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  • Over 45,000 Jeep Wrangler PHEV SUVs are being recalled internationally over fire risks
  • The Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid recall hints at a broader problem for PHEVs

Stellantis isn’t the first name most drivers think of when it comes to electrification. That said, it’s producing multiple exciting plug-in hybrid vehicles across its portfolio of brands. According to Automotive News, 2021-2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid SUVs are being recalled after the discovery of eight 4xe vehicle fires.

Why are Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrids catching on fire?

A red Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid small plug-in hybrid SUV is driving on the road.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe | Jeep

Though there’s still plenty to learn, fire risks aren’t outside the realm of possibility for vehicles that use innovative powertrain systems. Battery-electric vehicles regularly experience recalls due to battery issues. On the other hand, the Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid is one of the first successful PHEV nameplates to experience a large recall.

What does the Jeep Wrangle 4xe plug-in hybrid recall mean for PHEVs?

News of Jeep’s Wrangler PHEV recall is a huge blow to the entire PHEV space. Why? If other plug-in hybrids have similar powertrain system steups, they could be susceptible to the same risks. Prior to this news, plug-in hybrids were thought to be a safer option than battery-electric vehicles due to several EV recalls. Now, consumers are uncertain of the safety of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as well.

Is the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid a good SUV?

The Wrangler 4xe is one-of-a-kind. It’s the only Wrangler with the heart of an electrified vehicle thus far. Furthermore, the 4xe is the first of many electrified vehicles that Jeep is introducing to the market.

Starting MSRP$55,435
Powertrain System2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder Hybrid Powertrain System
Torque (LB-FT)375
MPGe (Miles per Gallon Equivalent)49
Electric-Only Range (Miles)22
2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe specs.

Jeep’s small plug-in hybrid SUV is pricey, but its novelty justifies its hefty starting price in the eyes of many consumers. Wranglers are far from efficient, but this PHEV adds something to the nameplate that it never achieved before: great fuel economy. Additionally, its 22 miles of electric-only driving range is perfect for the use of instant torque off-road.

The Jeep Wrangler PHEV has always been an off-roading beast, but this plug-in hybrid powertrain option takes it to new heights. EVs are getting recognition for incredible off-roading prowess. So, the Wrangler 4XE PHEV is the best of both worlds for drivers with a taste for adventure.

Is the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid safe?

A gray Jeep Wrangler 4xe small plug-in hybrid SUV is parked.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe | Jeep

Let’s run some numbers to determine the severity and scale of Jeep’s latest recall. A total of 45,000 Wrangler PHEVs were recalled. As far as we know, less than .0002% of those 45K small plug-in hybrid SUVs actually caught fire prior to the recall being issued.

So, that’s a drop in the puddle compared to the amount of existing Wrangler 4xe models. That said, it’s in Stellantis’ best interest to recall every model that could experience the issue. So, is the Jeep Wrangler PHEV safe? It’s about as safe as any other PHEV, and it should be even safer following the recall.


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