It could be an excellent time to save on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler as the 2021 models roll out. However, do you really want this newer Jeep Wrangler model, or should you consider rivals like the Ford Bronco instead? Let’s explore the most significant drawbacks after having a 2020 Wrangler for about a year.
Frustrating 2020 Jeep Wrangler problems
First of all, send your thanks to Casey of Casey 250. He spent a year in a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel, so you didn’t have to. But if you’re a Jeep fan, then you can think of it as he got to spend a year with this Jeep! This review will leave you with either a glass half empty or half full feeling.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel begins around $49,690, so it is a big investment. Casey also made some mods that could have impacted his experience. He kept the factory steel bumper in the front but replaced the bumper in the back with a worn tire carrier for a spare 37-inch tire.
His main issue with the exterior is that the fenders and the gaps collect a lot of rocks and debris. Adding weather stripping can prevent debris from getting caught deep in the gaps. This is recommended because picking out rocks can be a hassle.
Also, Casey had a soft top. He enjoys it because it’s very easy to remove, but it will look dirty and fade pretty quickly. It’s not worth cleaning because the elements get it pretty dirty no matter what.
2020 Wrangler features
Casey got the cloth seats in his 2020 Jeep Wrangler. They tend to be more durable than leather seats because the leather will crack and flatten. The seats are pretty comfortable unless you’re tall.
For tall passengers, the seats have a new headrest design that can push your head forward, and it’s a little uncomfortable. Casey noted that his neck would get sore until he turned his headrests around, but that might not be safe.
Also, the USB ports in the front sit a little low, making them hard to reach. They also seem to supply a weak amount of power that barely charged Casey’s devices. But there is a 12-volt port that provides more power.
How does the Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel perform?
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel hasn’t caused any problems for Casey yet. To our surprise, it’s not very loud inside the cab. You can barely hear the engine with the windows up. But it is louder in motion.
There is a little bit of turbo lag once you hit the gas, but then the acceleration kicks in, making it fun to drive on the pavement as it sends you forward. There isn’t any lag while off-roading, thanks to the sheer amount of torque that’s provided.
The 3.0 turbocharged V6 diesel engine provides 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. According to AutoWeek, the EcoDiesel Wrangler gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.
But the layout is a bit tricky. The battery is further back in the engine bay, making it difficult for a positive cable on a winch to reach the positive terminal. The engine is also larger than the gas-powered options, making adding mods a bit tricky. But if you aren’t adding mods, then it’s fine.