JL Jeep Wrangler Turbo-Four Gets 25 MPG
Official EPA best rating of 23/25/24 city/highway/combined makes the new JL Jeep Wrangler worth that extra grand.
The subject of fuel economy isn’t exactly the first thing that pops into any prospective truck buyer’s mind. In fact, it probably isn’t even in the top 10. But there’s nothing wrong with saving a few bucks at the pump. So long as we don’t have to trade off things like power and reliability, improvements in efficiency are always welcome. Which of course is why we’ve been anxiously awaiting official EPA ratings for the new JL Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder models.
The wait was obviously worth it, because those numbers are pretty darn good. Opt for a two-door, and you’ll be treated to an impressive 23 miles-per-gallon in the city, 25 highway, and 24 combined. In case you’re wondering, that’s a whopping 5 MPG better than the same JL Jeep Wrangler equipped with the 3.6-liter V6. On the highway, you’ll pick up an additional 2 MPG compared to the six-cylinder.
Opting for the four-door JL Jeep Wrangler Unlimited shaves things down to 22/24/22 city/highway/combined. But that’s still a noticeable 4 MPG city and 1 MPG highway improvement over the six-banger. Plus, you’re not giving up much, if anything, in the way of power. The new turbo-four puts out 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the six-cylinder produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft. The only caveat? Opting for the four-cylinder will cost you an extra $1,000.
Much of that extra cost (and added economy) stems from the four-banger’s mild hybrid eTorque system with a 48-volt Belt Start Generator system. Still, over the course of a few years, that premium should erase itself with fuel savings. And that alone, along with considerably more grunt at lower RPMs, might just make that extra cost worth it.