2018 - 2024
Fourth generation Jeep Wrangler
The current Jeep Wrangler has gotten bigger in more ways than one, with more space, more tech, more options, and a heap of available engines. It remains an off-road-focused vehicle, so while it’s the most refined Wrangler to date, it requires some trade-offs compared to conventional SUVs.
The current Jeep Wrangler (known as the JL) debuted for the 2018 model year, offering more passenger space than its predecessor. But the big differences relate to everyday livability, with improvements in comfort, technology, interior materials, and ride quality.
The Wrangler is available as either a two-door or a four-door, the Wrangler Unlimited. Both two- and four-door models come with either a soft-top convertible or a removable hard top.
The standard drivetrain is a gasoline V6 paired with a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is available. A turbocharged four-cylinder is also offered with an eight-speed automatic.
For 2020, Jeep added an optional turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine, and in 2021 Jeep introduced a plug-in hybrid powertrain called the 4xe and the Rubicon 392, with a 470-horsepower V8.
With tons of optional equipment, a Wrangler’s trim level doesn’t necessarily dictate its features. But the Wrangler carried over the same basic trim level structure from the older generation.
The base Sport trim level starts with more features than previous Wranglers but is still pretty sparse, even coming with manual crank windows. Starting for 2022, a seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity is also standard. The Sport S gets you more convenience features, including keyless entry and power windows. The midlevel Sahara adds more standard technology and comfort features. As always, the off-road-focused Rubicon remains the flagship Wrangler.
Comes with removable soft top or hard top
Extremely capable off-road
Removable doors and fold-down windshield for ultimate off-road visibility
Optional forward collision warning (added for 2019)
Available plug-in hybrid 4xe model (added for 2021)
Available gasoline V8 with massive horsepower and torque (added for 2021)
Available turbocharged diesel engine (added for 2020)
Available Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® connectivity (standard from 2022)
2007 - 2017
Third generation Jeep Wrangler
The third-generation Jeep Wrangler (also referred to as the Wrangler JK) grew significantly for its 2007 redesign, offering a roomier two-door model and introducing the first four-door model with the Wrangler Unlimited. Key changes included a stiffer structure and more insulation for a quieter ride, although the Wrangler is still noisy compared to other SUVs. There was also the introduction of a four-door long-wheelbase variant known as the Wrangler Unlimited and more power under the hood.
At launch, the Wrangler JK came with a 202-horsepower V6 and available four-speed automatic. In 2012, Jeep upgraded the Wrangler with a new 285-hp V6 and a new five-speed automatic. Jeep also made four-wheel drive standard on all Wranglers for 2012.
Both the standard Wrangler and the larger Unlimited models came in three primary trims: the bare-bones Sport, midlevel Sahara, or off-road-ready Rubicon trim. Numerous packages and stand-alone options allow for extensive customization.
First Wrangler to offer four doors with Wrangler Unlimited models
Incredible off-road performance
Available Bluetooth® connectivity
Available heated seats
Extensive off-road features available
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Changes by year
Latest generation from 2018 - 2024
2024 Jeep Wrangler
Minor styling updates
Stronger rear axle and available winch for the Rubicon trim
Upgraded 12.3-inch screen with Google-based operating system
Power front seats available
Diesel engine has been discontinued
2023 Jeep Wrangler
No significant changes for 2023
2022 Jeep Wrangler
Seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ now standard
New optional 4.88 axle available for Rubicon, delivers 100:1 crawl ratio
8.4-inch touchscreen standard on Sahara and Rubicon
2021 Jeep Wrangler
Rubicon 392 trim introduced, with 470-horsepower V8 engine
4xe trim introduced, with plug-in hybrid powertrain
Mild hybrid V6 now available option for Sport and Rubicon trims
Optional TrailCam added, a forward-facing camera for use off-road
Two-speed transfer case optional for Sport trim
Full-time 4WD Rock-Trac® 4x4 system optional for Rubicon trim
Two additional USB charging ports added
2020 Jeep Wrangler
Optional turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine introduced
LED headlights optional for Sport trim
2019 Jeep Wrangler
Forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control added to optional Advanced Safety Group package
2018 Jeep Wrangler
Fully redesigned for 2018
The previous-generation Wrangler JK continued to be sold alongside the redesigned Wrangler for 2018
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
Turbocharged four-cylinder engine introduced (270 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque)
Optional eight-speed automatic transmission
Available six-speed manual for V6-equipped models
Standard five-inch touchscreen, optional seven- or 8.4-inch touchscreens
Extensive available off-road equipment
Previous generation from 2007 - 2017
2017 Jeep Wrangler
Optional LED headlights for Sport and Sport S trims
Standard LED headlights for Sahara and Rubicon trims
Cold Weather package for Sport S and Rubicon models added, including an engine block heater, heated seats, and remote start among other features
2016 Jeep Wrangler
No major changes for 2016
2015 Jeep Wrangler
Standard eight-speaker stereo system added
Tool kit for removal of roof and doors now standard on all trims
Willys Wheeler package offered for Sport trim
2014 Jeep Wrangler
Freedom Edition trim offered, with unique appearance package
32-inch tires optional for Sport trim
2013 Jeep Wrangler
Redesigned seats for improved comfort
Additional interior lighting added
Optional six-speaker premium audio
Redesigned soft top, with increased noise insulation and simplified operation
2012 Jeep Wrangler
New 285-horsepower V6 engine replaces previous V6 on all trims
New five-speed automatic transmission replaces old four-speed
Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition available for one year, with Call of Duty graphics and some off-road upgrades
2011 Jeep Wrangler
Four-wheel drive now standard; two-wheel drive no longer available
Redesigned interior with improved materials and more sound insulation
Updated infotainment, Bluetooth with streaming audio are now optional without the navigation system
Available heated seats and power mirrors
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RepairPal gave the Jeep Wrangler an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Wrangler 27th out of 27 among Compact SUVs.
RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Jeep Wrangler is $612, compared to an average of $489 for Compact SUVs and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
According to RepairPal, Jeep Wrangler owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.3 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 16% for the Jeep Wrangler, compared to an average of 10% for Compact SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
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