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PostHeaderIcon Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Maybe your team lost, or maybe you sided with the Patriots before they started to make that massive comeback. One thing that was sure to make you happy either way was the various car commercials that debuted during the game. There was certainly something for everyone, like the Lamborghini Monster ad for supercar freaks or, if you’re into Offroad, the Jeep commercials. Hell, the Ram commercials hit us right in the feels on a number of levels. Needless to say, if you didn’t watch the game, you should probably catch up on all of the car commercials. They didn’t all have the pizzazz that we’ve come to love from the past, but they are all worth their weight, that’s for sure. So, with that said, we’ve compiled them all down below. If you haven’t watched them, take a half hour or so out of your day to enjoy each one. You might be happy that you did.

Hyundai Hope Detector


Hyundai: Ref to the Rescue


Jeep: The Road


Jeep: Anti-Manifesto


Jeep: Jeep Jurassic


Kia: Feel Something Again


Lexus: Long Live the King


Lamborghini\Monster: Monster


Ram: Built to Serve


Ram: We will Rock You


Toyota: Good Odds


Toyota Mobility Anthem:


Toyota: One Team


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PostHeaderIcon Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Maybe your team lost, or maybe you sided with the Patriots before they started to make that massive comeback. One thing that was sure to make you happy either way was the various car commercials that debuted during the game. There was certainly something for everyone, like the Lamborghini Monster ad for supercar freaks or, if you’re into Offroad, the Jeep commercials. Hell, the Ram commercials hit us right in the feels on a number of levels. Needless to say, if you didn’t watch the game, you should probably catch up on all of the car commercials. They didn’t all have the pizzazz that we’ve come to love from the past, but they are all worth their weight, that’s for sure. So, with that said, we’ve compiled them all down below. If you haven’t watched them, take a half hour or so out of your day to enjoy each one. You might be happy that you did.

Hyundai Hope Detector


Hyundai: Ref to the Rescue


Jeep: The Road


Jeep: Anti-Manifesto


Jeep: Jeep Jurassic


Kia: Feel Something Again


Lexus: Long Live the King


Lamborghini\Monster: Monster


Ram: Built to Serve


Ram: We will Rock You


Toyota: Good Odds


Toyota Mobility Anthem:


Toyota: One Team


References


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S Special Edition for Europe

Jeep fans in Europe are getting something this year that could make the Americans very jealous. It’s the limited and special 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S and it comes with exclusive exterior and interior appointments to celebrate 26 years of Cherokee goodness. 

They call the Cherokee the leader of the of the premium SUV segment which is a bit self-flattering. But at any rate, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee S is a fine product with cool looks and a ton of features, and a kind of unique fell about it that, in European market at least, is quite special. Among the highlights of the car on the outside there is Low Gloss Granite Crystal accents on badging, grille bezels, step pad, tail lamps and 20-inch wheels. The SUV is also fitted with Gloss Black grille and full windows surround (DLO), and a dual exhaust with Black Chrome finish.

Inside the cabin 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S comes with Anodized Gun Metal accents, Black wood finishes and Black instrument panel accent stitching, Mopar bright metal pedals and Black Nappa SRT-like perforated leather seats with Black accent stitching. The sporty ambiance is further enhanced by the equipment, the highlights of which include Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, top notch audio system, panoramic dual-pane sunroof, leather covered steering wheel, heated and ventilated front and heated rear seats and dual zone climate control.

Available with 3.0-litre Multijet II 250 horsepower diesel engine, the 3.6-litre V-6 286 horsepower or the 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 352 horsepower petrol engines, the Cherokee is one helluva good off-roader thanks to its Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system with Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD). It comes with a traction management system with settings such as Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock.

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PostHeaderIcon Surprise: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Prices Announced

Jeep has announced the pricing for its refreshed 2019 Cherokee mid-size SUV. The reshaped Cherokee debuted earlier this month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and wears a more traditional front end that is more likely to appeal to a wider audience. It also has slightly more cargo space and comes with Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in addition to its carryover 2.4-liter I-4 and 3.2-liter V-6 engines. Its nine-speed automatic and Active Drive 4WD system have been improved for efficiency, as well.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s base price actually drops $300 in the base Latitude trim to $25,190. Every other trim level, however, sees an increase in price. The Latitude Plus increases by $300 and the Limited trim increases by $680. The two range-topping trims, the off-road-ready Trailhawk and the luxurious Overland jump by $2,425 and $2,280, respectively. That puts the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk starting at $34,515 and the Overland in FWD at $36,275.

Jeep has streamlined its 4WD costs, with Active Drive I costing $1,500 on all trims except for the Trailhawk, which has its 4WD price baked into its base MSRP. The Trailhawk gets Cherokee’s most advanced 4WD system, Active Drive Lock.

Further adding to a price increase, Jeep added an extra $100 to its destination charge, bringing it to $1,195 for all trim levels.

2019 Jeep Cherokee – Prices

Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×2 $25,190
Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4 $26,690
Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4×2 $27,690
Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4×4 $29,190
Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×2 $31,570
Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4 $33,070
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk $34,515
Jeep Cherokee Overland
4×2
$36,275
Jeep Cherokee Overland
4×4
$38,970

References

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PostHeaderIcon Our First Full Look at the China-Bound Jeep Grand Commander: Video

Jeep might be as American as apple pie and baseball, but its newest model is headed right for China. It’s called the Grand Commander, and it won’t be found outside China’s borders. Based on a lengthened version of Fiat Chrysler’s CUSW platform that also underpins the Jeep Cherokee, the new Grand Commander will accommodate seven people over three rows.

Jeep is already taking orders for the new SUV despite it not being officially debuted. That is expected to happen at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April before it arrives in showrooms shortly after.

Continue reading for more information.


“Despite Jeep’s best efforts to keep details under wraps, reports say the Grand Commander is 191 inches long and will be powered by Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder”

Despite Jeep’s best efforts to keep details under wraps, reports say the Grand Commander is 191 inches long and will be powered by Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine will be offered at two power levels, with the base tune making 234 horsepower and the premium tune offering 265 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic is standard, just as in the FWD-biased 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

There is no word whether the 2.0-liter utilized the mild-hybrid system found on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. A plug-in hybrid version is expected in the future, too. It’s very likely the same plug-in powertrain headed for the Wrangler in the coming years.

The Grand Commander will have 4WD as an option, but based on the long overhangs and lengthy wheelbase, China’s new Jeep will be limited to all-weather driving rather than rock crawling.

Not America’s Jeep


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There have been mistaken reports pinging the Grand Commander as the foundation for Jeep’s new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs slotted to compete against high-end vehicles like the Range Rover. That’s not the case, however. FCA has confirmed the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will ride on a modified version of Ram’s new 1500 ladder frame and use its independent front and solid axle with multi-link rear suspension. Ram’s air ride will likely be standard equipment, too, at least on the larger and more luxurious Grand Wagoneer. Jeep is expected to debut these SUVs in the coming year.

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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Seeing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Through Aftermarket Eyes

Here at TopSpeed.com, we’ve covered the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL seven ways to Sunday. From the first spy shots to our driven review out in Arizona, we’ve seen it all. But there is always more to learn. Denis Wood over at TeraFlex Suspensions took a detailed look at the Wrangler’s greasy bits in a view not even Jeep engineers discussed at the press event.

Of course, Wood’s views are from an aftermarket company’s standpoint. TeraFlex develops, builds, and sells suspension lifts and all the ancillary parts people love to bolt to their Jeeps. TeraFlex knows Wranglers and it knows their weak points. The outgoing Wrangler JK was a fantastic vehicle, but it has some drawbacks. The exhaust crossed under the front driveshaft and the two would collide during extreme off-roading. The fuel system’s evaporation canister hung low on the Jeep’s underbelly and was an easy target for rocks or sticks. Both problem areas have been completely eliminated in the new Wrangler JL, along with dozens more.

Wood’s is an interesting perspective not many get to see. Add to that his silky smooth voice and fatherly demeanor that wouldn’t be misplaced on a national news broadcast program covering feel-good stories.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Renegade

The cute-ute Jeep Renegade is getting its first mid-cycle refresh. Spy photographers spotted a camouflaged Renegade winter testing in Europe along side the euro-spec Wrangler JL and some Alfa Romeo products. The changes are confined to the Renegade’s front and rear fascias, along with tweaks to the dashboard.

Changes to the drivetrain will likely be limited to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and updated Active Drive 4WD system, both courtesy of the updated 2019 Cherokee. Jeep could even include its new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, though at 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, is a big jump over the for the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and its 180 horses and 175 pound-feet. The power would certainly be welcomed, though.

Jeep is expected to debut the updated Renegade sometime in 2018 ahead of the 2019 model year.

Continue reading for more on the refreshed Jeep Renegade.

Exterior


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“Like any modern mid-cycle refresh, the front fascia receives the bulk of changes”

Like any modern mid-cycle refresh, the front fascia receives the bulk of changes. Though the camo we can see an updated grille, repositioned fog lights, and new turn signals.

The grille features less dead space between the seven-slotted opening. Chrome trim surrounds the slots, too, likely offering a slightly more up-scale feel to the Renegade’s playful design. The fog lights are now located more inboard, alighting right under the screw-in recovery loop. The placement means this test mule is most certainly a non-Trailhawk model that doesn’t feature the prominent red tow hooks.

The bumper-mounted turn signals are now shorter and wider than before. They also appear to be LED. Our spy photographer says the new Renegade will be offered with optional LED headlights, too. Our guess is they’ll look like the new Wrangler JL’s premium LED units.


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“Around back, it’s hard to tell any differences between the test mule and current Renegade”

Around back, it’s hard to tell any differences between the test mule and current Renegade. About the only noticeable change are the taillights, which have larger white portions in the center than current Renegade’s X-shaped taillights. It could just be the camera angle, too. The rear bumper also confirms this test mule isn’t the Trailhawk model since the red rear tow hook isn’t present.

Lastly, the Renegade appears unchanged in the middle. The doors, roof, and middle portions of the wheel wells are uncovered.

Interior


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“Currently, the Renegade comes standard with a 5.0-inch Uconnect screen and an optional 6.5-inch unit”

Our spy photographer wasn’t able to grab shots of the interior, but said the dash features a new, larger infotainment system and updated HVAC controls.

While we’re pretty sure the Renegade won’t be getting the 2019 Ram 1500’s 12-inch Uconnect system, we do expect Jeep to upgrade the Renegade’s interface. Currently, the Renegade comes standard with a 5.0-inch Uconnect screen and an optional 6.5-inch unit. We’d wager the 7.0-inch will now be the default system and the 8.4-inch Uconnect will be the premium choice. The latest Uconnect 4 software will be present, too.

As for the HVAC controls, we’re not sure what more Jeep can do beside shake up the design. The Renegade is already available with an automatic dual-zone system in higher trims. Perhaps a new dual-zone system will be standard across the board. We’re also expecting an updated connectivity base with more USB ports, including USB-C connectivity. Jeep might even throw in a wireless phone charger.

Otherwise, the updated Renegade will continue seating five people over its two row, while holding 18.5 cubic feet of stuff behind the second row. Folding the 60/40-split second-row bench opens the cargo capacity to 50.8 cubic feet of storage.

Drivetrain


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“We expect Jeep to update the 2019 Renegade’s transmission and 4WD systems”

We expect Jeep to update the 2019 Renegade’s transmission and 4WD systems. The engines, however, are likely to carry over mostly unchanged.

The base 1.4-liter MultiAir is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder making a trepid 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of toque. A six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic are the two transmission choices. Fuel economy maxes out at 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

The optional 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine is also naturally aspirated but makes slightly more power at 180 horses and 175 pound-feet of torque. This engine is only offered on 4WD models and pairs exclusively to the nine-speed automatic. Fuel economy is slightly less than the smaller engine, but not by much. The 2.4-liter is EPA-estimated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

As for the big updates, we expect the new Renegade to receive the 2019 Cherokee’s updated nine-speed automatic. Jeep says that transmission provides smoother shifts thanks to a reprogrammed computer control module.


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“As for the big updates, we expect the new Renegade to receive the 2019 Cherokee’s updated nine-speed automatic”

Also likely borrowed from the updated Cherokee is the new Active Drive I 4WD system. The new AD I system have been completely reworked and is 17 pounds lighter and has 50 percent less internal friction at low speeds than before. Between the new Active Drive I and nine-speed auto, the updated Renegade should return better fuel economy numbers, regardless of what engine it has.

The Renegade Trailhawk will continue using the Active Drive Lock 4WD system. This setup includes a low range for low-speed crawling and a locking rear differential. The Trailhawk also boasts beefier all-terrain tires, a 0.8-inch suspension lift, and unique bodywork that improved approach and departure angles, as well as accommodates the distinctive red tow hooks the Trailhawk trim is known for.

Pricing

The Jeep Renegade competes in a highly competitive market segment, so we’re not expecting Jeep to drastically inflate its prices beyond a couple hundred dollars on each trim level. The 2017 Renegade Sport in FWD starts at $17,995. For $2,000 more, 4WD can be had. Above the base Sport trim is the Latitude, Altitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The “trail-rated” Trailhawk starts at $26,895 and tops out around $30,000 with extra options.

The Competition

Subaru Crosstrek


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Subaru offers something for the adventurous types, too – the XV Crosstrek. This lifted Impreza wagon has an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard AWD. It even comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Crosstrek offers a car-like driving feel while being completely at home in adverse weather condition and on unpaved trails.

Power comes from Subaru’s 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. While the six-speed is standard and more fun, upgrading to a higher trim level means a Continuously Variable Transmission is the only choice. Regardless of transmission, the Subaru isn’t fast or particularly sporty, but neither is the Renegade.

Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $21,795 for the 2.0i trim. The mid-grade Premium trim carries a $22,595 sticker price and the range-topping limited starts at $26,295.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport


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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport continues in the same outdoorsy, sporty vibe established by the Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek. The Outlander Sport seats five, offers descent ground clearance and short overhangs, and comes with FWD or an optional AWD system.

The standard powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard, but a CVT will be more widely available. Optionally, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 168 horses and 167 pound-feet. Unfortunately, it’s only available with the CVT. Both engines come standard with FWD and have the option of AWD. Even the manual can be paired with FWD or AWD.

Pricing begins at $20,395 for the ES trim. Adding the CVT moves the sticker to $21,595 and AWD to $23,095. Prices span up to $25,995 for the range-topping SEL trim with the 2.4-liter.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Conclusion


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The Renegade has proven itself a valuable member of the Jeep lineup thanks to its hot sales. Its cuteness aside, the little Renegade is actually the most off-road capable compact crossover among its competitors when fitted with the Trailhawk trim.

The visual updates for 2019 should help the Renegade remain a top choice for crossover shoppers. We just can’t wait to hear the official details about powertrain and infotainment improvements.

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee


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PostHeaderIcon A Detailed Look At The 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s 4WD Systems

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee includes some admirable updates. The front has been redesigned to not be so ugly, new LED headlights should perform better, a new lightweight tailgate gets hands-free opening, five new wheel designs change up the appearance, a dual-pane sunroof is available, and the new 2.0-liter turbo-four borrowed from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is under the reshaped aluminum hood. But Jeep didn’t stop its drivetrain updates with the new engine. The Cherokee’s base 4WD system has been updated with less internal friction and a reduction of 17 pounds.


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“Active Drive I is the basic 4WD system offered in the Cherokee’s Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland trims”

Active Drive I is the basic 4WD system offered in the Cherokee’s Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, and Overland trims. Jeep says the system has been completely redesigned for 2019 and includes a new, next-generation rear drive module. The RDM, or rear differential, works automatically to deliver power to the rear wheels when the front tires lose traction, regardless of speed and without any action needed from the driver. The RDM also provides yaw correction (torque vectoring) during turning, which helps prevent understeer and oversteer. The new rear differential weighs an impressive 17 pounds less, and even more impressive, has 50 percent less drag at low speeds.

Active Drive II is the more capable 4WD system and includes a two-speed transfer case with both high and low gear ranges. Available on the same trims as Active Drive I, AD II simply adds more off-road capability. The system, recalibrated for 2019, is still fully automatic in high-range mode, but the driver can select low-range for more treacherous terrain. This mode locks the transfer case into delivering equal torque to the front and rear wheels, regardless of wheel slip, with a gear reduction of 2.92:1. When paired with the 2.0-liter turbo-four, Active Drive II offers an impressive crawl ratio of 51.2:1. The 3.2-liter V-6 gets a crawl ratio of 48.3:1. Regardless of engine choice, Cherokees with Active Drive II get a one-inch suspension lift and have a neutral setting in the transfer case for flat towing.


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“Active Drive II is the more capable 4WD system and includes a two-speed transfer case with both high and low gear ranges”

Active Drive Lock is essentially Active Drive II but includes a locking rear differential and Rock Mode in Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction control system. Active Drive Lock is only found on the Cherokee Trailhawk. The locking rear differential can be engaged when in 4WD low range and locks together the rear axle shafts so they spin at the same speed, regardless of wheel slip. This gives the best traction in off-roading situations.

Regardless of the Active Drive 4WD system, all three are fully automatic in their high-range engagement. When traction isn’t an issue, the rear differential disengages for reduced drag on the driveline, leaving the front wheels to power the Jeep. All three systems also come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system, too. It includes drive modes that tailor the drivetrain for the best performance. The modes are Auto, Snow, Sport, and Sand/Mud. The Cherokee Trailhawk’s Active Drive Lock also gets a Rock Mode, along with hill ascent and hill descent settings.


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“Naturally, the Cherokee Trailhawk is the right choice for serious off-roaders.”

Naturally, the Cherokee Trailhawk is the right choice for serious off-roaders. Matching its drivetrain, the Trailhawk has unique bodywork that affords it more clearance. It boasts an approach angle of 29.9 degrees, a breakover angle of 22.9 degrees, and a departure angle of 32.2 degrees. Ground clearance measures 8.7 inches. That’s only an inch less than the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL in Sport trim and only 2.1 inches shy of the Wrangler Rubicon’s 10.8 inches of ground clearance. The Cherokee Trailhawk does come standard with underbody skid plates and red-painted tow hooks should the trail prove extra challenging.


References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.


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PostHeaderIcon Updated Jeep Cherokee Gets 2.0-liter Turbo from the Wrangler

The facelifted Jeep Chekoree made its public debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with a brand-new front fascia that no longer looks like it’s sucking lemons. The best Jeep-related news in a year, because let’s face it, the pre-facelift Cherooke’s design sucked really bad. The rear end was also heavily revised to the point where it no longer looks like a Fiat. Interior updates are small, but it does feature a new center console and new tech. But by far the biggest change lies under the hood, where the Tigershark and Pentastar engines were joined by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.


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“Borrowed from the latest Jeep Wrangler, the turbocharged mill cranks out the same 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque”

Borrowed from the latest Jeep Wrangler, the turbocharged mill cranks out the same 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. These figures place it just above the existing 3.2-liter V-6, which is rated at 271 horses and 239 pound-feet. The Pentastar unit carried over unchanged, while the 2.4-liter Tigershark gained minor changes that reduced output from 184 horsepower and 172 pound-feet to 180 horses and 170 pound-feet.

The new four-banger mates to the same nine-speed automatic transmission as other engines and it should deliver better fuel economy that the other two options. Actual figures aren’t yet available, but the V-6 returns 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, while the Tigershark gets up to 30 mpg highway. The fact that the revised Cherokee is 200 pounds lighter thanks to a new aluminum hood and composite tailgate should help the new turbo four-cylinder deliver the best ever fuel economy figures for the nameplate.


References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.


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Read our full driven review on the 2015 Jeep Cherokee.


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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Jeep Cherokee Is Still Ugly, But More Premium

So on the second day of the Detroit Motor Show Chrysler unveiled the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee. And while the new model is said to be more premium and sophisticated with its sating chrome and high gloss accents, it’s still quite frankly just hideous as before. But hey, if the way it looks tickle your bits, then you will like all the updates the new model features. 

2019 Jeep Cherokee features new or updated front fascia, hood, LED headlamps, daylight running lamps and fog lamps, and as mentioned it does feature some nice chrome and high-gloss accents inside the cabin. Among the other new highlights we have the lightweight, handsfree power liftgate,  available dual-pane sunroof, new wheel designs, and improved rear cargo volume and more convenient storage space. So if you get past those looks, the Cherokee is actually a pretty decent family car.

As for the powertrains, 2019 Jeep Cherokee can be had with a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-pot developing 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque equipped with engine stop-start (ESS), or a less efficient but no more powerful 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with ESS delivering 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque. No, we don’t know why anyone should get the V6, either. You may, however, be interested in the economy of the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine with ESS technology which delivers 180 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque.

It might be more suited to city environments than the wild, but the new Cherokee is still a jeep and so it’s pretty damn good offroad. You get Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system with up to five customized modes – Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock, and the four-wheel-drive system features top of the line components for optimum performance. It’s a shame this good mid-size SUV has to look like that…






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PostHeaderIcon Updated Jeep Cherokee Goes Softer In The Styling Department

The Jeep Cherokee is living proof that even the most iconic of SUVs aren’t immune to criticism when there’s reason to criticize. The current-generation Cherokee found that out first-hand when its debut in 2013 was greeted by an avalanche of criticism from an indignant public that couldn’t believe that Jeep became a little too playful with the model’s looks. That was five years ago. This year, Jeep is flipping the script on the facelifted 2019 Cherokee. Not only does it have three different engines to choose from, it also arrived at the Detroit Auto Show with a more refined look that, quite frankly, is much better than the model it’s replacing.


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“The pointy grille and stacked lighting fixture of the previous model did nothing to inspire the long legacy of the Cherokee name”

This is what the fifth-generation Jeep Cherokee should have looked like from the onset. The pointy grille and stacked lighting fixture of the previous model did nothing to inspire the long legacy of the Cherokee name. Sure, some people liked it, but a vast majority of Jeep fans were close to keeling over, repulsed by what they were seeing.

Mike Hanley, head of the Jeep brand, described it as a progressive look that the company did to spark conversation back to the Cherokee. “It did what it was supposed to do, it called attention to the vehicle,” Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, added.

Fortunately, the new Cherokee has moved on from that phase with a new look that’s far more refined than its predecessor. The headlights — LED lighting on all trim levels — are now more traditional in their shape, a huge correction from one of the old model’s biggest sources of controversy. The Cherokee’s beaky nose has also been re-sculpted to a more traditional shape, resulting in more focus being put on the SUV’s seven-stack grille.

“We took the geekiness out of it,” Allen said. “Now Cherokee is more closely aligned with the rest of the brand.”

Beyond its new looks, the facelifted Cherokee also gets a redesigned composite liftgate that weighs 18 pounds less than its predecessor. The lighter liftgate is part of a concerted effort by Jeep to shed 200 pounds off of the Cherokee’s weight. As it is, the new Cherokee now weighs roughly around 4,300 pounds or just under 2,000 kilos.


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“Beyond its new looks, the facelifted Cherokee also gets a redesigned composite liftgate that weighs 18 pounds less than its predecessor”

The 2019 Cherokee’s physical transformation is one of its most important features. Now, prospective customers can look at the Cherokee and see a proper Jeep, devoid of the gimmicks that played a huge part in its predecessor’s sub-standard appearance. I’d call that a win.


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PostHeaderIcon Someone Swapped A V-10 Into A 2005 Jeep Wrangler!

The venerable Jeep Wrangler is no stranger to engine swaps. Folks have been shoving bigger engines behind its grille ever since the U.S. Military defeated the Axis powers in 1945. The small-block Chevrolet V-8 is the standard go-to engine, but small block Fords and even other Mopar engines are a common sight. But, it’s a certifiable rarity to see a Wrangler with the 8.3-liter V-10 from the Viper and 2004 – 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SRT10.

Nevertheless, that’s exactly what’s for sale right now on eBay.

The project started with a low-mileage 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. That generation is known as the TJ, but since it’s a long-wheelbase Unlimited version, it’s called the LJ. So, this LJ with 22,500 miles had its 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder, four-speed automatic transmission, and two-speed transfer case removed and replaced with, well, “beefier” components. The transmission is now a 48RE automatic from a Ram heavy-duty and the T-case is a modified RockTrac unit from a Wrangler Rubicon. The front axle is a good ole Ford nine-inch, while the rear axle is a stout Dana 60. Both have 35-spline axle shafts.

The suspension is a long-arm kit from Superlift that accompanies by a one-inch body lift that helps with clearance of the big V-10 under the hood. A set of 20-inch six-spoke, Pro Comp wheels and 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ all-terrain tires hide Viper-sized front brakes and upgraded rear disc brakes.

Continue reading for more information on this Jeep Wrangler.


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“The 8.3-liter V-10 is in stock condition and makes roughly 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque”

Inside the Jeep, the stock seats were replaced with two-tone suede sport seats and the plastic center console swapped for a lockable, metal unit. Naturally, the stock radio is swapped for an aftermarket head unit. In back, the cargo area features a large steel drawl that is also lockable. A premium soft top is augmented by a full-length roof rack that’s removable. The steel bumpers are from Warn, as are the rock sliders below the doors. Finally, LED taillights finish off the exterior upgrades.

Of course, the big news is under the hood. The 8.3-liter V-10 is in stock condition and makes roughly 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque. That was enough to accelerate the 5,130-pound regular cab Dodge Ram SRT 10 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. With a lower curb weight, the LJ should finish the run in less time – perhaps around 4.5 seconds.


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“The eBay classified listing has this 2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ prices at $52,000 and is located in Chicago”

While this SRT10 Wrangler might outrun ever LJ, it won’t pass every gas station. The EPA estimated the Ram SRT10 to get 9.0 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway.

The eBay classified listing has this 2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ prices at $52,000 and is located in Chicago. That’s a lot of scratch for a 13-year-old Jeep, but it’s not every day when such a clean V-10-powered Wrangler comes up for sale. The 8.3-liter V-10 might not be the most economical or power-dense engine swap ever seen in a Wrangler, but it’s certainly outside conventionality. Let’s just say this Jeep would attract quite a crowd at the local Cars & Coffee or Jeep meet. For some, that might be worth the buy-in price.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Cherokee

Jeep is bringing a mild facelift and some powertrain improvements to the Cherokee for 2019. The announcement comes before Jeep divulges all the details on the revised crossover on January 16 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. However, from the images Jeep released, we can see the exterior changes bring a more handsome face and less odd rear to the Cherokee’s aesthetics, while a promise of an “even more fuel-efficient powertrain options” is all the automaker had to say about internal changes.

This marks the first change to the current Cherokee since its introduction in 2014. Despite strong sales averaging around 200,000 per year in the U.S. alone, many complained about the Cherokee’s ugly mug. Jeep obviously listened as the front and rear mark the only external changes, though new wheel options are expected. The interior shows now blatant signs of changes. As for those powertrain updates, Jeep could replace the current 3.2-liter V-6 with the new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder found in the new 2018 Wrangler JL. We’ll know for sure come January 16, so stick around on TopSpeed.com for that breaking information.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

Exterior

  • Redesigned headlights
  • Reworked fog light surrounds
  • License plate moved to tailgate
  • New rear bumper design
  • No other changes to bodywork

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“Surprisingly, the Cherokee’s handsome new face includes the same upper grille as before.”

Jeep hasn’t divulged much information on the 2019 Cherokee’s updates, but from the images it released ahead of Detroit, it’s clear the Cherokee has been given a much-needed makeover.

The front end now has traditional headlights with the main projectors, turn signals, and LED daytime running lights all encased in the same clear housing. That’s a big change from the outgoing model, which separated the headlights from the turn signals and DRLs. The fog lights have a larger surround, too, which helps give the Cherokee a more conventional appearance.

The lower grille loses the kinked-up shape it previously had, now getting sleeker horizontal lines. Surprisingly, the Cherokee’s handsome new face includes the same upper grille as before. We always thought it was that grille that made the Cherokee so ugly, but as it turns out, it’s not so bad when surrounded by more traditional styling.


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“The bumper follows the more traditional styling update and uses chrome trim and different colored plastic to add character”

Around to the rear, the 2019 Cherokee has its license plate relocated to the tailgate. The bumper follows the more traditional styling update and uses chrome trim and different colored plastic to add character. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust finish off the bumper’s lower line. We do wonder how Jeep will integrate the Cherokee’s optional towing package and its bulky two-inch receiver hitch.

The other changes back here involve the taillights. The new LED lights have clear lenses with white-colored turn signal and reverse light reflectors. The running lights and brake lights use an LED outline along the bottom. Again, the rear matches the front’s more handsome appeal. Everything between the bumpers appears unchanged, meaning the doors, roofline, windows, and their pillars are all carried over from 2014. That’s totally expected with this being a mid-cycle refresh, of course.

Interior

  • Interior remains basically unchanged
  • Available 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 25 cubic feet behind second row
  • 55 cubic feet with second row folded

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“The Cherokee’s interior remains unchanged from previous years.”

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s interior remains unchanged from previous years. We commend Jeep and FCA on its recent interior designs, though the Cherokee is known to have some cheap-feeling materials scattered about the cabin. Functionality wise, though, the Cherokee is top notch.

It starts with the steering wheel and its logical controls. A large TFT display in the gauge cluster shows plenty of vehicle information, too. Dual-zone climate controls, available heated and vented front seats, and FCA’s wonderful 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with the latest Uconnect 4 software lines the center stack. USB, AUX, and Bluetooth connections make streaming music easy, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make full phone connections a breeze.

The Cherokee continues to seat five people, though three across in the second row isn’t overly comfortable. The 60/40-split rear seat folds flat to reveal 55 cubic feet of cargo room. The front passenger seat even folds flat for carrying longer items like a ladder or surfboard. Behind the second row, the Cherokee still offers 25 cubic feet of room.

Drivetrain

  • More efficiency powertrain option coming
  • 2.4-liter Tigershark likely returning
  • Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four might become available
  • 3.2-liter V-6 rumored to be axed
  • FWD is standard; 4WD is optional
  • Trailhawk trim is the off-roader’s choice

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“Our bet is Jeep swaps the optional V-6 for the potent 2.0-liter turbo-four found in the new Wrangler JL.”

There are some unanswered questions in this department thanks to Jeep’s vague statement about having “more fuel-efficient powertrain options” in its teaser press release. Though we can’t know for sure, our bet is Jeep swaps the optional 3.2-liter V-6 for its all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the new Wrangler JL.

The current 3.2-liter V-6 is basically a smaller-displacement version of the 3.6-liter V-6 and makes 271 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 239 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The 2018 Wrangler’s new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four makes 270 horses at 5,200 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at only 3,000 rpm. That means the 2.0-liter basically retains the V-6’s horsepower rating but makes peak power available sooner while adding 56 pound-feet of torque and making it available 1,400 rpm lower. That’s a significant improvement and would warrant Jeep’s use of the “more fuel-efficient” term.

Speaking of efficiency, part of the 2.0-liter turbo-four’s magic is its mild hybrid system. The engine uses a belt starter generator to not only restart the engine after an Automatic Stop/Start event, but also to add torque to the crankshaft at lower engine speeds. That’s how the engine manages its impressive torque figure.

“The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will likely continue to come standard with its 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder”

It’s too early to speculate about fuel economy – not even the Hurricane-powered Wrangler has been tested for fuel economy at this point. Still, expect an improvement over the 3.2-liter Cherokee’s 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will likely continue to come standard with its 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder. This naturally aspirated engine makes 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Though far less powerful than the current V-6, the 2.4’s appeal is fuel economy. It’s EPA-estimated to get 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

When it comes to towing, the current Cherokee can pull a maximum of 4,500 pounds when equipped with the V-6 and the Trailer Tow Package. Without that package, the V-6 is limited to 2,000 pounds. The 2.4-liter is rated to pull 2,000 pounds as its maximum.

Pricing


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Obviously, Jeep hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Cherokee, though we shouldn’t have long to wait. We expect the new model will begin hitting showrooms in mid-2018. Prices shouldn’t change too much over the current Cherokee, either.

Pricing for 2018 starts at $24,395 for the base Latitude trim in front-wheel drive. Selecting 4WD moves the price to $25,895. That $1,500 price for 4WD continues through the lineup except for two models. The Trailhawk comes standard with 4WD and the range-topping Overland model, which somehow charges $3,245 for the 4WD option. Back to the trims, the Latitude Plus slots in the mid-range with the Limited above that. The Trailhawk comes in next with the Overland taking the top spot. Prices for the Overland start at $34,095 for the FWD models and $37,340 with 4WD.

Competition

Honda CR-V


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The Honda CR-V isn’t the go-anywhere crossover the Jeep Cherokee tries to be. Rather, the CR-V focuses on family comfort and outright practicality. It offers seating for five people over two row with 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. Fold the 60/40-split bench and the CR-V holds 75.8 cubic feet of stuff. The first row is equally functional thanks to a smartly designed dash and tons of cubby spaces. Features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard while Navigation is optional.

The CR-V comes with only one engine: the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It makes 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. While that doesn’t sound like much, the CR-V only weights 3,500 pounds. Compare that to the Jeep’s 3,900- to 4,400-pound curb weight. Fuel economy is impressive, too, with the EPA estimating 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. The standard Continuously Variable Transmission likely has something to do with that. And like CR-Vs of the past, front-wheel drive is standard and AWD is optional.

Prices start at $24,150 for the base LX and $32,650 for the range-topping Touring trim.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Toyota RAV4


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Like the CR-V, the RAV4 is built more for the urban jungle than the actual jungle. That’s just fine, after all, since 99.999 percent of RAV4 owners will barely ever venture off anything more than a dirt road. The RAV4 likewise has seating for five within its two rows. It’s 60/40-split bench folds down for 73.4 cubic feet of space. Behind the second row lies 38.4 cubic feet of space.

The RAV4 offers both a conventional gasoline powertrain and a gasoline hybrid option. The standard mill is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It can power either the front wheels or all four, should you opt for the AWD option. The hybrid powertrain utilizes a similar 2.5-liter, but with an Atkinson combustion cycle for improved efficiency. It’s mated to two electric motors, with the front making 141 horses and the rear 67horses. A CVT does the shifting. A 1.6-kWh battery provides the juice. Don’t expect to drive very far on battery power alone; this system is designed to supplement the gasoline engine. The EPA estimates it will get 34 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $24,410 for the base LE. The middle trims include the XLE, Adventure, SE, XLE Hybrid, Limited, SE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. The Platinum is the range-topping trim and has a starting price of $36,150 before options and extras.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

Conclusion


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The changes for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee aren’t major, but they are very welcomed and should help to increase the crossover’s popularity. The exterior changes, especially, give the 2019 Cherokee a more modern and mature appearance. And while we suspect Jeep will introduce the 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four, only time will tell if we’re right. Either way, expect the Cherokee to show improvements in the EPA’s fuel economy evaluations.

We’ll know all the details come January 16 when Jeep debuts the 2019 Cherokee at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. As always, stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for all the latest automotive news and reviews.

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PostHeaderIcon Hurray, the Jeep Cherokee No Longer Looks Like It’s Sucking Lemons!

When it replaced the Liberty in 2013, Jeep decided to bring back the Cherokee name, which it had discontinued in 2001 in the U.S. The first Jeep to ride on the FCA Compact Wide platform, the KL-generation Cherokee shared underpinnings with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. But similarities with European cars didn’t stop here. Unlike its predecessors, the Cherokee dropped the traditional boxy design in favor of a more streamlined look. Some approved Jeep’s decision to step out of the box and offer a bolder design, but FCA also received a lot of heat for the scrunched up headlamps, the narrow grille, and the somewhat generic rear end. I’m not a big fan of it either, and I think it looks like it’s sucking on lemons. Well, Jeep just unveiled the mid-cycle facelift and I’m happy to see that the Cherokee’s face is no longer sour.


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“The main grille is now a bit taller, the slats are wider, and the headlamps are significantly bigger.”

Whether Jeep reacted to criticism or just wanted a fresh look remains unknown, but it’s good to the Cherokee move closer to its American roots design-wise. The main grille is now a bit taller, the slats are wider, and the headlamps are significantly bigger. Granted, the changes are by no means radical, and the Cherokee still looks out of place among other Jeeps, but it’s a big improvement over the outgoing model. Not that Jeep could have made it worse, but I can at least look at the new Cherokee without feeling sick.

Beyond fixing that terrible front end, Jeep made a few other improvements too. Around back, the crossover has new LED taillights with clear lenses and red accents, a repositioned license plate (not on the tailgate), a more upscale-looking bumper, and chrome-tipped exhaust pipes. The front bumper was also redesigned, together with the grille between the vents. All told, these changes are more than what I usually expect from a mid-cycle facelift (just look at the BMW i8).


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There isn’t much information as to what changes inside the cabin and under the hood, but we should get some new technology and maybe a new engine. Whatever happens, the revised front fascia makes up for everything.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Jeep Cherokee Coming to Detroit

Jeep will be introducing its updated 2019 Cherokee at the North American International Auto Show come January 16, 2018. The mid-size crossover receives a mild facelift with updated designs front and rear, along with more fuel-efficient powertrain options. Jeep didn’t go into detail about the powertrain changes or any other information, saying that news will become available when the 2019 Cherokee makes its appearance at the Detroit Auto Show.

Aesthetically, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee looks far more palatable, losing that ugly front end and odd headlight arrangement. The new front uses new one-piece headlights with the turn signals and daytime running lights integrated into the same housing. The fog lights now have a slightly larger scallop. The lower grille is now more streamlined. Despite the more handsome look, the hood and upper grille appear unchanged. It seems the Cherokee’s ugliness was all contained in those headlights.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Cherokee.

What We Know


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“The 2019 Cherokee has new LED taillights with clear lenses and red accents”

Around back, the 2019 Cherokee has new LED taillights with clear lenses and red accents. The license plate is moved from the bumper to the tailgate and the black-plastic bumper is replaced with a more upscale black and gray bumper with chrome trim and chrome-tipped dual exhaust. The rest of the 2019 Cherokee appears unchanged, though we expect new wheel options.

As for the powertrain, Jeep did not give clues as to what’s under the hood. The current Cherokee offers the 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder with 184 horsepower as standard and the 3.2-liter V-6 with electric stop/start and 271 horsepower as an option. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board. Front-wheel drive comes standard, too, but naturally, 4WD is optional on all models. Those who really want to explore the untraveled path will wan the Cherokee Trailhawk model with added ground clearance, a beefier 4WD system, added skid plating, and all-terrain tires.


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“As for what 2019 brings, there’s a good chance the Cherokee will receive Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the 2018 Wrangler JL”

As for what 2019 brings, there’s a good chance the Cherokee will receive Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the 2018 Wrangler JL. The engine makes a very respectable 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque while saving fuel thanks to a mild hybrid system that uses an electric motor to help spin the crankshaft at lower engine speeds. This engine could very well replace the 3.2-liter V-6, whose torque only peaks at 239 pound-feet.

Only time will tell, so thankfully we’ve only got a few weeks to wait. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will make its official debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show on January 16.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Wrangler JL – First Look

The time has finally come; we’ve gotten a chance to spend quality time behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Jeep flew us out to the deserts of Arizona for our first view of the Wrangler since it debuted the week prior at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

We’ve coved the new Wrangler to death with nearly a dozen articles focused on various aspects of the Jeep, and most recently, our driving impressions, pricing information, and fuel economy. We can say the new Wrangler is wholly improved and in no way less capable off-road. In fact, Jeep designers and engineers worked tirelessly to retain (and in many areas improve) the Wrangler’s capabilities. So without further ado, here’s our take on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

Exterior


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While we’ve got a full review of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler already online, here’s our thoughts now that we’ve seen it in person.

It’s clear Jeep designers sweated the details on the new Wrangler. It might look too similar to the outgoing Wrangler JK in photos, but in person, the new JL has a completely different persona. Every body panel is different and that is very apparent the second you get close.

The grille and optional LED headlights go a long way in making the Wrangler JL feel modern. The LED turn signals and daytime running lights in the front fenders also contribute. The longer, flatter hood brings better proportionality to the Wrangler Unlimited’s profile, while the newly lowered beltline and character line under the windows make it appear less top heavy.


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“Around back, the new taillights and bumper are quickly identifiable against the older Wrangler JK”

Around back, the new taillights and bumper are quickly identifiable against the older Wrangler JK. The license plate was moved from the body to the bumper, as well, helping with aerodynamics. It also keeps the license plate from getting ripped off on the trail – a common occurrence with the JK. The tailgate’s hinges are now exposed rather than being covered in plastic and the spare tire is mounted lower for better visibility out of the rear window.

Other noticeable improvements are the new pull-style door handles. They are much easier to operate than the JK’s and even include passive entry. Push-button starting is standard across the board, too.

And speaking of aerodynamics, the Wrangler JL’s new shape is far better at managing air. Sport models have a new air dam that fits between the bumper and front fenders. Hard top models now have a mild spoiler lip above the rear window. The new windshield is slightly more raked but is still far more vertical than anything seen on a crossover or car. Only the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon can compete with the Wrangler’s tall windshield.


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Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2-door 96.8 (2,460)
4-door 118.4 (3,008)
Overhang Front: 29.2 (741.6)
Rear: 40.8 (1,036.3)
Track Front: 62.9 (1,598)
Rear: 62.9 (1,598)
Overall Length (includes spare tire) 166.8 (4,237) – 2-door
188.4 (4,785) – 4-door
Overall Width 73.8 (1,875)
Overall Height 73.6 (1,868.4)
Liftover Height 29.7 (756.4)
Cargo Width at Swing-Gate Opening 41.1 (1,052)
Cargo Height at Swing-Gate Opening 36 (942.3)
Load Floor Height 30 (762.1)

The Tops

The Wrangler JL has three tops to choose from. The soft top, the Freedom hard top, and the Powertop. There are actually two versions of the soft top: a vinyl top on the base model and a thicker, more insulated canvas top as an extra-cost option. The Freedom top is similar to the JK’s Freedom top, but Jeep eliminated the hand screws that took forever to undo. Now, only eight latches secure the two panels. The panels are now lighter, too, making removable and replacement super easy. The Powertop is available on the Sahara and Rubicon trims only and offers a one-touch power operate that opens the canvas panel. What remains is a massive sunroof from the A-pillars back past the C-pillars. What’s more, the side windows easily remove with two latches. The Powertop is the right choice for anyone not up for heavy lifting or getting wet when it starts raining.

Interior


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“In person, the JL’s interior feels nothing like the hard-plastic mess seen in the JK.”

We knew the Wrangler JL’s interior was miles better than the JK’s from the photos we’d seen, but that didn’t prepare us for reality. In person, the JL’s interior feels nothing like the hard-plastic mess seen in the JK. Everything is soft-touch or purposefully hard. If it looks like metal, it is. The screws on the dashboard are actually screws – even those around the HVAC system. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a joy to hold and the gear shifters give a satisfying feedback. The seats are far more supportive and the driver seat now has an adjustable lumbar feature.

Still, the Wrangler isn’t too plush for its own good. The dash is still weather resistant and the carpet is still removable. Yep, the floor pan still has drain plugs and the seats are manually adjustable so there are no electric motors to fail. The seats in upper trims are heated, though, which is a big blessing on cold drives with the doors and top off.

Handy features in the interior include a bevy of USB and USB-C ports, a 110-volt household plug, longer and more padded armrests in the doors, more storage spots, a folding center armrest in four-door models, and a two-tier center console lid.


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“The Wrangler comes with three Uconnect infotainment systems”

The Wrangler comes with three Uconnect infotainment systems: Uconnect 3 with a 5.0-inch display, Uconnect 4 with a 7.0-inch display, and Uconnect 4 with an 8.4-inch display with navigation. The 8.4 system comes standard in the four-door Sahara and Rubicon models.

Rear seat comfort is upgraded, too. Along with that center folding armrest on four-door models, every Wrangler JL has rear HVAC vents. The four-door offers an inch more legroom than before and more supportive seats with a more reclined seatback. More USB ports and that 110-volt household plug reside at the back of the center console.

Unlimited models can be had with Jeep’s new TrailRail system – an integrated aluminum rail with adjustable hooks for securing cargo. Another rail is integrated onto the tailgate. And in an effort to maximize utility, the tailgate even has a flat spot above the latch for holding a drink.


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Interior Dimensions

Seating Capacity (front/rear) 2/2 – 2-door, 2/3 – 4-door
SAE Total Interior Passenger Volume, (cu. ft. / cu. m) 103.7 (2.94)
Front: Headroom: 40.7 (1,036) hardtop / 42.6 (1,083) soft top
Legroom: 41.2 (1,038)
Shoulder Room: 55.7 (1,417)
Hip Room: 53.9 (1,370)
Seat Travel: 8.1 (206)
EPA Front Volume Index: 53.8 (1.52)
Rear: Headroom: 40.2 (1,023) hardtop, 41.7 (1,059) soft top
Legroom: 35.7 (904.2) – 2-door, 38.3 (974) – 4-door
Knee Clearance: 61.6 (1,565.9)
Shoulder Room: 57.7 (1,458) – 2-door, 55.7 (1,417) – 4-door
Hip Room: 45 (1,143) – 2-door, 56.7 (1,440) – 4-door
EPA Rear Seat Volume Index (cu. ft. / cu. m): 49.9 (1.40)
Liftover Height 29.7 (756.4)
Maximum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening 47.9 (1,218.7)
Minimum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening 41.1 (1,052)
Maximum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening 36.0 (942.3)
Minimum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening 35.7 (907.8)
Distance between Wheelhouse Interior Trim 45.0 (1143)
SAE Cargo Volume: Rear Seat Folded: 72.4 cu. ft. (2.05)
Rear Seat Upright: 31.7 cu. ft. (0.89)
Total Passenger plus Cargo Volume, (cu. ft. / cu. m): 150.4 cu. ft.

Drivetrain


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“The standard engine is the familiar but improved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque”

For 2018, the Wrangler finally has more than one engine to choose from. Jeeps of the past have had at least two available engines, so the JL harks back to those bygone days. The engine choices a bit more modern, however.

The standard engine is the familiar but improved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It’s improvement centers on the new automatic start/stop system it employs to save on fuel consumption. The V-6 is available with the new six-speed manual transmission and the new-to-the-Wrangler ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The optional engine is an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. it comes mated exclusively with the eight-speed automatic. Its impressive torque rating comes by way of a mild hybrid system. A belt-starter-generator uses electricity to help turn the engine’s crankshaft at lower revs. This helps with low-end torque and added smoothness when low-speed crawling. An automatic start/stop system is used here, too.

Three 4WD transfer cases are available: the standard Command-Trac for all but the Rubicon, the Rock-Trac that’s exclusive to the Rubicon, and the new Select-Trac transfer case with a full-time 4WD mode that’s an exclusive option on the Sahara. You can read all the details on these transfer case in our full review here.


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Drivetrain Specifications

ENGINE 3.6-­LITER PENTASTAR V-­6 2.0-LITER TURBO I-4
Availability Standard — all models Available — all models
Type and Description 60-­degree, V-­type, liquid-­cooled I-4 16-valve with direct injection, turbo charging, with throttled, cooled EGR
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 220 cu. in. (3604 cu. cm) 121 cu. in. (1995 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83) 3.31 x 3.54 (84 x 90)
Valve System Chain-­driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-­pivot roller rockers Chain-driven DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Direct Injection
Construction Aluminum deep-­skirt block, aluminum alloy heads Aluminum block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10.2:1 10:01
Power 285 HP @ 6,400 RPM 270 HP @ 5,250 RPM
Torque 260 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Max. Engine Speed (rpm) 6,600 rpm (electronically limited) 5,800 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2 Minimum unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2, 91 octane or higher recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) 22.5 18.5 (2-door), 21.5 (4-door)
Oil Capacity 6.0 quarts (5.7 liters) 5 quarts (4.7 liters)
Coolant Capacity 14 quarts (13.25 liters) 9.9 quarts (9.4 liters)
Emission Controls Dual three-­way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features GPEC4 engine-management system with close-coupled catalyst; and wide range O2 sensor
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) 18/23/20 (automatic); 17/23/19 (manual) TBD — automatic (2-door); TBD — automatic (4-door)

Final Thoughts


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Jeep has most definitely improved the Wrangler. From its appearance and interior refinement to its drivetrain and efficiency, everything is better than before. It takes sitting behind the wheel and getting up close to the new JL to really appreciate the changes. Thankfully, the new Wrangler JL’s improvements shouldn’t alienate Jeep’s loyal fan base of hard-core off-roaders. It might be more refined, but the Wrangler is still a Wrangler. Even better for Jeep’s pockets, the JL will be more appealing to the everyday customer whose only off-roading happens in the wet grass at the local soccer field complex.

Read here for our detailed driving impressions of both on-road and off-road conditions.

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    • * More expensive
    • * Turbodiesel & hybrid not available at launch
    • * Still compromized on pavement

References

Jeep Wrangler.


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Driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler


Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's Powertop Top in Action - image 752259

Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Powertop Top in Action


Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's Freedom Top in Action - image 752258

Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Freedom Top in Action


Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's Soft Top & Windshield in Action - image 752131

Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Soft Top & Windshield in Action


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A Detailed Look At the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Dashboard


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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Three Infotainment Systems


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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit


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What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims


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The 2018 Wrangler’s Cargo Area is Ready For Anything

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler Priced at $26,995

Jeep has announced pricing for the all-new, 2018 Wrangler JL. As expected, the costs have risen for each trim level. The base Sport two-door starts at $26,995 – a full $3,000 more than the equivalent outgoing Wrangler JK. The price hike continues throughout the lineup, with the two-door Wrangler JL Rubicon costing $3,350 more at $36,995. The four-door 2018 Wrangler JL Sahara starts at $37,345, which is $3,100 more than the JK version.

While the increase is steep, the hike can be explained by Jeep’s development costs, the Wrangler’s new aluminum components and strong steel frame, the new drivetrain options, the new hard and soft tops, and the vastly improved interior. Add to that Jeep’s need of relocating the Wrangler’s assembly to make room for the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup while continuing the Wrangler JK’s production into the first few months of 2018.

Continue reading for a full list of prices for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

Prices for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL


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“The base Sport two-door starts at $26,995 – a full $3,000 more than the equivalent outgoing Wrangler JK.”
2018 Jeep Wrangler Price
Wrangler Sport (two-door) $26,995
Wrangler Sport S (two-door) $30,195
Wrangler Rubicon (two-door) $36,995
Wrangler Unlimited Sport (four-door) $30,495
Wrangler Unlimited Sport S (four-door) $33,695
Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (four-door) $37,345
Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (four-door) $40,495

These prices do not include the $1,195 destination and delivery fee Jeep charges for transporting the vehicles from the Toledo, Ohio factory to dealerships nationwide. Of course, taxes, license tags, and other fees are not included either. Adding options increases the price as well.


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“Jeep expects the 2018 Wrangler JLs to begin arriving in showrooms sometime during the first quarter of 2018”

Jeep expects the 2018 Wrangler JLs to begin arriving in showrooms sometime during the first quarter of 2018. Four-door models will likely continue out-selling two-door models by a four-to-one ratio, just as with the outgoing Wrangler JK. And due to the big improvements, Jeep is hoping to improve the Wrangler’s global annual sales beyond the current figure of 250,000. Here in the U.S., Jeep sold nearly 203,000 Wrangler JKs in 2015, with another 20,880 going to Canada. The remainder is sold overseas.

References

Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon Driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Much hoopla has been made over the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Enthusiasts around the world and the massive aftermarket scene have been hanging on every word written about the first new Wrangler in a decade – and for good reason. The JL represents the first reworking of the Wrangler since it exploded in popularity thanks to the addition of four doors with the 2007 Wrangler Unlimited JK. Everybody from the hard-core rock crawler to the average soccer mom wants to know how this new Wrangler drives.

Thankfully, the wait is over.

Jeep flew us out to Tucson, Arizona in early December for the Wrangler JL’s first U.S.-based media event. The southwestern territory offers an interesting mix of smooth, flat roads through valleys and bumpy, twisty roads through the rock-strewn hills north of town. And of course, off the pavement lies nothing but inhospitable terrain filled with cactuses, scorpions, venomous snakes, and rocks after rocks with more rocks piled on top. It was the perfect place to test the new Wrangler’s mettle.

Continue reading for our driving impressions.

Behind The Wheel


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“The JL rides much better with more suspension soak on bumps while somehow feeling more planted.”

The Wrangler’s recipe hasn’t changed despite it being completely new. It rides on a ladder frame, uses solid axles, and rides on a multi-link coil spring suspension. As such, there was only so much Jeep engineers could do to improve the ride. However, it is certainly a marked improvement.

Having driven several JKs over the years, I can say the JL rides much better with more suspension soak on bumps while somehow feeling more planted. The 200-pound weight reduction achieved through a lighter body and stronger frame likely have something to do with that. Small bumps and high-frequency washboards don’t send near as much vibration into the cabin and road noise is dramatically reduced in both the Sahara with its all-season tires and especially on the Rubicon with its new all-terrain tires rather than the mud-terrains on the JK Rubicon. Around town, comfort is drastically better.


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“The rear spare tire has been moved down and the hard top’s wiper motor is moved to behind the spare – both of which increase rear vision”

Outward visibility is improved, too. Jeep increased the size of every pane of glass for a more open cabin. The rear spare tire has been moved down and the hard top’s wiper motor is moved to behind the spare – both of which increase rear vision. Better still, the Wrangler finally has a backup camera. It also comes standard, regardless of trim. The camera’s resolution, especially on the Uconnect 8.4-inch system, is very clear. That should come in very handy when backup up on the trail.

But the Wrangler JL won’t have too much backing up to do off-road. The steering has been improved for a tighter turning radius. Jeep engineers were telling stories of JKs needed to do three-point turns on tight trails while JL development mules were sailing right around the corner.


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“The Jeep development team decided early on that the JL would not lose any of its off-road capability, no matter what the cost.”

Of course, everybody wants to know how the Jeep Wrangler JL performs off-road. Not surprisingly, the thing is awe-inspiring. The Jeep development team decided early on that the JL would not lose any of its off-road capability, no matter what the cost. As such, the on-road feel is still more compromised than all other mid-size SUVs and crossovers. But point the Wrangler’s new seven-slotted grille toward the dirt, and prepare to be impressed.


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“The Sahara’s suspension does a commendable job at soaking up large, low-speed bumps, but not as well as the Rubicon’s, which is also aided by larger tires with more flexible sidewalls.”

My first taste off the beaten path was in an Unlimited Sahara. That model comes with laughably street-biased Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685 all-season tires, yet with 4WD high engaged, the Sahara easily scaled steep inclines of lose dirt and rock, all without any wheel slip. Naturally, the Bridgestones do a great job on the street and produce zero road noise. The Sahara’s suspension does a commendable job at soaking up large, low-speed bumps, but not as well as the Rubicon’s, which is also aided by larger tires with more flexible sidewalls.

As for the Rubicon, the thing feels unstoppable. I sampled the Rubicon Unlimited with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with the new six-speed manual transmission. Both engines provide plenty of low-end torque and the Rock-Trac transfer case and 4.10:1 axle ratios multiply that torque exponentially.

On the Rocks


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“Put the part-time transfer case into 4WD low range, and the Wrangler Rubicon crawls forward with unstoppable might.”

I piloted an Unlimited Rubicon with the 2.0-liter for my time on the rock course. Its 295 pound-feet of low-end torque comes at just 3,000 rpm, with some credit due to the new mild hybrid system. The belt-driven starter generator receives power from a battery bank in order to help turn the crankshaft.

Put the part-time transfer case into 4WD low range, and the Wrangler Rubicon crawls forward with unstoppable might. The eight-speed automatic transmission has plenty of ratios to allow for higher speeds in low range, though it’s definitely not indented for on-road use. The large boulders mixed with smaller rocks provided a challenging course, but the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires (even at full pressure) provided outstanding levels of grip. At only one point did the tires struggle for traction, and that was at a nearly 45-degree incline over slick rocks.


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“The large boulders mixed with smaller rocks provided a challenging course, but the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires provided outstanding levels of grip”

The Jeep’s tight turning radius came into play at the hillclimb’s peak. A nearly 90-degree right-hand turn awaited and the Wrangler Unlimited had only inches to spare for a three-point turn. The JK would have needed more than three points to make the turn.

Being a Rubicon, the underside comes with skid plates and the rocker panels are protected with steel sliders. These were certainly put to the test on the course, where large boulders would have dented the body and punctured the fuel tank.

Rubicons equipped with the automatic transmission have a respectable 77.2:1 crawl ratio, which proved more than enough for the course Jeep provided. However, Rubicons with the V-6 and six-speed manual combination have an ultra-low 84.2:1 crawl ratio – nearly double the torque multiplication on the automatic-equipped Sport and Sahara models. That means first gear and low range in the manual Rubicon is insanely powerful. At idle, the Jeep crawls at 1.0 mph and feels like it could bull the Eiffel Tower off its base. You’ll need to shift into third gear in order to go anywhere fast.


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“The gearbox is much more refined than the JK’s old six-speed.”

As speaking of the new six-speed manual, the gearbox is much more refined than the JK’s old six-speed. The throws are shorter and gates more pronounced, leading to a more satisfying driving experience. It’s no sports car, but the manual is far less truck-like. That’s thanks to the new cable connections that mate the shifter to the transmission.

The electronic locking front and rear differentials are much easier to use, too. The dash-mounted toggle switch allows for a straight-forward, one-touch engagement of either the rear locker or both front and rear lockers. A separate button turns the off. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar. A single button turns the system off and on – all without any confusion. Indicators in the gauge cluster further help indicate what’s going on.

On-Road With The Rubicon


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“The softer suspension made for a more comfortable on-road experience and the gearbox was a joy to shift”

I was able to snag a few miles of on-road driving time with an Unlimited Rubicon with the V-6 and six-speed manual. The softer suspension made for a more comfortable on-road experience and the gearbox was a joy to shift. The clutch is light and has an early pick-up, making the upper half of its travel useless. The steering feels better than the outgoing Wrangler JK, but still has some on-center vagueness. The same is true for the Sahara model I drove, as well. Still, the driving dynamics are far improved and easily recognizable.

On-Road With The Sahara


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“Bumps are handled with more composure and road noise is almost eliminated”

Most of my time with the new 2018 Wrangler JL was inside an Unlimited model with the V-6. It’s clear Jeep engineers sweated over improving the ride and overall quality of the experience. Bumps are handled with more composure and road noise is almost eliminated. The power-retractable top shows no signs of flapping in the wind, but there is some wind noise generated at the top of the windshield. It’s not bad, though, and certainly better than the JK.

Perhaps the best improvement in my book is the improved throttle response with the V-6. Even though the 3.6-liter is basically unchanged from its time in the Wrangler JK – power specs and all – the throttle is more responsive on the road. Before, the JK required what felt like three-quarter throttle just to get moving. Now, a light touch is all that’s needed. Slip the transfer case into 4WD low range, and the throttle response gets less touchy, which is exactly what’s needed when bumping down some rock-strewn road.

Observed Fuel Economy


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“The EPA estimates the Unlimited V-6 automatic to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined”

My on-road driving time in the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with the part-time Command-Trac transfer case, V-6, and automatic transmission saw an impressive 25.9 mpg combined over a 25-mile highway and short city trek. That’s much improved over the JK thanks to the eight-speed automatic having three more gears than the JK’s slushbox and the JL’s new, more aerodynamic design.

The EPA estimates the Unlimited V-6 automatic to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. With the manual transmission, those numbers drop to 17/23/19, respectively. Sadly, estimates for the 2.0-liter turbo-four are still unpublished, though I suspect an improvement over the V-6.

For those wanting all-out fuel economy, the upcoming Plug-In Hybrid will be availing in 2020. Those who love torque and the smell of diesel fuel will love the addition of FCA’s lovely 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Fuel economy stats on those two are still unknown, of course.

Final Thoughts


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“The new Jeep Wrangler JL is miles better than the outgoing JK in every measure, especially behind the wheel”

The new Jeep Wrangler JL is miles better than the outgoing JK in every measure, especially behind the wheel. It’s easier to live with on a daily basis, which most Wrangler JK owners will love to hear. It’s quieter, the seats are more comfortable, it’s easier to see out of, the V-6 feels more powerful thanks to an improved throttle response, and the fuel economy is certainly better.

The 2007-2017 JK moved the Wrangler from being an off-road toy and utility vehicle to something people could daily drive through the week and still have fun on the weekends with. The new 2018 JL keeps that spirit alive while improving the ease of daily living and maintaining the Jeep’s iconic off-road reputation.

References

Jeep Wrangler.


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler


Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's Powertop Top in Action - image 752259

Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Powertop Top in Action


Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's Freedom Top in Action - image 752258

Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Freedom Top in Action


Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's Soft Top & Windshield in Action - image 752131

Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Soft Top & Windshield in Action


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A Detailed Look At the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Dashboard


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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Three Infotainment Systems


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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751706

What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims


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The 2018 Wrangler’s Cargo Area is Ready For Anything

PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Powertop Top in Action

Jeeps have always been open-air vehicles, but with the proliferation of the hardtop option, getting a breeze inside has become a bit more challenging. Yeah, Jeep now has the revised three-piece Freedom Top option that’s easier to work, but it doesn’t compare to the absolute breeze of the new Sky One-Touch Powertop.

It’s basically a hard top with its center section cut open and sealed with a power-retractable canvas cover. A single button transforms the Wrangler Unlimited from weatherproof to completely open. The operation can happen up to 60 mph and takes about 18 seconds in both directions.

Better still, the side windows are now removable – something the standard Freedom Top doesn’t do. Simply twist two L-brackets at the top of each window, and the entire piece comes out. Both windows will store in the cargo area. With both the canvas top pulled back and the windows removed, the Sky top offers just about as much open-air freedom as a bare Wrangler. The rear glass is the only remaining hindrance to that. Remove the aluminum doors, drop the windshield, and boom – the Wrangler Unlimited is about as open as a typical owner would ever want. Jeep does say the Sky top isn’t designed to be removed, so those selecting that factory option are married to that choice.

Jeep hasn’t announced the price for the Sky One-Touch Powertop, but it will be an option on the Sahara and four-door Rubicon models.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

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