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2024 Jeep Wrangler Buyer’s Guide on Everyman Driver

The Jeep Wrangler heads into 2024 without any major changes. The model is in its 4th generation in production.

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler is available in two body styles: two-door and four-door Unlimited. Trim levels include Sport, Willys Sport, Sport S, Freedom, Willys, Sport Altitude, Rubicon, Sahara, Sahara Altitude, High Altitude, Rubicon Farout, and Rubicon 392. In addition to choosing a trim, buyers have hundreds of choices to make as they click through a virtual build. The one constant is Jeep’s standard four-wheel drive.

The Wrangler also comes in three plug-in hybrid variants: Sahara 4xe, Rubicon 4xe, and Sahara High Altitude 4xe. And keep an eye out next year for the 2024 Jeep Wrangler EV. 

With deep roots dating back to the Willys Jeep in WWII and CJ models of the 1970s, the Jeep Wrangler has maintained its shape and aesthetic for generations. But today, Wrangler’s off-road capability and affordability set it apart from other brands. For 2023, more than 300 options can catapult the Wrangler high into the realm of luxury SUVs while maintaining its relative value. In other words, a Jeep will cost much less than a Land Rover. Wranglers come with four-wheel drive, two outstanding axles, and a variety of two- and four-door body packages.

The Jeep Wrangler’s standard engine is a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with a six-speed manual transmission, but it can also be teamed with an eight-speed automatic. A turbocharged 270-hp four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic is optional, along with a 260-hp 3.0-liter diesel V6 (in its last year), available only on the Rubicon Farout model. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 that can take the Jeep from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Wrangler 4xe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain uses two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are two four-wheel-drive systems (Command-Trac and Rock-Trac) plus multiple drive modes suited for all types of terrain and any kind of weather.

The choices for doorless, topless, or windowless driving seem endless. With 10.9 inches of ground clearance and approach and departure angles of 44 and 37 degrees, respectively, the Wrangler can deliver aggressive rock climbing. Locking differentials in the front and rear axles share a two-speed transfer case for low-range gear ratios that ensure optimum crawling and traction. With prices ranging from $30,000 for a base model to $90,000 for a fully loaded Rubicon 392, there is a Jeep Wrangler combination to suit every buyer.

Jeep Wrangler is the standard to which all serious off-road SUVs are compared. But while the Wrangler handles dirt, rocks, and hills like a champ, it’s a rough-riding daily driver.

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