2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

Pros: Virtually unmatched off-road prowess; unmistakable Jeep character and rugged personality; four-door model retains desirable traits of original Wrangler but adds much needed versatility

Cons: Noisier and less refined that most every class competitor; subpar on-road handling and fuel economy; lack of creature comforts

CG Says: In addition to the all-new redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler (see separate report), the previous-generation Wrangler continues for 2018 as the Wrangler JK. The Wrangler JK is an off-road oriented compact SUV that comes in two lengths. The base Wrangler JK has two doors and seats four, while the longer  version has four doors and seats five. A folding fabric top is standard and a removable hardtop is optional. A 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine mates to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard. In addition to some of the usual comfort and convenience features, the Wrangler JK also offers off-road aids such as locking differentials, disconnecting sway bars, and 32-inch tires. Despite major improvements to its interior over the years, this Jeep remains a limited-purpose machine. Off road, it’s a finely honed tool. On road, it’s best considered a fun-in-the-sun runabout. The four-door’s design provides additional passenger and cargo room, albeit at a stiff price premium over the smaller 2-door Wrangler. A judiciously equipped Sport is the best value in this lineup. The top-line Rubicon can get very expensive.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible, 4-door convertible
Passenger Count 4 (2-door) or 5 (4-door)
Drive Wheels 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Sport 2-door: $25,090
Sport 4-door: $28,990
Sport S: $28,090
Sport S 4-door: $32,190
Willys Wheeler 2-door: $29,390
Willys Wheeler 4-door: $33,290
Golden Eagle 2-door: $30,290
Golden Eagle 4-door: $34,190
Freedom Edition 2-door: $30,790
Freedom Edition 4-door: $34,690
Willys Wheeler W 2-door: $31,490
Willys Wheeler W 4-door: $35,390
Sahara 2-door: $31,540
Sahara 4-door: $35,340
Altitude 2-door: $34,540
Altitude 4-door: $38,340
Rubicon 2-door: $34,740
Rubicon 4-door: $38,540
Rubicon Recon 2-door: $40,240
Rubicon Recon 4-door: $44,040

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
5-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition
2018 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-door
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 3
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - 3

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