2023 Jeep Wrangler

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  • Overview

    A white 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is shown angled left.

    No vehicle is more instantly recognizable than the Jeep Wrangler. Since its introduction, it's been a staple of automotive culture and a fan favorite for off-roaders and on-roaders alike. While many people like the Wrangler simply for its aesthetic appeal (which, let's face it, is huge), the off-roaders are the ones who really know what the Wrangler is made of. The Wrangler is designed to live freely in even the most dynamic of terrains, which is true in a special way for the 2023 Jeep Wrangler.

    With a new model year comes even more advancements to make this iconic vehicle even more off-road savvy. Off-road savviness isn't just about ability but also about crafting the right aesthetic for such activity; with that in mind, the 2023 Wrangler welcomes in some new editions and color schemes to craft a special experience for its drivers. But the Wrangler isn't only about off-roading aesthetics; a vehicle doesn't become synonymous with off-roading without having the right engineering and performance chops to back it up. Let's see how the 2023 Jeep Wrangler is tearing it up on the trails.

    260-470

    Horsepower (hp)

    12.9

    Ground Clearance (in)

    33.6

    Water Fording (in)

    Starting at

    $31,195[a]

  • Engineering

    A silver 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is shown from a rear angle driving through a desert.

    Choose Your Engine

    The Jeep Wrangler is a top performer. But, performance can take on many different tones depending upon the type of driving you're doing. That's why the Wrangler offers several different engine options. Drivers have the opportunity to choose the engineering package that will be best suited to their driving needs and preferences. So, what are the options?

    Well, there's the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. A V6 is always a good sign since the six-cylinder design makes for efficient performance. This one is paired with six-speed manual transmission and provides 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It's not the most exciting engine in the world, but it does offer mild-hybrid eTorque technology and an eight-speed automatic transmission as options.

    That combo will certainly take this engine up a big step; anytime the word hybrid is involved, you should get excited because hybrid means higher efficiency and higher performance. However, even without the hybrid option, the V6 engine is great for anyone looking to use the Wrangler more for residential purposes than major-league performance.

    Turbocharged and Electrified

    The second engine option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine which offers 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. While the horsepower is slightly lower than the V6 engine, the increase in torque makes this engine a better fit for heavy-duty driving, the kind you'd do out on the trail. However, this engine is only available with the eight-speed automatic. If you want a manual, then you will have to go with the V6.

    A great way to increase the prowess of the turbocharged engine is to flip over to the plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe. Alright, now we're talking. This isn't just a hybrid engine; it's a plug-in hybrid! The same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is present but paired with two electric motors and a 17 kWh battery pack, giving you extreme efficiency and an extended all-electric range. That means fewer stops for gas, which is definitely a handy perk when you're out on those desert trails and away from the world.

    HEMI and Diesel Options

    The starring engines are present only in the Wrangler's four-door models. With more doors comes more torque because the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine offers 442 lb-ft of torque. That's the kind of power you want in an off-road vehicle. With this extra torque comes a TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, which is calibrated for low-RPM shifts.

    The top dog of all Jeep engines is found in the Wrangler Rubicon 392. This four-door Wrangler has a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, which delivers 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That is unreal for a vehicle in the Wrangler's class! An off-roading SUV with 470 hp means business. You'll have fun in this Wrangler, undoubtedly.

    However, you'll have fun in any Wrangler. It's not that one of these engines is better or worse than the others; it's that one may be more appropriate for your life than the others. But you've got plenty of options, so there is nothing to worry about.

  • Capability

    A red 2023 Jeep Wrangler is shown water fording in a river.

    Ready to Get Off-Road

    Off-roading takes a toll if the vehicle is not properly built or equipped. But, with decades of off-roading experience behind it, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler is all set and ready to get off the road. When it comes to seeking the right equipment, it once again depends on the type of driving you're doing. Hardcore off-roaders will need more advanced equipment than residential drivers.

    Base models of the Wrangler come standard with Jeep's fabled Command-Trac 4x4 and a two-speed transfer case, with an available anti-spin rear differential. If you're looking to stay mostly in the neighborhood, some models offer Selec-Trac 4x4. This setup includes full-time four-wheel-drive and a low-range gear ratio of 2.72:1. That'll give you everything you need to drive effectively, but a little bit better thanks to the ever-present four-wheel drive.

    Of course, if you're a trailblazer, you'll need something a little more advanced. Nothing says off-roading like the word "rock," so the Wrangler Rubicon trim offers Rock-Trac 4x4. This includes full-time four-wheel drive with a 4LO ratio of 4:1. That's definitely higher than 2.72:1. If you're looking to get off the road, you need that 4x4 capability, so pay special attention to those Rubicon models.

    Next-Level Off-Roading

    The Rubicon trim also features Dana 44 heavy-duty axles in the front and rear, off-road rock rails, electric front and rear locking differentials, and a front sway bar that can be disconnected at the touch of a button. Oh yeah, it also has 33-inch all-terrain tires. If you're looking to make your Wrangler a next-level off-roader, you're definitely going to want to go with the Rubicon.

    An option for those who pursue the Rubicon or Willys trims is the Extreme Recon Package, which includes 35-inch all-terrain tires on 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels and a 4.56:1 axle ratio. All of this is supported by a 1.5-inch factory-installed suspension lift, which is the perfect amount of lift to increase performance without being too tall for the street. The Wrangler Rubicon is seriously ready to go off the road. Are you?

  • Design and Technology

    The front seats and sun roof are shown in a 2022 Jeep Wrangler.

    Built to Perform

    The Wrangler is absolutely one of the most iconic vehicles in terms of its design. But its exterior design is not only intended to make it look cool (though it certainly succeeds at that, too); it is designed to make sure that it can take the abuse that comes with off-roading. That's why the vehicle has a best-in-class approach angle of 47.4 degrees, a departure angle of 40.4 degrees, and a ground clearance of 12.9 inches with the Xtreme Recon package. Want one last stat, the most exciting of all? The Wrangler has 33.6 inches of water fording capability with the Xtreme Recon package. That's almost three whole feet. So, you can be three feet underwater in your Wrangler and still be kicking it. That's some good vehicle design right there.

    Open-Air SUV

    One of the Wrangler's most iconic design cues is its old-school roofless option. That design choice is still thriving today, but it's better than ever because it's more flexible than ever. The flip-top Sunrider for Hardtop offers a "hybrid" solution, as it were, for hardtop Wranglers by providing a front-row soft top that simply flips back to offer some extra sunlight and fresh air. It's available on all Wrangler models and is a great feature to take advantage of!

    Four-door Wranglers offer an even more convenient feature in the Sky One-Touch Power Top, which can open and close the roof with the simple touch of a button, even at speeds up to 60 mph. It's no longer a hassle to get the roof on or off. You can be soaking up the sun when cruising down the street, but if it starts to rain and the roof is better off closed, just hit that button. It's that easy. The Wrangler is designed to provide the optimal experience both on the road and off, in good weather and bad. You can push it to its limits.

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