The Jeep Wrangler has always been a patriotic car, inspired by the military Willys Jeeps that won World War II. In recent years, it has become more luxurious and thus expensive, with features that rival those of other luxury cars. It comes in two body styles and a variety of fuel-swigging powertrains to appeal to as many people as possible.
If you're looking for something uniquely American, go with the range-topping 470-hp V8 Rubicon 392 model. All Wranglers come standard with 4WD and a set of features that make off-roading a breeze. Most importantly, it'll take you wherever you want to go - as long as you have the driving skills to match.
The Wrangler's main shortcomings are apparent when you take it off-road. Its ride can be too rough for some people and its steering isn't great at high speeds, but Jeep enjoys a loyal fanbase that would never consider alternatives from other brands.
The Wrangler JL comes standard with a 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 from the previous generation matched with either a six-speed manual or smooth eight-speed automatic. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is optional and provides extra power at low speeds thanks to an electric motor assist. In addition to the standard V6 and optional four cylinder hybrid, the Wrangler can also be equipped with...
Standard on all Wranglers is a part-time four-wheel drive that's activated by a lever placed on the center console. Our tests revealed some pretty speedy stats: abase two-door Wrangler Sport with a V-6 and sixspeed manual transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds; while a wellequipped fourdoor Sahara model with automatic transmission did it slightly slower in 6.8 seconds . Even quicker, at 6.5 seconds to60mph , was the hybrid powertrain equippingthefour - doorSahara .
The Rubicon model and the High Tide model, which are both more equipped for off-roading, didn't do as well in our tests. Performance-wise, the Wrangler JL has improved from its predecessor but not enough to surpass its competition. Although it's handling is better than before, it's still noticeably rougher compared to today's other SUVs and pickups. The ride quality in the four door is just tolerable over bumpy roads, but stopping distances vary between our two test vehicles.
If you're interested in tackling trails under electric power, then the 4xe powertrain is a great choice. The 17.0-kWh battery pack provides up to 25 miles of electric driving, which Jeep says is enough for a few hours of low-speed off-roading. If the battery runs out, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine can drive all four wheels like a normal Wrangler, so you won't have to worry about being stranded without charge.
The Wrangler is one of the most fuel-efficient gas guzzlers, leading rivals such as the Bronco and 4Runner. The diesel engine option gets up to 22 mpg in city driving and 29 highway.
Our V-6 four-door Wrangler Sahara got 20 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, which is 3 less than its EPA rating. The turbocharged four=cylinder hybrid model did much better--26 mpg, 2 more than expected. For more information about the Wrangler's fuel economy results, please visit the EPA's website.
The High Tide special edition, which has an exclusive exterior design, is limited to the 2022 Jeep Wrangler. For the 2023 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep has introduced the Freedom Edition, which is military themed and adds American flag decals, rock rails and a steel front bumper.
Fast-forward to model year 2023, and Jeep has implemented some changes to its bare-bones, base-trim, two-door 2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport—while only raising the MSRP by $300 to $30,295. For better or worse, it's still base, but a little less base.
The ordering book for the new Jeep Gladiator is open. You can go ahead and get in line for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator.