Everything Wrong and Right With the 2024 Jeep Wrangler
For 2024, Jeep updated its Wrangler model with a mid-cycle refresh. With improvements in passenger comfort, infotainment tech, and off-road capability, the newly revised 2024 Jeep Wrangler got a lot right, but what did it get wrong? Let’s explore some pros and cons of the newest Jeep Wrangler.
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler: price, specs, and notable features
Jeep lists the MSRP for the entry-level two-door 2024 Wrangler Sport at $32,095 but immediately adds in the $1,895 Destination Charge, bringing the actual starting price to $33,990. You’ll get a choice of 10 exterior colors, although Bright White is the only no-cost option, with the others adding $595.
Completing the exterior is a set of all-season tires mounted on 17-inch black steel wheels, matching the black bumpers and fenders. Inside the cabin, you’ll find the standard black interior with low-back cloth bucket seats and Jeep’s Uconnect 5 infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display.
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler Sport features a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine with auto start/stop technology for improved fuel economy. Shifting duties fall to a six-speed manual transmission with a short throw shifter, elevated vent tube for water fording, and low first and reverse gears for better low-speed maneuverability and easier takeoffs.
If you must have the eight-speed automatic transmission in a Wrangler Sport, it requires the optional 270-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and raises the price by $2,500. Of course, all 2024 Wranglers come with part-time four-wheel drive except the Rubicon 392, which comes with full-time 4WD.
What does the 2024 Jeep Wrangler get wrong?
Many of the 2024 Jeep Wrangler cons won’t surprise anyone who has ever owned a Wrangler in the past. The biggest problems include slow, loose-feeling steering, excessive wind, and road noise on the highway, and a maximum of 52.3 cu-ft of cargo space in the two-door Sport. However, those drawbacks are just part of the privilege of driving an off-road icon like the Wrangler.
Fuel economy is one key area that, as a modern compact SUV, the Wrangler needs improvement. For instance, U.S. News reports the base V6-equipped manual shift Wrangler only gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, and the four-cylinder automatic transmission models get 22/24 mpg city/highway.
The plug-in Wrangler 4xe only performs better in hybrid mode with 49 mpg-equivalent and only takes 2.5 hours to recharge to 100% using a Level 2 charging station.
While we expect snug seating conditions for the two-door Wrangler, the four-door Wrangler Sport offers only slightly more passenger space.
So, what did Jeep get right?
The best updates to the 2024 Jeep Wrangler include providing a larger infotainment touchscreen across all trims. The larger, more vibrant display allows a better view of off-road camera angles, navigation, and other important information, even in bright sunlight, with the top and doors removed.
Jeep also upgraded the Wrangler seats, added availability for a factory-installed 8,000-pound-rated Warn winch, and increased the Wrangler’s towing capacity from 3,500 pounds to 5,000 pounds. Along with more comfortable seating, the new Wrangler features a nicer interior, more sound-proofing insulation, active noise cancellation, and the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid option.
Is the 2024 Jeep Wrangler right for you? It is if you prioritize off-road capability over cargo space, fuel economy, and a quiet ride on the highway. If so, any of the several Wrangler models deliver supreme off-road performance. You only need to pick the one that fits your budget and style the best.