This week we take a look at the 2020 Jeep Wrangler. Although Jeeps don’t change often, the Wrangler was completely redone for 2018 and refreshed with new features for 2020.
The Wrangler comes in 4 trim levels. Starting from bottom up there is the Sport, the Sport S, the Sahara, and the bad boy you see here, the top-of-the-line Trail Rated Rubicon.
Unlatch the hood and you’ll find something new: A 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, an alternative to the Pentastar V6 that has been around for many years.
My review Jeep Rubicon is of course 4-wheel drive and has an 8-speed automatic. This combination puts out 270-horses and 295-pound feet of torque.
Before 2018, people complained that Wrangler interiors were very simple and somewhat plain. This 2020 has very nice leather seating with stitching and the front seats are emblazoned with the word Rubicon. There is also stitching across the dash and red accent panels around the gauge cluster and above the glove compartment.
Just for fun, a little Wrangler drives across the welcome screen when you push the start button. The driver info center in the center of the colorful gauges is highly configurable and easy to operate.
Center dash is the 8.4” Uconnect system which operates the Alpine sound system, navigation, apps, climate, Bluetooth, and vehicle settings. The system works great and is very intuitive.
This screen also operates a terrific rear camera, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Travellink to get real-time info. One cool page is the off-road page which will tell you your pitch and roll degrees and a lot more when you are off the pavement.
Below the screen are your automatic temperature controlled air, hill descent control, the start/stop disable switch, the power window switches, and USB ports. Also, there are 4 auxiliary switches to add accessories like additional lighting or a wench.
Also there are Tru-Lok differential switches that allow you to lock the front and rear axles. You can also disconnect the front sway bar if you really get into rough terrain.
The center console has the gear shifter with a Jeep silhouette on top, your 4-wheel drive stick shifter, a couple of cup holders, and a two-tier armrest with storage.
Moving to the back seat, it has very good head and legroom. Back seat occupants have air vents, USB ports, and a 110-volt outlet for charging your mobile devices.
My review vehicle has $14,000 in options, including the leather seating, trailer towing package, premium LED lighting all around, keyless entry, remote start, and a 3-piece removeable hardtop.
It also has the advanced safety group which is adaptive cruise control and full speed forward collision warning. Other options include steel bumpers on the front and rear, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.
What is so fun about Jeeps is you can make them so different. Take the top off, take the doors off, fold the windshield down and enjoy the fresh air.
Towing and Fuel Economy
The big surprise for me was how well the 4-cylinder performs. It has amazing acceleration and is smooth. If you wish to tow, it’ll handle 3500 pounds.
City gas mileage is 21, it is rated at 22 on the highway, and I am actually doing better than that. Total MSRP on this super loaded Hellayella Rubicon is $55,785.
For many years, I told listeners to my radio show that the Wrangler was not for everyone and speaking just for me, it wasn’t a good daily driver. That has all changed now, it is a quite enjoyable vehicle, the visibility is great, it’s quieter than previous versions, and has a lot of modern technology.
Jeeps have come a long way since inception during World War II, and this 2020 is by far the best one ever. There is now a diesel engine available and I am very much looking forward to reviewing it.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
- What I liked most: The new 4-cylinder turbo engine.
- What I would change: Really nothing, it’s a Wrangler and it is what it is.
- MSRP: $41,795 base price, total MSRP with transportation: $55,785.
- Fuel Economy: 21 city/21 highway/21 combined.
- Official Color: Hellayella.
- Odometer reading when tested: 2300 miles.
- Weight: 4595 pounds.
- Final Assembly Location: Toledo, Ohio.
- Spare Tire: Full-sized spare mounted on the rear.
- Length-Width-Height: 188.4” long/73.8” wide/73.6” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.5 gallons with the filler on the driver’s side.
- Towing Capacity: 3500 pounds.
- 2020 Wrangler in a few words: The best Wrangler ever and a real joy to drive on or off the pavement.
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile power train with roadside assistance.
- Manufacturer’s website: www.Jeep.com
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