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2021 Jeep Wrangler Review - Trims, Prices, Off-Road Ability, Features, and Rivals Comparison

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Joel Sam Santhosh

Content Writer June 30, 2020 at 05:19 PM
It's going to be a fruitful year for Jeep enthusiasts as the 2021 Wrangler is expected to arrive with added off-roading capabilities and improved driving dynamics. There are speculations of Jeep Wrangler ditching its 2.0L Turbocharged eTorque Inline-4 and introducing a Plug-In Hybrid powertrain instead. Pricing is also expected to be bumped up for 2021 and start from $29,850.

Depicting the true picture of stalwartness since 1986, Jeep has maintained its dressy look without making any substantial changes in its modernity, in all of its offerings. Jeep Wrangler continues to be an icon off the road and a household name across the country. For 2021, Jeep gives the Wrangler a slew of incremental updates that focuses on improving driving dynamics and safety.

Jeep Wrangler is a flag bearer of "jeep" values which is a gritty off-road mid-size four-wheeled SUV, currently enjoying its 4th generation. Perpetuating the quintessential spirit of World War II, its current avatar is also known for its boisterous and rugged image. Subtle updates over the years have bought about a noticeable change in the long run, without hindering its roots. The new Wrangler takes on the likes of Toyota 4Runner and the iconic Land Rover Defender in this mixed bunch.

What are the price and new features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

Maintaining the brand’s illustrious history for eight decades, Jeep Wrangler has started with the 2018 model year, which arrived as a carryover model. It has evolved the same design with a modern touch and unique styling without straying much from the roots. Pricing has been marginally bumped up as compared to 2020 and the 2021 Jeep Wrangler now starts from $29,850, which is nominal considering the updates it is expected to get.

Jeep hasn’t announced any plans for a redesign for the 2021 model. However, you can expect some minor changes on the exterior and in the cabin, whereas it's a whole different take under its hood. 2021 Wrangler is expected to ditch the 2.0L turbocharged eTorque engine and there are also speculations of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 going under. But we don't think that the diesel will go off, courtesy of its insane 42 lb-ft of torque. Apart from these, possible changes for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler are:

  • New Plug-In Hybrid powertrain
  • Added active and passive safety features
  • Updated infotainment system
  • New upholstery shades

What are the engine updates in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

2021 Jeep Wrangler is expected to retain engines in flavors of 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft, 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine with 260 hp and 442 lb-ft and the top of the line 3.6L Pentastar V6 producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft.  The 3.6L V6 is also available in an eTorque version that uses a mild-hybrid tech for added low-end torque. All of these engines are coupled to either a standard 6-Speed Manual transmission or an optimal 8-Speed Automatic.

A twin-speed transfer case is standard to all the trims and takes care of all your off-roading woes. The automatic gearbox is available as standard on the top three trims only, namely- North Edition, Rubicon Recon and High Altitude. The diesel powerplant allows Wrangler to tow up to 3500 pounds of cargo. Acceleration is moderate and even comes with a 4WD drivetrain in the base trim. Hardcore off-roading doesn't come in cheaper than this!

Model

2021 Jeep Wrangler (Expected)

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP

$29,850

$49,900

$36,120

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

4.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed Manual

8-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

Power

285 hp @ 6,400 RPM

296 hp @ 5,500 RPM

270 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

278 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

Up to 3500

Up to 7716

Upto 5000

0-60 MPH

6.7 secs

7.2 secs

7.9 secs

Quarter Mile

15.2 secs

15.5 secs

15.7 secs

Top speed

122 MPH

134 MPH

110 MPH

All of the competitors are potent off-roaders that go on equally well with their on-road expertise. But Land Rover Defender has the most muscle of this lot that also translates to its impressive towing capacity. Its standard 8-Speed Automatic transmission is also a boon among manuals and 5-Speeds. Toyota 4Runner has the biggest engine of this bunch ut that doesn't give it any considerable edge over the others.

What are the expected MPG figures for 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

The 3.6L V6 equipped 2021 Jeep Wrangler coupled to the 6-Speed Manual is expected to be rated at 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway in its 2-door format, while the four-door gets marginally lower figures. The 3.0L EcoDiesel engine returns the best city efficiency of 22 MPG along with 29 MPG on the highways.

The low-end torque helps here which also comes to play in the eTorque equipped gasoline engines. The mild-hybrid tech used in the these eTorque equipped engines is focused to provide low-end torque, thus diverting lead from the gasoline engines. It is a smart move from Jeep that will be carried over for 2021 as well. The compact form factor steals the Wrangler off its fuel carrying capacity with an average-sized fuel tank rated at 17.5 gallons.

Model

2021 Jeep Wrangler (Expected)

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Toyota 4Runner

MPG (City)

17

17

16

MPG (Highway)

25

20

19

MPG (Combined)

20

18

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.5

23.4

23.0

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

297/ 437/ 350

398/ 468/ 421

368/ 483/ 391

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.4

8.1

8.3

Jeep Wrangler is not exactly a fuel-efficient SUV. It is a thirsty one but on the bright side records lesser emission figures. Land Rover Defender utilizes its turbocharged engine to provide the most powerful setup without compromising on efficiency. Toyota 4Runner with its largest engine is the least efficient of this bunch but its large fuel tank makes it a comfortable cruiser.

What are the updates in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler interior?

This iconic Jeep has maintained its retro look and will provide all the tech-laden features for 2021 as well. With leather upholstery and well finished interior bits, Jeep fuses ruggedness and comfort in the Wrangler with ease. All of the trims are offered in both 2-door and 4-door options, which gives customers the flexibility to choose to go off-road, alone or with their family.

Despite providing all of the bells and whistles required for a cozy cruise, the Jeep Wrangle struggles to make the long run. Seats are wrapped in leather, but lacks boosting. The seating position is far too upright for long journeys and legroom becomes an issue for tall occupants. The dashboard is also a mess, with a clustered layout that will take newbies a while, getting used to the tech.

Model

2021 Jeep Wrangler (Expected)

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Seating Capacity

4

5

7

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

42.6/55.7/41.2

40.6/60.8/39.1

39.3/57.8/41.7

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

41.7/57.7/35.7

40.4/59.2/39.1

38.6/57.8/32.9

Trunk Capacity (cu. ft.)

12.9/ 31.5(2nd row folded)

10.7/ 34.0(2nd row folded)

47.2/ 88.8(2nd row folded)

Jeep Wrangler utilizes its boxy design language well, to extract maximum cabin space, but it still falls behind Toyota 4Runner, which for the record also gets an equally spacious third-row seating. Land Rover Defender has the most cramped seating of this bunch, but it's fine as it is purpose-built and doesn't have any contradicting bits on the inside like the Jeep. Notable comfort features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler are:

  • 6-way manually adjustable with 2-way manual lumbar adjustable driver seat
  • 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat
  • Available Leather upholstery
  • Rear 60:40 folding seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls
  • Automatic climate control system

What are the infotainment updates for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

Jeep has not compromised with its entertainment system, Its infotainment interface—called Uconnect—is easy to use, quick to respond, and can be displayed on a touch screen available in three different sizes. It also provides an energizing audio experience with a 9-speaker Alpine Premium Audio System. It comes complete with an overhead soundbar; all-weather subwoofer and 552-watt amplifier.

The base Wrangler comes with a basic 5-inch touch screen for barebones audio/car controls. It gets an 8-speaker audio unit with USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX port. Even Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are absent for the base trims, which is standard only from the Black and Tan trim. Various infotainment features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler are:

  • 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (Black-and-Tan trim and up)
  • Alpine Premium audio system (top trims)
  • SiriusXM with a 1-year subscription
  • Integrated voice command with Bluetooth
  • UConnect 4 with Navigation support

What are the changes for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler exterior?

Overall these years, the one factor that has deviated the least is the Jeep Wrangler's form factor. It sure has come up with the modern times with alloy wheels and LED lighting, but the Wrangler still possesses its old school charm. The 2021 Wrangler remains mostly unchanged as compared to the 2020 model and the most notable change it gets are new shades to brighten things up.

The high stanced ride coupled to the bolt-on fenders remains its most distinguishable exterior design cue, not to forget the front fascia that shouts "Jeep" the most. The rear fascia is dominated by a full-sized spare wheel which is bolted onto a side opening the lower door. The top half that houses the great windshield opens up and when done together with the lower part, it goes "all over the place"!

Model

2021 Jeep Wrangler (Expected)

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3970

4815

4675

Length (in.)

166.8

197.6

190.2

Width (in.)

73.8

79.1

75.8

Height (in.)

73.6

77.5

71.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

9.7

8.6

9.6

Wheelbase (in.)

96.8

118.9

109.8

Jeep has given the Wrangler a modular construction that can convert it into an open-top experience. It has the highest ground clearance of the bunch which makes it the most suitable off-roader of the bunch. It is also the lightest of the lot and that has a lot to do with its compact form factor. Various new exterior features for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler are:

  • New 20-inch fully painted gloss black aluminum wheels
  • LED lighting all around with LED DRLs
  • Running boards with an integrated step
  • Matte black Trail Rated badge
  • Removable Doors And Roof
  • Rock And Side Rails
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Foldable Windshield

What are the expected safety features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler has been awarded four stars in front crash safety and three-star roll-over rating by the NHTSA. This is impressive for an SUV that has its roots from an age-old design philosophy and a not so calculated structural format. Jeep will carryover this well put together form factor for 2021 and will also be adding a few extra active and passive safety features.

Some of the advanced safety equipment like optional automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors had been provided as optional for the 2020 Wrangler and is expected to be made standard in more trims for 2021. Apart from these, various impressive safety features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler are:

  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Front and Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Park view rearview camera

When will the 2021 Jeep Wrangler launch and is it worth the wait?

The Jeep Wrangler lacks a lot of modern features in its base trims you have to shell out some hard cash to get some decent tech which is plentiful in the top trims. But this bane gets overlayed well with its impressive off-roading capabilities. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is expected to launch by fall 2020 and most of the speculations will be shed light on as we near the launch date.

Jeep Wranglers have always been riding high in terms of demand. People love the outdoors and that isn't going to change anytime soon. The Wrangler provides for a perfect escape pod for both subtle and hardcore off-roading junkies to enjoy nature to its fullest. We recommend you to wait up for the 2021 Wrangler as the added safety features will add upon your confidence in the great unknown. But you would have to vouch for the higher trims to get the most out of it. If that is a stretch for you, don't look elsewhere, as we have you covered with these well-kept pre-owned Wranglers at sustainable prices.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler FAQs

Is Jeep Wrangler reliable?

Reliability is a tight spot for the Jeep Wrangler, but the automaker has improved over these years. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler poses as the best model in terms of reliability and J.D. Report has also rated it a convincing 74 out of 100 which is commendable since the average threshold should stay above 70. Recalls are plentiful but Jeep has always been keen on rectifying it with the least hassle. Apart from these, Jeep Wrangler provides a well-bundled warranty package that includes:

  • Bumper to Bumper: 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first
  • Powertrain: 60 months or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first
  • Roadside Assistance: 36 months with no cap on distance.

Does Jeep Wrangler have heated seats?

Yes, all the trims of Jeep Wrangler can be equipped with optional front heated seats.

What is the top speed of Jeep Wrangler?

Jeep Wrangler has a top speed of 112 MPH with the 2.0L Turbocharged gasoline engine and 122 MPH with the 3.6L V6 engine.

How does the Select Terrain dial work in Jeep Wrangler?

Terrain modes can be selected in the Jeep Wrangler by using the dial in the center console. Each of the various terrain modes modifies the dynamics of the vehicle that includes engine response, suspension and steering response according to the selected terrain. Traction control, transfer case settings and safety settings also change as per the selected terrain.

Does Jeep Wrangler have adaptive cruise control?

Jeep Wrangler can be loaded with an optional Advanced Safety Group package which includes Adaptive Cruise control and forward collision warning.

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