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Used 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara SUV.

Most helpful consumer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
3 months to get a part 2018 Jeep
Nicole,03/02/2018
Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
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.
3 out of 5 stars
It's a Jeep! Or - a Fiat version of a Jeep
J. Harp,05/16/2018
Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
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?)
1 out of 5 stars
High priced junk with no support!!!!!
David Gittins,12/15/2018
Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
Update: 12/28/2019 - GPS/INFOTAINMENT SCREEN GOES BLACK. TO THE POINT THAT YOU CAN’T SEE ANYTHING ON THE SCREEN. IT DOESN’T DO THIS ALL THE TIME. WE HAVE TO CARRY AN EXTRA GPS WHEN TRAVELING. I’ve taken my Jeep Wrangler to two different dealers and both tell me the same thing - it seems to be working so there’s nothing we can do. I have a video which I showed to the service … technician which shows the headlights going out when you turn off the wipers. His response was “I can’t get it to do that right now”. “So Jeep won’t authorize me to work on it.” Very same situation for the GPS/INFOTAINMENT DISPLAY. The display will not load. Again, I have a video of this which I showed to the technician. His response was “it seems to be working now “. I took the Jeep in when interior lights quit working. At first, the dealer tried telling me that I didn’t have that option. That’s why it didn’t work. I gave him a copy of the build sheet which shows that I did order and get that option. They kept the vehicle for four days and did nothing. They said Jeep was slow in getting back to them on instructions as to what they should do with it. Jeep has major wiring problems and are refusing to fix them. I’m sure someone will end up killed or seriously injured because of their refusal to fix the problems. I think that it’s very serious when your headlights go obut because you turn off your windshield wipers. I will never buy another Jeep product and I would definitely not recommend it to anyone else.
2 out of 5 stars
Own 2 weeks, on my 3rd loaner vehicle
Leslie,08/14/2018
Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)
Day 1 - the a/c randomly stops and blows hot air; many times it would not Start- this is day 1 —-DAY 2 failed to go into reverse. Back to dealership - several days with loaner and they replaced the fuel pump on my vehicle that has less than 100 miles on it - now with still with less than 1000 miles on it, it goes into auto park mode and will not go into reverse!!

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara SUV

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 & Cons

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

Full Edmunds Review: 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV

What’s new

The Jeep Wrangler is completely redesigned for 2018. Note that this review covers the new Wrangler. The previous-generation model, the Wrangler JK, is covered separately.

Vehicle overview

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.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Wrangler as one of Edmunds' Best Small SUVs for 2018.

2018 Jeep Wrangler models

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

7.5
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.

Comfort

7.0
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.

Interior

7.5
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.

Utility

7.5
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.

Technology

8.0
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.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2018 Jeep Wrangler in Virginia is:

$59.92 per month*
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