Traditional styling; multiple engine choices; new 6-speed manual transmission; more comfortable back seat; easier-to-drop top
Must wait until 2019 for the diesel; launched with same model year designation as current Wrangler
The Wrangler is totally redesigned.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the best version of the Wangler yet, and well worth the sticker price -- if you can swing it.
Jeep will continue to offer the Wrangler in 2-door and 4-door configurations. Although Jeep has marketed the 4-door for the past decade as the Wrangler Unlimited, you won't find the Unlimited name in any official 2018 marketing material. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will simply be referred to as a 2-door or a 4-door. Some options listed are standalone, and others are included in packages. The 2.0-liter turbo and 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as a tow package and modular hardtop are optional across the Wrangler lineup.
The Wrangler 2-door Sport ($28,190) comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed manual transmission, Command-Trac part-time 4WD, 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, fog lights, skid plates, rear-seat heat vents, LED interior accent lighting, push-button start, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, an 8-speaker audio system with a USB port, a rearview camera and hill-start assist. Among the options are a limited-slip rear differential, tinted rear windows, LED headlights and fog lamps, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, Uconnect with navigation and hill-descent control.
The Wrangler 2-door Sport S ($31,390) builds on the Sport content with tinted rear windows, power windows, heated outboard mirrors and door locks, 17-in aluminum wheels, air conditioning and remote keyless entry. Options include automatic climate control, remote start, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, nine Alpine speakers, Uconnect with a 5-in touchscreen, Uconnect with an 8.4-in touchscreen and nav system, blind spot monitoring, rear park assist and hill-descent control.
The Wrangler 2-door Rubicon ($38,190) picks up where the Sport S leaves off, adding heavy-duty Dana 44 front/rear axles, front/rear electronic locking diffs, an electronic sway bar disconnect, Rock-Trac part-time 4WD, a body-color grille, auto headlights, rock rails, 17-in Rubicon wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 115-volt power outlet, Uconnect with an 8.4-in touchscreen and nav system and an anti-theft alarm. Available options: LED reflector headlights and fog lamps, blind spot monitoring, a premium soft top, low-gloss black wheels, remote start, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, nine Alpine speakers, satellite radio capability, hands-free calling, rear park assist and hill-descent control.
The Wrangler 4-door Sport ($31,690) comes out of the box with all the standard content of the 2-door Sport plus air conditioning and an anti-theft alarm. Options are the same as the 2-door plus the premium soft top.
The Wrangler 4-door Sport S ( $34,890) has the same standard features and options as the 2-door plus standard anti-theft alarm.
The Wrangler 4-door Sahara ($38,540) includes all the standard Sport S goodies plus auto headlights, side steps, 18-in high-gloss aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and Uconnect with an 8.4-in touchscreen and nav system. Most of its options are the same as the Sport S, but add full-time 4WD, a power-retractable top, leather seats and satellite radio capability.
The Wrangler 4-door Rubicon ($41,690) offers the same standard and optional gear as the 2-door version.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
The Wrangler is really in a class all its own. Ford is going to revive its Bronco, but it's too soon to tell if it will rise to the Wrangler's level of off-road competence. In the used-car market, there are some fairly recent models dedicated to going off pavement. The Toyota FJ Cruiser, Land Rover Defender and Nissan Xterra come to mind. As for new vehicles ...
2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road -- When appropriately equipped, the 4Runner can go places most fear to tread, and it can transport five comfortably.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser -- Yep, another Toyota; but this one, with a much higher price tag, has a rich heritage of successfully arriving at those hard-to-get places.