Current Model
The current Jeep Wrangler represents a big improvement to the off-roading icon while remaining true to its heritage. The essential Wrangler hallmarks remain, with a body-on-frame construction and solid axles.
It is available in two-door and four-door configurations. There is a multitude of options that can quickly drive up the price. The V6 engine provides strong acceleration, and the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. We got 18 mpg overall with this combination. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is also available and has more than adequate power. Handling still lacks precision. The ride is stiff and jiggly, and there's lots of wind noise at highway speeds, regardless of roof choice. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are optional. Updates for 2021 include a new Wrangler 4xe, which comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
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2020
The current Jeep Wrangler represents a big improvement to the off-roading icon while remaining true to its heritage. The essential Wrangler hallmarks remain, with a body-on-frame construction and solid axles.
It is available in two-door and four-door configurations. There is a multitude of options that can quickly drive up the price. The V6 engine provides strong acceleration, and the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. We got 18 mpg overall with this combination. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is also available and has more than adequate power. Handling still lacks precision. The ride is stiff and jiggly, and there's lots of wind noise at highway speeds, regardless of roof choice. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are optional.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
The redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler (known as the JL) represents a big improvement to the off-roading icon while remaining true to its heritage. The essential Wrangler hallmarks remain, with a body-on-frame construction and solid axles.
It is available in two-door and extended-length four-door configurations. There is a multitude of options that can quickly drive up the price. The V6 engine provides strong acceleration, and the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. While better than before, the new version's handling still lacks precision. The ride is stiff and jiggly, and there's lots of wind noise at highway speeds. Other than blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning, no other advance safety features are offered until 2019. A 2.0-liter turbo engine is available, and a diesel engine came in 2019. The previous generation overlapped for part of 2018, being sold as ‘Wrangler JK.’
$32,450 - $47,025
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$26,200 - $45,125
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2007-2017
2007 Redesign Year
The Wrangler is the crudest Jeep, it is also the most capable off road. On the road it delivers a choppy ride, numb sterring feel with slow response, and clumsy handling.
Noise is loud and constant. A long-wheelbase Unlimited model was added for 2005, bringing more cargo space and slightly more legroom in the back seat. Otherwise, the ride is still dreadful and the steering is imprecise. For 2007, a redesigned and more civilized Wrangler arrived. Ride and handling improved some, but low cornering limits and vague steering remained. Its 3.8-liter V6 lacked punch and returned just 15 mpg overall. A much better 3.6-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic arrived for 2012, and returned 17 mpg overall. Off-road capability remains impressive, particularly in Rubicon trim. But cabin access is a challenge and the interior is uncomfortable.
$25,200 - $36,250
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$23,075 - $33,425
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$20,575 - $30,825
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$18,750 - $28,725
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$17,675 - $25,825
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$16,450 - $23,225
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$14,900 - $21,250
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$13,325 - $19,075
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$12,425 - $17,425
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$11,625 - $15,625
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$11,075 - $14,100
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1997-2006
Touting a legacy that stretches back to World War II, the Wrangler is Jeep's smallest, least expensive, and crudest model. It's changed little since its 1986 introduction.
Better off-road than on, it has abrupt, numb, routine handling, tricky emergency handling, and a very noisy, punishing ride. Revamped for the 1997 model year, the Wrangler regained round headlamps and received an improved interior. Otherwise, the basic formula continues, with cramped quarters, a dreadful ride, and vague, imprecise steering. The 2001 model features a quieter, better-padded convertible top. A four-speed automatic arrived for 2003, replacing the old three-speed unit.
$9,475 - $12,650
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$6,725 - $9,900
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$5,950 - $8,825
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$5,175 - $7,950
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$4,825 - $7,000
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$4,650 - $6,825
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$4,425 - $6,300
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