When Jeep updated the new Wrangler, it did more than just improve the SUV by making it more comfortable, easier to use, better to drive and more capable off-road. Jeep also simplified trim levels, dropping to just two choices on the two-door Wrangler and three on the four-door. What Jeep most definitely did not do was make the Wrangler any less expensive — in fact, the new “JL” Wrangler is $3,600 to $4,100 more expensive than the outgoing “JK” model, depending on which trim you’re looking at and what equipment you’ve specified.
Despite the simplification of the trim levels, Jeep hasn’t reduced the number of combinations you can buy — in fact, it’s only gotten more complicated as in addition to the standard 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, there’s now a 270-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mild-hybrid motor. And there’s about to be a third engine, a diesel, coming in 2019. But for now, we have two engines and two transmissions to play with, as well as a few trim levels and special editions.
The cool thing about the Wrangler is that the different trim levels result in vehicles that feel very different. So we’ll choose a model from the two-door and one from the four-door variants, and explore the various options you have for each.