2018 Jeep Wrangler JL vs 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Comparison
Specs at a Glance
2018 Jeep Wrangler vs 2017 Jeep Wrangler
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Known for years for its powerful engine, standard four-wheel-drive (4×4) system and a high level of off-road capability, the Jeep Wrangler brought its third generation of production (the JK model) to a close with its 2017 model year and kicked off its fourth with the JL model. Bearing in mind that some customers want their SUVs to further emphasize their practicality—tough in the wild while still being suitable as an everyday ride—the Wrangler’s manufacturer, Chrysler, adheres to the Jeep’s rugged heritage while making some improvements with the incoming JL.
The engine that powers the Jeep Wrangler is still the popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. And the standard transmission is still a 6-speed manual, with the option of swapping it with a 5-speed automatic that comes with hill descent control. However, instead of giving all trims the Command-Trac® 4×4 system like it does on the 2017 model, Chrysler singles out the Rubicon trim level with the Rock-Trac® 4×4 drivetrain, which comes with front and rear electronic locking differentials and a 4:1 low range. Command-Trac® system has a 2.72:1 low range.
For 2018, Chrysler reforms the Wrangler’s roof systems. While the 2017 model’s standard soft top is only available in black, there are color choices on the 2018 versions. Plus, they can be manually retracted and folded back from the interior of the vehicle; the Velcro and zipper system no longer exists. The hardtop option is now made of aluminum, which would make it easier to lift and remove it. And the doors—whether as a two- or four-door configuration—can now be removed. However, what remains unchanged is the “Freedom Top” hardtop option, which is available in black or the Wrangler’s body color and comes with a three-panel system with two removable front panels to provide an “open air” driving experience without the need to remove the entire hardtop.
For restraint and cushioning, the Jeep Wrangler has a pair of advanced multistage front impact airbags, with the option of adding a pair of side impact airbags on the front seats. Other standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (for optimal stopping power), hill start assist (to prevent rolling back when shifting from park to drive on a steep slope), traction control (to maximize tire grip with any road surface), electronic vehicle stability control and roll mitigation (to keep you in full control of the vehicle regardless of driving circumstance), and speed control (to maintain a safe driving distance between your vehicle and others). For security, the Wrangler has the Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System, which combines the remote keyless entry and engine immobilization; upper-level trims have an additional panic alarm for additional protection.
To take a ride in either Jeep, come see us at our dealership in Merrillville, Indiana. Recently honored as the recipient of the FCA Customer First Award for Excellence, it’s obvious that ensuring our customers are satisfied is very important to us. One of our Jeep experts would be delighted to receive and help you locate the right Wrangler for you.
* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.