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Wrangler gas mileage revealed

by David Zatz on

Real Fast Fotography pointed us to the EPA’s new listings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The eight-speed automatic V6 combination is rated at 18 mpg city, 23 highway — and will likely be much faster than the current five-speed automatic JK, which was rated at 17 city, 21 highway.

As for the manual transmission, that’s rated at 17 city, 23 highway. The JK had the same city-cycle rating, but the JL has a 2 mpg highway improvement.

Both versions gained two miles per gallon on the highway — nearly a 10% boost, and presumably to be attributed to better aerodynamics rather than any transmission changes, since the manual and automatic have the same change and the same final economy.

The last vehicle to roughly parallel the Wrangler in price and off-road performance was the Toyota FJ Cruiser, which checked in with similar gas mileage. Today, the EPA lists the 4×4 version of the FJ Cruiser (last sold in 2014) as 15/18 with a manual and 17/20 with an automatic.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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