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2020 Jeep Wrangler review

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Pros

  • True off-road greatness
  • Tons of feature and trim combinations
  • Four-cylinder turbo, V6, and even diesel power options

Cons

  • Wind noise can be high on the highway
  • Ride comfort suffers because of off-road capability

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 22 highway, 19 combined

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An iconic truck-based SUV that's built to explore

A fixture on beaches and trails since the late 1980s and with original roots that date back to WWII, the Jeep Wrangler has made a name for itself as a one-of-a-kind 4x4 SUV with heroic off-road capability and classic throwback styling. Jeep Wrangler models offer a wide selection of powertrain options, body styles, and soft- and hardtop possibilities to up the Wrangler's open-air fun. If you're looking for the ultimate adventure machine, the Wrangler is exactly that.

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What is new for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler?

  • The Wrangler is available in a variety of new trims, including the Black and Tan, Freedom, North Edition, Recon, Unlimited Freedom, Unlimited Sahara High Altitude, Unlimited Willys, Unlimited Willys Sport, Willy's, and Willys Sport.
  • The Unlimited Moab trim has been discontinued for 2020.
  • Wrangler trims have been upgraded with Leatherette & Cloth, Remote Start, Heated Steering Wheel, Front Seat Heaters, Automated Cruise Control, 20 Inch Plus Wheels, and Turbo Diesel Engine as standard equipment this year.
  • The Sport S trim now comes with Running Boards as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Air Conditioning, Running Boards, and Soft Top as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sport Altitude trim now comes with Rear Defroster, Hard Top, Manual Transmission, and Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sahara Altitude trim now comes with Manual Transmission, Smart Key, and Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sahara trim now comes with Soft Top as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sport trim now comes with 6001 as standard equipment.
  • The Rubicon trim now comes with Soft Top and Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Rubicon trim now comes with Smart Key, Soft Top, and Automatic Transmission as standard equipment.

2020 Jeep Wrangler trims

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Sport (two- and four-door versions):

  • Includes 17-inch steel low-gloss black wheels, front and rear tow hooks, cloth upholstery, Uconnect 3 with five-inch touchscreen display, rearview monitor, and more.

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Sport S (two- and four-door versions):

  • Adds 17-inch aluminum tech silver metallic wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows and locks with keyless entry, automatic headlamps, and more.

  • View all Jeep Wrangler Sport Ss in stock

Sahara (four-door version only):

  • Adds 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with painted granite crystal spokes, side steps, Uconnect 4 with seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities, and more.

  • View all Jeep Wrangler Saharas in stock

Rubicon (two- and four-door versions):

  • Adds full-framed removable doors, performance suspension system, cloth upholstery with Rubicon logo and red accent stitching, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Jeep Wrangler

1. Open-air experience

2020 Jeep Wrangler: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler gives you many roof options to let you feel the wind through your hair. A Sunrider® Soft Top comes standard on all 2020 models and features a zipperless design that's easy to glide open with spring-loaded support bars. But, if you want an open-air experience, the optional three-piece Freedom Top® Modular Hardtop can be partially or fully removed depending on your preference and the weather. A Sky One-touch Power Top is also available (Sahara and Rubicon four-door versions only) and lets you enjoy the sunshine with the push of a button.

2. Confident off-roader

If your ideal day involves climbing over rocky terrain or slicing through sand dunes with the top and doors off, the 2020 Wrangler Rubicon is a mighty trail master. Available in two- and four-door body styles, the Rubicon tackles wild territory while riding on 17-inch wheels and heavy-duty front and rear axles with shorter gearing. Electric front and rear locking differentials and a disconnecting front sway bar also come standard, helping the Wrangler maximize its off-road capability.

3. Powertrain options

2020 Jeep Wrangler: Engine | CarMax

Whether you are looking for a fun beach cruiser or a serious off-roader, the 2020 Wrangler is available with several powertrain options to suit your lifestyle. A 285-hp 3.6L V6 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic, or you can opt for the available turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 270 hp and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both variants offer a mild-hybrid eTorque system on 2020 Sahara trim levels to enhance fuel economy and energy-generation functions. A 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel will come available on mid-2020 models and deliver 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.

4. Head-turning looks

2020 Jeep Wrangler: Backseats | CarMax

With names like Bikini, Hella Yella, and Firecracker Red, the 2020 Wrangler lets you match your personality to a rainbow of 11 fun and vibrant exterior colors. Soft- and hardtop roof options are also available in black, tan, and body-color choices, depending on the trim you choose, while the interior includes black and tan options in cloth and leather. The addition of bold wheel designs and iconic Wrangler styling gives you the look that you want with the utility that you need.

5. Built for fun

2020 Jeep Wrangler: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

As a truck-based SUV, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler has the solid foundation you need to tackle the toughest conditions. All models feature a strong body made from high-strength steel paired with aluminum, making the Wrangler lighter in weight while still providing a very strong chassis. The body-on-frame is also well suited for trail-blazing adventures, plus the Wrangler's 3.6L V6, 3.0L V6 diesel, and 2.0L four-cylinder engines can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped.

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Classic Jeep styling, a comfortable interior, and plenty of tech add up to make the Renegade a serious contender if you're looking for a small SUV. The 2018-2021 Jeep Renegade is available across four trims (Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited) and with a choice of turbocharged engines, including a 180-hp 2.4L four-cylinder. The five-seat Renegade can take you off-road with the trail-ready Trailhawk trim, or into luxurious territory with the Limited trim.

The 2018-2021 Jeep Renegade Sport base trim features include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Fold-flat front passenger seat

  • Five-inch touchscreen (seven-inch from 2021)

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3
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

Willys Sport 4WD/AWD 2D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alpine Sound System
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Hard Top
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • No A/C
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Soft Top
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Four Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

270

Torque (ft-lbs)

295

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

17.5

Wheelbase

96.8"

Overall length

166.8"

Width

73.8"

Height

73.6"

Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.7"

Head room

F 42.6"/R 41.7"

Front tires

LT255/75R17

Rear tires

LT255/75R17

Seating capacity

4

Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.

Transmission

Manual 6

2020 Jeep Wrangler FAQ

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Bikini

  • Billet Silver

  • Black

  • Bright White

  • Firecracker Red

  • Granite Crystal

  • Hella Yella

  • Ocean Blue Metallic

  • Punk'n Metallic

  • Sarge Green (late availability in 2020)

  • Sting Gray

Interior details

  • Maximum cargo volume is 72.4 cubic feet.

  • Two-door versions seat four passengers; four-door versions seat five passengers.

  • Cloth upholstery comes standard on Sport and Sport S trims.

  • Premium cloth upholstery comes standard on Sahara and Rubicon trims (leather upholstery is optional).

  • LED front and rear cupholders come standard.

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