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2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Good, The Better, The Not So Bad

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Having been on sale for a while already, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has been thoroughly tested by automotive publications a AutoGuide has compiled a list of pros and cons for those who are still on the fence.

When it comes to Wranglers, most people think of an off-road ready machine that’s the leader of it’s segment and the new JL certainly lives up to that image. Going with the Sahara trim and optional Selec-Trac System, the Wrangler’s four-wheel drive will automatically engage for better traction. Also improve is the vehicle’s ground clearance, maximum approach angle and departure angle.

Then there’s the new powertrain options including a hybrid-assisted turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, delivering 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque along with even better fuel economy ratings. A 3.0-liter V6 diesel is offered as well with an output of 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Those opting for the base engine will get the old Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, which cranks out 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Of course what’s a Wrangler without various roof options? This generation fans will still get the usual soft and hard tops, though they are easier to remove now. In addition, there’s also going to be a power soft top available for four door Sahara and Rubicon vehicles.

What’s more, the list of standard equipment is now longer than ever. Entry-level Wranglers will be equipped with a backup camera, push-button start, cruise control, hill-start assist, five USB outlets, 5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and T50 fasteners to make door removal easier.

Of course no car is perfect and the new Wrangler does come with a $3,000 price increase, which is not so bad considering what you’re getting in exchange. There’s also Jeep’s reputation for questionable reliability, but once again this can be overlooked if you really want the Wrangler.
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That price increase means nothing given the fact nothing on the market can match the Wrangler, so at its new starting price of $26,995 (USD) that still makes it very easy for someone who wanted a different entry-level vehicle (higher-trim Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, etc.) to get into the JL. In addition Wranglers are one of the last "real" SUV's you can get these days if you know what I mean.
I would say with the changes they've made to performance for this new model that the increase in price is warranted. Whether or not the sometimes questionable FCA reliability has been addressed is a whole other issue. The Wrangler really does stand alone in the SUV segment, but perhaps that will change with the rumored Toyota concepts coming down the pipeline.
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