The EPA has released fuel economy numbers for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, so it’s time to start planning that cross-country road trip.
The Environmental Protection Agency is still fulfilling one of their core mandates—telling the world just how many miles to the gallon a new vehicle will get you. One such vehicle is the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, the latest and greatest off-road-ready Jeep to come out of Fiat Chrysler’s plant in Toledo Ohio.
As you’d expect from a Jeep, you’re not getting the greatest mileage around, even if you limit things to the same market segment of outdoorsy SUVs. For the most bang for your gas buck, you’ll want to opt for the more expensive and newer 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder model that comes with the 8-speed automatic transmission. That engine gets 23 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and a combined 24 mpg overall.
Annual fuel costs are estimated at $2,100, depending on where you live. Also, note that the turbocharged four-banger requires premium gas, so you pay a little extra at the pump.
Fuel economy on the Wrangler JL Unlimited models is slightly worse than the base Sport trim due to all the extra bells and whistles weighing it down. Mileage in the city is 22 mpg, highway is 24 mpg, for a combined 23 mpg overall. Annual fuel costs jump to $2,300 as a result.
Now we move on to the 3.6-L Pentastar V6 models, historically the beating heart of any Jeep. Combined with the 8-speed automatic, the V6 JL gets 18 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg overall. Since the V6 can take regular gas your fuel costs aren’t all that much more than the 2.0-L turbo engine at $2,150 per year.
The Unlimited trim with the V6 actually gets the same mileage as the base model this time for reasons that baffle both this publication and modern science.
Drop to the V6 and a 6-speed manual, what you get with the base-level JL, and mileage becomes 17 mpg in the city, 25 highway, and 20 overall. The Unlimited V6 manual gets slightly worse highway mileage, down to 23 mpg, giving it an overall fuel economy of 19 mpg.
As for which engine you spring for, that’s entirely up to you. The 2.0-L turbo gets 270 ponies, but the V6 Pentastar gets 285 and the sureness of a naturally aspirated engine. Your mileage may be better in the turbo, but since it uses premium gas you’re not likely to notice it in fuel costs.