Slideshow: 2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Jeep Wrangler continues off-roading legacy with modern creature comforts

The Jeep Wrangler continues to be a formidable off-roader with modern creature comforts.

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The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic vehicle, made to tackle some of the Earth's toughest terrain. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is capable and hardy, even with its new package options.

This slideshow covers the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan, 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys, 2020 Jeep Wrangler Freedom, 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan

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The Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan edition is available in all exterior colors and features 17-inch Machine Granite wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, side steps, Low Gloss badging and a premium tan soft top.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys

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The Wrangler Willys edition features a limited-slip rear differential, Rubicon rock rails and shocks, heavy-duty brakes, and 32-inch Firestone mud terrain tires.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Freedom

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This special edition adds military-themed accents on the exterior and interior of the vehicle.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the most capable Wrangler in Jeep's 2020 model year lineup.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

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The Wrangler Sahara is a hardtop version of the classic off-roader.

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is now on sale at dealerships nationwide.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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If you're shopping for a new or used vehicle today, you've probably seen your share of high prices, difficult negotiations, and hard times finding the right color and options for the vehicle you want. All of that, and we haven't even touched the world of collectors cars, auctions, or the ever-raging RAD-era vehicle prices.

This 9,000-mile 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara touches all three marks, so it's not surprising to see its Bring a Trailer auction price climbing. The $30,000-plus closing price is hard to swallow, but to be fair, the Jeep looks new in all the ways that count, and its tan-on-green color scheme is an attractive one for such a boxy vehicle.

If you didn't believe that people buy cars with their hearts instead of their brains, this is your proof. NADA says that the 1993 Jeep Wrangler's MSRP was just shy of $14,000. Even if we take a generous estimate that someone paid $15,000 for a 1993 Wrangler with options, that's still just $28,475 in today's money. It's also almost $4,000 less after inflation than the auction's closing price of $32,250. Bidding heated up in the closing moments, driving the price up by around $2,000.

It'd be unfair to poo-poo people for spending their money on what they want, but it's clear that the average enthusiast is priced out of the market for many vehicles. There are gems and junkyard-restoration opportunities, but the days of picking up a cheap car to beat on and enjoy are numbered. The pandemic and microchip shortages are partly to blame and are both temporary problems – hopefully – so there's a chance we could return to a normal state at some point. For now, let's just hope that the people buying these low-mileage vehicles get them out and drive then.

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