The Jeep Wrangler will bounce into 2022 without significant change. Last year, the quintessential off-roader became available with permanently engaged four-wheel drive and gained some standard tech features. The current Wrangler generation has been on the market since 2018.
The Wrangler retain its classic two-door, four-passenger layout and removable roof. Cargo space is limited to 12.9 feet, but folding the rear seat opens up 31.7 cubic feet for gear. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited will serve buyers looking for SUV-like versatility.
The entry-level Sport doesn't offer much in the way comfort and convenience, but plenty of hardware is available, including a heavy-duty electrical system and trailering equipment. The Sport S is better suited to civilian driving with standard features like air conditioning, heated side mirrors, and power windows and locks. Buyers can even get heated seats and a heated steering wheel. At the top of the lineup, the Rubicon comes equipped for serious off-roading with 33-inch tires, sway bar disconnect, heavy-duty axels, higher ground clearance, and an Off Road Plus driving mode.
The Sport's infotainment system includes a 5-inch touchscreen, eight speakers, and two USB ports. The Sport S and Rubicon get a 7-inch touchscreen, plus satellite radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Optional on both trims is the Premium Audio Group with navigation, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and an Alpine sound system.
The Wrangler's standard 3.6-liter V6 engine puts out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can still get a six-speed manual transmission, or spring for the available eight-speed automatic. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder continues as a no-cost option, delivering an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in combined driving, versus the 21 mpg with the V6. The 2.0-liter turbo makes 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and comes exclusively with the automatic.
Part-time four-wheel drive with low range is standard across the Wrangler lineup. The Sport S and Rubicon can be equipped with a full-time 4WD system.
Active safety technology still isn't available on the Sport, but Sport S and Rubicon can get a full complement of driver assistance features. Bundled options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking.