Jeep is celebrating 75 years of building tough, all-terrain vehicles and the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Anniversary Edition models are doing it up in style for the occasion! A 75th Anniversary Edition Badge, bronze accents, a power dome hood, steel front and rear bumpers (in handsome bronze) and body color fender flares are some of the stylish available features on the Anniversary Edition. While there isn't a whole lot of difference between the regular 2017 and 2018 Wrangler models, there are a few new features and packages available that may interest you.
What sort of gas mileage does the 2018 Wrangler get?
The new Wrangler does not get great gas mileage, but that is to be expected from a tough vehicle that is built to handle rocky, off-road terrain. The 2018 Wrangler Unlimited gets 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The regular Wrangler gets 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. When you take into consideration that it won the KBB "5-Year Cost to Own Award in Mid-size SUV/Crossover," though, that takes some of the sting out of the low gas mileage.
How much does the 2018 Jeep Wrangler cost?
The Wrangler Sport 4x4 starts out at about $25,000. The Sport S starts out at a base price of about $28,000. If you want the Cold Weather Group option, add another $2,395. The new connectivity group will cost you an additional $695. The Willys Wheeler, Big Bear and Freedom Edition models all start out at $28,000 to $29,000. The Sahara, Rubicon, Smoky Mountain and Chief are between $30,000 and $35,000. The 75th Anniversary Edition starts out at just over $35,000. The base price on the Winter Wrangler model is $36,445, and the Rubicon Hard Rock starts out at $38,445. The top end Rubicon Recon base price is just over $39,000.
Are there any vehicles that are similar to the Wrangler?
Yes but not really. The Jeep Wrangler is considered to be in the mid-size SUV/Crossover class, along with many other vehicles, but it is really quite different from the rest. This is an SUV that is built to take the punishment of off-roading over rocky terrain and sandy dunes. Many of the available models, options, and packages make this utility vehicle a bit more luxurious, but it is and always will be a sport utility vehicle. The others in this class are basically meant to be good multi-passenger vehicles that get the family from point A to point B in comfort and can be driven safely on some off-road conditions. The Wrangler even looks completely different. If you park a Wrangler on the lot with "comparable" vehicles like the Kia Sorento, Ford Edge, and Dodge Durango, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Has the Jeep Wrangler won any awards?
Yes, it has. Kelley Blue Book awarded the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the lowest "5-Year Cost to Own Award in Mid-size SUV/Crossover." This is the third year in a row that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has won this award. It is awarded to vehicles with the lowest expected costs for the first five years of ownership. KBB gave the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited an 8.5 (out of 10) rating for value and 8.3 for the interior and exterior design. Its overall rating was 7.6 with 6.9 given for driving dynamics and 6.7 for comfort and convenience. It ranks #1 on horsepower but drops down to #22 (out of 24) when it comes to gas mileage.
What new features does the Wrangler have?
The Jeep Wrangler hasn't changed much. It is pretty much the same as the 2016 because they are making substantial changes to the 2018 model. The new Rubicon and Sahara models do come with fog lamps and LED headlights as standard features this year. You can get these lights on the Sport S and Sport models, but you have to special order them. You can also get a 5-speed automatic transmission, but it does not come standard. Kelley Blue Book believes the "Chrysler's Pentastar V6 is the best thing to happen to the Jeep Wrangler since the first Jeep helped the Allies win World War II." This is a brand new, 3.6-liter V-6 for the Wrangler.
Are there any new performance and safety features on the Wrangler?
Jeep is offering a brand new "Cold Weather Group" package for the Wrangler Sport S for folks who live in severe cold-weather climates. The package includes heated seats and mirrors, an engine coolant heater, special 17" BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2 all-weather tires and heavy-duty floor mats. There is also a "Connectivity Group" package available on the Wrangler Sport S that includes keyless remote entry, power locks, heated power mirrors and one-touch power windows.