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William Kinton
Automotive Editor - January 18, 2018

2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler OVERVIEW

After 10 years, Jeep has finally come out with the All-New Wrangler, (so called because the new models are being sold alongside the previous Wrangler JK model for the time being). While it may not look much different from the old model, it has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Despite being a new design, the new Wrangler maintains the classic Jeep feel and off-roadability to satisfy Jeep purists, while also making it a bit easier to live with on a day-to-day basis.

What's New for 2018

The Jeep Wrangler is completely new for 2018.

Jeep Wrangler

Choosing Your Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler has always been one of the best purpose built off-road vehicles you can buy in the United States, and the new version follows suit. The entire interior can be hosed down if you get it muddy, you can take the doors and roof off (tasks Jeep made easier as part of this redesign), there's a special ratios for rock climbing, and there's a wide variety of other small features throughout the vehicle that make off-roading a bit easier. On the road, it's a much nicer driving vehicle than the outgoing model, making it much more comfortable in every day driving.

The new Wrangler is offered in four trims – all trims are available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission for $2,000, and all but the Sahara trim can be had with either two or four doors for $3,500 more (the Sahara trim only comes as a four door). The four-door Wrangler Unlimited is listed separately.

There are also two engine choices, a 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque or a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four cylinder that puts out 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Alongside a long-promised diesel model, the new four-cylinder is a late availability item. The V6 returns 18 miles per gallon city, 23 highway, and 20 combined with the eight-speed auto and 17 city, 25 highway, and 20 combined with the manual.


The Sport trim is the least expensive option for the Wrangler, starting at $28,190, including a $1,195 destination charge. It's also the most sparsely equipped, with cloth seats, a five-inch infotainment system, a removable soft top roof, tow hooks, skid plates, and programmable auxiliary switches for off-roading accessories. The only available option packages are the $795 Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group that includes a beefed-up battery and alternator, a hitch, additional auxiliary switches and the $30 Smoker's Group that gives the driver a 12V lighter and an ashtray. Standalone options include a three-piece removable hard top for $1,095, $595 Anti-Spin rear axle, $495 Deep Tint Sunscreen Windows, and Air Conditioning for $1,295.

The Wrangler's S Package is a $3,200 trim pack that adds aluminum wheels, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and a few other basic pieces of kit. More importantly, it grants owners access to a much wider variety of exterior configurations and option packages.

These packages include the $995 Technology Group, which adds a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, SiriusXM satellite radio, and automatic climate control. The $595 Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a remote start system (which is only for automatic-transmission models), while the $895 Jeep Active Safety Group adds driver assistance features like blind spot and cross traffic detection, a different rear bumper, LED tail lamps, and rear park assist. The same Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group and Smoker's Group from the Sport are also available.

Three top options, ranging in price from $595 for an upgraded black softtop to $1,095 for the three-piece black hardtop, are available. A $1,295 Alpine audio with nine speakers rounds out the standalone options.


At $38,190, the Rubicon is the flagship of the Jeep Wrangler range. A brutish off-roader of the first order, it comes standard with 33-inch all-terrain tires, an 84.1:1 crawl ratio with the manual transmission, and brilliant features for off-roading like being able to remove the ends of the front bumper so you can add bigger tires and improve approach angles for off-roading. It also boasts locking front and rear differentials, an an electronic sway bar disconnect both front and rear for improved wheel articulation while off-roading. Put simply, from the factory it's one of the most capable vehicles on the planet.

The Rubicon is available with a wealth of option packages that can easily drive this already pricey Wrangler's price north. The $995 LED Lighting group adds LED daytime running lights, headlights, taillights, and fog lamps, while the $1,295 Electronic Infotainment System Group offers an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, premium audio system, navigation, as well as connectivity services like roadside assistance, satellite radio, and weather alerts.

On the practical front, off-road enthusiasts can grab steel bumpers for $1,295, while body-color fender flares are a stylish option that won't prove quite as durable as the Rubicon's stock plastic arches.The previously mentioned Jeep Active Safety Group, Smoker's Group, Cold Weather Group, Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group, and Alpine audio system are also available.

CarsDirect Tip

The Wranger has only gotten more expensive as time has gone on, and this new model is no exception. It is very easy to push past $40,000 in higher trim levels if you aren't paying attention. The sweet spot for the Wrangler really lies in the Sport S trim. You get some creature comforts like A/C and anything you could reasonably want or need in a vehicle is available as an option, but you can still keep the price closer to $30,000.

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