Jeep Wrangler 4Xe worth full admiration

Sunrider would be the only way to go for me if I ever owned a Jeep. No need to remove clumsy tops or the two-man job of removing the soft top. Others may not agree, and maybe that’s why I did not get a duck.

The Wrangler is a versatile vehicle full of modifications and options. Only the Wrangler driveline options show this. There are no less than five engine iterations where my tester is the previously mentioned 4Xe, which means that it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine plus two electric motor assists. All in all, the horsepower is for the 4Xe 375 with a torque of 470 pounds. These are very impressive numbers for a Wrangler. My tester came with the eight-speed automatic and was equipped with four-wheel drive.

Do not think that because it is a plug-in hybrid that the Wrangler 4Xe can not get wet and can not go off the road. It can handle everything a regular Wrangler can, but does so with slightly better fuel economy and impressive power.

Inside, the Wrangler 4Xe was impressive. As expected, Wrangler interiors can run the glove from basic to luxurious. My tester was Unlimited Rubicon and as such it had leather trimmed buckets. The Rubicon emblem on the seats was color-coded to match 4Xe blue from the outside. This was a sharp and distinct touch.

An 8.4-inch color touch screen displays the outstanding infotainment system. Stellantis (Jeep’s parent company) has one of the best, most intuitive infotainment systems in the industry and even in something as robust as the Wrangler, it’s on full screen with smartphone integration and easy-to-use technology.

Sky One-Touch Power Top is a big plus. It costs $ 4,145 in premium but has removable rear window panes, rear window defroster, rear window washer and storage bag for storage bag in the upper window. You pay for the convenience this brings to make the Jeep flow outdoors.

A full size spare is mounted on the back gate.

My tester came with the Advanced Safety Group, which brought with it sensor-based functions such as advanced cruise control, automatic high beam control (much underestimated) and advanced braking assistance.

For those who want the Jeep experience but want some extra amenities, this is the way to choose the Wrangler. And the quieter atmosphere of the 4Xe means that this Wrangler is only slightly quieter than other Wranglers, which often allow road noise to penetrate the interior. It’s just a little quieter and a little more refined (unless you’ve got the panels off and the top open). And let’s be honest, if you have a Wrangler, this is the way to go about it anyway. Who cares about road noise with the open road and the outdoor feel of the Wrangler?

The EPA rates the Wrangler 4Xe as 49 MPGe when the plug-in is fully charged. The total fuel economy of the Wrangler 4Xe is a combined 20 mpg, but I had on average more than 24 mpg during a mixed week of driving and I did not engage it except once.

The starting price for the Wrangler 4Xe was high $ 55,225. And that shows that the Wrangler can have a wide range of prices and with the 4Xe it is no exception.

Who can say why I was not ducked. It was a disappointment. I experienced the Jeep wave a couple of times and it helped to compensate for that. But without a doubt, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4Xe is very much a Jeep and worth ducking. Next time you see one out there, give them their ducking respect.

Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance car journalist. Email him at jimmydinsmore73@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @driversside

2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4Xe

Price / As tested price ……………………………………… …… … 55 225 USD / 69 645 USD

Mileage ……………………………………. 20 mpg / city; 24 mpg / hwy

Engine…………………………………………. .. 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Horsepower …………………………… 375 hp / 470 lbs./ft.

Gearbox …………………………… 8-speed automatic

Drive wheels ……………. Four-wheel drive

Final assembly point ……………. Toledo, OH

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