|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Jeep Wrangler
|Rubicon 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||6M||7.4 sec||15.8 sec @ 83.6 mph||17/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||6M||6.1 sec||14.9 sec @ 90 mph||17/25/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||8A||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 87 mph||18/23/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||6M||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 85 mph||17/23/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 0.4-kWh||4x4||8A||8.0 sec||16.2 sec @ 83.2 mph||22/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Unlimited Sahara 4-door||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 0.4-kWh||4x4||8A||6.5 sec||15.2 sec @ 90 mph||22/24/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Sahara 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||8A||6.8 sec||15.2 sec @ 90 mph||18/23/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Sahara 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||8A||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 89.9 mph||18/23/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Unlimited Sahara 4-door||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 0.4-kWh||4x4||8A||8.1 sec||16.3 sec @ 82.6 mph||22/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Jeep Wrangler
|75th Anniversary Edition 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 85 mph||17/21/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||8.4 sec||16.6 sec @ 83 mph||16/20/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||8.2 sec||16.3 sec @ 82.5 mph||16/20/15.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
2014 Jeep Wrangler
|Unlimited Rubicon X 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||8.6 sec||16.6 sec @ 82.3 mph||16/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Unlimited Willys Wheeler Edition 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 83.6 mph||16/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Willys Trail Rated 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||6M||6.6 sec||15.3 sec @ 90 mph||17/21/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
2012 Jeep Wrangler
|Sahara 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||6M||6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 89 mph||17/21/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sahara 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||7.8 sec||15.5 sec @ 88 mph||17/21/18.6 mpg||Motor Week|
|Sport 2-door||3.6L V6||4x4||6M||6.7 sec||15.2 sec @ 89.1 mph||17/21/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||7.6 sec||16.1 sec @ 85 mph||16/20/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||7.8 sec||16.3 sec @ 84 mph||16/20/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon Xplore 4-door||3.6L V6||4x4||5A||8.8 sec||16.8 sec @ 79.4 mph||16/20/14.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Jeep Wrangler
|Rubicon 2-door||3.8L V6||4x4||4A||9.8 sec||17.1 sec @ 77.7 mph||15/19/12.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.8L V6||4x4||4A||11.5 sec||18.3 sec @ 75 mph||15/19/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
2007 Jeep Wrangler
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.8L V6||4x4||6M||11.2 sec||18.1 sec @ 76 mph||15/18/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Unlimited Rubicon 4-door||3.8L V6||4x4||4A||10.0 sec||17.3 sec @ 76.8 mph||14/18/15.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
2003 Jeep Wrangler
|Rubicon 2-door||4.0L I-6||4x4||5M||9.8 sec||17.3 sec @ 73 mph||15/17/---- mpg||Motor Week|
1999 Jeep Wrangler
|Sport 2-door||4.0L I-6||4x4||5M||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 80.8 mph||14/18/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1998 Jeep Wrangler
|SE 2-door||2.5L I-4||4x4||5M||10.9 sec||17.8 sec @ 73.1 mph||16/18/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1997 Jeep Wrangler
|Sport 2-door||4.0L I-6||4x4||5M||7.6 sec||16.3 sec @ 83 mph||15/18/---- mpg||Motor Week|
1990 Jeep Wrangler
|Sahara 2-door||4.2L I-6||4x4||3A||15.4 sec||20.0 sec @ 66 mph||14/15/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Jeep Wrangler
The jeep was originally the primary military transport used by US soldiers back in WW2. By 1986, the first generation of the Jeep Wrangler was launched, and since then it has become the quintessential SUV in the car industry. It’s actually affordable, unlike the commercial version of the Humvee (which now acts as the military’s new Jeep). It works hard even over hard terrain, and it doesn’t really give a damn if you’re comfortable or not.
Of course, most people would like a modicum of comfort when they do drive a vehicle of their own, and the folks at Jeep did try somewhat to take note of these people’s feelings for the latest Wrangler. Still, the styling remains rugged, and its primary purpose is to drive over rough terrain. Your comfort is still way down the line when it comes to priorities.
Jeep Wrangler Specs
There are 3 trims available for the Wrangler: the Sport ($22,695), the midlevel Sahara ($28,495), and the ultimate Rubicon ($31,595). Each trim comes in two body types, with either a short-wheelbase 2-door, or a 4-door Unlimited. You also have a choice between 6-speed manual (with hill start assist) and 5-speed automatic version, with the prices the same between the two transmission options.
Here are some of the more relevant specs:
- 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque @ 4800 rpm
- 0 to 60 in 6.6 – 8.6 seconds
- Standard 4-wheel drive with high- and low-range gearing
- Mileage is 17/21 mpg, with a fuel tank capacity of 18.6 gallons and a range of 316.2 miles (city) to 390.6 miles highway
- Ground clearance 8.8 inches, turning circle 34.9 feet
- Towing capacity 2000 pounds, max payload 1000 pounds, cargo capacity with all seats in place 12.8 cubic feet
- Angle of approach 40.8°, angle of departure 37.4°
The Wrangler safety features are a bit so-so, compared to other SUVs. The standard features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill start assist, and front airbags. Front side airbags are optional. In braking tests, it displayed a stopping distance of 140 feet after stopping from 60 mph, and that’s longer than average.
Interior Design and Features
Everything on the Wrangler is a throwback to a bygone era when instrumentation was simple. It’s a stark contrast to today’s interior design in which dashes resemble fighter plane configurations. It’s a bit stark, and for standard entertainment you only get an AM/FM radio with 8 speakers. It’s a good thing there’s an auxiliary audio input.
Here you’ve got 16 x 7.0 in. steel wheels, designed for all types of terrain. You also have a full-size matching spare tire mounted outside. There’s also a removable soft top along with variable intermittent wipers.
Removing the soft-top will need a bit of time, so for your convenience you may want to opt for the separate foldable sunroof panel. For those who don’t really want to go without a roof most of the time, there’s also an optional hardtop. But it’s heavy, so if you want to remove it you may want a burly friend by your side.
For city driving, the Wrangler looks good, but that’s just about it. City driving is all about comfort and fuel mileage, and the Wrangler isn’t really much in both categories.
This is certainly true when it comes to your comfort. For the two door version, the back seats offer cramped space for adults, which can make longer trips somewhat unbearable. Getting in and out will also be a problem unless you’re going topless. Even the cargo space is miniscule, although with the 4-door version you get a more practical 31.5 cubic feet in the rear seatbacks.
So all in all you have a vehicle that’s not exactly fuel-conscious and also not comfortable. And with the top, it can get downright annoying. When you drive around, the boxy form can make high-speed acceleration problematic. The steering is slow and sluggish, the ride quality is rough, and when you drive through turns there’s a lot of body roll. It’s also very noisy. It’s not exactly the ride of a refined gentleman.
But that’s not what the Jeep Wrangler is all about. It’s all about off-road performance, and here the Wrangler is without peer. If most of your driving is over rough terrain, then this is what you get. It can get to places that you won’t dare bring other vehicles to.
You’ve got a satisfyingly high clearance and the dimensions are compact enough (especially the two-door). You’re going to appreciate the steep approach and departure angles and the 4-wheel drive system will do its job no matter what.
As a recommendation, you can get the basic Sport and spend the rest of your money on aftermarket improvements, or you can just splurge on the Rubicon. Either way, you have tough jeep who can handle tough terrain. But you have to be tough yourself.
For more information about Jeep Wrangler, visit the official Jeep website.
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