2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV

MSRP $48,500 Est.

Ranked #4 in Compact Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Introduced in 2021, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is essentially the only plug-in hybrid hardcore offroader available in the market right now, and while we are commending Jeep’s efforts of building one quite a lot, we are still quite a bit skeptical about how it will perform on terrains where the normal Jeep Wrangler just keeps on going. Also if the additional weight means that there is any drop in the off-road capabilities of the SUV. The thing is, we all have a lot of questions about how it's going to be. As it moves on to its second year in 2022, a lot is riding on its shoulders.

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Pros

Very efficient hybrid powertrain

First PHEV of its class

More punchy than the diesel version

Extreme off-roading capabilities

Cons

Very expensive as you move the trims

Powertrain reliability is questionable

Lacks some features

What's New?

Not a lot of information is available around how the Wrangler 4xe is going to be for 2022 

Although there will be no major updates for 2022 as the model is relatively new in the market

We can see some feature upgrades or maybe an addition of some optional extras


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48500

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sahara$48,500 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV in Agate Black color
Agate Black

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

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


SUVs aren’t particularly known for their ability to handle the corners at high speed, and the Wrangler 4xe is certainly not very good at that either. It is made to spend most of its time offroad. The Wrangler has a tall ride height and big tires that make the ride comfy, albeit pretty bouncy. Its steering can waver on the highways and require constant corrections, but it’s light around town. The Wrangler is not something you’ll find on track days as it can’t go around any corner at high speed without flipping over. As long as it's going in a straight line, it is good. Moreover, it rivals the likes of other SUVs like the 2022 Toyota RAV4 and 2022 Ford Escape.

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV front angle view
2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Features

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be available in three trims, just like this year, starting from the Sahara and topping up at High Altitude. We are expecting a similar feature list as that of the 2021 year model. The base is the Sahara trim which comes with cloth upholstery, keyless ignition, roof rails, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a 9-speaker audio system by Alpine.

Trim

Sahara 4xe

Rubicon 4xe

High Altitude 4xe

MSRP

$48,500* (Estimated)

$52,500* (Estimated)

$54,500* (Estimated)

Key Features

9-speaker Alpine audio system

Replaces or Adds to the Sahara Trim

Replaces or Adds to the Rubicon Trim

 

Keyless ignition

Front and rear locking differential

2-one touch power windows

 

Cloth upholstery

Automatic LED headlights

Leather upholstery

 

Rock rails

Single-zone automatic climate control

Split-folding rear seatback

 

20" alloy wheels

Heated side mirrors

552-watt stereo output

 

 

Premium cloth upholstery

 

*2021 data for reference

The mid-spec trim is Rubicon which further adds features like front and rear locking differential, automatic LED headlights, single-zone automatic climate control, and heated side mirrors. Sitting at the top of the ladder is High Altitude trim which comes with all the bells and whistles like leather upholstery, split-folding rear seatback, and 552-watt audio system.

Which Trim should you buy?

The best trim is undoubtedly the mid-spec Rubicon trim as it gets all the major off-road upgrades like the front and rear locking diffs, and that does add up to make the Wrangler a pretty capable off-road vehicle. It also comes with other luxuries like premium cloth upholstery, heated side mirrors, automatic LED headlights, and single-zone automatic climate control.

Release date:

We are expecting the release of the 2022 model by the fall of 2021.

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the first of a kind plug-in hybrid Wrangler, which means there is an engine that is supplemented by an electric powertrain, and they work together to make a perfect hybrid drivetrain. The engine is basically the same 2.0L inline-four engine, and supporting it are two electric motors, one at the front of the engine and one at the front of the gearbox, and this system has a total output of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft torque. As you can see, it is a lot more powerful and torquey than the normal Wrangler and also the motors fill in the gaps which we also call turbo lag, and that makes the overall power delivery quite seamless.

 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV driving view

The system is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which we have seen in other Jeep models as well, and there is nothing very exciting about this, however, this powertrain is a plug-in hybrid and that means that you can drive it solely on electric power only for 25 miles since after that the 17.0-kWh lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt battery pack certainly runs out of juice. Talking about driveability, the Wrangler 4xe is pretty much one of the most powerful Wranglers next to the 392 version, and that makes it engaging to drive as well. Though you will feel the extra weight it is carrying, it's not a deal-breaker by any means.

Model

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe*

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

MSRP

$56,000

$38,250

$32,650

Engine

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.5L naturally aspirated inline-4

2.5L naturally aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

ECVT automatic transmission

Power

375 hp @ 5,250 RPM

302 hp @ 6,000 RPM

221 hp @ 6,250 RPM

Torque

470 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

N/A

155 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

6

5.5

8.7

Quarter Mile (secs)

N/A

14.1

17.4

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2021 data for reference

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is essentially the first-of-its-kind SUV, so there is not any direct competitor to it, but when compared to some of the SUVs which come close to it, the Wrangler is still pretty much the most powerful here. But that doesn’t mean it will be the fastest as well as it is also the heaviest here. In fact, the lesser powerful Toyota RSV4 is faster than the Wrangler, and as expected, the least powerful Escape PHEV is the slowest, which puts out 221 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Fuel Economy

9.0/10

There aren’t any official ratings from the EPA regarding how fuel-efficient is the new Wrangler 4xe so we will have to wait for the numbers, but the speculations are that it will do around 50 MPGe, and if that is true, the Wrangler 4xe will have some serious numbers for the driving range on its side. The Wrangler 4xe comes with a fuel tank capacity of 17.2 gallons and a 50 MPGe fuel-efficiency figure will certainly give it a range of over 750 miles, which is insane, to say the least.

Model

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

MPG (City)

N/A

41

44

MPG (Highway)

N/A

38

37

MPG (Combined)

N/A

40

41

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.2

14.5

14.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

N/A/N/A/N/A

595/551/580

625/525/582

*2021 data for reference

Compared to others, the Wrangler 4xe will have a huge advantage in terms of both the fuel efficiency and drive range as Wrangler has the biggest tank here, while the Ford Escape comes last with the smallest tank capacity of 14.2 gallons. However, the Ford Escape returns a mileage of 44 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 41 mpg when combined. On the other hand, Toyota loses to Ford in terms of efficiency.

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is going to be quite similar to that of the ongoing model in terms of design and feel. The interior is designed keeping in mind that it will get dirty quite often, so ease of use has been given priority. It is in no way a utilitarian cabin, and you get quite a lot of creature comfort features to keep your life inside better.

 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV seats

The base trim comes with cloth interiors, while the upper ones have leather inserts in some parts. Also, the more premium offering comes with ventilated and heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a powered seat, and a lot of gizmos to play with. The seats are quite upright, and though they help with the visibility, they are just not as comfortable as one would expect them to be.

Model

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe*

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

Seating capacity

5

5

5

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/55.8 /41.0

39.5/57.8/40.8

40.0/57.6/42.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.6/55.8/38.2

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.3/56.0/38.9

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

27.7

33.5

30.7

*2021 data for reference

The Wrangler has pretty much the most spacious cabin here with more space than any of its competitors in both the front and back row. While the seats are the most spacious, the cargo space took a hit as it is the smallest one here among all, measuring 27.7 cubic feet. Despite having the smallest cabin, the Toyota RAV4 offers the largest cargo volume of 33.5 cubic feet. On the other, the Ford Escape takes the sweet spot and offers 30.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. Some of the key interior features are:

  • Automatic climate controls
  • Optional heated seats and heated steering wheel
  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear seat easy-entry access
  • 4-way adjustable passenger seat
  • Removable full-folding bench rear seat
  • Removable rear windows
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Urethane Gear Shifter Material

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe will come with the same 7-inch touchscreen in the Sahara trim with Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system that is available in the current 2021 model as well. As you climb up the trim levels, it gets a bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen. This is one of the best systems in the class with modern graphics and a very easy-to-use interface. The display is bright and crisp and can be seen under direct sunlight as well. We really liked how simple the interface is, and the system is completely lag-free and the touch is also super responsive. 

 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV infotainment screen

The controls for heated and ventilated seats are also integrated into the screen. If we talk about features, it gets Bluetooth connectivity, wireless smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice commands, USB inputs, and has four charging ports. This system is paired to an 8-speaker audio system as standard. However, you also get an optional 9 speaker Alpine premium system. Some of the key infotainment highlights are:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Digital radio and Bluetooth
  • An 8.4" Uconnect 4C touchscreen infotainment system
  • 9-speaker Alpine audio system
  • In-built navigation
  • SiriusXM support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Exterior

6.0/10

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe isn’t a lot different from the normal Wrangler in terms of looks. Personally, we are quite sure that all of us love the way Wrangler has always looked. That proper old-school offroader look has always helped the Wrangler to attract a lot of attention. The design may look old school but is certainly quite modern with those all-LED headlamps with LED DRLs which give the Wrangler a very commanding presence.

 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV 

The only design change that sets the 4xe model look apart from the normal models is the Blue accent on various parts, which is quite obvious of a mark that the vehicle is either a hybrid or electric. With all doors and roof panels being user-removable, the Wrangler can get from a city SUV to a jungle safari SUV just like that, and that makes the Wrangler even more unique in the current lineup of off-roader SUVs. We all secretly love the Wrangler for its butch appearance and unmistakable road presence, and that is what makes it special.

Model

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe*

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,100

4,235

3,491

Length (in)

188.4

180.9

180.5

Width (in)

73.8

73.0

74.1

Height (in)

73.5

67.0

66.1

Ground Clearance (in)

10.1

8.0

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

118.4

105.9

106.7

*2021 data for reference

Here in this competition, the Wrangler is pretty much the biggest, and while the width is just a couple millimeters less than that of the Ford Escape, the Wrangler still is bigger overall. Also, the Wrangler has the best approach, departure, and break-over angle here, which is quite obvious and is the only one sold as a hardcore offroader. Some of the key exterior highlights are:

  • Soft top and hard top options
  • Mesh sunbonnet and solid sunbonnet
  • 18-inch wheels
  • 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
  • The body-colored grille and fender flares
  • Tinted windows
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • LED taillights

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Safety

6.0/10

The boxy shape has never been considered safe, and unfortunately, all the vehicles built on this design are plagued with issues regarding safety. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe hasn’t been tested yet by both the NHTSA or IIHS. On the other hand, IIHS has given the 2021 regular Wrangler a “Good” rating for all the tests other than the very tricky small overlap front crash test where it received a “marginal” rating. This is primarily because it is quite easy for a Wrangler to tip over to its side in an event of a crash. To compensate for all this, the 4xe has offered many optional driver aids. Some of the key safety features include:

  • Advanced brake assist
  • Advanced multistage front airbags
  • Electronic roll mitigation
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Parkview Back-Up Camera
  • Traction control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beam headlights

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Competition

7.0/10

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe vs 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

When it comes to looks, the old-school design of the Wrangler certainly is a lot better than how the Toyota RAV4 Prime looks. Also when it comes to offroading, the Toyota RAV4 simply can’t hold a candle against the Wrangler as it is pretty much the undisputed king of offroad. Also, the Wrangler is bigger and better than the RAV4 in pretty much all aspects and gets a more powerful drivetrain as well. However, all that comes at a cost, and while we don’t know the price of the 2022 model Wrangler yet, one thing we can confirm is that it is going to cost a lot more than the RAV4. If you’re ready to shell out that huge sum of money, then certainly you won’t feel bad about your decision of buying the Wrangler.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe vs 2021 Ford Escape PHEV

The Ford Escape looks like a teenage kid when compared to the Wrangler. The only two things going on for the Escape are that it has a bigger cargo area and it is hell a lot cheaper than the Wrangler. Other than that in pretty much all other areas, the Wrangler is better. But when seen in isolation, the Ford Escape is an overall decent car for city driving and long drives. But the Jeep Wrangler, with its unrivaled performance both on-road and off the road, comes as an inevitable option when it comes to buying a proper SUV.

2021 Ford Escape PHEV

 

2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe SUV Final Verdict

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the first-of-a-kind SUV, and it still maintains the ruggedness and off-roading capabilities of the Jeep. It is the best hybrid off-roading SUV for sale at the moment. We were skeptical about how the Hybrid version is going to perform, but it is definitely unblemished in every way. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe has started a genre of off-roaders that never existed earlier, and we do not doubt that it is the way for the future, and we can confirm that soon Ford and Land Rover will definitely bring PHEV model for Bronco and Defender respectively, and when that happens, then the Wrangler will have some worthy contenders. Till then, the Wrangler 4xe is the undisputed king.