The EPA has released the fuel economy ratings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler that’s equipped with the new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The most efficient version is the two-door Wrangler that gets up to 23 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited with the 2.0L is rated at 22/24 mpg.
The four-cylinder is only available with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Either way, the four-cylinder is a little more efficient than the V6 powered 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which is rated at 18/23 mpg with the automatic. The differences are even smaller when you compare your annual fuel cost for both motors, with the EPA estimating that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler with the 2.0L will cost as little as $2,100 compared to $2,150 for the V6 model.
Is the 2.0L four-cylinder a better buy than the V6? Well if you also factor in the fact that the 2.0L engine costs $1,000 more than the V6 and the fact that it’s only available with the $2,000 automatic transmission, the value portion of the equation isn’t there. The 2.0L four-cylinder costs $3,000 more than a V6 Wrangler with the manual transmission. If you look at the power differences, the turbocharged four-cylinder generates 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque, while the Pentastar 3.6L V6 generates 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft.