Driving a right-hand-drive car in the U.S. might seem ridiculous unless you plan to import a special car from Japan. From old-school Nissan Skylines to long-extinct Toyota MR2s, many import enthusiasts are willing to sit on the “wrong side” to get a piece of JDM heaven on their daily commute. But what if you’re not into import cars?
In that case, there are some domestic vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler that have historically been configured as right-hand-drive (RHD) vehicles. They’re typically used for mail-carrying purposes, but can you actually order a right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler?
Why would anyone want a right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler?
A right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler is pretty unique and some drivers like to be different. Of course, they could just show off their wild personalities by buying a Mini Cooper and customizing it to their heart’s content. But let’s face it, sitting on the right side of a Jeep sounds extra special.
Fortunately, for the brave drivers who want to feel the exhilarating experience of mixing up the turn signal stalk with the windshield wipers, an RHD Jeep Wrangler can be ordered. According to the Jeep website, the 2021 Wrangler can be equipped as an RHD vehicle and “see your local dealer to learn more.”
Dealers aren’t stocking RHD Jeep Wranglers
Heeding the website’s important advice, I called my local Jeep dealership to ask them about ordering an RHD Wrangler. The polite salesperson informed me that anyone can order an RHD Jeep Wrangler and that they are not only reserved for mail carriers. If anyone is inclined to order one of these special Jeeps, they would just need to put down a non-refundable deposit.
The good news is that ordering a Jeep Wrangler with the steering wheel on the other side won’t cost you any more than a left-hand-drive one. But you will need to wait a little while for it to get built and shipped to the dealer before taking delivery of it.
There are used RHD Wranglers
If you would rather not have to wait for your RHD Wrangler or pay the hefty price for a new one, you can buy a used one. A nationwide search on CarGurus reveals that there are 246 listings for used RHD Jeep Wranglers; priced from $10,000 up to around $50,000. As you can imagine, they all come in different trim levels miles on the odometer, so you’ll need to do your research to figure out which trim is best for you.
As for whether or not driving an RHD Jeep in your state is legal, you can rest assured that it is. According to NADA guides, it’s legal to drive and import RHD cars into the U.S. Fortunately, unlike the Japanese cars that some enthusiasts like to import, the RHD Jeep Wrangler doesn’t need any special registration or any special replacement parts that could be discontinued.
Instead, since the Wrangler is U.S. spec, your local registration and tax laws should be the same as any other U.S.-spec vehicle. That being said, driving a right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler doesn’t sound so ridiculous now, does it?