This week we take a look at the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, and for the first time, my test vehicle has the Ecodiesel under the hood. Although Jeeps don’t change very 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, which is what you see here, and the top-of-the-line Rubicon.
Unlatch the hood and you’ll find the new 3.0 V6 turbo diesel which is putting out 260-horses and a very strong 442-pound feet of torque. My review Jeep is of course 4-wheel drive and has an 8-speed automatic.
Before 2018, people complained that Wrangler interiors were very simple and somewhat plain. This 2020 has very nice leather seating with stitching. There is also stitching across the dash and throughout the door panels.
From behind the multi-function steering wheel, there is a configurable driver info center in the middle of the colorful gauges.
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 when you are off the pavement. You can also always know your altitude, which for some reason, I find fascinating.
Below the screen is your automatic temperate controlled air, hill descent control, the start/stop disable switch, the power window switches, and USB ports with a power outlet.
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.
Options and Features
My review vehicle has $16,600 in options, including leather seating, premium LED lighting all around, and keyless entry. It also has the safety group which is park assist and blind spot monitoring.
Almost half of the options cost is wrapped up in two items. The EcoDiesel accounts for $4000, the optional Sky one-touch power top is $3995.
My tester has the hardtop, as well as the available Sky top which is a large canvas center that slides back at the push of a button. When operated, the entire roof exposes the sky and it operates in about 20 seconds.
I love the complete roll bar, and it has speakers built into it. There is also a huge subwoofer in the rear section. Overall, the Alpine sound system is terrific.
What is fun about Jeeps is you can make them so different. Take the top off, take the doors off, fold the windshield back and enjoy all the fresh air you could want.
Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay
This diesel engine is very quiet, has a ton of torque, and this version gets the best fuel economy and has the most range of any Wrangler.
City gas mileage is 22, and it is rated at a very impressive 29 on the highway.
Total MSRP on this super loaded Wrangler is $56,750.
For many years, I told listeners to my radio show that the Wrangler was not for everyone and for me, it wasn’t a good daily driver. That has all changed now, it is a quite enjoyable vehicle on the highway, the visibility is great, it’s quieter than previous versions, and it has a lot of modern technology. Off-road capability was not sacrificed for a more enjoyable experience on hard surfaces.
Jeeps have come a long way since inception during World War II, and this 2020 is by far the best enjoyable one I have ever driven.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel
- What I liked most: Fuel economy and torque.
- What I would change: I expected heated and cooled seats for the price.
- MSRP: Base price $38,645 as equipped $56,750.
- Fuel Economy: Rated at 22 in town, 29 highway, 25 combined.
- Official Color: Sting-Gray Clearcoat.
- Odometer reading when tested: 6800 miles.
- Weight: 4331 pounds.
- Spare Tire: Full sized with matching tire AND wheel.
- 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 EcoDiesel in a few words: Most enjoyable Wrangler EVER!
- Final Assembly Location: Toledo, Ohio.
- Manufacturers website: www.JEEP.com
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance, 5-year/60,000 mile power train warranty.
- Next up: 2020 Lincoln Navigator