There was a time in the not-too-distant past where you could only purchase a Jeep Wrangler with one engine option. Today, that’s a very different story. One of these new engine options is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder attached to a battery-electric hybrid system. That should be both an efficient and fun off-road tool that you can responsibly use daily.
But how efficient is that actually? New numbers from the EPA put the new PHEV Wrangler’s efficiency into context.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe gets 21 miles of all-electric range. It’s a little less than what Jeep was originally projecting, but enough for most people’s one-way trip to work (where they can recharge in some scenarios) or errands around town. Recharging the battery from empty on a level 2 charger should take around 2 hours.
That all equates to a combined city / highway MPGe of 49. Or to put it another way, it takes 68 kWh to go 100 miles. When the Wrangler 4xe is running on gasoline only, it’s rated at 20 miles per gallon.
So while it is efficient around town, when you can run it on pure electricity, it loses efficiency when it’s running on gas online. In fact, a 3.6-liter gasoline Wrangler is rated at 21 mpg combined, and the EcoDiesel 3.0-liter oil burner is rated at 25 mpg combined.
Depending on your driving habits, the 4xe might not actually be the way to go. But off-road the instant torque should help crawl over the most difficult of rocks.
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe models should be hitting dealerships anytime now.