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The Jeep Wrangler has been an American icon for decades now. As one of the few vehicles that have managed to maintain its classic style while still modernizing its looks, the Wrangler ages like fine wine, and the 2022 Jeep Wrangler is no exception to this rule. It doesn’t matter if you start with the base-level Sport trim, go all the way up to the High Altitude, or anywhere in between – good looks and off-road capability are guaranteed. That said, there are differences among each trim level and special edition that drivers want to consider when buying a new Jeep Wrangler.
There’s no way around it; every Wrangler is designed for off-road capability. However, some are more city-oriented, while others are off-road prowlers. It’s important to know the differences when you’re buying a new Wrangler. There’s no point in getting the new Recon Package, for example, if you’re solely using your Jeep for daily commuting. Similarly, you don’t want to get a High Altitude trim if you’re hitting the trails every weekend.
Buying a Wrangler can become difficult, fast. There are a lot more available options than there are with most other vehicle types. We’re here to point out some important differences and help you decide which new 2022 Wrangler trim is best for you.
There are five different available engines on the 2022 Jeep Wrangler. There’s the classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, the Pentastar V6 with eTorque, the 2.0-liter Turbo I4, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. The fifth engine option that’s only available on the new Rubicon 392 trim is the 6.4-liter HEMI Apache V8. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between each engine type.
Both of these engines produce the same amount of horsepower and torque. Drivers will get 285 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque with both Pentastar V6 options. Spec-wise, the only difference between the two is that the eTorque engine gets slightly better fuel economy, landing at 21 MPG combined versus 20 MPG combined. Furthermore, the regular Pentastar V6 comes with a manual transmission option, whereas the eTorque version is automatic only.
This is a popular newer engine for the Jeep Wrangler. Put simply, it’s easier on your fuel tank, getting as much as 23 MPG combined while offering the same 3,500-pound tow capacity. It does fall a bit shorter on horsepower with a 270 hp rating. However, it offers much more torque, with a 295 pound-feet rating.
This engine offers the most torque and the highest fuel economy rating. Diesel engines typically have lower horsepower ratings but higher torque ratings, which is also the case for this engine. It has a 260 hp rating and a massive 442 pound-feet of torque. It also gets up to 25 MPG combined and as much as 29 MPG on the highway compared with the other engine’s 23 and 24 MPG highway ratings.
This is the most serious off-roading engine option available on the 2022 Wrangler. You can only get this engine when you purchase the Rubicon 392. It comes standard on this model and produces 470 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque. As expected, given its power, the HEMI V8 offers the lowest fuel economy rating of 14 MPG combined. While this sounds negative, keep in mind that only in 2010, the Wrangler’s standard, weaker Pentastar V6 had an average of 17 MPG.
When you’re looking for a new 2022 Wrangler for off-roading, there are three trims you’ll want to keep in mind. These trims are the Willys trim, the Rubicon, and the Rubicon 392. While all Jeep Wranglers are off-road capable, these three trims offer additional benefits that make off-roading even easier.
Drivers who like to occasionally hit the trails will love the Willys trim. It includes standard 32-inch mud tires, the same shocks and rock rails as the higher-level Rubicon, a 9.7-inch ground clearance, and underbody skid plates. The 2022 model comes with the optional Xtreme Recon Package, which was previously only available for the Rubicon. The Xtreme Recon package includes 35-inch mud tires and a 1.5-inch factory lift, leading to a higher 12.9-inch ground clearance and better breakover, approach, and departure angles.
The Rubicon is known for being Jeep’s best off-roading trim, and this remains true in 2022. The Rubicon’s Rock-Trac drivetrain is one of Jeep’s three drivetrain options, and it’s hands-down the most capable. It includes a 4:0:1 gear ratio, meaning that it performs better on rugged terrain than all other Wrangler models. The Rubicon also includes “Tru-Lok,” which is a switch that lets you lock your front and rear wheels or your rear wheels only. Like the Willys trim, the Rubicon includes standard rock rails and steel skid plates.
Ever wish that the Wrangler could be as powerful as a sports car or truck? That wish is now a reality thanks to the Rubicon 392’s powerful HEMI V8 engine. Not that you’ll be speeding much on the trails, but this model can go from 0 to 60 in only 4.5 seconds. By comparison, the Chevy Silverado 1500 hits 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds. While we don’t expect you to be street racing a Silverado, it’s important to note that this power is incredibly beneficial to off-roading. This setup gives drivers more power to push past rough terrain. The Rubicon 392 also adds FOX Shocks and race-level dampening control, giving it the best possible off-road handling to date.
When it comes to the Jeep Wrangler, the only aspect that’s as important as performance is looks. The good news is that the 2022 Jeep Wrangler comes with all the previous benefits it always has, plus some new additions.
Like always, you’ll get to choose from several different top options. Drivers can choose between traditional soft and hardtop options, with both black and tan soft top color options. The three-piece hardtop comes in both black and body-color painted options. Furthermore, you can add on the Sunrider hardtop, which offers a convertible front section with a traditional rear hardtop. Finally, there’s an option for the SKY One-Touch Powertop, which is completely convertible.
Drivers can choose exterior add-ons such as half doors, which remove blind spots, making it easier to open up the view space. MOPAR-official Door-Off mirrors are also available now. This new feature allows you to take off your doors without losing your exterior mirror aids. Furthermore, some trims include unique exterior accents. For example, the Willys trim includes a black front grille no matter what body color is chosen. It also has a “4-wheel drive” decal on the back.
Once you purchase your 2022 Wrangler, you can add on a plethora of additional exterior customizations. This includes everything from winches and roof racks to underglow lighting, halo lights, and LED bar lights. When it comes to personal customization, it doesn’t matter which Wrangler trim you choose – the options are endless.