2018 Jeep Wrangler JK
2018 Jeep Wrangler JK
Grab the beloved 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK before it goes away forever.
What is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK?
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK is the same model as the 2017 Jeep Wrangler. It’s been given the JK to differentiate it from the JL model coming out later this year.
What does that mean for you? It means you have one last chance to get the tried-and-true third-generation Jeep Wrangler before it makes way for the fourth-generation, debuting later this year. If you love everything shiny and cutting edge, you may want to wait for the Wrangler JL. But if you like the kind of Wrangler that has warmed Jeep lovers’ hearts since 2008, this is your last chance to get a brand new one.
What Engine Options Does the Wrangler JK Offer?
Your decision is streamlined here. There’s only one engine option, the Fiat Chrysler’s 3.6-liter V-6, though you still have your choice between the standard six-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic. Before you despair about the lack of engine options, know that this is the better, even though smaller, engine from the 2017 model. It boasts 285 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque, which outpaces the 3.8-liter V6 that came standard last year.
Is the Jeep Wrangler as Good Off-Roading as They Say?
The Jeep Wrangler was made for off-roading. An indirect descendant of World War II jeeps, the Wrangler is still true to its roots. There are a couple of things you can do to help realize its potential.
When considering the four-door or two-door models, go for the two-door. It’s lighter and has a shorter wheelbase. That’s a good recipe for better control and increased performance when fording streams and slinging mud. You also have a lower turn radius, helping you on narrow trails and rocky chasms.
If you’re not much of an off-roader, you might prefer the four-door. It’s a bit more stable and, accordingly, performs well on the highway and other long stretches of road. And there’s still enough Jeep in it to take the dirt road with relative ease.
Which Jeep Wrangler JK is Best?
You have four trims to choose from: Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Sport starts at $24,000 and each trim is about $3,000 more than the one before it. Unless you need to fit your family in it, we recommend the two-door Jeep Wrangler JK which does better what Jeeps do best. It’ll also save you a few thousand dollars.
Which Wrangler is best depends on what you want. Rugged and outdoorsy shoppers will want the Rubicon with its mud-terrain tires, locking front and rear axles, and Rock-Trac 4×4 system. Those who want comfort and head-turning looks should get the Sahara, with its polished aluminum wheels, body-color fender flares, and high-glass silver metallic accents. We suspect that most will love the Sport S which has all the standard equipment, plus aluminum wheels, air conditioning, a chrome-and-leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and deep-tinted windows.