YouTubers Extreme Terrain Break Down Jeep Wrangler JL Trim Levels

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Wrangler Sport, Sport S, Sahara & Rubicon come with Command Trac, Selec-Trac, or Rock Trac drive systems.

The all-new Jeep Wrangler JL was launched with four available trim levels, including Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. You can find all of the differences between those packages by looking at long lists on the Jeep website, but with so many similarities from one model to the next, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what varies in each package. Fortunately, the crew from ExtremeTerrain.com shared a video on their official YouTube channel explaining the key differences from each model, making it far easier to pick a model that suits your needs.

Sport

Video host Ryan Houck begins with the Jeep Wrangler Sport, but since they don’t have one of those on hand, he talks about the features while using a Sport S as the example. The video does include some images of the basic Sport for reference, but Houck does a great job of running through the key features of the entry-level JL.

Standard features of the Wrangler Sport include the Command Trac four-wheel-drive system with 3.45 gears, 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 31.5-inch all-season tires, manual windows, manual locks, cloth seats and the base radio system. Options include an anti-spin rear differential, all-terrain tires, an engine block heater, the Tow and Trailer Electrical Group, the Smokers Package, rubber floor mats and tinted rear windows.

Jeep Wrangler Sport S

The Sport S

Next, Houck talks about the Jeep Wrangler Sport S parked next to him, highlighting the exterior standard features such as the Halogen headlights and aluminum wheels before stepping inside to show off the power windows, the power door locks and the optional seven-inch UConnect infotainment system. A five-inch UConnect system is standard, as it automatic climate control. Options include nicer alloy wheels, the Dual Top Group, side steps, the Technology Group, the Convenience Group, the Cold Weather Group, the Active Safety Group, an upgraded Alpine speaker system and the Trail Rail cargo management system.

The Sahara

After looking at the base model and the dressed-up base model, Houck turns his attention to the new Jeep Wrangler Sahara. This package comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 31-inch tires, body colored flares, silver front end trim and the optional LED exterior lighting package, but on the inside is where the Sahara really stands apart from the Sport.

Jeep Wrangler JL Sahara

Unlike the Wrangler Sport S, the Sahara can be equipped with the Leather Interior Group, a black-and-polished wheel option, the Electronic Infotainment Group with the 8.4-inch screen and the Alpine speaker system, remote start, proximity keyless entry and the Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system with automatic 4-High.

Basically, the Sahara is ideal for someone who wants premium features, but who doesn’t plan to do much off-roading. The Wrangler Sahara will still beat just about anything on the trails, but the focus of this package is premium comfort for the daily driver.

Rubicon

Finally, Houck talks about the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which adds more premium features inside and out while also being the most capable of the models. On the outside, the Rubicon features standard 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch all-terrain tires, larger fender flares that allow more wheel travel, an electronic disconnecting sway bar system, Dana 44 front and rear axles with 4.10 gears, steel rock rails, tow hooks, a vented hood and plenty of red accents inside and out. The Rubicon also features a red dashboard, off-road gadget switches and the Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system that offers an 84:1 crawl ratio.

Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon

Options for the Wrangler Rubicon include black 17-inch wheels with a polished lip, a winch-ready steel front bumper, a steel rear bumper, body colored flares and all of the premium option groups as the Sahara.

While we have rushed through the differences between all of the new Jeep Wrangler JL trim levels, the video above goes into far more detail so crank up your speakers and enjoy!

Jeep Wrangler JL Lineup

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