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.
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2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler Overview
What's New for 2018
The Jeep Wrangler is completely new for 2018.
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 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.
2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler Review
The beloved Jeep Wrangler is in a league of its own, an off-road beast that's received a significant redesign for 2018. It remains the only vehicle where you can drop the windshield, and remove the doors and roof, transforming this SUV into an open-air beauty. The new version retains its classic proportions, while expanding its engine choices. Jeep markets its four-door Wrangler Unlimited version separately.
The Wrangler Sport is the best buy in the range, if only because the Rubicon is so single-minded in its off-road focus and so expensive in its price. But be wary, the Sport requires a lot of extras to make it a livable everyday vehicle. Start with the eight-speed automatic (unless you like rowing your own gears – the standard six-speed manual is a charmer), then add the Sport S Package. While pricey at $3,200, it fills out the Wrangler Sport's sparse feature list with simple stuff like power windows and door locks, air conditioning, automatic headlights, and keyless entry.
It also grants access to a host of must-have option packages. Grab the Technology Group for its improved infotainment system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Unless you live in a place that's perpetually warm, the Cold Weather Group is a good buy, too, adding heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. While we don't recommend it because it makes turning the Wrangler into an open-air machine more difficult, consider carefully whether you'll benefit from a removable hardtop. It improves the Wrangler's all-weather ability, but eliminates the possibility of spur-of-the-moment convertible driving.
Keep in mind when shopping for this vehicle to specify the latest Wrangler as Jeep offers two 2018 versions — old (JK) and new (JL). The newer version wears the "All-New" designation in its name, although you'll still want to specify which Wrangler you're shopping for when walking into a dealership.
- Model: 2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler Sport
- Engine: 3.6-liter V6
- Output: 285 hp/ 260 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
- MPG: 18 City / 23 Hwy
- Options: Eight-speed automatic transmission ($2,000, eight-speed automatic), Sport S Package ($3,200, automatic headlamps, power-heated side mirrors, keyless entry, 17-inch aluminum wheel, power windows and door locks, and air conditioning), Technology Group ($995, seven-inch touchscreen, UConnect 4 infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, instrument cluster display, SiriusXM satellite radio), Cold Weather Group ($895, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, remote start), Convenience Package ($195, universal garage door opener, required for Cold Weather Group)
- Base Price: $28,190 (including $1,195 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $35,475
The Wrangler's base V6 supplies strong, smooth acceleration and is especially well suited with the new automatic transmission. The manual gearbox is also new, but we’ve noticed that the engine’s low-end torque is especially exacerbated. We also know that when shifting in the even gears, your hand will brush up against the center console.
Where this model shines is wherever pavement is absent. We like the improvement Jeep made with the Wrangler’s steering, an electro-hydraulic system that is evenly weighted and gives you a better idea of what is gaining on with the front wheels when foraging off-road. It also tracks quite well when on the pavement.
Extreme off-roaders will shop the Rubicon with its 33-inch all-terrain tires. Beefier axles and a special part-time transfer case with a much-desired crawl ratio allow the Rubicon to go places most other models won’t or shouldn’t go.
At first glance, you may miss the changes Jeep made to the all-new Wrangler. Pay attention to the details and the changes begin to emerge, including to the grille, which cants slightly rearward at the top. The headlights are bigger and now press into the grille, like Jeeps of old. The widened track and revamped fender flares give the Wrangler a more powerful stance than in the past. Other notable changes include a more aerodynamically raked windshield, a new header bar connecting the front roof pillars and new lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors.
Inside, the changes are more dramatic and that’s a good thing. Jeep reshaped the entire dash assembly, supplying it with a lower window line for a more open feel. Controls are placed higher, although there is some clutter that can make it difficult to decipher them with a quick glance, such as when driving. Most models have a 5.0-inch audio display with an available 8.4-inch unit that looks better, but is also pricey.
But there are drawbacks to the redesign. The seating position is too high, causing visibility issues for taller drivers. And during our testing of a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, we noticed some worrying material wear fairly early in the vehicle's life. Still, the chairs are comfortable and the two-door model still has enough second-row legroom to get by with.
The Best and Worst Things
The Jeep is still the unquestionable champion in off-road ability. Even a base model is remarkably capable on the trail.
The bad news is, this capability comes at a cost. A well-equipped Wrangler Sport can push up against $40,000, while the Rubicon comes worryingly close to $50,000. That's a lot of money for a vehicle that sacrifices everyday comfort for off-road ability.
Right For? Wrong For?
If you prefer tackling trails, the Jeep Wrangler should top your list. With up to 30 inches of water fording, matchless ground clearance and crawl ratios, and stellar approach, breakover and departure angles, your off-road fantasy become a reality.
If you’re considering the 2018 Wrangler as your daily driver, it may not work, especially if your commute is long. Although its ride has improved, it still isn’t meant for long drives. The V6 is also thirsty.
The Bottom Line
We like that Jeep has expanded the Wrangler’s engine offerings to include a turbo four-cylinder engine. For some, waiting an extra year for the turbodiesel’s arrival may be worth it. But if you can't wait, you’ll find the best Wrangler yet, delivering an improved on-road ride and a far nicer interior than previous models.