2023 Jeep Wrangler: new specs and features for this money
The Jeep Wrangler first drew inspiration from the Willys Jeeps used by the military in World War II. Now, it has become a civilian vehicle and offers high-end features at a luxurious price point. With its variety of fuel-swigging powertrains and two body styles, the Wrangler appeals to many different types of people.
The Rubicon 392, which is powered by a V-8 engine and has 470 horsepower, is the most American variant. All Wranglers come with four-wheel drive and various off-road capabilities. As long as you know how to drive well, any model will be able to take you where you want to go.
What's New for 2023?
A Rubicon model with a military-friendly exterior design joins the Wrangler lineup for only a short time. It includes powerful steel bumpers and rock rails on its sides to help it endure any terrain. If you're interested in this special edition, hurry—it's available for purchase now but won't be around forever! Plus, check out our selection of two new paint colors: Earl and Reign. Not sure what those hues look like? No problem—see photos here.
We want to stay true to the Wrangler's original intent while also keeping the price tag low, so we'd start with the standard two-door model. This comes complete with a removable cloth top--a perfect choice for anyone who wants a more authentic experience. We don't want to skimp too much, though, so we're willing to pay a bit extra for the Sport S model. It comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows and locks, automatic headlamps, heated mirrors, and more--creating a well-rounded package that should satisfy most buyers.
We'd spec the 270-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for its 295 pound-feet of torque, which is 35 more than what you get with a standard V6 engine. The four cylinder also comes paired with an eight speed automatic transmission, making it ideal for low stress trail driving. Additionally, we think it's worth opting for the Technology package due to the larger 7 inch touchscreen display and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphones.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The new JL comes with the standard 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 from the previous generation Wrangler, which can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is optional and provides additional low end power when teamed up with an electric motor.
In addition to the standard V-6 and optional four-cylinder hybrid, the Wrangler can also be outfitted with a 3.0-liter diesel V-6; a 375 hp plug-in hybrid 4xe powertrain, or even more for those who want it - 6.4 liter V8 engine .Wranglers are tough by nature so part timefour wheel drive is standard equipmentand easily accessible via center console mounted lever.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
If you're interested in trying out electric-only power on trails, then the 4xe is definitely the way to go. The battery pack provides enough juice for 25 off-road miles, and when it runs out, you can rely on the four-cylinder engine to keep going.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In the class of gas guzzlers, it doesn't take much to be at the top. The Wrangler's EPA fuel economy estimates put it ahead of rivals such as the Bronco and 4Runner. The most fuel-efficient version features a diesel engine that gets 22 mpg city and 29 highway.
The V-6-powered four-door Wrangler Sahara returned a 20 mpg result on our 75 mph highway fuel economy route, which is 3 mpg fewer than its EPA rating for highway fuel economy. However, the turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid model did much better and delivered 26mpg - 2 mp more than expected. If you want to know more about the Wrangler's fuel economy in depth, visit the EPA's website.