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The Iconic Jeep Wrangler goes Diesel

The Jeep Wrangler is now newly available with a 3.0L V6 Diesel engine for 2020. With 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, the luxurious Unlimited Sahara trim we tested was easy on the eyes and easy on the drive. The tires we had weren’t appropriately off-road ready, so we stayed on the streets.



Fun Factor: 10

Can it Family: 8

Fuel-Friendly: 8

HWY-warrior: 7

Karaoke-Friendly: 6

Baby-Friendly: 8

City Cruising: 7



Iconic body style


Jeep Wrangler has an iconic body style all its own with its recognizable 7 grille slots and round headlamps, you can call it a Jeep from blocks away. The square body style not only lends itself to off-road capabilities but also to more recognizable traits ON the road.




Adventure WITH the family


With the fun abilities of removable doors and roof, as is with all Wranglers, the Unlimited Sahara comes with plenty of family-friendly features too, like tethers for 3 car seats and LATCH for 2, 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, leather seating, roof rails, and remote start.


Looking to take the family to the lake or campground? While I’d opt for the Rubicon trim if I were truly an off-road enthusiast, the Sahara still comes with 4x4 High and Low to handle some easy off-roading. With a 3500 lb towing capacity, you could tow a small camper for your family adventures.





The tech is all here


An 8” high-resolution touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Off-Road Pages that display everything you need to know about the Jeep while in off-road conditions and even a few ‘easter eggs’ like a display of the 1941 Willys Jeep displayed on the Instrument gauge cluster only on specific pages.


The Unlimited Sahara means a lot of luxe comforts as well, with leather, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats.


The Sky One-Touch roof is amazing for opening the entire roof, much larger than a pano sunroof with literally one touch, an electronic button.




Safety is a top priority for my family car


I always look forward to seeing what advanced safety features a new car will have and the Wrangler doesn’t disappoint. It came with adaptive cruise control with stop and go, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision detection with emergency braking, plus rear park assistance.


Why We Would Buy the Jeep Wrangler


Because it’s just simply cool! But really, the Diesel option gives the Wrangler such great fuel economy, I won’t be spending my whole paycheck at the gas station.



Why wouldn’t we buy the Wrangler

The Wrangler, while cool and capable and fun, gets very pricey with every option so although I WOULD buy the Wrangler, I would likely opt for a gently used Wrangler to save a few bucks off the sticker price. Unfortunately for me, The EcoDiesel has only been around since 2020 so I may have to go with a gas option.


The base Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is about $48,000 and all the options as tested, our Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with the EcoDiesel option ($7400) and the cold weather group ($995) and Sky One-Touch ($4000) plus a few other options topped out at a whopping $71,000 CAD.


This EcoDiesel gets a reported 9.5L/100 KM mileage, I got about 13L/100 KM in the city-driving I did the week I had the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.



*The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara EcoDiesel was loaned to me by Jeep Canada for a week to facilitate this review.


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