2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid
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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Review: The Real 21st-Century Willys

by Aiden Eksteen

If the all-new 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid were to pilot past you, you'd likely assume it to be just another Herculean, classic Jeep SUV driven by an avid adventure-seeker or adrenaline junky that frequents rural America for the unbeaten trails - totally oblivious of the fact that the V6 or V8 under their vehicle's hood is the cause of the demise of the very nature they relish. But, you'd be very much mistaken, as the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid is the first of a new breed of Wrangler. Instead of coming armed with one or other heavy-displacement gas-guzzling engine, the 4xe Hybrid features a more solicitous 2.0-liter hybridized inline-4 motor. As unconventional as that may be, the 375 horsepower and ardent 470 lb-ft of low-down torque the newfangled powertrain zaps out supports the Wrangler's body-on-frame design and off-road capabilities just fine. With that said, the Wrangler 4xe Hybrid is still a bit of a clinker in terms of being a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. While it is more frugal than its combustion engine counterparts and it does actually offer an all-electric range similar to that of the Volvo XC90, it's not nearly as frugal as the very many other PHEV SUVs out there.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Wrangler 4xe Hybrid?

The 4xe is an entirely new model, joining the existing Wrangler 4-door lineup in the USA. It's available in three trims: Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude. When it comes to the business of off-roading, the 4xe is just as well-equipped as its old-school siblings. All versions come with a full-time four-wheel-drive system and the Rubicon specification boasts 33-inch off-road tires. The instant torque provided by the twin electric motor setup is perfect for off-roading, but we all know water and electricity don't mix. The motors are well insulated, and the batteries are mounted below the rear seat. This allows for a maximum wading depth of 30 inches. To differentiate it from other Wrangler models, Jeep created a model-specific color called Electric Blue. You'll find it smattered all over the exterior of the car and even in the seat stitching.

Pros and Cons

  • Admirable all-electric driving range
  • Very proficient and silent off-roading
  • Impressive fuel economy estimates
  • Decent number of standard features
  • A lot more expensive than the V6 variant
  • Poor efficiency when the battery depletes
  • Handling is disadvantaged by its extra heft
  • Severely below-average safety rating

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
High Altitude 4xe plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$51,525
Sahara 4xe plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$51,525
Rubicon 4xe plug-in hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$55,225

Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 188.4 in
  • Wheelbase 118.4 in
  • Height 73.5 in
  • Max Width 73.8 in
  • Front Width 64.4 in
  • Rear Width 64.4 in
  • Curb Weight 5,100.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Build Out: 05/21/2021 +$245
  • Nacho Clearcoat, Build Out: 02/22/2021 +$245
  • Black Clearcoat +$295
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$295
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$295
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat +$295
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$295
  • Sarge Green Clearcoat +$295
  • Snazzberry Pearlcoat +$295
  • Hellayella Clearcoat +$295
  • Limited Edition Gecko Clear Coat, Build Out: 09/16/2021 +$395
  • Tuscadero Pearlcoat +$395
  • Bright White Clearcoat

Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Rather than employing the vigor and hardiness of a 6-cylinder that you'd typically find powering a Wrangler SUV, the Wrangler 4xe Hybrid instead embraces the prudence and balance of a more modern 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that's been hybridized by two electric motors and a 14 kWh battery pack. The Wrangler PHEV is bestowed a fairly stark 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque from this powertrain, all of which is forwarded through an 8-speed automatic transmission to its all-wheel-drive platform. This Wrangler benefits from some robust low-down torque, which can be really neat when off-roading, but overall, acceleration responses are mostly slow-witted and often jarring. Charging the PHEV will take approximately 12 hours on a 120-volt charging system or around 2 hours on a 240V system.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    17.2 Gallons
* 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara High Altitude 4xe

Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.8 in
  • Front Head Room 40.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.2 in

Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid A Good SUV?

While Jeep's attempt at deploying a more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient Wrangler into the world is an honorable one, the fact that the advantages of the 4xe PHEV's hybridized platform are so insignificant, can't be ignored. The 4xe PHEV is still a very proficient off-road 4x4, but it's a terrible excuse for a PHEV. The powertrain provides plenty of power and torque low down in the rev range, and the 21-mile range may be nifty for some, but that low-down oomph can only really be enjoyed whilst off-roading, and if you don't live near to the trails you'll be traversing, you'll only end up getting to your destinations with a soulless, four-cylinder-equipped version of the regular Wrangler. In other words, the regular V6- and V8-powered Wranglers simply make more sense.

As a daily, the 4xe Hybrid isn't the most entertaining, economical, or comfortable SUV $50,000 can buy - the entry-spec 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid SUV's price coming in at $$49,805, but it does come with a reasonable number of modern features and safety equipment. It has to also be noted that the regular Wrangler's mediocre reliability expectations and subpar safety review apply to the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid, too. In all fairness, this is the first-generation Wrangler 4xe Hybrid we've seen and its first year on the market, so Jeep has plenty of opportunity for improvement.

What Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

Jeep presents its first-ever semi-electrified version of the Wrangler SUV to the market in a three-model lineup but starts the selection off at a mid-spec level. Some exterior accents differ slightly for all three trims and there are some interior differences, too, but when it comes to performance and capability, only the Rubicon differs in its off-road prowess. The Wrangler 4xe Hybrid isn't a vehicle we'd recommend for regular driving, but certainly one we laud for tackling the unbeaten path. In this regard, the Rubicon is the model that makes the most sense. It comes equipped with a full-time Rock-Trac 4x4 system and specialized Tru-Lok locking differentials with specially tuned axle ratios. It also rides atop 22-inch alloy wheels with 33-inch off-road tires.

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