2018 Jeep Wrangler
The Wrangler is one powerful freedom machine. Its Trail Rated status, 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and Command-Trac and available Rock-Trac 4×4 systems are just a few of the reasons why Wrangler’s capability is a force to be reckoned with.
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Introducing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Meet the amazing Jeep Wrangler
Jeep shoppers should note that two Wrangler models are on sale for 2018. Jeep is selling this new generation Wrangler alongside the old Wrangler. The new one might be referred to as the JL, while the old Wrangler is the JK. (These acronyms relate to Jeep’s model designations for its Wranglers.) If you’re shopping for 2018 Wranglers, you’ll want to make sure you’re aware of the difference.
The new Wrangler is now longer, wider and taller. It has the previous 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, but it can now be mated to an optional eight-speed automatic transmission that vastly improves the Wrangler’s drivability. A six-speed manual is still standard. A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is on the way later this year, and it adds even more appeal to the mix.
A big jump in comfort, the addition of several modern safety features, and more interior space make the 2018 Jeep Wrangler a serious competitor in the midsize SUV class. Of course, it still has unrivaled off-road prowess and aftermarket parts support, too. Overall, we’re impressed with the new Wrangler.
If you’re looking for maximum out-of-the-box off-road capability, the Wrangler Rubicon is a no-brainer. But the base Sport trim is also very capable and very appealing, more so this year than ever before, and that’s the one we’d recommend to most buyers. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine isn’t available at the Wrangler’s debut, but it’s the one to get if you can wait. The additional torque and expected increase in fuel economy will likely make it worth the extra cost.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is available in a pair of body styles: the two-door and four-door Unlimited. The two-door is available in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon trims, while the four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon trims. Both are available with a soft-top convertible or a hardtop.
The Sport trim level, while somewhat basic, has much more equipment than previous Wranglers. Standard equipment includes the 3.6-liter V6 (285 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) paired to a six-speed manual transmission (an eight-speed automatic is optional), 17-inch steel wheels, a full-size spare tire, skid plates and tow hooks. It also has foglights, keyless entry, removable full metal doors with crank windows, a fold-down windshield, manual mirrors and locks, cruise control, air conditioning (optional on the two-door Sport), a height-adjustable driver’s seat (with two-way lumbar adjustment), cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a one-piece folding rear seat.
Also included on the Sport are a 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Besides its two extra doors, the Unlimited version also has a bigger gas tank, air conditioning, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
On top of the base Sport equipment, the Sport S adds 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, an alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sun visors with vanity mirrors.
The midlevel Sahara is only available in the four-door configuration and adds to the Sport S with 18-inch alloy wheels, painted exterior body panels and trim, automatic LED headlights, LED foglights, automatic climate control and a 115-volt outlet. It also comes with a bigger driver information display, an additional USB port, and an upgraded version of Uconnect with a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and satellite radio.
The most off-road capable of the Wranglers is the Rubicon. It gets the basic Sport equipment plus 17-inch alloy wheels, special off-road tires, a heavy-duty Dana M210 front axle and a M220 rear axle, shorter 4.10 axle gearing (the Sport and Sahara come with a 3.45 ratio), 4.0-to-1 low-range gearing, electronic front and rear locking differentials, an electronically disconnecting front roll bar, rock rails and an additional USB port.
Much of the upper-level equipment is available in groups or as stand-alone options for lower trim levels. Other options include remote start, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, an 8.4-inch Uconnect system with navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and a nine-speaker Alpine sound system. All trims are also available with a higher-quality soft top as well as a black or a body-colored hardtop.
Jeep says it will offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a mild-hybrid eTorque system as an option in the Wrangler later in the model year. A 3.0-liter diesel engine is on the horizon for 2019.