Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Jeep Wrangler Sahara

2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Pros: Outstanding off-road prowess; unmistakable Jeep character and rugged personality

Cons: Poor value for money; noisier and less refined than most every class competitor; subpar on-road handling

CG Says: The 2021 Jeep Wrangler will add a V8-powered Wrangler midyear. The new Rubicon 392 packs a 470-hp 6.4-liter (392 cubic inches) V8 and Jeep claims that it is capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The V8 is only available in the Rubicon 4-door model and adds an upgraded frame, heavy-duty brakes, hood with functional hood scoop, and special interior trim. In other engine news, an eTorque mild-hybrid system has been added. to the 3.6-liter V6. There is also a new 80th Anniversay model and the forward-facing off-road camera is now available with the 8.4-inch control screen.  Jeep’s iconic off-roader was redesigned for 2018 on an all-new body-on-frame platform with fresh-but-familiar styling. The standard powertrain is a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with fuel-saving stop/start feature and is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. When ordered with an 8-speed automatic, the 3.6-liter engine also has an eTorque mild-hybrid system. An available turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder puts out 270 hp and comes only with the 8-speed automatic. Plus, there is a 260-hp turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 that is also mated to the 8-speed automatic. Part-time 4-wheel drive is standard and full-time 4-wheel-drive is available. Available features include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-path alert, rearview camera, push-button starting, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, and a Sky One-Touch power-folding canvas roof. This generation Jeep Wrangler delivers better all-around comfort, refinement, and economy than its predecessor while sacrificing none of its renowned rugged-terrain capabilities. Most any other compact-SUV competitor is a better dollar value and is more refined in everyday driving, but the Wrangler’s near one-of-a-kind personality and off-road prowess make it a must-have for large numbers of adventure-seeking buyers.

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: $29,790
Sport 4-door: $33,290
Willys Sport 2-door: $31,735
Willys Sport 4-door: $35,235
Sport S 2-door: $33,930
Sport S 4-door: $37,430
Islander 2-door: $35,380
Islander 4-door: $39,125
Willys 2-door: $36,425
Willys 4-door: $39,925
80th Anniversary 2-door: $37,730
80th Anniversary 4-door: $41,230
Freedom 2-door: $37,125
Freedom 4-door: $40,380
Altitude 4-door: $39,125
Sahara 4-door: $40,385
Rubicon 2-door: $40,435
Rubicon 4-door: $43,690
Sahara Altitude 4-door: $43,680
High Altitude 4-door: $50,990
Rubicon 392 4-door: NA

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
285
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-25

Optional Engine
6.4-liter V8 (Rubicon 392)
Horsepower
470
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6/electric motor (eTorque mild-hybrid system)
Horsepower
285
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
270
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-26

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-29