Jeep Wrangler: Which one should you buy, 2021 or 2022? | News

The main changes: Xtreme Recon Package now available with four-door Willys trim; 7-inch touchscreen now on all but base two-door Sport without air conditioning, 8.4-inch touchscreen with premium audio standard on Sahara and Rubicon; standard cabin filter

Pricing: $32,915 for base two-door Sport, up $655 for 2022, with most prices up $655 to $980; Wrangler Unlimited 4x plug-in hybrid up $1,305 – $1,405; $100 destination increase

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What should you buy, 2021 or 2022? Depending on local availability, a 2021 Wrangler may be a better buy if you can do without the larger touchscreens and other updates.

Available in two- or four-door body styles, the latter is called the Wrangler Unlimited and covered separately on Cars.com’s research and inventory pages, Jeep’s iconic Wrangler The SUV returns for 2022 with expanded availability of its 7-inch touchscreen and Xtreme Recon Package, plus other minor updates that come with mostly minor price increases.

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As before, all Wranglers come with standard four-wheel drive. The Base Sport trim comes with a 5-inch touchscreen, cloth seats, a folding soft top, crank windows and manual door locks, fog lights, push-button start, and 17-inch wheels. Additional features as you move up include a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen; electric windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; automatic climate control; a heated steering wheel and seats; a hard top or power soft top; larger wheels and tires; and various terrain equipment. The Xtreme Recon package now available for the four-door Willys trim provides greater off-road capability with 35-inch tires and a 1.5-inch suspension lift.

Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, an important safety feature, remain optional on the 2022 Wrangler. Other available safety and driver assistance options include adaptive cruise control and a blind spot warning system.

Engine

The base powertrain consists of a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Available powertrains include a 270-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; a 260-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6; and a 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 on the Rubicon 392. All of these pair with an eight-speed automatic. Plug-ins Wrangler Unlimited 4x combines two electric motors with a battery pack and turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a total system output of 375 hp; it’s also paired with an eight-speed automatic.

Interior

The Wrangler can seat up to five passengers, with decent if not ample room in the front and back. The cabin is on the narrow side and fairly basic in lower trims; upper trims have more luxurious appointments, but wind and road noise are noticeable no matter what you buy.

Prices

Starting prices for all 2022 Wrangler trim levels are as follows and include a destination of $1,595, up $100 from 2021. Prices are increases unless otherwise noted. A diesel engine is available with four-door models for an additional $3,510.

Wrangler

  • Sports: $31,320 ($655)
  • Willys Sport: $33,380 ($655)
  • Sport S: $34,520 ($655)
  • Willys: $37,375 ($340 reduction)
  • Rubicon: $42,095 ($980)

Wrangler Unlimited

  • Sport: $34,820 ($655)
  • Willys Sport: $36,880 ($655)
  • Sport S: $38,020 ($655)
  • Willys: $40,875 ($340 reduction)
  • Sport Height: $40,015 ($655)
  • Sahara: $42,045 ($980)
  • Rubicon: $45,595 ($980)
  • Sahara Height: $45,640 ($980)
  • High Altitude: $52,770 ($200 reduction)
  • Rubicon 392: $76,395 ($405)

Wrangler Unlimited 4x

  • Sahara: $54,125 ($1,305)
  • Rubicon: $57,825 ($1,305)
  • High Altitude: $59,700 ($1,405)

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