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Pros

Unrivaled off-road ability. Variety of proven powertrains. Iconic styling.

Cons

On-pavement ride and handling poorer than typical SUV. Premium price.

Verdict

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler delivers legendary off-road capabilities while being more civilized than previous generations. Offered in both two-door and four-door Unlimited models, the Wrangler has more engine and transmission options than ever before with the recent addition of V8 and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Pros

Unrivaled off-road ability. Variety of proven powertrains. Iconic styling.

Cons

On-pavement ride and handling poorer than typical SUV. Premium price.

Verdict

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler delivers legendary off-road capabilities while being more civilized than previous generations. Offered in both two-door and four-door Unlimited models, the Wrangler has more engine and transmission options than ever before with the recent addition of V8 and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Overview

The Jeep Wrangler is the keystone of the Jeep brand, and the company continues to guard its territory by adding new consumer-driven submodels. Two recent examples include the Wrangler 392 with its 6.4-liter V8 and the Wrangler 4xe (pronounced "four-by-e") plug-in hybrid with 21 miles of all-electric range. The availability of a powerful V8 engine takes the Wrangler in one direction, while the availability of a plug-in hybrid version establishes a different narrative.

The Wrangler features nearly unmatched off-highway capabilities thanks to its small size, short front and rear overhangs, and sophisticated four-wheel-drive systems. Even much more expensive offerings such as the Land Rover Defender have trouble matching the Jeep's capabilities on the trail. For years, the Wrangler has had few direct competitors, but the arrival of the Ford Bronco presents a new challenger.

What's New for 2021

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler platform carries over from 2020, but the V8-powered Wrangler 392 and the plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe are brand-new.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Trim Comparison

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Willys Sport

Wrangler Willys Sport

80th Anniversary

Wrangler 80th Anniversary

Sport Altitude

Wrangler Sport Altitude

Sahara High Altitude

Wrangler Sahara High Altitude

Sahara Altitude

Wrangler Sahara Altitude

Sahara High Altitude 4xe

Wrangler Sahara High Altitude 4xe

Rubicon 4xe

Wrangler Rubicon 4xe

Rubicon 392

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Apple CarPlay

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$30,395*

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$30,395*

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$30,395*

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$30,395*

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$33,895

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$40,745

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$40,745

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$40,795*

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$51,300

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$51,300

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$55,000

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$74,995

Starting Market Average

$30,192

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$30,105

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$30,482

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$30,026

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$30,412

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$30,000

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$29,973

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$33,640

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$40,156

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$39,993

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$39,827

Starting Market Average

$39,906

Starting Market Average

$51,224

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$51,148

Starting Market Average

$54,414

Starting Market Average

$76,439

MPG

17 city/25 hwy*

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17 city/25 hwy*

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17 city/25 hwy*

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17 city/25 hwy*

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17 city/25 hwy*

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22 city/24 hwy*

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17 city/25 hwy*

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17 city/23 hwy

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21 city/24 hwy

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17 city/23 hwy

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17 city/23 hwy

MPG

17 city/25 hwy*

MPG

20 combined

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20 combined

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20 combined

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13 city/17 hwy

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MPGe

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MPGe

MPGe

MPGe

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MPGe

MPGe

MPGe

MPGe

MPGe

49 combined

MPGe

49 combined

MPGe

49 combined

MPGe

Engine

3.6L V6*

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3.6L V6

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3.6L V6

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3.6L V6

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3.6L V6

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2.0L I4 Turbo

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3.6L V6

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3.6L V6

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2.0L I4 Turbo

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3.6L V6

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3.6L V6

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3.6L V6

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Plug-In Hybrid 2.0L I4 Turbo

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Plug-In Hybrid 2.0L I4 Turbo

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Plug-In Hybrid 2.0L I4 Turbo

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6.4L V8

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

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Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

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Lane Keep Assist

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Lane Keep Assist

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Lane Keep Assist

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Lane Keep Assist

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Moonroof

Moonroof

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Moonroof

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Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

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Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

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Bluetooth

Bluetooth

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Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

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Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

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Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

17"

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17"

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17"

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17"

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18"

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17"

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18"

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20"

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18"

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18"

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17"

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18"

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18"

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17"

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17"

Trims and Pricing

The Jeep Wrangler lineup is offered in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Sahara is offered as a four-door Unlimited only. For 2021 Jeep also has Wrangler 80th Anniversary and Islander special editions.

The Sport is your basic Jeep, one of the last vehicles that can be purchased with manual roll-up windows. It starts at $30,395 (including a $1,495 destination fee). Despite its rudimentary nature, it comes standard with push-button start, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, a four-way adjustable passenger seat, and a tilt-telescoping steering wheel. For an additional $4K, Sport S adds power windows, power door locks, and other basic comforts.

The Sahara four-door ($40,745) is an excellent choice for drivers who want most of the capabilities of a down-and-dirty Jeep but will drive on the streets 95% of the time. It's the model we think most buyers would be most satisfied with given its combination of comfort features, price, and capability.

The Rubicon ($40,795 for the two-door, $44,295 for the four-door) is for the hardest-core of the off-roaders. A variety of off-road mechanical upgrades include electronic locking front and rear differentials plus electronic-disconnect sway bars. This Jeep is also fitted with rock rails and all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels. It also gets automatic dual-zone climate control.

The wide variety of engine choices make for a large range of prices. The Wrangler Sahara 4xe is priced at $49,490 and it is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The high-performance Wrangler 392 costs $74,995. For comparison, the most expensive Ford Bronco,which is powered by a 310-horsepower turbocharged V6, costs $49,475.

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Engine and Performance

The Wrangler's standard engine is a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 with a six-speed manual transmission, but it can also be teamed with an eight-speed automatic. A turbocharged 270-hp four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic is optional along with a 260-hp 3.0-liter diesel V6 that's available on the four-door Unlimited models. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 that can take the Jeep from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Wrangler 4xe's plug-in hybrid powertrain uses two electric motors, a high-voltage battery pack, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are two four-wheel-drive systems (Command-Trac and Rock-Trac) plus multiple drive modes suited for all types of terrain and in any kind of weather.

Fuel Economy

Because it is geared and equipped for off-road use, the Wrangler's fuel economy numbers must be viewed through that lens. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Wrangler gets the following mileage estimates:

  • Base 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed manual transmission delivers an estimated 17 mpg during city driving and 25 mpg on the highway.
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder-equipped Wrangler earns 22 city/24 highway mpg.
  • Wrangler Unlimited four-door with the 3.0-liter diesel is rated at 22 city/29 highway.
  • The plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe is rated at 49 MPGe with 21 miles of all-electric range.
  • The high-horsepower Rubicon 392 is rated at 13 city and17 highway, according to the EPA.

Drivers can expect a V6-equipped Wrangler to return 18-19 mpg in all-around driving. This is on par with the Land Rover Defender 110 equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Exterior Photos

Interior

Both the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited are reasonably compact. The Ford Bronco two-door has slightly less interior space, while the Bronco four-door and Wrangler Unlimited are tied. For daylong jaunts, the two-door Wrangler has ample room for four people. The Wrangler Unlimited can accommodate five. For lengthy trips with luggage and gear, the two-door Wrangler is tight on space as is the Unlimited. The 31.7 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seat expands to 72.4 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down. Interstate cruising also isn't the Wrangler's strong suit, but this generation returns far less wind and road noise than past iterations.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Jeep's UConnect infotainment management system has set the standard in the industry for years, as the Wrangler's system is intuitive and integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto flawlessly. Two USB ports and a small 5-inch touchscreen are standard on the Sport trim. The Sahara and Rubicon trims get a 7-inch display, or buyers can upgrade to an 8.4-inch unit. The UConnect system is exceptionally easy to use with either the 7- or 8.4-inch screen. An Alpine nine-speaker premium audio system is available, but the sound quality from the standard system is also good considering the numerous competing sounds that are part of Wrangler driving. Onboard Wi-Fi isn't offered.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Interior Photos

Safety

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler has been reviewed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but it did not receive either of their respective safety awards. Still, the Wrangler has a good array of available driver aids and safety systems. The optional Jeep Active Safety Group includes rear parking assist, blind-spot monitoring, and LED taillights. The optional Jeep Advanced Safety Group includes adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. Hill-start assist is standard across the Wrangler lineup, and hill-descent control — a useful off-road feature — is packaged with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The forward-facing camera system, also extremely useful off-road, is available on all trims.

Jeep Wrangler vs. the Competition

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler delivers iconic Jeep styling, unbeatable off-road credentials, and a wide variety of excellent powertrain choices. The four-door Wrangler brings even more versatility and utility to the vehicle while the two-door's presence echoes its World War II origins. Adding the Rubicon 392 V8 and the plug-in Wrangler 4xe rounds out the lineup with even more enticing options.

There really is no substitute for a Jeep Wrangler. But if you are shopping for alternatives, the logical challenger is the Ford Bronco, which has its own cult following. The Bronco is the only vehicle that comes close to offering the Wrangler's doors-off, top-removed wilderness experience. If you're looking for something with off-road capability and more creature comforts, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is a four-door alternative.

Jeep Wrangler Owner Reviews

Based on 294 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction
4.7
Performance
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
4.0
Features
5.0
All Reviews
5.0
Performance
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
3.0
Safety Technology
4.0
Features
4.0
pros
4 wheel drive capability
cons
loose steering on regular roads
Submitted by Darin M on Jan 25, 2021|2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys|Purchased on Dec 2020
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
Stylish, yet rugged like a Jeep!
cons
A little noisy on the highway, but ... it’s a Jeep!
Submitted by Chuck R on Jan 24, 2021|2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon|Purchased on Jan 2021
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
Very nice ride and great features
cons
Navigations does not find names of places I look for.End up using google maps on my phone. faster and easier
Submitted by Ameka B on Jan 20, 2021|2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara|Purchased on Dec 2020

2021 Jeep Wrangler FAQs

The Jeep Wrangler is a compact SUV offering unrivaled off-road abilities, thanks to its high ground clearance, standard four-wheel drive, and rugged build quality. A short wheelbase gives the Jeep good maneuverability on narrow trails while locking differentials and other technology provide impressive traction in slippery conditions. While it lacks the refinement and ride comfort of car-based crossovers, the Wrangler remains one of the best SUVs for weekend adventures on or off the pavement.

The standard Jeep Wrangler in two-door trim weighs from 3,919-4,222 lbs; selecting the four-door Wrangler Unlimited increases the curb weight to 4,167-4,478 lbs. The new-for-2021 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 includes a 470-hp V8 engine and weighs in at 5,103 lbs. The heaviest Wrangler of all is the plug-in hybrid Unlimited 4xe, which includes a hybrid-electric powertrain and rechargeable battery; it tips the scales at 5,000-5,222 lbs.

In two-door trim, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, while the four-door Wrangler Unlimited can tow up to 3,500 lbs. It allows the compact SUV to haul a small trailer or all-terrain vehicle.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler has a base price of $28,900 in its base Sport trim; a four-door version is available for $32,400. For that price, shoppers get Jeep’s legendary off-road abilities, a soft-top roof, and little in the way of creature comforts. Many features are available on the upper trim levels, like leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and navigation. A plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe starts from $49,805, while the top-of-the-line Rubicon 392 costs $73,500.

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