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2020 Jeep Wrangler Review

“Go anywhere. Do anything.” Jeep’s tagline is befitting of the vehicle created for the U.S. military in World War II, and of today’s 2020 Jeep Wrangler. Rugged in steel and aluminum, the Jeep is a classic symbol of American freedom, as well as the brand’s second-best selling model after the Grand Cherokee.

2020 Jeep Wrangler pricing and trims

Don’t let the rugged reputation or exterior fool you into thinking it’s cheap — at its top trim, the Wrangler can be pricey. But it may pay off, especially if you plan to resell it: The 2020 Wrangler won Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value & 5-Year Cost to Own Award.

The least expensive 2020 Wrangler has a $28,295 manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) and two doors (the four-door is $3,500 more). But that base price includes useful off-road features beyond a 4×4 powertrain, such as skid plates, solid axles, and a front and rear tow hook. It also has a 5” touch screen with Bluetooth and a backup camera.

Yet it doesn’t include many things drivers have come to expect as standard, such as an automatic transmission — a manual transmission is default on all Wranglers, no matter the trim, while an automatic transmission is $2,500 more. For air conditioning and power windows, you would pay $3,200 more to bump up from the Sport trim to the Sport S trim — this might be a good thing to do if you plan  to use your Jeep as your regular transportation during hot summers.

The 2020 Wrangler has three main trims — Sport, Sahara and Rubicon — but variations in them, plus several special editions, make for a total of eight trims.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Trim Comparison
Trim Sport Sport S Black and Tan Willys Sport Altitude Sahara Rubicon Sahara Altitude
2-Door MSRP $28,295 $31,495 $33,190 $33,990 NA NA $38,295 NA
4-Door MSRP $31,795 $34,995 $36,690 $37,490 $36,690 $38,645 $41,795 $41,940
Standard Features Soft Top, V6 Engine, Part-Time 4WD System, 5″ Touch Screen, Bluetooth, 17″ Steel Wheels, Skid Plate Shields Soft Top, LED Lights, Air Conditioning, Power Front Windows, Heated Exterior Mirrors Soft Top, 7″ Touch Screen, Black and Tan Styling, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Soft Top, Rock Protection Sill Rails, 17-Inch Moab Black Aluminum Wheels, Heavy-Duty Brakes Hard Top, Headliner, Heavy-Duty Suspension, All-Season Tires, Gloss Black Styling Soft Top, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, 18″ Polished Wheels with Gray Spokes Soft Top, Performance Suspension, Electronic Locking Differential, Electronic Sway Bar Disconnect Body-Color Hard Top, Leather Seating, Rear Window Washer and Defroster

 

Soft top vs. hard top? Both are removable. A hard top is standard on the Sport Altitude and the Sahara Altitude, and is available starting at $1,195 more on other trims. It’s better at insulating the interior against noise and temperature, and the headliner, available with the hardtop, adds to that ability.

What about 4-wheel drive? As we mentioned earlier, Jeep’s “part-time” 4×4 comes standard on the base Wrangler, but there are two other options available: the heavy-duty part-time 4×4 system and Jeep’s “full-time” 4×4 system.

What about sales pricing? You do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Depending on when and where you shop, you may be able to find a 2020 Jeep Wrangler for less than MSRP. Dealerships often have sales and manufacturers frequently offer  rebates. Use free industry guides such as NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book to see the fair market price is in your area.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is next. Potential lenders include Jeep financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, depending on your creditworthiness.

2020 Jeep Wrangler safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association didn’t give the 2020 Jeep Wrangler an overall rating, but did give it a four-star frontal crash rating and a three-star roll-over rating. The last Jeep Wrangler the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested was a four-door 2015 model year and 2013 two-door model.

All trims of the Wrangler have a backup camera and electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, trailers-sway damping and hill-start assist.

Jeep also offers advanced driver safety systems, which could be added to the Wrangler for an additional cost, starting with the Sport S trim. Features include:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring. The Jeep can alert the driver when it senses another vehicle in one of its blind spots.
  • Rear Park Assist System. The rear bumper uses sonar sensors to let you know when you get too close to an object.
  • Advanced Brake Assist. The Jeep applies maximum braking power in emergency situations.
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking. The Jeep could alert the driver when it senses a potential collision and brake if the driver does not in order to mitigate or avoid a collision.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control. With cruise control on, the car can adjust its speed to match and follow a car in front of it, then resume its preset speed when its safe to do so.
  • Rear Cross Path Detection. When in reverse, the Jeep can alert the driver when it senses an on-coming vehicle.

2020 Jeep Wrangler competitor comparison

While some may argue the Wrangler has no competitors worthy of the name, here are three contenders in the market.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Competitor Comparison
Vehicle 2020 Jeep Wrangler 2019 Honda Passport 2020 Subaru Outback 2020 Toyota 4Runner
Base MSRP $28,295 $31,990 $26,345 $35,110
Expert Scores 4.2 4.3 NA NA
Standard Features V6 Engine, Manual Transmission, 4×4 Powertrain, 5″ Touch Screen, Skid Plate Shields V6 Engine, Honda Sensing (Advanced Driver Assist Systems), 20″ Wheels, 5″ Screen All-Wheel Drive, EyeSight Driver Assist System, 7” Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto V6 Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive, 8″ Touch Screen, Safety Sense (Advanced Driver Assist System)
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 20/17/25 MPG 22/20/25 MPG 29/26/33 MPG 18/17/21 MPG

*Chart data is for base models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings as available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is as defined by the EPA.

What about the warranty? All new Jeeps come with a 36 month, 36,000 mile basic warranty (also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty) and a 60 month, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. All competitors listed above offer the same warranties.

The bottom line on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler

Anyone looking for an off-road vehicle should consider a Jeep Wrangler. It comes with 4×4 powertrain and a lot of rough-and-ready features standard.

As it is designed to be an off-road vehicle, the Wrangler might not be the most comfortable vehicle as an everyday-driver. Lower trims without added options are rather spartan. After all, the base trim has windows you roll up by hand and across all trims, the manual transmission is standard. If your heart isn’t set on the Wrangler yet, here are some of the best 4×4 vehicles.

 

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