2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler
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2018 Jeep Wrangler
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What’s new

  • The 2018 Wrangler is fully redesigned
  • New, more comfortable interior
  • Revised V6 and upcoming four-cylinder engines
  • Part of the fourth Wrangler generation introduced for 2018

Pros

  • Unrelentingly capable off-road
  • Maintains the rugged Jeep character
  • Increased capability compared to old models
  • Extensive customization options from the factory and aftermarket

Cons

  • Steering is slow and feels loose, especially on the Rubicon trim
  • Poor ride comfort and handling abilities
  • Less cargo space than some conventional crossovers
  • Mild towing capability for an otherwise highly capable rig


Which Wrangler does Edmunds recommend?

If you're looking for maximum out-of-the-box off-road capability, the Wrangler Rubicon is a no-brainer. But the base Sport trim is also very capable and very appealing, more so this year than ever before, and that's the one we'd recommend to most buyers. The optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine wasn't available at the Wrangler's debut, but it proved to be worth the wait. The additional torque and increase in fuel economy will likely make it worth the extra cost.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

Redesigned for 2018, the Jeep Wrangler is more than just a dominating force off-road. Updated with refreshed styling, new engines, and a roomier and higher-quality interior, this year's Wrangler is a more practical SUV that can still go anywhere.

Jeep shoppers should note that two Wrangler models are on sale for 2018. Jeep is selling this new generation Wrangler alongside the old Wrangler. The new one might be referred to as the JL, while the old Wrangler is the JK. (These acronyms relate to Jeep's model designations for its Wranglers.) If you're shopping for 2018 Wranglers, you'll want to make sure you're aware of the difference.

The new Wrangler is now longer, wider and taller. It has the previous 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, but it can now be mated to an optional eight-speed automatic transmission that vastly improves the Wrangler's drivability. A six-speed manual is still standard. A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine also debuts this year, and it adds even more appeal to the mix.

A big jump in comfort, the addition of several modern safety features, and more interior space make the 2018 Jeep Wrangler a serious competitor in the midsize SUV class. Of course, it still has unrivaled off-road prowess and aftermarket parts support, too. Overall, we're impressed with the new Wrangler. You can also read a more in-depth look about it in our Wrangler First Drive.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is available in a pair of body styles: the two-door and four-door Unlimited. The two-door is available in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon trims, while the four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon trims. Both are available with a soft-top convertible or a hardtop. The Sport has a basic set of features, and the midlevel Sport S and Sahara add some convenience features. The Rubicon is the most capable off-road thanks to its special features, including shorter axle gearing and an electronically disconnecting roll bar.

Drawer: The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is available in a pair of body styles: the two-door and four-door Unlimited. The two-door is available in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon trims, while the four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon trims. Both are available with a soft-top convertible or a hardtop. The Sport has a basic set of features, and the midlevel Sport S and Sahara add some convenience features. The Rubicon is the most capable off-road thanks to its special features, including shorter axle gearing and an electronically disconnecting roll bar.

A 3.6-liter V6 (285 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) is standard across the board. By default, it's paired to a six-speed manual transmission, though an eight-speed automatic is optional. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (270 hp, 295 lb-ft) with the mild hybrid eTorque system is available on any trim, and it's mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic. A 3.0-liter diesel engine is on the horizon for 2019.

The Sport trim level, while somewhat basic, has much more equipment than previous Wranglers. Standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, a full-size spare tire, skid plates and tow hooks. It also has foglights, keyless entry, removable full metal doors with crank windows, a fold-down windshield, manual mirrors and locks, cruise control, air conditioning (optional on the two-door Sport), a height-adjustable driver's seat (with two-way lumbar adjustment), cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a one-piece folding rear seat.

Also included on the Sport are a 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Besides its two extra doors, the Unlimited version also has a bigger gas tank, air conditioning, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.

On top of the base Sport equipment, the Sport S adds 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlights, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, an alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sun visors with vanity mirrors.

The midlevel Sahara is only available in the four-door configuration and adds to the Sport S with 18-inch alloy wheels, painted exterior body panels and trim, automatic headlights, automatic climate control and a 115-volt outlet. It also comes with a bigger driver information display, an additional USB port, and an upgraded version of Uconnect with a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and satellite radio.

The most off-road capable of the Wranglers is the Rubicon. It gets the basic Sport equipment plus 17-inch alloy wheels, special off-road tires, a heavy-duty Dana M210 front axle and a M220 rear axle, shorter 4.10 axle gearing (the Sport and Sahara come with a 3.45 ratio), 4.0-to-1 low-range gearing, electronic front and rear locking differentials, an electronically disconnecting front roll bar, rock rails and an additional USB port.

Much of the upper-level equipment is available in groups or as stand-alone options for lower trim levels. Other options include remote start, LED exterior lighting (headlights, foglights and taillights), heated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, an 8.4-inch Uconnect system with navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and a nine-speaker Alpine sound system. All trims are also available with a higher-quality soft top as well as a black or a body-colored hardtop.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD) and 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

Driving

3.5
There's no doubt the Wrangler is a five-star machine when it comes to off-road prowess. But everyday steering and handling suffer because of the ladder frame, solid axle suspension and old-school steering it uses to earn them. A stout 3.6L V6 engine is backed by an intelligent eight-speed automatic.

Acceleration

4
The 3.6-liter V6 engine makes more than enough power to accelerate readily onto the freeway, pass other vehicles, or climb steep grades in the high mountains. Even the heaviest Rubicon feels quite willing. Our four-door Sahara scooted to 60 mph in a respectable 7.6 seconds at our test track.

Braking

3
The brake pedal feels consistent and reliable underfoot, but the action is a bit long. While not ideal on the road, it makes for easy control during delicate off-road moves. The four-door Sahara stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet at our track, a bit long for an SUV but better than most pickups.

Steering

2.5
Sacrifices were made in the name of off-road robustness. Its turning radius is admirably tight and it responds well in corners. But the Wrangler, particularly the big-tired Rubicon, tends to feel loose and aimless when driving straight. Crosswinds aren't much fun either.

Handling

2.5
Despite its boxy shape, the Wrangler feels coordinated and willing on mountain roads, which is great because that's how you get to trailheads. But its solid axle suspension is a liability when cornering over cracks and potholes, which can cause it to twitch. This is particularly true for the Rubicon.

Drivability

5
The engine is good, but the eight-speed automatic transmission is better. It shifts smoothly and always seems to find the right gear. Its lever-action manual mode is effective and easy to use when you want to downshift it yourself. Cruise control system is adept at holding speed, even on downgrades.

Off-road

5
No stock vehicle is better off-road. The Rubicon has big 33-inch tires, lockable front and rear differentials, and a disconnectable front stabilizer bar. But even the Sport and Sahara benefit from solid axle suspension with good articulation and unrivaled approach, departure and underbody clearance.

Comfort

3
Highlights include decent front seats and a surprisingly effective and straightforward climate control system. But there's no denying the Wrangler's rugged on-road ride comfort and somewhat high level of background noise at highway speeds. As they say, it's a Jeep thing.

Seat comfort

3
The front seats are well-shaped and stay comfortable and supportive over the long haul. The angle of the lower cushion is proper, but the forward edge might seem a bit prominent considering the Wrangler's distinct upright seating posture. The rear bench is flatter and firmer but reclines a little.

Ride comfort

2.5
The Wrangler's body does not bound or float much, making it easy to cruise at speed on wavy pavement without upsetting anyone's stomach. But the ride can get shaky when the road is cracked or lumpy, and potholes and sharp edges will likely send a shiver through the cabin.

Noise & vibration

2.5
The Jeep is not a silent SUV, but you knew that by looking at it. Wind flows around its boxy body, and tire noise is apparent. But this new Wrangler is quieter than past models, and hood flutter has been eliminated. The significantly improved soft top is far less noisy and flappy than before, too.

Climate control

5
Effective dual-zone climate control system reaches temperature quickly, and its round "eyeball" vents are prominently located and easy to aim, or close off. Rear passengers benefit from a similar pair of vents of their own. The main controls are refreshingly simple, attractive and easy to use too.

Interior

3.5
Sure, it's narrower than other SUVs, and stepping into it is reminiscent of entering a pickup. But for once the interior is a logical, full-featured place instead of something you must tolerate to join the Jeep club. It has numerous convertible/removable top options to bring the outside inside.

Ease of use

5
The new 2018 JL Wrangler (not to be confused with the last-generation 2018 JK Wrangler) greets the driver with straightforward and logical controls for just about everything. Every switch and knob has been rethought to be easy to find, self-explanatory and good-looking in a Jeep-themed way.

Getting in/getting out

2.5
Wranglers require more of a step up than other SUVs because of their need for off-road clearance. This factor is offset by doors that open wide (or come off entirely) and prominent grab handles. It's no more difficult to enter and exit than a pickup, but it's clearly different from mainstream SUVs.

Driving position

3.5
The JL Wrangler has the same upright seating position as its predecessors, but with pedals that are in a more agreeable position and a steering wheel that now tilts and telescopes. A comfortable place, all things considered. If only the seat height adjuster had a bit more downward range.

Roominess

3
There's plenty and head- and legroom in a Wrangler, but the cabin is narrow and the doors feel quite close, especially at the elbow. The dash feels close, too, which isn't confining in a physical sense but does add to the coziness. Backseat legroom is better than past years, but not stellar.

Visibility

4
It's easy to see out, and blind spots are few because of square windows and slender pillars. The spare tire sits lower than before and the wiper hides behind it. A backup camera is standard. The low front fenders give a clear view of obstacles, but some drivers can't see them to judge the corners.

Quality

3.5
Unlike past versions, the JL Wrangler reflects that Jeep put real effort into the interior. Much of the old parts-bin switchgear has been replaced with satisfying new switch panels, buttons and knobs that were designed for the Wrangler. Dash and seat materials are attractive and feel nice.

Utility

3.5
The Jeep's iconic narrow body is an off-road strength, but it ultimately limits cargo capacity. That said, the space it has is laid out efficiently. Car seats are easy to fit so long as they're not too bulky. The new Wrangler can tow a decent amount, and it can be flat-towed behind a motorhome.

Small-item storage

2.5
This narrow cabin contains a reasonably sized bilevel center console and a decent glovebox, but the doors only have netting good for maps and small items. We found ourselves putting items other than beverages in the four cupholders (two front, two rear) and we used the little dashtop tray often.

Cargo space

3.5
The Wrangler's narrow body limits cargo capacity relative to mainstream SUVs. But the decent amount of space that's there (31.7 cubic feet) is tall, squared-off and fully usable, the rear seats fold neatly into the floor, and the space has a power outlet, six rugged tie-down points and an underfloor compartment.

Child safety seat accommodation

3.5
All three rear seats have top tethers and auto-locking belts, with very accessible LATCH anchors in the two outboard spots. Doors open wide, and you won't be stooping when buckling up. But small kids may need help climbing in, and bulky rear-facing seats will need the front seat to move forward.

Towing

4
Our Wrangler's tow package includes an integrated hitch good for 3,500 pounds, with four-pin basic and seven-pin brake-compatible trailer wiring. Any Wrangler can be flat-towed on its wheels behind a motorhome if the transfer case is in neutral and the transmission is in a specified gear.

Technology

4
The new Wrangler is surprisingly capable in the areas of touchscreen navigation and the integration of smartphones into the vehicle environment. But it still has one foot in the past when it comes to active safety gear such as automatic emergency braking or lane-keeping — you can't get them.

Audio & navigation

5
Full-featured touchscreen navigation has reached the Wrangler, and the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system offers sharp graphics and quick response. The controls are a mixture of buttons, knobs and touchscreen controls, and they're all easy to understand and use. Has AM/FM/HD radio plus XM satellite.

Smartphone integration

5
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow full integration of your smartphone without having to pair it to Bluetooth, but Bluetooth audio and phone support are still present. There are four USB ports (two front, two rear) and three USB-C ports. We found it all to be seamless and dependable.

Driver aids

2.5
The Wrangler offers basic driver aids such blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alerts, and parking lot proximity warnings as an option. Ours had them and they worked seamlessly. But you won't find adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking or lane-keeping assistance systems.

Voice control

4
Pushing the voice button on the steering wheel gets you the standard voice interface, and it works decently and can understand most commands. But we found ourselves pressing through to reach Siri on our paired iPhone because that works directly with the phone and its data connection.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Overall Consumer Rating
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Most helpful consumer reviews

It's a Jeep! Or - a Fiat version of a Jeep
J. Harp,05/16/2018
So, let me say this - the new JL Wrangler has improved a lot over the outgoing (but still offered for sale, for some reason) JK Wrangler. My biggest complaint is the build quality. Our Wrangler Unlimited Sahara showed up with one Freedom top panel a different color. No biggie, probably a Friday job car. But the battle to get it fixed with the local Jeep dealer in Medford OR was epic. Initially the dealer was confused as to why we would want all the top panels to match... Then when tasked with fixing it, they said "drop it off and we will send it to the body shop to get it painted" So we'd get a loaner for "3-4 weeks" Um, no... After several calls to FCA corporate, the dealer agreed to get a new panel and have it painted, and swap it out. After owning the Wrangler for a few weeks, we noticed little things wrong. Like the sunvisor was split open with the plastic guts sticking out. Not what you'd expect from a $50k car. The new 8-speed transmission flat out sucks. It is shifting constantly, even on flat ground. When towing it really never stops shifting. After calling the dealer service department, their response is pretty much "if it moves, and no warning lights are on, there's nothing we can do about it" - - Be warned, FCA will do "over the air" updates on the car. Gone are the days of the dealer forcing software updates on the vehicle when you drop it off for an oil change. After leaving the dealer, the (very expensive) 8.4" Uconnect screen had "Off Road" pages to show fun things like approach angle, oil temp, etc... The next day after getting the Wrangler home, POOF! They were gone, like they were never even there. FCA says it will be a feature on the 2019 Wrangler... LOL ; so how did they appear on a 2018 Wrangler then disappear? I will always wonder what Jeep might have evolved into had Daimler Mercedes retained ownership (a G-class equivalent !?) rather than Fiat taking over and doing what Fiat does best... Make no mistake, the Wrangler JL Unlimited is a fun car, and it is still a Jeep. And there are so many improvements over the JK. It just feels you should get something that "feels" more quality for $50 grand, rather than something that feels slapped together with a lousy transmission and the same boring old Pentastar V6 that FCA has put in just about every vehicle built for the last 10 years (who needs direct injection or turbochargers when a gas guzzler V6 still sells?)
Buy 2 so you don't have to walk
Daniel Lewis,07/02/2018
Recently purchased a new 2018 Willy's Jeep. With 800 miles it has failed to restart on 5 occasions the most recent after driving only two miles to a gas station. Needed to call a tow truck. Told there is a problem with the transmission valve body electrical connection. Once vehicle is warm it will not turnover thinking the transmission is not in park or neutral. Let it sit for several hours and starts fine. Dealer says part not available as it is being engineered. No ETA on this part or solution. My daughter's first new car and very disappointed.
3 months to get a part 2018 Jeep
Nicole,03/01/2018
I have searched for over a year for the perfect Jeep. I finally found a 2018 Wrangler Sahara. I had it for two days and filled up The gas tank for the first time. I quickly found out it had a gas leak so it was towed back to the dealership. Jeep does not have the part available. I have been told it is on backorder until the end of May 2018. I purchased the vehicle February 19th, 2018 and it was towed two days later. I am getting the run around that it is a new vehicle so not all parts are on hand. No one will answer questions. I just keep being told that they are trying to fast track it. Therefore, be careful when you purchase. Jeeps have a good name but this makes me exceptionally worried, angry, and frustrated. I would love to leave a better review but I have to have the vehicle to be able to review it. Customer service doesn’t even apologize. I am just basically being told to deal with it.
Bad welds, rusty frame, electrical issues
Gary,08/05/2018
I bought my 2018 Jeep JL Rubicon in May of 2018. It has spent most of July in the shop and was first towed on the 4th of July. The Jeep first started with a warning that I needed to pull over and find a safe place to stop. Luckily the first time it happened was in my neighborhood and I limped it home. The Jeep lost power to the wheels, the 4x4 system started throwing error mesages, the screens went blank, the radio went to maximum volume, the swaybars disengaged, and would no longer start. Also the autopark system stayed engaged. The second time this happened I was driving on the road at 45 mph and everything happened and I almost lost control and was stuck for a few minutes. Luckily I was able to restart the vehicle and things reset and I drove it to the dealer. All of the same things happened with loss of power, crazy electronics, 4x4 system going crazy. Multiple engine codes as well but I dont know if its fixed all I got was could not recreate and very little to no troubleshooting. The frame of the Jeep has separate issues as there are areas missing paint around most of the welds. Also due to the bad welds there is rust and oxidation on the vehicle at the weld points. 2 of those points are rusting. There are multiple reports of this from other Jeep owners as well. I would recommend NOT buying a wrangler JL>
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2018 Jeep Wrangler videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Few vehicles are as synonymous with a singular purpose as the Jeep Wrangler is with off-roading. But with several new off-road ready versions of standard vehicles on the market, there's lots more to choose from these days. And we're wondering if you really need a Jeep to fill your outdoor dreams. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Hi, I'm Travis Langness. CALVIN KIM: And I'm Calvin Kim. TRAVIS LANGNESS: And we are here standing in the Sequoia National Forest. CALVIN KIM: We're about to start an epic 20 mile off-road adventure with this new Jeep Wrangler. TRAVIS LANGNESS: But we didn't just bring the Jeep. We also brought this. TRAVIS LANGNESS: That's the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru's smallest SUV, and basically an Impreza Hatchback with a bit of a lift. We're here to see how it stacks up against Jeep's most iconic nameplate, the Wrangler. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Subaru Crosstrek, it's based on the Impreza, and that means it's really pretty good at what it does. What we're trying to figure out here is, is it worth it to buy that Wrangler? I mean, yeah, sure, it's got all that off-road heritage, and the real four-wheel drive system. This is an all-wheel drive system, even though it's got the X-Mode. And it's got plenty of ground clearance, so I think this Crosstrek is going to do pretty well. CALVIN KIM: I'm in the Wrangler Sport. You get power door locks, power windows, a head unit with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, air conditioning. The big thing for most buyers is going to be how it drives on the road because the reality is, is you're not going on the Rubicon Trail every day. And if you are, bravo. If you find the lack of razor edge steering uncomfortable, you probably don't want a Wrangler. There are a lot of other SUVs out there that are 90% as off-roadable but way more streetable. And I think that's the compromise that you have to ask yourself. TRAVIS LANGNESS: This Subaru, I think, is 150, 152 horsepower. And it's, honestly, not the best. The passing power is not very good. Going up grades it's kind of sluggish. CALVIN KIM: The engine in this is the V6, and it has a tremendous amount of power, yeah, more than this Wrangler has any business having, which is kind of cool. It gives you a lot of performance, a lot of on-road acceleration. But, again, it comes at a price because the faster you go, the more noise you hear, and that is a direct correlation. TRAVIS LANGNESS: It's so quiet in here compared to the Wrangler. Also, this car has a lot more features for the price. Fully topped out with pretty much every option you can get, it's about $31,000. Now, Calvin's Wrangler, if it had the manual in it with a base Sport, starts around $28,000. But with the options he's got on there, that Wrangler is $39,000. It doesn't have adaptive cruise control. It doesn't have lane keep and blind spot assist-- [CAR DINGS] --like this car does, oh see, lane assist. It doesn't have heated seats. And it doesn't have a moonroof, sure it's got a convertible top, but you got to get out fold that down. There's a lot going on there. This is definitely a much more well-equipped car. He's got cloth seats. I've got full leather. I've got this gorgeous dual-screen display. CALVIN KIM: It doesn't have heated seats, ventilated seats, or anything like that. It's noisy inside of here. A lot of SUVs that have fairly good off-road capability, they have those creature comforts at that price point. You're asking for a vehicle to go off-road. Understand that the Wrangler is really, really, really good at that, and that's what you're paying for. Jeep did the bare minimum to make it comfortable enough, streetable enough, and competent enough on the road, so you can get to the trailhead with ease. And that's exactly what the Wrangler can do. Compared to the Crosstrek, this Jeep will obliterate it on the trail, but that's obvious. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Now, that Wrangler may have it beat when it comes to off-roading when we get there later on on the trail. But when it comes to on-road comfort, and what I'd want to drive on a daily basis, this is the one. CALVIN KIM: Let's take a look at what makes the Wrangler so good off-road. Probably, the biggest thing is going to be right here, this approach angle. Most cars have this fascia that prevents you from really attacking terrain, like rocks and inclines. Not the Jeep, the axle's pushed all the way forward to give a lot of clearance to the wheel. Basically, if the front wheel can touch it, it can go over it, which is awesome. But that's not all it has. Behind both wheels are solid axles front and rear, which are a lot stronger and more durable than independent suspensions. And of course, the suspension that supports the axles are also super beefy as well. The body on frame construction is also really strong. It allows the body to flex a little bit without getting into the chassis. And of course, it's got the selectable four-wheel drive system, so that you can just drive rural drive to help save gas, four-high for when you just need a little bit more traction, or four-low when you really want to do off-roading. TRAVIS LANGNESS: So now that we've gone through the litany of items that make the brute force Jeep Wrangler so good off-road, let's take a look at something with a little bit more finesse, the Subaru Crosstrek. Sure if you look at the side profile, it looks pretty much identical to an Impreza, which it's based on. But the Impreza also has Subaru's impressive asymmetrical all-wheel drive system. That's what makes the Impreza such a good all-weather vehicle. And what they've done with this particular one, the Crosstrek, is given it some additional ground clearance, which is almost as much as that Wrangler. And it's the same as the rest of the Subaru SUV lineup. So what Subaru has done, basically, is take a car that's already impressive on-road, and adapt it to be just as good off-road. So now that we've looked at the outside of the vehicles, we're going to take a look at the inside off-road. We drove up here, and this Subaru was really comfortable. It was great on the highway. I'd take it on any road trip, not a problem. And I'm following Calvin here, and there's nothing I haven't made it over yet. But, basically, what we're doing here is cruising over some rocks. I'm hoping I don't scrape, and I don't. That was less deadly than I thought it was going to be. CALVIN KIM: Here out on the trail, it's a different story all together. All the issues with noise, and steering, and suspension go out the window completely. Now, even though I'm getting jostled, it's not uncomfortable at all. There's absolutely no shock load going into my body. Now, that's because everything is working as planned. That same ball suspension that causes so many street guys consternation is absolutely wonderful out here on the dirt. You get good feedback from it, and you know what the front wheels are doing. And it doesn't react negatively to being bumped. TRAVIS LANGNESS: This Crosstrek is meant for this kind of stuff. It's not just an Impreza. It's an Impreza with a lot of capability off-road, you know? The wheels and tires are meant for this stuff. And the X-Mode right down here is meant for slow speed crawl stuff. I mean, it's smart. The asymmetrical system that Subaru has is really well sorted out, even if I can't sort out that bump. Now, I got to be a little bit more careful than Calvin in here because he can just kind of go over some of this stuff. And I'm going to engage X-Mode, and let it do the hill descent control for me. Now, all I got to do is steer. I'm not touching the pedals here. It's doing most of the hard stuff. As you can see on this little thing here, I'm at about a six degree angle. Oh, the break over there was pretty bad on that rock. CALVIN KIM: I'm just kind of mobbing through this little mini rock garden that's not even that big of a deal. I'm still in two-wheel drive mode. And honestly, I don't know if I'll even need four-wheel drive because we're going into a meadow, this-- which is pretty flat. We're picking our way through a much larger rock garden now. And that's-- again, the suspension, the solid axles, and the steering all work really well. The ground clearance is adequate. I haven't touched anything down on anything hard yet. And I'm not really paying attention to my line. I'm just kind of exploring what the Wrangler has to offer, and so far it's quite a lot. TRAVIS LANGNESS: And it's letting me get over most of this stuff without too much damage. Now, that stuff back there was serious-- couldn't have made that in an Impreza. This Crosstrek's extra ground clearance did it justice. And I didn't need the approach or departure angles that I thought I would need either. So while Calvin is getting some of the places a little bit quicker. I'm sure he's still a little bit less comfortable in that Jeep. And I'm still liking this Subaru quite a bit. So it was a pretty long day yesterday. We made it up the mountain, set up, got to camp out last night. How did your Jeep do? CALVIN KIM: I mean it's no surprise that the Jeep did really well out here. All the issues that people have with noise, drivability, steering, all that on the road, totally gone, and not an issue off the road. You can really tell the compromises that Jeep made for off-roadability. Now, if you're the type of person that's OK with that, then the Jeep's probably A-OK for you on a daily basis. But then again, the Subaru made it up here just fine. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yeah, it did, you know? I used that X-Mode a couple of times going up the really rocky sections, coming down the really rocky sections. Hill descent and ascent control worked really well. It was like the Subaru was working smarter, not harder. You were able to use a little bit more brute force in the Jeep and kind of go at obstacles head-on. I might have had to avoid one or two. But if you're asking the question, do you need a Wrangler to go off-road? Do you need it to explore places that say they need four by four and high clearance? I mean, a lot of the time, I'm going to say, no. The Subaru can hack it out here. It's got plenty enough ground clearance. And in my book, that's the one I'd buy between these two. CALVIN KIM: I completely agree. TRAVIS LANGNESS: For more videos like this, go to edmunds.com, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Jeep Wrangler — Do you really need a Jeep to offroad?

Edmunds editors Travis Langness and Calvin Kim take the Subaru Crosstrek and the Jeep Wrangler out into the wilderness over rocks, under trees and into the open meadows of California's Sierra mountain range. These two redesigned vehicles are excellent off-the-lot off-roaders, but they offer very different on-road attitudes. The Crosstrek can be equipped with just about everything on its options list for under $31,000 while the Wrangler is pretty bare-bones at that price point. Which one of these dirt-going vehicles will fare better once the pavement ends?

Features & Specs

MSRP
$34,195
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
285 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$37,845
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
285 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$40,995
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
285 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$30,995
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
285 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Wrangler safety features:

Rearview Camera
Displays on the center console what is behind you. Rearview cameras aren't new, but they are in the Wrangler — a welcome addition.
Blind-Spot Monitor w/Cross-Traffic Alert
Warns the driver of other cars in the blind spot and approaching cars from out of the driver's view while in reverse.
Rear Parking Sensors
Gives audio alerts when approaching objects from the rear, helping to minimize low-speed bumps in parking scenarios.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover27.9%

Jeep Wrangler vs. the competition

2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Renegade

2018 Jeep Renegade

Jeep Wrangler vs. Jeep Renegade

Think of the Renegade as the Wrangler's much younger sibling and you'll get the idea of the differences. The considerably less expensive Renegade uses plenty of traditional Jeep styling cues. And when ordered in Trailhawk trim, it can be a reasonably capable off-roader. But it falls well short of the Wrangler's power and outright capability.

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Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner is an icon in its own right. When equipped in the TRD Pro version, it can follow a Wrangler nearly everywhere off-road. The Toyota also benefits from being a traditional SUV, so it's quieter and offers better security than the Wrangler. You can also get a third-row seat. The Wrangler, though, is still ultimately superior off-road and benefits from its fresher design.

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Jeep Wrangler vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee might be the toughest competition the Wrangler has. It offers useful off-road prowess, stylish looks, and plenty of luxury and technology. And like the 4Runner, it's a more traditional SUV. The Grand Cherokee can also tow more than a Wrangler thanks to a number of engine options. It's larger and heavier, though, and doesn't have the same ultimate level of off-road performance as the Wrangler.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler for Sale

Jeep Wrangler 2018 Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
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Used 2018
Jeep Wrangler
Unlimited Sport
List$32,000
Est.Loan: $583/mo
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Jeep Wrangler 2018 Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
New 2018
Jeep Wrangler
Unlimited Rubicon
MSRP$56,960
Est.Loan: $989/mo
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Dealer Notes
This vehicle won't be on the lot long! Both practical and stylish! Jeep infused the interior with top shelf amenities, such as: skid plates, a trailer hitch, and cruise control. We know that you have high expectations, and we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding them! Please don't hesitate to give us a call.
Jeep Wrangler 2018 Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
New 2018
Jeep Wrangler
Unlimited Sahara
MSRP$48,945
Est.Loan: $848/mo
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Dealer Notes
Cold Weather Group, Electronic Infotainment System Group (Alpine Premium Audio System, GPS Navigation, and Radio: Uconnect 4C Nav w/8.4' Display), LED Lighting Group (Front LED Fog Lamps, LED Reflector Headlamps, and LED Taillamps), Quick Order Package 23G, Safety Group, Trailer Tow HD Electrical Group (7 4 Pin Wiring Harness), 3.45 Rear Axle Ratio, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 8 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle, Automatic temperature control, Body Color 3-Piece Hard Top, Brake assist, Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats, Compass, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Engine Block Heater, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest w/Storage, Front dual zone A/C, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Fully automatic headlights, Garage door transmitter, Heated door mirrors, Heavy Duty Suspension w/Gas Shocks, Illuminated entry, Integrated roll-over protection, Leather steering wheel, Low tire pressure warning, Non-Lock Fuel Cap w/o Discriminator, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: Uconnect 4 w/7' Display, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear reading lights, Remote keyless entry, Security system, Speed control, Split folding rear seat, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Variably intermittent wipers, Voltmeter, Wheels: 18' x 7.5' Polished w/Gray Spokes, and Wheels: 18' x 7.5' Tech Gray Polished Face. Crystal Metallic 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4WD 6-Speed Manual 3.6L 6-Cylinder

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More about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Previous iterations of the Jeep Wrangler have required quite a bit of compromise. They've valued off-road capability over comfort and sacrificed quite a bit of city drivability in the process. That's definitely not the case with the new, redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler still comes in two- and four-door configurations, available in a convertible or a hardtop setup. It is still one of the most off-road-capable SUVs for sale today, and it still has a lot of charm. And what's more, it has made massive leaps forward in tech capability, interior quality and overall refinement. More than just a personality with a friendly face, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is now a legitimately user-friendly rig with a style that's all its own.

The Wrangler retains the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that's been available for nearly a decade, but this time it gets the available option of an eight-speed automatic rather than the dated five-speed automatic.

Jeep has announced three future powertrains for the Wrangler, with the first being a turbocharged four-cylinder available in late 2018. It provides additional torque, a higher payload rating, and plenty of thrust to get things going. Even with the standard V6, EPA fuel economy ratings have gone up from 18 mpg combined (16 city/21 highway) with the old Wrangler to 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway) with the new model. It's a modest increase, sure, but a welcome one.

While the Wrangler's looks have changed a bit, you still get a lot of familiar exterior styling cues such as the boxy shape, the seven-slot grille and the beefy tires. Eagle-eyed shoppers and Jeep enthusiasts will quickly notice that the newest Wrangler is larger than before, but that means more space on the inside. The increase in size doesn't mean a decrease in capability either since tire sizes, approach and departure angles, and an increase in ground clearance have been adjusted to compensate. The longer wheelbase also helps with ride comfort and handling, which were previously two outstandingly weak links in the Wrangler's chain.

Both the Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited are available in three main trim levels. The basic implement is the Sport, which is capable but simple. The Sahara adds appearance and convenience features, while the top-of-the-line Rubicon attempts to spoil the occupants with upgrades and even more capable off-road performance, plus distinctive styling that makes the Wrangler look like an American G-Wagen. Let Edmunds help you find the perfect 2018 Jeep Wrangler with our objective evaluations, rich data and unparalleled shopping tools.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Overview

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is offered in the following submodels: Wrangler SUV. Available styles include Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), and Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Wrangler 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Wrangler.

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Wrangler featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Jeep Wrangler?
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,885. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $6,926 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,926 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,959.

The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is17.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,530. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $5,738 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,738 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,792.

The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is15.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,865. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $5,067 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,067 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,798.

The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is14.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,860. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $4,923 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,923 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,937.

The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is16% below the MSRP.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,440. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $7,241 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,241 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,199.

The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is17.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,940. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $5,746 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,746 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,194.

The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is14.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,920. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $5,797 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is16.6% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

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