2019 Jeep Wrangler
With the new-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL coming with a lot of new changes and upgrades, the 2019 model is very similar if not the same. Hard to improve on something so good and so soon after its reveal. Consumers can expect some changes with the price increase and an extra trim, so let’s check it out.
Avail. 4×4 System
Avail. 2.0L Turbo
Engine Type and Trims
Like 2018, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL had done away with the “Unlimited” lineup and instead comes with a two-door or four-door model. The former comes with three trims (Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon), but for 2019, the four-door model has two extra trims, now with Sport, Sport S, Sahara, Rubicon, and Moab.
Regardless of the model, all trims come standard with Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing and electronic start-stop (ESS) technology, and able to generate 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. The standard transmission is also a six-speed manual transmission. All trims except for the four-door Moab can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4-cylinder engine, rated a best-in-class 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The option to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission is also optional for the lineup but comes standard with the Moab trim.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler keeps much of the 2018 model capabilities, designed with a ground clearance of 10.9 inches, the ability to traverse a body of water 30 inches high, and has a standard crawl ratio of 2.72:1. Command-Trac 4×4 system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio is standard on Sport and Sahara models, whereas a Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials is standard on Rubicon models, with skid plates, and front and rear tow hooks. The Moab trim comes with neither.
Some things have changed for the exterior and interior for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Although still built with a bold and rugged stance and improved aerodynamics, Jeep is notorious for making base trims bare bones. All but the base trim come with automatic headlamps and exterior heated mirrors. A black Sunrider soft top is the standard on all trims, but a premium sunrider soft top or freedom 3-piece hard top is optional for most trims. A Sky One-touch power top is optional for trims past the Sport S trim. Side steps can be found on select trims, and the wheel choices range from 17-inch black steel wheels to 18-inch polished wheels.
Cloth trimming is the standard upholstery for the cabin, with leather upholstery available on select trims. Some comfort and convenience features also include an easy access driver seat (two-door model only), a rear folding seat, a rear 60/40 bench seat (four-door only), and select trims come with a heated and/or leather-wrapped steering wheel. Air conditioning with automatic temperature control comes standard on the Sahara, Rubicon, and Moab trims, optional on the Sport S in the two-door model only.
Like all Jeep vehicles, the next-generation technology like Uconnect 4 and 4C with NAV on a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto are reserved for the Sahara, Rubicon, and Moab trims. Sport and Sport S come with Uconnect 3 on a 5-inch display. An 8-speaker system is the standard for 2019, with an Alpine 9-speaker premium audio system optional for the Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon, standard on the Moab trim.
Safety Features and Warranty
Standard safety features include multistage advanced airbags, traction and stability controls, and a Sentry key theft deterrent system. 2019 has lost its advanced safety features, such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, but keeps the ParkView rear backup camera.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.