Quality Verified | Posted February 14, 2023

Test Drive: Off-Roading in Style

There are places in this world where ‘roads’ on the map are mere suggestions. This hybrid SUV is up to the task.
AAA Staff Writer
AAA Staff Writer

AAA Consumer Insights

Jeep Wrangler 4xe
VEHICLE TYPE
BASE PRICE
MPGe
SUV Electric
$49,995
49

The classic Jeep is a machine purpose-built to go to remote places other SUVs would rightly fear to tread. Now comes a new hybrid version, known officially as the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, that’s designed to go there in an environmentally friendly manner.

 

Exploring this new green frontier starts with a plug-in hybrid powertrain built around a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. As you’d expect, a rugged four-wheel-drive system is standard, as is a low-range gearbox for when the going gets tough. Perhaps the coolest feature of this setup, though, is that it can propel the Wrangler up to 21 miles on battery power alone.

 

Otherwise, the Wrangler 4xe is thoroughly familiar. The Unlimited model I tested had four doors that made for much easier rear-seat access and a removeable soft top with a slick power-operated sunroof.

 

In all, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is an intriguing choice for those who want both serious off-road capability and eco-bragging rights, but it is definitely not right for everyone.

AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.

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