The 2019 Wrangler continues as the halo vehicle for the Jeep brand, and it continues to be a more refined choice than its predecessors. The latest Wrangler is the most comfortable, easy-to-use and advanced version yet. It achieves all this without sacrificing one tiny bit of capability.
Categorized as a midsize SUV, the Jeep Wrangler is offered in two- and four-door configurations. A soft top is standard and a removable hardtop is available. Four main trims are offered: Sport, Sport S, Sahara (four-door only) and Rubicon. A 3.6-liter V6, a six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive are standard.
For 2019, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control join the Wrangler’s options list.
Wranglers have maintained a familiar appearance over the decades, and there continues to be no guesswork involved in identifying a Jeep Wrangler. However, that doesn’t mean today’s Wrangler isn’t up to date.
A tad rounder than the previous generation, the current model retains its signature round headlamps that encroach into the iconic keystone-shaped grille. The windshield is raked a little, which contributes to Wrangler’s slightly better aerodynamics than that of earlier generations. You can still fold the windshield flat against the hood, and the process takes about 3 minutes to remove four bolts.
The base Wrangler Sport comes with 17-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, skid plates, a folding soft top with sunroof feature and fog lamps. Higher trims offer 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, automatic headlights and heated outboard mirrors. LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a three-piece hardtop and tow hooks are also available. A power top is optional on the four-door Sahara and Rubicon.
The 2019 Wrangler provides a familiar interior, with a dashboard that has a classic, horizontal straight-line shape. Retro-inspired design cues, modern amenities and high-quality materials make provide a fun and comfortable driving environment.
The four-door Wrangler provides some additional rear-seat legroom when compared with the two-door model, but in either case. the second-row seat is suitable for adults. Two-door models provide seating for four, while the four-door Wrangler can seat up to five.
The base Wrangler is somewhat sparsely equipped, with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Optional features include upgraded cloth or leather upholstery, as well as air conditioning or dual-zone automatic climate control. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are also offered.
Off-road capability is the Wrangler’s primary goal, but that does not eliminate it as an everyday vehicle. We drove both the two-door and four-door Wrangler off-road, and we particularly like the two-door because it can fit a few places that the four-door can’t. The Wrangler has a somewhat unforgiving ride over rough pavement, but the choice of two responsive powertrains makes it an enjoyable vehicle to drive.
The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that provides 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is optional, and it generates 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the V6, while an eight-speed automatic is optional there and standard with the 2.0-liter turbo.
Jeep offers three different trim-level-based four-wheel-drive systems. Two are part-time shift-on-the-fly systems and one is an automatic full-time system that’s only available as an option on Sahara. The Wrangler Rubicon benefits from a number of upgrades that improve its off-road capability. These include heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles, electronic sway bar disconnects and locking front and rear differentials.
The base, two-door Wrangler gets an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway. Models with the turbocharged engine deliver up to 23/25 mpg. When properly equipped, the Wrangler can tow up to 4,000 pounds.
Even an off-road brute, such as Wrangler, needs plenty of technology in today’s market. The base Wrangler comes with push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, a USB port, three 12-volt power points, a Uconnect 3 infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen and a backup camera. Available features include a Uconnect interface with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system with a weatherproof subwoofer round out the list of infotainment options.
A number of driver-assistance features are available. The Jeep Active Safety Group brings in rear park assist and blind-spot monitoring, while the Jeep Advanced Safety Group provides adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
The base Wrangler starts at $28,045, excluding a $1,495 delivery charge. However, a number of creature comforts will cost extra, including power windows, power door locks and air conditioning. The Sport S starts at $31,245, while Sahara and Rubicon models are priced from $38,395 and $38,045, respectively.
Our test four-door Wrangler Rubicon, before options and delivery fee, had a base price of $41,545. Options like leather seating, an upgraded infotainment system, the Active Safety Group and eight-speed automatic transmission brought our test Wrangler’s suggested price to $53,900.
The Wrangler Rubicon is spectacular, but we don’t most buyers will take advantage of its exceptional off-road capability. Our pick would be the Sport S, which comes with modern conveniences like power windows, power door locks and air conditioning. We’d consider adding options like the automatic transmission and the Cold Weather package, which brings in heated seats, a heated steering wheel and remote start.
At some point in our lives, a lot of us have dreamed about owning a Wrangler. It can go just about anywhere. If that isn’t your interest, it’s a terrific “I’m-fancy-free, wind-in-your-hair” image vehicle. On either count, we don’t think Wrangler comes up short.
For most, buying a Wrangler is an emotional decision. Because of that, it’s a personal one. The saying is that you can’t judge a book by its cover; but with the Jeep Wrangler, what you see is what you get.
By Russ Heaps (Last Updated 6/25/2019)
Russ Heaps is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. He has been covering the automotive industry for more than 30 years. His greatest disappointment is the inevitable passing of the manual transmission.
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