2021 Jeep Wrangler

MSRP $28,475 - $52,510

Ranked #10 in Compact Suv

2021 Jeep Wrangler Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Jeep Wrangler is a name synonymous with off-roading. It is one of the best of all offroad vehicles, and many consider it the absolute best of all. For 2021 a new plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler named 4xe also debuts, but we are here to cover and review the traditional gas-powered variant which comes in 14 trims to choose from this year. Yes, you heard that right, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler comes in 14 trims which include some special edition versions too.

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Pros

Extreme off roading capabilities

Wide range of customization options

Variety of configurations and trims available to choose from

Cons

Not the most engaging to drive

Noisy on the highway

Not the most spacious or luxurious in the segment

What's New?

New Rubicon 392 with a HEMI V8 engine

New Islander and 80th Anniversary special editions

Optional forward-facing camera 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28475

bodystyle

2dr SUV

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

295?lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Leading link suspension

suspension rear

Trailing arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.9/12.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

96.8 in.

length

166.8 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

73.6 in.

curb weight

4160 lbs.

ground clearance

9.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104 cu ft.

cargo volume

31.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1052 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

20.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

176 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$28,475 onwards

Willys Sport$33,150 onwards

Sport S$34,545 onwards

Unlimited Sport$34,705 onwards

Islander$35,995 onwards

Unlimited Willys Sport$36,650 onwards

Willys$37,040 onwards

Freedom$37,345 onwards

Unlimited Sport S$38,045 onwards

Unlimited Sport RHD$38,600 onwards

Unlimited Sahara High Altitude$38,645 onwards

80th Edition$39,145 onwards

Unlimited Sport Altitude$39,145 onwards

Unlimited Islander$39,740 onwards

Unlimited Sahara$40,405 onwards

Unlimited Willys$40,540 onwards

Unlimited Freedom$40,600 onwards

Rubicon$41,050 onwards

Unlimited 80th Edition$42,645 onwards

Unlimited Sahara Altitude$43,700 onwards

Unlimited Rubicon$44,305 onwards

Unlimited High Altitude$51,010 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Jeep Wrangler in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Pricing and Features

7.8

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.9

Exterior

9.9

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

Final Verdict

7.4

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


For 2021, the Wrangler also comes in a Rubicon 392 trim which gets a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 under the hood. The iconic design and looks remain more or less the same with a lot of exterior features and customization options available to equip and make the Wrangler completely personalized. Pricing starts at $28,000 and goes well above the $50K mark for the topmost variant with the largest engine and four doors. It competes with the 2021 Ford Bronco and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner.

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV front view
2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV rear view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition

7.4/10
Final Verdict


2021 Jeep Wrangler Features

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler is available in a total of 14 trims, including sub-trims and special editions. The basic trim levels are Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Sport and Sport S trims are further available in sub-trims including Willys Sport, Islander, Willys, 80th Edition, Freedom, and Altitude. The Sahara trim stands above the base options, followed by the Rubicon, which is the top-most variant. The Sahara is available in two sub-trims including Altitude and High Altitude. The Rubicon is the top-end variant that also comes in a Rubicon 392 Edition with a more powerful V8 engine along with shock absorbers from Fox and a 2-inch lifted stance. 

Trims

Sport

Willys Sport

Sport S

Islander 

Willys

80th Anniversary

Freedom

Sport Altitude

RHD

Sahara

Rubicon

Sahara Altitude

High Altitude

Rubicon 392

MSRP

$28,000 (2-Door)

$32,400 (4-Door)

$31,145 (2-Door)

$34,645 (4-Door)

$33,430 (2-Door)

$36,840 (4-Door)

$34,790 (2-Door)

$38,535 (4-Door)

$36,135(2-Door)

$39,635(4-Door)

$36,840 (2-Door)

$40,340(4-Door)

$36,535 (2-Door)

$39,790 (4-Door)

$38,835 (4-Door only)

$38,925 (4-Door only)

$39,495 (4-Door only)

$39,545 (2-Door)

$43,045 (4-Door)

$43,090 (4-Door only)

$50,400 (4-Door only)

$39,495 (4-Door only)

Key Features

17-Inch Black Steel Styled Wheels

Six-speed manual transmission

17-in. Tech Silver aluminum wheels

All-terrain tires

Black grille with black grille throats and headlamp inserts

Black Freedom Top three-piece hardtop

Premium black Sunrider soft top

18-inch Gloss Black WheelsGloss Black Grille Throats and Headlamp inserts

Black Freedom Top Hardtop

Side steps

Rock-Trac 4:1 low range 4x4 system

Body-color Freedom Top hardtop

20-in. aluminum wheels with gloss black finish

6.4 L HEMI V* engine

 

Uconnect 3 with 5-Inch Display

17-in. low-gloss black aluminum wheels

Heated power exterior mirror

17-in. silver-finished wheels

Sport LED headlamps and fog lamps

18-in. Granite Crystal aluminum wheels

Sport LED Lighting Package

Black interior accent stitching

Deep Tinted Glass

Body-color fender flares

Tru-Lok electronic locking differential 

18-in. gloss black wheels

Premium LED Lighting Package

Dual Exhaust with Performance Mode 

 

8 Speakers

32-in. mud terrain tires

Available black Freedom Top three-piece hardtop

Off-road rack rails

Willys hood decal and 4x4 decal on swing gate

Granite exterior accents - grille surrounds, fog lamp bezels, exterior badging

Steel front bumper

Black three-piece Freedom Top

Power Heated Mirrors

18-in. polished aluminum wheels with gray spokes

Electronic front sway bar disconnect

Gloss black grille throats, headlamp inserts, and fog lamp bezels

Body-color hardtop, door handles, front and rear bumpers

Selec-Trac 4x4 System with Transfer Case

 

Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats

Trac-Lok limited slip differential

Available full-time Selec-Trac 4x4 system

White Tiki Bob hood decal

Heavy-Duty Brakes

Body-color fender flares

17-in. satin carbon wheels with all-terrain tires

Hardtop Headliner

Power Windows and Locks

Available Sky One-Touch power top

Dana 44 heavy-duty locking front and rear axles

Gloss black fender badges

Nappa leather-trimmed seating with quilting

17-inch Bronze Beadlock Capable Wheels

 

4-Way Manual Adjustable Front Passenger Seat

Heavy-duty shocks and rock rails

Available Uconnect 4 with 7-in. touchscreen

Surf Blue interior accents

 

Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-in. touchscreen

Black leather-trimmed seats with cloth inserts and light Tungsten accent stitching 

 

Remote Keyless Entry

Available leather-trimmed seats

Off-road mode

Instrument panel bolster with Wizard Black paint

Uconnect 4 NV with 8.4-in. touchscreen

Heavy Duty Braking System

 

2-Way Manual Lumbar Adjustable Driver Seat

Heavy-duty brakes

Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Ceramic White mid bolster

 

 

Oscar Mike embossed logo

 

All-Terrain tires

Available forward-facing camera

Off-road rock rails

 

Alpine premium audio system

Black leather-trimmed seats with Premium Performance Seat Bolsters and Embroidered 392 logo

 

Air Conditioning

Molded-in color bumper with gloss black accents

Available Apple CarPlay support and Android Auto integration


 

Available white Freedom Top hardtop

 

 

 

 

Cloth Seats

Available Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-in. touchscreen

33-in. all-terrain tires and high clearance fender flares

 

SiriusXM Guardia with SOS Call

Performance Steering Wheels with Paddle Shifter

 

Dana solid front and rear axles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind-spot monitoring and ParkSense rear park assist

 

All Wranglers come as standard in a 4WD drivetrain configuration, and there are many more off-road-oriented features offered as standard and available, varying according to the trim chosen. The Wrangler is available in both 2-Door and 4-Door models, while some trims are available as 4-door only versions, and all 4-Door models are preceded by ‘Unlimited’ in their model names. Here we have taken the Wrangler Rubicon to trim in a 4-Door configuration against the Ford Bronco’s Outer Banks Advanced 4-Door trim and the Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad trim, all of which are priced similarly for comparison.

We Recommend

The Wrangler Sahara would be the best option if you’re into mild offroading and more road-oriented driving. It comes with a great set of features over the base trims, which include both capability enhancing features as well as interior comfort-enhancing features. This would be a great package for casual offroading. But if you want a more serious off-roading machine, then opt for the Rubicon trim. It gets a more rugged set of features, including larger, grippier tires and locking front and rear Dana 44 heavy-duty axles, and a lot more. Both of these trims are available in both 2-door as well as 4-door versions.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The standard engine under the hood of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler is a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of maximum power and torque. This engine can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The other gas engines on offer include a turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-4 that produces 270 hp and 295 lb-ft and comes only with the automatic transmission and a more powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which is exclusively available on the Wrangler 392 trim and puts out 470 hp of power and torque. Both of these engines can only be mated to the automatic transmission. 

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV engine bay

We will be mainly covering the 3.6 L V6 engine today as it is the standard one. The power output is pretty good, and the V6-powered 4-door Wrangler zips to 60mph in 6.8 seconds, which a respectable figure, but not the most exciting. The quarter-mile is passed in 15.2 seconds which is also not the very best but still is a strong number. The stronger V8-powered Rubicon 392, however, is very much faster and attains a speed of 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, which is super impressive. Overall in terms of straight-line fun, the Wrangler performs pretty well.

Models

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Advanced 4-Door

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad 

MSRP

$43,045

$43,040

$43,050

Engine

3.6 L V6

2.3 L Inline-4

4.0 L V6

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed manual

10-speed automatic

5-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

260 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

310 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

278 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

6.8

6.5

7.1

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.2

15.3

16.3

Top Speed (mph)

113

130

N/A

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is the most powerful among the competition, while also being the one with the least torque. The Bronco and the 4Runner are equally powerful, producing 270 hp at very similar RPMs. The Bronco, however, is the fastest, reaching 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, followed by the Wrangler. However, the Wrangler is a smidge faster when it comes to quarter-mile times. Overall, all of the competition is on similar grounds in terms of performance and straight-line speed.

How well does the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Drive and Handle?

Handling impressively on the road or in corners is not something off road vehicles excel in, and the same is the case with the Wrangler also. The body-on-frame construction and extra ground clearance do affect the Wrangler’s cornering abilities and driving dynamics. The steering also is not the best-responsive one and is very inaccurate at times, giving a very loose feel while driving. However, it is a whole other picture when it comes to offroading. 

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV drive and handle

It delivers a controlled and composed driving experience when taken off the road and is definitely one of the best driving experiences to enjoy on uneven terrains. The higher models specced up with better components and features elevate the off-road experience and make the ride off the tarmac much easier and easier to manage. It has always been one of the best off-roading machines and still remains the same compared to the competition. 

How efficient is the braking performance of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler? 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler performs efficiently in terms of braking, but the thing is the braking is more tuned towards the offroading side. The result of this is that it might feel a bit unresponsive while on the road. However, the braking is pretty good, and it performs quite well. The Jeep Wrangler comes with 12.9-inch rotors in the front and 13.4-inch ones in the rear, bringing the SUV to a stop in just 159 ft, which is definitely not the best.

Model

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Advanced 4-Door

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad 

Brake Rotors Front

12.9

12.2

13.3

Brake Rotors Rear

13.4

12.1

12.3

Curb Weight

4,449

N/A

4,750

Braking Distance 60-0 (ft.)

159

134

144

The 2021 Ford Bronco performs the best in terms of braking. It comes to a stop at just 134 ft, which is an impressive distance considering the class and size of the vehicles. The Toyota 4Runner follows the Ford, while the Jeep stays at last. But compared to the Toyota, the Jeep does perform a lot better in terms of braking control off the road. Overall, the Jeep Wrangler is an unimpressive performer in terms of just numbers but in real life actually does perform quite well.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Jeep Wrangler delivers a respectable fuel economy when equipped with the standard V6 engine. The engine provides a fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg. But when equipped with the stronger HEMI V8, the economy figures drop down to 13, 17, and 14 mpg, respectively which is much low, but then, the added power does take a toll. Combined with the 21.5-gallon fuel capacity, the Wrangler with its standard engine provides a combined range of 408 miles. 

Models

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Advanced 4-Door

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad 

MPG (City)

17

20

16

MPG (Highway)

23

22

19

MPG (Combined)

19

21

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.5

20.8

23.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

366/495/408

416/457/437

368/437/391

The newest addition to the segment, the new Ford Bronco is the most efficient, delivering a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. Combined with a 20.8-gallon fuel tank, it also provides a combined range of 437 miles. The Toyota 4Runner with the extra third row and the added heft happens to be the least efficient of the bunch. The Wrangler stays in between these in the middle ground with a respectable fuel economy and a good range.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Interior

7.9/10

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler comes with a basic interior in all trims until it reaches the Sahara trim. From there and going upwards, more and more luxury gets added. The seats are upright and comfortable and placed in a high position for more visibility and come with adjustments for the driver and front passenger. The lower trims come with cloth-trimmed seats, while the higher variants get leather-trimmed ones. There are also Nappa leather-trimmed seats available in Black or Steel Grey color options with Caramel accent stitching. 

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV cockpit area

The interior is spacious and comes with enough room in both the first and second rows, whereas the cargo area is a bit low compared to the competition. However, compared to others in the competition, the shoulder room is quite low inside the cabin of the Wrangler. The ride quality and the comfort for the occupants inside the cabin are not the best as the body construction and suspension setup is obviously more off road focus, and hence it affects the road comfort.

Models

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Advanced 4-Door

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.6/55.7/41.2

43.3/57.1/43.1

39.3/57.8/41.7

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.7/55.7/38.3

41.1/56.5/36.3

38.6/57.8/32.9

Cargo Capacity

31.7

38.3

47.2

The 4Runner is obviously the most spacious as it is the largest and has an extra row. However, with the extra row added, legroom decreases in the second row, but still, it is more spacious than the Wrangler, whereas the Bronco has the most spacious second row. The cargo area is also the most inside the 4Runner, while the Wrangler has the least. The following are some of the most important interior features inside the 2021 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Automatic Temperature Control
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats
  • 2-Way Manual Lumbar Adjustable Driver Seat
  • 4-Way Manual Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
  • 6-Way Manual Driver Seat

How intuitive is the 2021 Jeep Wrangler’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment unit in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler is a 5-inch unit in the base trims, a 7-inch one in the Sahara trims, and an even larger 8.4-inch unit inside the higher Rubicon trim. The highest-end model of the Wrangler also features a premium sound system from Alpine with 9 speakers, including an all-weather subwoofer, a 552-watt amplifier, and a 220-amp alternator. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also included as standard from the Sahar trim and upwards.

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV infotainment screen

The following are the major infotainment features:

  • 8.4-Inch Infotainment Unit
  • 7-inch full-color Driver Information Display
  • Alpine Premium Sound System 
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 4g Wi-fi Hotspot
  • Android Auto And Apple CarPlay

2021 Jeep Wrangler Exterior

9.9/10

Well, it looks just like how it looked forever. Beautiful in its signature design language with the sharp cuts and lines making up the iconic boxy design. The Wrangler comes in a different attire in each of the trim with different exterior attachments and decals. The wheel options also range from 17-inch steel wheels to 20-inch ones in the highest-end trim. The Wrangler is a compact-looking machine with its iconic design making it a true style statement in the right eyes while others would just see a chunk of an SUV. 

2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV 

The exterior elements, as mentioned earlier, differ drastically across trims. This is not only just visual differentiation but also states clearly that the higher trims mean serious offroad business. The Wrangler is available in three distinct roof options. The standard roof option is the Sunrider soft-top roof which uses heavy-duty waterproof cloth material to cover the roof. The second one is a modular hardtop option named Freedom top, which is also removable, and the last one is the new, Sky One-Touch power top which can be opened by the touch of a button.

Models

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Advanced 4-Door

2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,449

N/A

4,750

Length (inches)

188.4

189.4

191.3

Width (inches)

73.8

75.9

75.8

Height (inches)

188.4

189.4

191.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

10.8

8.3

9.6

Wheelbase (inches)

118.4

116.1

109.8

The Wrangler and the Bronco come with their own distinct and iconic looks which state that these machines mean serious offroad legacy, whereas the 4Runner is more generic and just plain boxy. It can just be termed as the ugliest one among the competition, which is the truth. The Wrangler is obviously the most off-road oriented and comes with the best ground clearance of 10.8 inches which is superb for stepping out from the paved roads. The following are some of the main exterior features of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler:

  • 20-inch fully painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic halogen headlamps and fog lamps
  • Sports suspension
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers with rear step pads
  • Body-color grille with Gloss Black inserts
  • Three distinct roof types available
  • Premium dark exterior accents

2021 Jeep Wrangler Safety

7.0/10

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler has been safety tested and rated by both NHTSA as well as IIHS and received respectable ratings from both agencies. However, NHTSA has not given it an overall safety rating, but the front end does get a good rating of 4-Stars. The sides of the Wrangler were not rated by NHTSA, but it gets a rollover rating of 4-stars, which is quite disappointing. IIHS has provided the Wrangler with a rating of ‘Good’ under almost all parameters, which assure that it is a safe vehicle. Overall from these ratings, we can come to the conclusion that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler is a safe vehicle, but simply not the safest in its class or segment. The following are some of the standout safety features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) 
  • Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA) 
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)

2021 Jeep Wrangler Competition

6.0/10

2021 Jeep Wrangler vs 2021 Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco is a fancier vehicle with a better and updated interior with a refreshed feel all around as it is the newer model. But since it does have a retro vibe infused into it, obviously because it bears the Bronco badging, it is an overall nice vehicle to look at and to be in. The Bronco is also the faster vehicle offering more fuel efficiency and space on the inside. All of this makes the Bronco a better option. 

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Jeep Wrangler vs 2021 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner only has an extra row over the Wrangler. At the first glance that is true, but then Toyota’s reliability and quality act as positive elements for it above the Jeep. The 4Runner is a more spacious vehicle offering better ride quality. However, the Wrangler is more powerful and comes with a lot more off-road capabilities in a compact body. The choice here is subjective, and you can choose either according to your needs.

2021 Toyota 4Runner

 

2021 Jeep Wrangler Final Verdict

7.4/10

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler remains as iconic as it has always been. The Wrangler comes in a variety of trims and sub-trims that offer a lot of options. There’s a version of the Wrangler for you, which suits your needs, whether it is mild or heavy offroading. Yes, you heard it right, offroading should be on your bucket list if you are adamant about getting a Wrangler. Otherwise, there are many options that provide more luxury, interior features, as well as on-road ride quality. But for off-roading, think no more, the Wrangler is the absolute best in the segment and even segments above it.

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