Now that we know pricing on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon 4xe models, we got around to thinking. Because this new vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, and there are often incentives around that type of vehicle, could the 4xe be the way to go for the value shopper?
We decided to take a look at the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Launch Edition, the only trim available right now. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $53,190 with destination.
That is, of course, more than a gasoline-only powered Wrangler.
The Launch Edition also comes with some additional kit that you don’t get on a base Rubicon. That includes Uconnect’s navigation system, the premium Alpine audio group, and LED headlights.
You might argue you don’t need all of that tech, but you definitely want the LED lighting group. The halogen lights on Wranglers are poor, to say the least.
If you head over to Jeep’s Build and Price tool and configure a 4-door Rubicon with the LED lighting group, the Premium Audio Group (which includes the navigation system and Alpine audio) and a matching black soft top, you have a price of $47,495 with delivery.
“But wait,” you proclaim, “that’s less money than the plug-in hybrid!”
You are correct. But FCA still has full availability of the $7,500 federal tax credit. That means if you are eligible for the credit — you should always consult a tax adviser — you can basically get a ton of money back from the purchase.
That effectively lowers the price of the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe to $45,690. That’s almost $2,000 less than the gas-only Wrangler.
Additionally, the 4xe model makes 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, is capable of driving 25 miles on pure electricity, and will likely get significantly better mileage than the base Rubicon.
All of this is to say, if you’re looking to get a Wrangler Rubicon, you should totally check out the 4xe version. It’s the best deal up front, and it’ll be the best deal long term.