2019 Jeep Wrangler
Back in 2018, it seemed as if Jeep had managed to do the impossible — update the Wrangler without losing its iconic essence. After combining the best of the past with automotive features of the future, Jeep crafted a vehicle that’s capable and fun all at once. Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and other advanced safety features are now standard on the 2019 model that otherwise remains unchanged.
Avail. Engine Type
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL comes in two different models: a two-door model and a four-door model. The two-door Wrangler is offered in three trims – Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon, while the four-door Wrangler model offers the same trims along with an additional high-tier luxury Sahara trim. Under the hood of all Wrangler vehicles buyers can find a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. In an exciting twist, the Pentastar V6 is paired with the automaker’s eTorque mild-hybrid system. The eTorque system serves to conserve and improve fuel economy figures. There’s also a six-speed manual transmission mated to the V6 as the standard. A class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission is also available and improves fuel economy by one mpg.
High-tier trims like the Rubicon and sahara have the availability of an upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that’s mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission and generates 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The eTorque system is available for pairing with this engine choice as well and adds features such as extended fuel shut-off, electric power assist, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking.
Driving and Handling
All Wrangler vehicles, regardless of trim, are designed to be off-road capable with water fording capability up to 30 inches, a clearance of 10.9 inches, and a standard crawl ratio of 2.71:1. Buyers can also choose from an available towing package that increases the Wrangler’s towing capacity up to 3,500 pounds.
The JL-generation Wrangler comes with the best 4×4 systems Jeep can offer. Standard on the Sport, Sport S, and Sahara trims is the Command-Trac 4×4 system that offers a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and is capable of conquering even the roughest terrain. The Wrangler Rubicon is considered the lineup’s off-road star and features a standard Rock-Trac 4×4 system complete with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1, skid plates, Tru-Lok differentials, andfront and rear tow hooks. There are even 17-inch off-road wheels and rear steel heavy-duty off-road winch-ready bumpers available as an upgrade.
The heritage and iconic style of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler remains intact thanks in large part to the Jeep engineers. An overall weight reduction of 200 pounds improves aerodynamics. The doors, hood, and windshield frame are made of a lightweight but durable heavy-duty aluminum with steel strength. Additionally, the front of the iconic seven-slot grille is swept back to improve aerodynamics and doubles to soften the Wrangler’s rugged wide stance.
The Sahara and Rubicon trims now feature LED headlamps, LED turn signals, and LED taillamps. Yet the most exciting feature Jeep introduced is the Sky One-Touch powertop. Functioning almost like a convertible top, this one is able to retract the full length of the roof with the simple push of a button — even while driving up to 60 mph! There’s also an all-new redesigned Sunrider soft top that eradicates the outdated and complicated window and back windshield zippers. The revamped soft top replaces the old problematic zippers with a sliding track mechanism instead for easy removal and retrieval. Nothing changes on the hardtop as it still comes in three pieces, including the two easily removable Freedom Panels. Unlike the last-generation Wrangler, this hardtop offers new and improved latches that make hardtop removal faster than before.
On the interior, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler remains true to its iconically rugged style in terms of design, but this time around Jeep chose many high-quality materials. Front-seat passengers have access to a center stack with functional features such as volume and climate control knobs, an Engine Stop-Start (ESS) button, and plenty of USB and AUX connectivity ports.
Cloth upholstery is standard in the cabin, but higher-tier trims — Rubicon and Sahara — feature leather-contoured seats. Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and automatic climate control are the optional comfort features buyers can choose from. Steering-wheel-mounted controls come standard, but passengers can enjoy a 7-inch touchscreen display (available 8.4-inch on high-tier trims) that lets them configure the infotainment system in over 100 ways. Other controls for audio, Bluetooth voice command, and cruise control are mounted on the steering wheel as well for accessibility and safety purposes. Owners won’t have to worry about damage if they’re caught with their top down since the Wrangler was designed to be weatherproof — there are drain plugs on the cabin floor should draining be necessary.
Standard on the 2019 Wrangler is a 5-inch touchscreen display featuring the latest Uconnect 4 infotainment system, USB and auxiliary ports, an eight-speaker audio system,Bluetooth voice command, and a 115-volt power outlet. The Sahara and Rubicon trims feature an optional 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen display with an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system including navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Sirius XM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto capabilities. Buyers can also upgrade to an available Alpine audio system complete with a subwoofer.
Safety Features and Warranty
According to Jeep, the 2019 Wrangler has over 75 advanced safety features. Said features include standard multistage advanced airbags, Rear Cross Path Detection, Blind-Spot Monitoring, a ParkView rear view camera with dynamic gridlines, and traction and stability control systems. New on the 2019 Wrangler are the following advanced safety features: Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler has a starting MSRP of $28,045 (plus destination fee).