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

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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