Now that you’ve decided that a Jeep Wrangler is the vehicle for you, it’s time to decide whether you want a hard or soft-top. Neither option is a one-size-fits-all approach, and the model you decide to get needs to suit your personal needs when relaxing and driving.
Advantages of a Soft Top Jeep
- Cheaper. A soft-top does not cost as much as a hard-top Jeep and gives you more money to spend on other features, like an upgraded stereo system or more rugged tires for off-roading. If you do have issues, they aren’t too pricey to replace or change to a different style of soft top.
- Versatile. Soft-tops have their own variety to offer. You can select one with complete coverage, ones with doors, one with windows or any other combination you can probably think of. Your Jeep is more likely to be truly unique to you.
- Easy on and off. You can easily take the top off or put it on when you need to pretty quickly. They’re meant to be taken off and put back on. No worries if it starts to rain on what you thought was a sunny day because you’ll be able to stay dry within a few minutes.
- Return to nature. Soft-tops can be taken off to give you exposure to the elements. You can catch some rays on those nice sunny days, or enjoy the calmness of the warm nights with no limitations.
Disadvantages of a Soft Top Jeep
- Durability. Soft-tops are not as durable as hard-top Jeeps and may need to be replaced one or more times during ownership. They naturally wear out after years of use and wear and tear from sun, snow, wind and rain. The material gets tighter when it is colder and is more likely to tear, which can be an issue if it’s cold for much of the year.
- Easier to break into. Soft-tops are significantly easier to break into than hard tops. The thinner material also provides less protection than a hard-top if you get into an accident.
- Louder. A thin top means you have more exposure to the road, and you’ll experience that noise inside the cabin more than with a hard-top. This could be a potential deal-breaker or a minor annoyance depending on your preference and priorities.
- Little to no insulation. Soft-tops do not give you a lot of insulation from the bitter cold temperatures you’ll face in some climates. It won’t take too long to heat up, but expect it to take a little longer before you’re feeling warm and snug.
- No mounting capabilities. Hard-tops allow you to mount a permanent rack on top to transport items such as luggage and skis that are too large to fit inside the vehicle itself.
Take your time when selecting what type of top to get on your Jeep Wrangler. Don’t pick something just because it’s the most popular option. Carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each option, and select the one that suits your vehicular needs.
You want to have a Jeep that you love and want to drive with no regrets!