Why The Jeep Wrangler 4xe Is The Perfect Off-Roader In 2023 TR

Why The Jeep Wrangler 4xe Is The Perfect Off-Roader In 2023 TR

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is 2023’s best off-roader all thanks to its unparalleled versatility and performance.

Back in 2021, Jeep introduced a greener, more-efficient version of the outgoing Wrangler model called: the Wrangler 4xe. Basically, it was a Wrangler with an all-new electric motor and battery that would compliment the engine; hence, being the first PHEV in the Wrangler lineup. More importantly, the 4xe opened new ‘trails’ for off-road enthusiasts looking for an eco-friendly adventure.


Fast-forward to 2023, the 4xe proved to be a great success with promising sales figures thanks to its hybrid technology and off-road capabilities. Its iconic and rugged design gave off-road enthusiasts a break from the generic Toyota Rav4 and Hyundai Tucson body designs, and it wasn’t far behind in terms of off-roading either. In fact, it was named the best 4×4 in 2022, which already says enough about its trail-rated capabilities.

That said, a new powertrain isn’t the only thing that Jeep gave to the Wrangler. Certain tweaks were made to the suspension, differentials, and other sets of technologies, to make life easier, should you happen to encounter the most rugged of terrains. After two very successful years of growing popularity, the Wrangler 4xe is surely on-the-road to becoming the best off-roader in 2023. Here’s how.


The Wrangler 4xe borrows the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine from the Wrangler lineup and mates it to two electric motors, one on each axle. Combined, the powertrain produces a healthy 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque making it the most powerful Wrangler yet. With the punch from the electric motors, crawling rocks and powering through the mud is an effortless task for the 4xe. Plus, the motors can supplement the combustion engine in helping generate more anxiety-free miles.

With a market-leading ground clearance of 10.1 inches, the Wrangler 4xe wade through water of depths measuring up to 30 inches (76 cm) and save you from getting grounded. So, by being incredibly versatile in both on and off-road environments, the Wrangler 4xe proves to be a jack of all trades. Hence, it was about time that the Wrangler acclaimed the best-selling accolade.

In addition, the 4xe comes equipped with two electronically-locking differentials, making it the first PHEV to do so. Four skidplates, FOX-equipped shock absorbers, and electronic sway bars are only some of the 4xe’s tricks up its sleeve that make it an off-roader’s choice. In fact, the Wrangler 4xe has gone through extreme and rigorous testing to meet certain off-road criteria. So, all Wrangler 4xes proudly display their trail-rated badge to assure their capabilities.

The plug-in hybrid system is the Wrangler 4xe’s standout feature, allowing the engine to supplement battery power whenever needed. In other words, the 4xe’s fuel economy outshines its combustion-only Wrangler counterpart. Also, according to Jeep, the battery takes 12 hours to fully charge up on a 120-volt charger and almost 2 hours on a 240-volt charger.


More importantly, it offers 370 miles of driving range, thanks to an impressive fuel economy of 49 mpg, which won’t allow the Wrangler to leave your side without giving a fight. Additionally, the Wrangler 4xe makes effective use of regenerative braking to cycle back the lost energy and extend the driving range even further. Likewise, the instantaneous punch from the electric motors would be enough to jiffy you out of any sticky off-road situation. All in all, with its cost-effective fuel economy and off-road prowess, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe strikes a perfect balance between utility and thrill.

That said, if you find your Wrangler drained of battery in the middle of a trail, you may be lucky enough to find a (Level 1 or 2) charging station nearby, which Jeep has installed throughout the US. There’s even a mobile phone app to make the task of finding a charging station easier and help monitor useful data, such as charge time, miles left, and a vehicle’s health report, for planning your future off-road journeys.

Wrangler 4xe drivers can choose from three driving modes to cater to varying driving conditions: Electric mode, Hybrid mode, and E-Save Mode. Also, should you happen to run out of fuel on an off-road trial, the Electric Mode allows the Jeep to travel 21 anxiety-free miles on battery power alone to the nearest gas station.

More importantly, in an era where conservatism and sustainability are essential, the 4xe’s plug-in hybrid system plays a vital role in reducing emissions and keeping environmentalists happy. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe snatched the best 4×4 model award in 2022’s Women’s World Car Of The Year (WWCOTY) awards, all thanks to its unyielding dedication to eco-consciousness. So, in a way, off-road enthusiasts can look out for the environment all the while experiencing the 4xe’s impressive trail-rated capabilities.


Other Wrangler 4xe’s off-road gizmos include an electronic front sway bar, which disconnects the front sway bars to allow for greater wheel articulation for improved traction on uneven terrains. Also, with the help of a smart Selec-Speed Control, the Wrangler can effectively take over and control speed on inclines and declines.

Jeep proudly offers four different Wrangler 4xe trim levels to choose from, with each catering to specific needs. For the ones seeking value for money, there’s the entry-level Wrangler Willys 4xe, which starts from $54,735. Meanwhile, as you step up the trim level, you’ll find the comfort of additional features and enhancements in the Wrangler 4xe Sahara, which starts at $56,845.

Similarly, for those seeking to unlock its ultimate off-road potential, there’s the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe trim level. The trim level is built to tackle the toughest trails with its front and rear locking differentials, and electronic sway-bar disconnect system. The High Altitude 4xe is the top-of-the-range Wrangler, offering all the bells and whistles that Jeep has to offer, including advanced technology features.

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One thing that all Wranglers have in common is the range of customization it offers. The Wrangler 4xe allows drivers to remove the doors, windshields, and roof, for an open-air off-roading adventure. Additionally, all 4xe trim levels can be personalized with Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar, including lift kits, roof racks, off-road wheels, rock rails, and aftermarket bumpers, to conquer any uneven terrain you encounter.

A quick look at the Wrangler 4xe’s off-road potential (and specs) would reveal how it excels in every aspect and how poised it is in overcoming demanding terrains. Thus, the features and off-roading capabilities solidify the Wrangler 4xe’s position as a true off-roader in 2023.


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