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2018 Jeep Wrangler Buyer’s Guide

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There are few truly one-of-a-kind vehicles, but the Jeep Wrangler remains one of them. Available in traditional two-door form, or as the four-door Unlimited model, this proudly square-shaped SUV traces its origins back to the battlefields of World War II.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

While its shape seemingly hasn’t changed much over the years, the 2018 Wrangler has been completely redesigned inside and out. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and all-wheel drive are standard across the extensive Wrangler lineup, including rock-crawling versions like the highly regarded Rubicon model.

While it doesn’t have any direct rivals, some buyers might prefer an SUV with more refined ride and handling characteristics. The Wrangler’s solid front and rear axles’ primary purpose is off-road adventure, not on-road comfort, no matter how much it’s been improved over its predecessor.

Here you’ll find all the information needed to make an educated buying decision if you’re considering a 2018 Jeep Wrangler including safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing.

Is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Safe?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not given the 2018 Jeep Wrangler an overall safety rating. However, the 2018 Wrangler is listed as scoring three out of five stars in frontal crash tests and rollover resistance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which provides ratings for new vehicles based on its own comprehensive crash tests, did not give the 2017 model year (previous generation) Wrangler, the last one fully-tested, a recommended rating.

Is the Wrangler reliable?

J.D. Power most recently reviewed initial quality in the 2017 Wrangler, which was before the rugged SUV’s makeover for the 2018 model year. Still, the poor ratings of the previous generation could give some buyers pause.

How much interior and cargo room does the Wrangler have?

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler two-door can seat five people, with 41.2 inches of front leg room and 35.7 inches in the backseat. Passengers get 42.6 inches of front head room and 41.7 inches in the rear seat.
The Wrangler two-door offers 13 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats in place. Fold them down and this grows to 47 cubic feet of volume.

What fuel economy does the Wrangler get?

A 2018 Wrangler Unlimited V6 delivers an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg on the highway. Models fitted with the manual transmission see overall economy drop 1 mpg in city driving. The fuel economy of the four-cylinder Wrangler has not yet been tested by the EPA.

A rigorous round of rock-crawling during our test drive proved the Wrangler is still king of the off-roaders. But the wide range of smaller detail improvements – ones you notice in normal everyday driving – make this “the best Wrangler that Jeep has ever built.”

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