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2018 Jeep Wrangler
If capability and comfort were combined and put into an SUV, the result would be very similar to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. FCA has added a few intriguing innovations to make this iconic unit one of the top choices in the off-road vehicle category.
For 2018, the Wrangler is offered in Rubicon, Sport, Sport S, and Sahara trim levels, and some special editions are likely to be added. They can all be ordered in either the classic two-door configuration with a short wheelbase or with the four-door configuration as the Wrangler Unlimited. The top-of-the-line unit, the Rubicon, includes the highly rated technology grouping, as well as 17-inch off-road tires on polished wheels with black pockets.
Three engine choices are offered with this next-generation Wrangler. The 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine churns out 285 horsepower with 260 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 270 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. It also supports the eTorque electrical system for the fuel-saving automatic stop/start system that shuts the engine off while coasting. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 produces 285 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and can be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a six-speed manual is also available.
Wranglers can tow up to 2,000 pounds with the standard configuration, and in the extended Unlimited body, the rating can increase to 3,500 pounds. Performance improves with options, and the Wrangler's steering wheel is very responsive even with the four-wheel drive. Balance and tracking remain consistent with the new electro-hydraulic system, while flexibility is maintained off-road. The Sahara offers a Selec-Trac transfer case with the automatic transmission for enhanced contact in wet conditions.
The front seats of the Wranglers include adjustable lumbar support and are available in cloth as standard or leather as an upgrade. The rear seats can be heated or cooled individually, and a USB port is included on higher-spec trims. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo space expands from 32 to 72.4 cubic feet, while the cabin remains roomy. The interior of the Sport trim offers a unique blend of ruggedness and comfort and is easy to clean with its hard plastic surfaces. Other trims include more soft-feel surfaces.
An off-roader that includes safety features is not an oddity, as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler comes with four air bags and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. On the Rubicon trims, the keyless entry system is standard, as is the security alarm. Another safety feature on all trims is the rearview camera that is embedded in a sturdy housing on the cover of the spare tire.