2018 Jeep Wrangler

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Jeep Wrangler highlights

Customer rating


  • Completely new for 2018
  • Amazing off-road capability
  • Choice of four-cylinder turbo or V6 power


  • On-road ride comfort is subpar
  • Lots of road noise at speed
  • Only two engine options for 2018

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 20 highway, 18 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)

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Go wherever adventure calls.

Tackle the roads less traveled and let the 2018 Jeep Wrangler power your next adventure. Built to tackle roads and trails, the Wrangler combines sturdy body-on-frame construction with a powerful 3.6L V6 engine. Available in two and four-door styles, you can take up to five passengers across rugged terrain. But you won't be roughing it in a 2018 Jeep Wrangler, with features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with navigation, and leather-trimmed seating available in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara models. From towing to the trails, in the urban jungle to country dirt roads, a 2018 Jeep Wrangler is adventure ready.

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What is new for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

  • The Wrangler is available in a variety of new trims, including the All-New Rubicon, All-New Sport, All-New Unlimited Rubicon, All-New Unlimited Sahara, All-New Unlimited Sport, All-New Unlimited Sport S, Freedom Edition, Rubicon Recon, Sport S, Unlimited Altitude, Unlimited Freedom, Unlimited Willys, and Willys Wheeler W.
  • The Unlimited Rubicon Recon trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • Wrangler trims have been upgraded with Rear View Camera, Side Airbags, Smart Key, Parking Sensors, A/C Seat(s), Rear Defroster, Remote Start, Blind Spot Monitor, Tow Hitch, Targa, Automatic Transmission, Turbo Charged Engine, Shaker Sound System, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Heated Steering Wheel, No A/C, Panoramic Sunroof, Lane Departure Warning, Automated Cruise Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Infinity Sound System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Unlimited Sport trim now comes with 6002 as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sahara trim now comes with 6001, 6002, Hard Top, and Alpine Sound System as standard equipment.
  • The Rubicon trim now comes with 6002 as standard equipment.
  • The Sahara trim now comes with 6002 as standard equipment.
  • The Willys Wheeler trim now comes with 6002, 6001, Alloy Wheels, and CD Audio as standard equipment.

2018 Jeep Wrangler trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

1. Feel the open air

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Cargo space | CarMax

Few vehicles offer an open-air experience like the 2018 Jeep Wrangler does. The doors, roof, and front windscreen can be removed in both hard and soft-topped models. The result is an experience like no other, getting you even closer to the outdoors. You don't need to worry about a bit of mud, either, with an interior made of easy-to-clean surfaces that stand up to wear and tear.

2. Built for the trails

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Trail Rated badge | CarMax

If you're an off-road enthusiast, you'll love some of the features you'll find on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Locking front and rear wheel differentials and four-wheel drive are standard, helping you get over or through large obstacles. In addition, skid plates protect the fuel tank and transfer case while rocker panels are reinforced for added trail durability.

3. Capable power

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Engine | CarMax

Propelling the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a 285-hp 3.6L V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission. More importantly, 260 lb-ft of torque is available at 4,800 rpm, excellent for rock crawling and hill climbs. A four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler with the max tow package and V6 engine can tow up to an estimated 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

4. Unique special editions

2018 Jeep Wrangler: External side view of vehicle | CarMax

If two trims aren't enough, there are five Special Editions of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, each with unique styling and features. A Rubicon Recon adds off-road-ready gear like a winch-ready bumper and upgraded front axles. Or make a nod to history in the Willys Wheeler, inspired by the legendary Willy's Jeep. Other Special Editions include the Golden Eagle, Freedom Edition, and Altitude.

5. Go-anywhere 4x4

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Gear switch | CarMax

Standard on every 2018 Jeep Wrangler is their Rock-Trac® four-wheel drive system. Designed to tackle extreme terrain conditions, the Rock-Trac uses a 4:1 low-gear ratio for impressive low-speed crawling over any terrain. Solid axles and locking differentials eliminate wheel slip on loose or slippery surfaces. You can even disconnect the sway bar on Rubicon models with the flip of a switch, increasing suspension travel by 25 percent.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited video review

The Jeep Wrangler is the original go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle. It's one of the most off-road-ready SUVs on the market. In this video, Travis Langness from Edmunds reviews a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, explaining the pros and cons that come with this off-road capability. Is the Wrangler the right choice for you?

The Jeep Wrangler is a small SUV that is available as a two- or four-door, with either a hardtop or a manually folding convertible soft top. In an era in which family SUVs are all the rage, Jeep has made a conscious effort to keep the Wrangler rugged. The standard V6 engine offers plenty of power, and Jeep now offers an eight-speed automatic transmission for improved drivability.

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The 2015 Nissan Xterra is built for life's great adventures, with the size and seating to bring the whole crew along. A powerful 261-hp 4.0L V6 provides power, and the 2015 Nissan XTerra 4x4 can tow up to an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

 You'll have no problem getting all your cargo into the 36.3 cu-ft of luggage space and using standard roof racks for extra-large gear. Maximize your off-road capability in the 2015 Xterra Pro 4K trim, unlocking essentials like Bilistien® off-road shocks, skid plates, and hill descent control.

Standard equipment on a 2015 Nissan Xterra X includes:

  • Five-speed manual transmission

  • Bluetooth phone integration

  • Air conditioning

  • Cruise control

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a car that is perfect for off-roading adventures or winding city streets. Based on customer reviews, the car is tough, rugged, and dependable.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Jeep Wrangler an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Wrangler 28th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Jeep Wrangler features and specs

Sport 4WD/AWD 2D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Traction Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Alpine Sound System
  • Hard Top
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Running Boards
  • Side Airbags
  • Soft Top
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Four Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 41.3"/R 40.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.


Manual 6

2018 Jeep Wrangler FAQ

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Color options

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Color options | CarMax

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Dark Saddle

  • Rivet

  • Sedoso

Exterior colors:

  • Baja Yellow

  • Billet Silver Metallic

  • Black

  • Bright

  • Chief

  • Firecracker Red

  • Gobi

  • Granite Crystal Metallic

  • Rhino

  • Xtreme Purple

Interior details

Clad in easy-to-clean materials, large dials, and a lockable center console, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's interior is as comfortable as it is functional. Reversible cargo mats make cleaning easier after muddy adventures. The large, boxy shape of the Wrangler makes for impressive interior cabin space or 150.4 cu-ft in a four-door body. Two-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler has seating for up to four, while a four-door can seat five passengers.

Child seat details

Getting child seats in and out of a 2018 Jeep Wrangler is very easy, thanks to the ride height and doors that open extra wide. In the four-door body, there are three seats with full LATCH anchors, and there is enough room to put two child seats and a booster in the second row. You won't have issues getting hardware connected onto tether anchors, and lower anchors are easy to find and get connected. Overall, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will comfortably handle two forward or reverse-facing child seats.


It is powered by a 285 hp 3.6L V6 and an impressive 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 pm. All that grunt is ideal for low-speed crawling, hill climbing, and towing. Pick the gears you want with a six-speed manual transmission, standard on all 2018 Jeep Wranglers, or let the available five-speed automatic do it for you. Four-wheel drive with rock crawl and hill descent is also standard equipment. A 2018 Jeep Wrangler with the five-speed automatic gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.

Year comparison

2007–2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (third generation)

Introduced after a complete redesign in 2007, the third generation of the Jeep Wrangler built on the success of a legendary nameplate. Initially released with a 3.8L V6 engine and six-speed manual and later updated in 2012 with a 3.6L V6. A four-door model called the "Unlimited" was first released in 2007 and lengthened again in a mid–2011 refresh. Offering plenty of interior space, cargo volume, and capable power, the 2012–2018 Jeep Wrangler is an excellent family, adventure, or off-road enthusiast vehicle.

Late 2018–present Jeep Wrangler JL (fourth generation)

The fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler gets updated technology and engine options. But it keeps off-road staples like solid axles and locking differentials. An eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the five-speed. Finally, the 2019–2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with Advanced Safetytec Group package adds a suite of driver assists, like forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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