2018 Jeep Wrangler
- 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
- Unrelentingly capable off-road
- Maintains the rugged Jeep character
- Increased capability compared to old models
- Extensive customization options from the factory and aftermarket
- Mild towing capability for an otherwise highly capable rig
- Less cargo space than some conventional crossovers
- Poor ride comfort and handling abilities
- Steering is slow and feels loose, especially on the Rubicon trim
2018 Jeep Wrangler pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Wrangler does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 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 is on the way later 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.
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 CD player, 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 LED headlights, LED foglights, 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, 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.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use5
Getting in/getting out2.5
Child safety seat accommodation3.5
Audio & navigation5
Most helpful consumer reviews
2018 Jeep Wrangler video
[MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: One of the first questions any Jeep Wrangler buyer has to answer is, which top do I get, soft top or the optional hard top? Well, if you're buying a Wrangler Unlimited, which is code for four-door, you could get both. But don't bring the kids to the dealership when you go to pick it up because there's no place for them to sit. Let's pull this thing out, open it up, and see what's inside. [MUSIC PLAYING] This one's got some heft to it. I wonder what's in there. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, this is a spacer. Doesn't have anything in it. And then this sounds like it has bolts and nuts. And of course, there's the top itself. [MUSIC PLAYING] Trim pieces. [MUSIC PLAYING] Me thinks there's gonna be a lot to do. [MUSIC PLAYING] More trim pieces. That one's steel. Couple more bolts. Still more bolts, and some strap things. You know, this box is probably a good place to keep these until I need them. That's what was in there. And we'll get back to those in a little bit. [MUSIC PLAYING] It's a thing. Looks like this goes along the back, just above the tailgate. That's my bet. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh. We know what these are. We've got the two rear side windows, and one for the back. All that's left is the top itself. [MUSIC PLAYING] This has got a cover on it. [MUSIC PLAYING] So this is what you get if you buy the dual-top option. Other than what looks like about an hour of work and probably a storage problem, I can't help but notice that the only thing that wasn't in that box was instructions. And I checked that empty box that might have had something in it. It was empty, so no instructions. We're gonna have to make this up as we go along. To see what it's like to go from one top to the other, check out our Jeep Wrangler top swap video. And to see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.
2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Soft Top Unboxing
Edmunds gives you an idea of what you get if you equip your 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the dual-top option. Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds opens up the back of the Jeep, unloads the huge box there and shares what he discovers inside.
Features & Specs
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.
Jeep Wrangler vs. the competition
2018 Jeep Wrangler
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.
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.
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.
2018 Jeep Wrangler for Sale
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: . 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.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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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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 $5,984 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,984 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,901.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is15% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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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 $5,648 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,648 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,882.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is15.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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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 $33,035. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $3,889 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,889 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,146.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is11.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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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 $45,235. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $5,423 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,423 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,812.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is12% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 57 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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 $43,660. The average price paid for a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is trending $5,330 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,330 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,330.
The average savings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) is12.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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