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2023 Jeep Wrangler Review: Endless Options

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler offers 16 trim levels and a large selection of options. Which is right for you? We look at powertrain, trim levels, and more.

What’s new for the 2023 Jeep Wrangler? 

Two new paint colors Earl and Reign make their debut. They’re gray and purple respectively. In addition, a new Freedom trim is available with military-styled graphical elements, rock rails, and a steel front bumper.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $34,560

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

4WD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

22 City / 29 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 4-5

The Breakdown

Excellent off-road

Limitless customizability

An engine for everyone

Very expensive

Lags behind on safety

Numb handling

More on-road refinement is needed

2023 Wrangler Specs

Trims & Pricing

Sport - $34,560
Willys Sport - $36,870
Sport S - $37,860
Sport Altitude - $40,055
Freedom - $41,055
Willys - $41,155
Sahara - $44,715
Sport RHD - $45,990
Rubicon - $46,395
Sahara Altitude - $48,215
High Altitude - $53,810
Willys 4xe - $53,995
Sahara 4xe - $55,260
Rubicon 4xe - $58,990
High Altitude 4xe - $60,935
Rubicon 392 - $79,995

2023 Jeep Wrangler Powertrain  

2023 Jeep Wrangler 2.0L I4 - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler 2.0L I4 - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Overall, most Wranglers drive and handle very similarly. Despite huge advancements in refinement over the years, this is still a very off-road-focused SUV and that’s obvious from the way that it handles corners. The steering is numb and can require multiple corrections through a corner to get the wheels pointed in the exact direction one intends. That’s disappointing for a vehicle at this price. It’s steady enough on the highway though the cabin is no good at keeping noise outside.

The base V6 is a simple but solid power plant. It’s not particularly quick or engaging but it’ll never leave you feeling like you can’t merge onto the highway or pass safety. It’s available with a manual transmission or an eight-speed auto.

The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is down on horsepower compared to the V6 (270 vs 285) but it’s up on torque (295 vs 260), and it’s noticeable just about everywhere. That improved response also comes down to losing a few pounds over the V6.  

2023 Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

There’s also a 3.0-liter diesel with 260 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It does a nice job of bridging the gap between fuel economy and power without costing as much as the 4xe. It’s similar to drive as the 2.0-liter and the 3.6-liter so much so that most buyers won’t be able to tell which is under the hood unless they look.

The two special Wrangler engine options begin with the Rubicon 392’s big burly V8. After decades of asking for it, fans finally have the Wrangler they’ve asked for. This thing develops 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and is only available with an automatic and four doors. It has considerably more personality than any previous Wrangler on the road.

Thankfully, Jeep saw to it to give the 392 upgraded heavy-duty brakes and it needs them. Remember, it’s not a Trackhawk of any ilk; it’s still intended for serious off-road work, so it still has a heavy-duty suspension that’s not very subtle on the road.  

2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Chassis - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Chassis - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

The biggest advancement for the Wrangler in decades might be the 4xe powertrain that combines a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a 17 kWh battery pack to provide a balanced mix of power and economy.

Rated at 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque the Jeep Wrangler 4xe only available with an automatic transmission and four doors. While the 392 is the fun choice, the 4xe is the mature one. Around town, it’s the most refined of the bunch and we love that it can go into full EV mode and be whisper quiet 

Where the Wrangler very obviously shines is when the pavement runs out. Even the base model is supremely competent and confidence-inspiring. The rock rails on the Liberty edition are absolutely great and we’re surprised to not see them as standard equipment on most models. The Rubicon is pricey but it offers an electronically disconnecting sway bar and electronically locking differentials which only add to the skills this SUV has off-road.

Towing & Payload

Depending on the equipment, the Jeep Wrangler can tow up to 3,500 pounds which just happens to be the exact same maximum amount that the Ford Bronco can tow.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Fuel Economy & Battery Range

2023 Jeep Wrangler - jeep.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler - jeep.com

With so many different Jeep powertrains to choose from, there’s surprisingly very little difference in their fuel economy scores from the EPA. The worst offender is the Rubicon 392 which should get 13 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway.

One step better is the manually-equipped base Wrangler which gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Go for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and those numbers jump to 21 and 24 respectively. The EcoDiesel jumps to 22 and 29 if equipped with the automatic.

The 4xe can travel up to 25 miles on all-electric power per full battery charge. That’s not much for driving around town all day but it should be more than enough for some low-speed off-road adventures. The EPA rates the 4xe at 49 MPGe and the gas-only portion of the powertrain at 20 mpg combined.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Rugged resilience is the theme in the cabin of the Wrangler. This SUV is built to take a licking and keep on ticking so it’s devoid of the soft-touch surfaces, opulent seating, and glitzy finishes you’d find in just about every other vehicle that costs this much. Notably, the Wrangler’s main competition, the Ford Bronco, isn’t particularly posh either. Seating throughout the cabin is fine but it’s not as comfortable as one might find in something like a Land Rover Defender or a Kia Telluride.

Almost everything is controlled via the center control stack. That makes for a bit of a learning curve but we think most buyers will have little difficulty getting comfortable. Visibility is outstanding thanks to big boxy windows and a minimalized blind spot. Of course, there’s always the option of removing just about every body piece above the belt-line of the Wrangler should someone want to.

Interior space is only ok. Most vehicles in this class offer more shoulder and hip room but the Wrangler somewhat makes up for it with almost 30 cubic feet of storage space (Unlimited Only) behind the second row.  

Entertainment & Technology

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2023 Jeep Wrangler - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

We’ve always liked the UConnect infotainment system found in Stellantis products and it’s great in the Jeep Wrangler too. The base infotainment screen measures just 7 inches and it looks a little out of place at that width. Thankfully, a larger 8.4-inch unit is also available. Not only does it look better but it’s slightly quicker and offers meaningful improvements in the layout too.

Just like in other recent Wrangler model years, the system provides excellent data specific to off-road adventures which is a nice touch. Buyers who want Android Auto or Apple CarPlay will be happy to know that each one is standard on the entire Wrangler lineup.

Safety Features

Jeep doesn’t offer much in the way of modern safety technology on the Wrangler. Common features like blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and more are available for a premium. Almost every other competitor offers more for a lot less.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Trims & Pricing

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport - carsforsale.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport - carsforsale.com

Sport – $34,560

Most Wranglers come with the 3.6-liter V6 mentioned above but the 2.0-liter and the diesel, 17-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, a 7-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, fog lights, skid plates, crank windows, tow hooks, and manual door locks.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys Sport - carsforsale.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys Sport - carsforsale.com

Willys Sport – $36,870

The Willys Sport trim adds Jeep’s 2-speed transfer case along with 32-inch mud-terrain tires, a limited-slip differential, and a gloss black grille.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport S - NJ Jeep Dealership on youtube.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport S - NJ Jeep Dealership on youtube.com

Sport S – $37,860

This trim adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, power locks, power windows, and automatic headlights, and then it opens up access to more features like safety tech and LED headlights.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Freedom - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Freedom - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Freedom – $41,055

This trim adds LED headlights, military-style graphics, a steel front bumper, 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, and rock rails.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Willys – $41,155

This trim adds Trac-Lok limited slip differentials, 17-inch black wheels, LED fog lights, Rubicon shocks, rock rails, all-weather floor mats, and special decals.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport Altitude - jeep.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport Altitude - jeep.com

Sport Altitude – $40,055

The Sport Altitude has 18-inch wheels and all-season tires.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Sahara – $44,715

The Sahara trim level includes 18-inch wheels, body-colored fender flares and grille and a keyless entry.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport RHD - jeep.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sport RHD - jeep.com

Sport RHD – $45,990

This Wrangler is just like the base Sport model but adds heated mirrors and is right-hand drive.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Rubicon – $46,395

The off-road-focused Rubicon adds Jeep’s low-range transfer case, 33-inch all-terrain tires, lockable axles, an electronically-disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails, front and rear locking differentials, and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Altitude - jeep.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Altitude - jeep.com

Sahara Altitude – $48,215

This trim gets a two-speed transfer case, body-colored fender flares, 18-inch polished wheels, and keyless entry.

2023 Jeep Wrangler High Altitude - carsforsale.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler High Altitude - carsforsale.com

High Altitude – $53,810

This is the luxury trim with Nappa Leather upholstery, LED headlights, LED tail lights, LED DRLs, LED fog lights, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, and some safety tech. That includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and DRLs.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Willys 4xe – $53,995

The base plug-in Wrangler starts with 17-inch black wheels, 32-inch mud-terrain tires, rock rails, a limited-slip rear differential, LED headlights, LED fog lights, an Alpine audio system, Rubicon shocks, a gloss black grille, and three drive modes.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe - carsforsale.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe - carsforsale.com

Sahara 4xe – $55,260

This trim adds blue tow hooks, leather upholstery, LED tail lamps, and keyless entry.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Rubicon 4xe – $58,990

The Rubicon 4xe gets Jeep’s RocTrac full-time transfer case, 33-inch all-terrain tires, and surf blue hood decals and tow hooks.

2023 Jeep Wrangler High Altitude 4xe - jeep.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler High Altitude 4xe - jeep.com

High Altitude 4xe – $60,935

This model gets 20-inch wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Rubicon 392 – $79,995

The daddy of the Wrangler lineup is the 392 and it’s a monster with its huge V8 engine. It also gets bigger brakes, a 2-inch lift kit, leather upholstery, LED headlights, Fox shocks, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an Alpine sound system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, and a three-piece hardtop.

Warranties

Every Wrangler comes with a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s pretty average for the segment. Where Jeep stands out is in its three-year complimentary scheduled maintenance coverage. 

What we think

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2023 Jeep Wrangler – media.stellantisnorthamerica.com |  Shop 2023 Jeep Wrangler on Carsforsale.com

For Jeep lovers, there’s never been a better time to be alive. There’s simply no end to what one can do with a new Wrangler when it comes to customization and personalization. At the same time, this is an SUV that makes a lot of sense around $35,000 and then very little once we start getting into the $45,000 and above territory.  

That’s because the vast majority of buyers will spend most of their time on the road and that’s a place where the Wrangler doesn’t deliver much. It’s not great to drive, it comes up far short on the comfort technology front, and it doesn’t have anywhere near the same level of advanced driver assistance tech that rivals do. Nevertheless, it’s one of the few options out there that can go as far off-road as it can.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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