This is the sixth year for the current-generation Jeep Wrangler, which has evolved to become a surprisingly modern and performance-oriented vehicle with the recent additions of PHEV and V8 powertrains. What hasn’t changed is this little SUV’s prodigious off-road prowess.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
New for 2023, Wrangler buyers can now benefit from the Jeep Wave loyalty program, and Rubicon models get new wheel designs.
Jeep offers the two-door Wrangler in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon trims, while four-door Unlimited versions can be had in Sport S, Sahara, Rubicon, and Rubicon 392 trim levels. Engine choices begin with a 3.6L V6 that can be optioned with eTorque mild hybrid assist. There’s also a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder, a 3.0L turbodiesel V6, and a 6.4L V8. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all but the 3.6L, which starts with a six-speed manual that can be optioned to the eight-speed. Four-wheel drive is standard across the board.
There’s also a plug-in hybrid variant called 4xe, which is covered in its own buyer’s guide entry.
Sport trim comes with roll-up windows and manual door locks/side mirrors, auto on/off halogen headlights/fog lights, 17-inch wheels, a folding soft top, front/rear tow hooks, manual A/C, LED cabin lighting, cruise control, eight-speaker audio, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
Sport S adds power windows/locks/heated side mirrors, and keyless entry.
Sahara gains 18-inch wheels, a three-piece hard top, dual-zone A/C, passive keyless entry, a garage door remote, nine-speaker audio, a 115-volt power outlet, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation.
Rubicon models get electronic locking differentials, an electronically controlled disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails, and all-terrain tires. Rubicon 392 adds LED headlights/fog lights, leather upholstery, heated front seats/steering wheel, rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise, forward collision mitigation, and hill descent control.
In all trims but Rubicon 392, an active safety group adds blind spot monitoring, rear park assist, and LED taillights. An advanced safety group brings forward collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
Sport S can be optioned with navigation in an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and with a tech group of digital gauges, passive keyless, and dual-zone A/C.
In all trims but Sport and Rubicon 392, a cold weather group adds heated seats/steering wheel and remote engine start.
Sahara and Rubicon offer LED exterior lighting.
Finally, all trims can be equipped with a towing package that adds auxiliary switches, a heavy-duty alternator, hitch receiver, and trailer pre-wiring.
Jeep’s fuel consumption estimates for two-door Wranglers start at 10.7/9.8 L/100 km for four-cylinder models; 12.0/9.8 L/100 km for the 3.6L eTorque powertrain and its eight-speed automatic; and 13.7/9.6 for 3.6L/6MT models.
Ratings for four-door Unlimited models start at 10.6/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the diesel engine; 11.5/9.9 L/100 km for the 2.0L gas four-cylinder; 12.3/9.9 L/100 km for the 3.6L eTorque/8AT setup; 13.8/10.1 L/100 km in 3.6L/6MT trucks; and 18.5/14.1 L/100 km for the four-door-only Rubicon 392 package.
You can cross-shop the Wrangler against the Ford Bronco if you want to consider all of your off-road SUV options; alternatives include off-road-centric pickups like the redesigned 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.