone mud terrain tires. Add to it the Command-Trac 4×4 two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and there are little to no rigs on the new vehicle market with this kind of capability for the price. The engines, transmissions and output are otherwise the same as other JL Jeep Wrangler models.

What makes the Willys so appealing is that it unlocks off-road hardware found in the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Moab for thousands less. Specifically, we’re looking at an MSRP of $33,740 for the two-door model and $37,240 for the four-door version. That’s nearly $8,000 less than the JL Rubicon, and nearly $18,000 less than a JL Moab.

All of that said, the JL Wrangler Rubicon is still top off-road dog in the lineup, thanks to its Dana front and rear heavy duty axles, and front locker.

On the outside of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys is just about the same formula as seen with the JK model. That means we get a Willys hood decal, unique black 17-inch aluminum wheels with gray pad print and a gloss black sport grille. LED headlights and fog lights are also standard, while the interior gets all weather floor mats. Lastly, for the 2020 model year, the Wrangler Willys will be available in 10 colors: Black, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Billet, Ocean Blue, Firecracker Red, Punk’n, Hellayella, Mojito! and White.

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys edition is available for ordering right now. Happy trails.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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