The Wrangler is the original go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle that still has the spirit of the original military Jeep of World War II. In an era when SUVs have become the de facto family vehicle, the Wrangler is a throwback to rougher and more rugged off-road vehicles. It’s not as comfortable as rival SUVs such as the Toyota 4Runner or Land Rover Defender, but in return it provides excellent off-road capability, two-door and four-door configurations, and a removable top.
For 2021, there’s also something unexpected: a Wrangler plug-in hybrid. Called the Wrangler 4xe, it has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine plus hybrid components that provide 375 horsepower plus an estimated 25 miles of all-electric range. If that all sounds a little too much like witchcraft, don’t worry. The Wrangler 4xe retains the Wrangler’s eight-speed automatic transmission and is even available in the Rubicon trim. If anything, it might be even more capable off-road thanks to the instant torque of the electric motor. Jeep says the Wrangler 4xe will go on sale in early 2021.
The Wrangler’s competition is heating up. Besides its long-running rival the Toyota 4Runner, the Wrangler now has to contend with the all-new Ford Bronco, a rough-and-tumble SUV that offers similar off-road capabilities as well as a removable top and doors for those who enjoy open-air driving. There’s also the Jeep Gladiator, which is basically a Wrangler with a truck bed in place of an interior cargo area.
While the base Wrangler Sport is plenty capable, it feels absolutely spartan compared to just about every other new vehicle on sale today. We suggest stepping up to the Sport S trim, which adds features including air conditioning, power windows and power door locks.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV is available as a two-door or four-door (Unlimited). Both have a removable roof (either a soft top or hardtop) and doors as well as a folding windshield. The two-door is available in three trim levels — Sport, Sport S and Rubicon — while the four-door Wrangler is also available in the more street-tuned Sahara trim. Building off that, there are subtrims such as Willys and Altitude.
All Wranglers come standard with four-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V6 (285 hp, 260 lb-ft). That engine is also available with Jeep’s eTorque mild hybrid system for improved fuel economy. You can get the V6 with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (270 hp, 295 lb-ft) is optional on both body styles. The four-door Wrangler is also available with a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 (260 hp, 442 lb-ft). Those two engines are only available with the eight-speed automatic.
The Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain arrives midway through the model year. It combines the four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic with two integrated electric motor-generators. A 27-kWh hybrid battery pack is mounted underneath the rear seats. Jeep says the 4xe produces 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and should be capable of 25 miles of all-electric range. The 4xe powertrain is available for the four-door Wrangler only.
The base Sport trim is relatively bare bones, though it does include a number of standard features such as:
This is an optional package on the Wrangler Sport that adds more off-road capability and some minor styling tweaks.
Think of this as the base Sport model with a few extra creature comforts, including:
Willys Sport S
This package combines the Willys Sport with Sport S features.
Based on the Sport S and only available on the four-door Wrangler. It adds:
This midtier trim is only available on the four-door model. Features include:
Similar to the Sport S Altitude, the Sahara Altitude comes equipped with:
Includes or replaces Altitude features, adding:
Named for the 22-mile off-road trail in Northern California, the Rubicon is focused on being the most capable production off-roader available from Jeep. Features include:
Many of the features included with the subtrims are available via optional packages on the main trims. Other major options include: