Updates to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler near Alexandria, LA

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler near Alexandria, LA blends iconic style with a healthy dose of modern technology. The all-new Wrangler and its four-door variant retain Jeep's recognizable styling cues, but they come with new drivetrains, engines, technology, interiors, and almost everything else. The 2018 model represents one of the most substantial updates ever to this Jeep classic, and everything's been done without sacrificing the Wrangler's most important trait: its superb off-road ability. Its solid front and rear axles, powerful, torquey engines, and extremely versatile four-wheel-drive system make it an unstoppable off-road force. However, it has a surprising degree of on-road refinement, which makes it a good choice for around-town driving as well. If a shopper wants trail capabilities with urban civility, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a great choice.

Our Impressions

Jeep is known for making vehicles that can handle all types of terrain, and the 2018 Wrangler is no exception. We enjoyed putting it to the test, and it handled everything we threw at it in admirable fashion. The Jeep's all-new rear and front locking differentials worked well on slick trails, and both the turbo four-cylinder and the V6 versions offered ample power and torque when it was needed. If a driver needs more wheel travel, the Wrangler's anti-roll bars can be disconnected with the push of a button. Along with standard skid plates, Wrangler Rubicons have rock rails for additional undercarriage protection. All these rugged add-ons are what drivers look for in a Jeep, but what may be surprising is the Wrangler's urban driving manners. Its five-link suspension, new steering, upgraded body mounts, better shocks, and even its drivetrain work together to offer an around-town driving experience that stands in stark contrast to its off-road capabilities.

 

Our Favorite Parts: The New Engine and Interior Additions

The all-new four-cylinder engine found in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler puts out slightly less power than the six-cylinder version, and the torque peak is lower. When combined with the eight-speed automatic transmission, it provides more than enough power for most driving needs, and we like it for its improved fuel economy. The interior has had its share of upgrades as well. With a modern, updated layout, roomier passenger cabin, and luxurious touches such as optional leather upholstery and dash, the 2018 Wrangler puts itself squarely into luxury territory despite its rugged pedigree. We like the fact that the Jeep's Uconnect system now comes with standard smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

 

On the Inside

The interior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler looks new and modern, yet it retains the simplistic layout that drivers expect when they buy a Jeep SUV. Modern additions like body-colored dashboard panels and rounded vents surround the upgraded infotainment touchscreen, yet the front-seat passenger still gets a dash-mounted grab handle for use on rough roads. As expected, the base Sport model's option list is a bit shorter, but upgrading to a higher trim level will give shoppers nice touches like contrast-stitched leather seats and a leather-covered dashboard. Four-door Wranglers get additional rear seat room because of a wheelbase extension of over two inches.

 

On the Outside

Upon a first glance at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler near Alexandria, LA, its styling appears to be completely evolutionary. However, certain enhancements may not be noticeable at first. This year's Wrangler has been widened by more than two inches to go along with the slightly stretched wheelbase, which greatly improves the vehicle's comfort and stability. The Wrangler's doors are all aluminum, which lightens them up and makes them simpler to remove. Folding the windshield down is simpler as well; this year, it only requires the removal of four bolts, rather than the 28 bolts of past Wrangler models. LED taillights and headlights are optional, as are various roof configurations. With all these choices, Alexandria's shoppers will find it easy to enjoy the off-road experience they want and the quick rain shelter they need.

 

Standard Features

The base Wrangler Sport is equipped with a V6 that's mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Command-Trac four-wheel drive is standard, as are fog lights, the aforementioned underbody skid plates, push-button start, and an all-new Sunrider sunroof panel. While some expected features, such as AC, power windows, touchscreen audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity, are only available on higher trim levels, the Sport features an eight-speaker audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs. Four-door Wranglers come with seating for five, as well as extra cargo and rear-seat space. Stop by any of the Jeep dealerships near Alexandria, LA to see these features in person.

 

Optional Features

Factory-installed options include the shopper's choice of an eight-speed automatic transmission or four-cylinder turbo on any Wrangler model. The trim levels go up through the Sport S, the Sahara, and the Rubicon, and each has a varied list of options and features. The Sport S gets power windows, AC, and keyless access, while the Sahara model has upgraded trim and an optional Selec-Trac always on transfer case. As expected, the Rubicon model is fully off-road ready, with its rock rails and highly advanced four-wheel drive system. Other options include various hardtop configurations, a larger touchscreen on the Uconnect system, and blind spot monitoring.

 

A Peek Under the Hood

While the 2019 model year will likely bring the addition of a diesel power plant, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler near Alexandria, LA has two engine options. The first is the V6 that's so well known in other Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles. With 285hp and 260 lb. ft. of torque, it puts out plenty of power when it's matched to an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. New for the 2018 model year is a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder that puts out 268hp and 295 lb. ft. of torque; it can only be had with an automatic transmission. It's a tempting choice for many shoppers, and it provides a peppy yet fuel-efficient ride.

As seen here, there's a lot to like about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. It combines the off-road readiness Jeep is known for with a great deal of on-road ability and a surprising degree of refinement. Call (318) 717-9491 to learn more about the Wrangler, or stop by our Jeep dealerships near Alexandria, LA to take a test drive.

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Vaughn Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

1120 Northwest Main Street
Directions Bunkie, LA 71322

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