2018 Jeep Wrangler JK vs 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

When you are looking at new Jeep models, for the most part, you can tell which models are different and grasp their general capability level by how they look. But what about the Jeep Wrangler? For 2018, Jeep released two versions of the Wrangler that look very similar but have different capabilities, the Wrangler JK and the Wrangler JL. In order to help shoppers figure out which Wrangler is right for them, we put together this comparison between the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK vs 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL to help you examine their differences more closely.

Both of these Wrangler models are all-new for 2018, and while they both have classic Jeep design features, each model has own set of capabilities and features. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key features and differences between these Wrangler models!

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK vs 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK


2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

One Option Engine Options Three Options
5-Speed Auto/6-Speed Manual Transmission Options 8-Speed Auto/6-Speed Manual
Not Available Convertible Option Available
Not Available Rubber Bump Stop Standard

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The Wrangler JK has one engine available, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The Wrangler JL also offers this engine, but it also gives drivers the option of an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. Both Wrangler models have an automatic or a manual transmission option so that drivers can choose if they'd like more control over shifting and speed or if they want their Wrangler to do it for them. The Wrangler JL is also about 200 pounds lighter than the Wrangler JK.

In general, the Wrangler JL is the sportier, off-road capable sibling of the two. The Wrangler JK maintains typical levels of capability and power that Jeep is known for, but it offers a bit more refinement and on-road styling to become more of an everyday driver vehicle. The Wrangler JL ramps up the off-road capabilities and style, with a more raked grille, new front fender flares, and a larger bumper.

Drivers interested in learning more about the Jeep Wrangler JK or Jeep Wrangler JL models can contact a member of the Palmen Motors sales team today!