Is the $1,000 increase for the turbo four worth it?
Now that the all-new Jeep Wrangler has been fully revealed, it's time to get into the details, specifically fuel economy figures. Remember, not only is the new Wrangler offered with a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, but also with an optional 2.0-liter turbo four. For those who want a new Wrangler but aren't thrilled with the V6's gas mileage, here's some good news. Thanks to the folks over at Jeep Wrangler Forum, we now have official EPA fuel economy figures for that turbo four.
A two-door Wrangler, equipped with the 8-speed automatic, returns 23/25/24 mpg, city/highway/combined. Not bad. The four-door turbo four Unlimited also returns quite respectable figures, 22/24/22 mpg. Depending on the gearbox, the two-door V6 Wrangler returned 18/23/20 (automatic) and 17/25/20 (six-speed manual), while the V6 Wrangler Unlimited delivers 18/23/20 and 17/23/19 automatic and manual, respectively. Are the differences between the turbo four and V6-equipped Wranglers dramatically different? No, but better fuel economy is better fuel economy, no matter how cheap gas prices may be at the moment. The gains are quite modest over the V6, just 1 mpg highway and 2 mpg combined.
In terms of power output, the differences are also relatively small. The V6 offers 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque while the turbo four has 268 hp and 295 lb-ft, delivering peak power at a lower RPM, meaning the turbo four has about the same output as the V6, but delivers it faster. Unlike the V6, the turbo four will be paired solely to the 8-speed automatic to provide maximum fuel economy. We still don't know exactly when Jeep will start taking orders for the turbo four Wrangler, but we previously learned it will cost an extra $1,000 over the base 3.6-liter V6. Combined with the 8-speed auto, it's a $3,000 upgrade over the base manual V6.