The 2020 Jeep Wrangler carries the legacy of America’s favorite boxy off-roader, now pushing into its fourth decade on the market. It sees minor changes, the biggest of which are two new aesthetic special editions: Willys and Black and Tan. The only other changes are tweaks to feature availability.
Choosing Your Jeep Wrangler
The two-door Jeep Wrangler is available in three trims: Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon. The two special editions, the Black and Tan and Willys, are based on the Sport S. Pricing starts at $29,790 including destination for the Sport and extends to $39,790 for the Rubicon.
The Wrangler is available with two engines. All models start with a 3.6-liter V6, but are also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Unfortunately, the new Wrangler diesel offering is reserved for four-door models, which are covered separately.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.6L V6||285 hp||260 lb-ft||20 mpg|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||270 hp||295 lb-ft||23 mpg|
Both send power to all four wheels. The base engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed automatic is a $2,500 option. The turbo four-cylinder engine is only available with the eight-speed automatic, which adds $1,500 to the bottom line.
Oddly, moving to the four-cylinder engine also requires buyers to add air conditioning ($1,295) on Sport models, or the Technology Group ($995) on Sport S models (except the Black and Tan). This means a net price change that's greater than $1,500.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The two-door Jeep Wrangler seats four, although the rear seats aren’t spacious. Neither is the cargo area – there’s just 12.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row. The story isn’t much better with the seats folded, with only 31.7 cubic feet. At least you can pop the roof off if you need to carry something tall.
The Wrangler doesn't come standard with any active safety features. On Sport S models, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, LED taillights, and rear park assist are available through the $995 Safety Group.
With that package selected, buyers can also tick the box for the $795 Advanced Safety Group, which adds automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.
The Jeep Wrangler comes standard with a simple 5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Satellite Radio. Getting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility means upgrading to at least a Sport S, where a 7-inch screen is available through the $995 Technology Group.
The 7-inch display is standard on the Rubicon, while an 8.4-inch unit is available. The $1,595 8.4-Inch Radio and Premium Audio Group adds that plus navigation, wi-fi hot spot capability, HD radio, and an Alpine audio system.
The Wrangler Sport gets a few nods to modernity, but mostly it’s as basic as they come. Push button start and a rearview camera come standard, but the Sport uses hand-crank windows and manual-adjust seats. Air conditioning is optional, and it costs $1,295.
It’s among the only available options, too. Besides a towing group ($795) and leather seats ($1,750), Jeep leaves little choice left to buyers. An anti-spin rear differential rear axle is available for $595.
The Sport S adds in the features that most buyers probably expect from a $30,000 vehicle. That includes power windows, air conditioning, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and heated exterior mirrors.
Heated seats and a heated steering wheel come in the Cold Weather Group ($695), and a universal garage opener comes with the Convenience Group ($395). Both include remote start, as long as you haven’t selected the manual transmission.
The Black and Tan special edition ($1,695) includes the contents of the Technology Package and a few aesthetic tweaks like tan cloth seats and exclusive matte gray rims. Though it doesn't actually have to be black, it does come with a tan roof (and the black looks good).
The Willys special edition ($2,495) is aimed at functionality away from the pavement. Mud-ready tires join heavy-duty shocks, rock rails, a limited-slip rear differential, and beefed up brakes. The exterior gets LED lights, a blacked-out grille, and Willys badging. The Technology Pack isn’t included.
The Rubicon trim is the pinnacle of the Wrangler lineup in both luxury and off-road performance, and it commands a significant price premium as a result. A low-speed transfer case is standard, as are 33-inch all-terrain tires, an electronically locking differential, a disconnecting front sway bar, heavy-duty axles, and rock rails.
LED headlights, taillights, fog lights, and daytime running lights are available in the LED Lighting Group ($995). Steel front and rear bumpers are also available in the Steel Bumper Group ($1,295).
Off-road aficionados will flock to the Willys special edition and Rubicon, but the Sport S is the best value in the 2020 Jeep Wrangler lineup. With the Technology Group added, it ought to be enough for most buyers.