The Toughest Decision Jeep Wrangler Buyers Have to Make

September 18th, 2020 by

A burgundy 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is shown from the side in front of hills.

For years, the hardest decision people had to make about Jeep Wranglers when visiting their local Jeep dealership in Colorado Springs was whether to get the two-door or the four-door version. And while that question is still important, the new pressing question has nothing to do with doors and more to do with engines. The available 3.6L V6 engine is a high-quality machine capable of generating 285 hp—plenty of gusto for Wrangler lovers. But now the 3.6L has some competition.

For starters, the 2020 Wrangler has the option of a 3.0L EcoDiesel that is also a V6. While it is slightly less powerful than the 3.6L, it gets superior gas mileage at 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway compared to the 3.6L’s 19 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. But the EcoDiesel is hardly the only new engine we are expecting for the Wrangler.

There has been quite a bit of excitement about the Wrangler’s forthcoming V8 engine and even an electric Wrangler (the 4xe) that could find its way to the North American market in the near future. With all of these choices, the new toughest question buyers will be wrestling with is whether to buy a Jeep Wrangler with a Diesel, V8, or electric engine. So read on as we at Faricy tell you a bit more about what you can expect from each of these exciting Wrangler engines.

EcoDiesel Wrangler

A red 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is driving past trees with a view after leaving a Jeep dealership in Colorado Springs.

The first engine to consider is the new 3.0L EcoDiesel V6. As we have already seen, this engine is very compelling, especially when comparing it to the standard 2.0L Turbo Engine or even the 3.6L V6. While both of those two engines get slightly more power—270 hp for the 2.0L and 285 hp for the 3.6L—the EcoDiesel more than makes up for its lack of power with gains in fuel efficiency. That is especially the case when driving on the highway where the EcoDiesel is capable of getting 29 MPG. That is a huge improvement over both of the other options.

The other thing to keep in mind about the lower horsepower of the EcoDiesel is that it doesn’t limit the towing capacity of the Wrangler. With all of the engines currently available, the Wrangler has an available towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. While that isn’t in the same ballpark as a pickup, it leaves plenty of room for hauling toys and tools when needed.

However, the EcoDiesel won’t just be competing against the existing engines but the V8 and electric engines as well. As you would expect, the EcoDiesel V6 engine will be far less powerful than the forthcoming V8 and less efficient than the electric engine. On the bright side, though, it will almost certainly have better gas mileage than the V8 and more power than the electric. In that way, it will be a good compromise for those who want fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. Finally, the EcoDiesel Wrangler has the advantage of being available now. Both the V8 and 4xe are rumored to hit showrooms sometime in the future.

V8 Wrangler

Early in 2020, Jeep excited many enthusiasts with the Wrangler Rubicon 392, a concept car that has since morphed into a Wrangler that Jeep will produce for the public at its Toledo, Ohio factory. The best part of the Rubicon 392 is that it will come with an ultra-powerful 6.4L Hemi V8 engine that will be capable of going from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds.

Other specs for the mass-produced V8 Wrangler like horsepower, fuel efficiency, and towing capacity are still unknown. However, the Rubicon 392 concept car was capable of generating 450 hp, which is almost 200 hp more than some of the Wrangler’s other engines. That kind of power will be unmatched in the SUV segment and will make the V8 Wrangler an extremely exciting ride.

If there is a downside to the V8 Wrangler, it’s that the fuel efficiency won’t be nearly as good as it will be with the EcoDiesel Wrangler and a far cry from what is expected for the 4xe. The other tough part is that the V8 Wrangler is not yet available. But if it provides the power you are looking for, and you are happy with a wait, it’s definitely worth considering.

Electric Wrangler

A grey 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Unlimited is driving on a desert road at sunset.

Jeep also announced earlier this year that it hopes to have the Wrangler 4xe (the electric version of the Wrangler) in showrooms by the end of the year. This is excellent news, and we are excited to see when exactly we can get our hands on the 4xe. Here is what we know so far:

First, the 4xe will most likely come with a 2.0 inline engine and be capable of going 31 miles in full electric mode. We also know that it will be manufactured in Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio factory. Beyond that, there is still a lot of guesswork. And that is just fine.

We can get a couple of ideas from the Jeep Renegade and Compass, both of which have an electric version slated to be released soon. For those two vehicles, a 1.3L engine with anywhere from 190-240 horsepower will be standard. With a 2.0 inline expected on the Wrangler, it is likely it will have even more power.

Just how long it will take to charge the 4xe and what its fuel rating will be are still anyone’s guess, though we can bet it will be superbly fuel-efficient. Of course, the downside with the 4xe is that it will have far less power than the V8 and a release date is yet to be set. However, when it is ready, it will be another great option.

Three Great Wranglers

Even though choosing which engine to get is the new hardest decision for Wrangler buyers, the good news is that all three are exceptional. What the EcoDiesel, V8, and 4xe all have in common is that they are Jeeps and made right here in the USA. They have a legacy of being outstanding vehicles and are made for those who crave adventure and love the outdoors.

For some, the V8 Wrangler and its unparalleled power will be the obvious choice, while for the climate-conscious, the 4xe will be a great way to own a Wrangler while still feeling like you’re making a difference. And for those who want a solid middle option, the EcoDiesel has an incredible blend of power and fuel efficiency and has the added bonus of being available now. Whether you go for the EcoDiesel, V8, or 4xe, you can’t go wrong with a Jeep Wrangler.

Faricy Boys Jeep Dealership Colorado Springs

If you want to test drive an EcoDiesel Jeep Wrangler or talk to a Jeep expert about the upcoming V8 Wrangler or 4xe, visit us at Faricy, a Jeep Dealership in Colorado Springs. Our knowledgeable Jeep sales associates would love to answer your questions and point you in the right direction so you can get the Wrangler that is right for you. We are at your service seven days a week and would be delighted to assist you in all things Jeep. That said, we look forward to seeing you soon.