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The Jeep Wrangler Gets Serious for 2024

Ever since the Ford Bronco returned in 2021, Jeep has been putting some real effort into upgrading the Wrangler. The powerful Wrangler Rubicon 392 with its V8 HEMI engine and the electrified Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid both debuted in 2021 to steal some of the Bronco’s thunder and the 2022 model year brought the Xtreme Recon Package for even more off-road capability. But despite the new high-end powertrain options and capability packages, the basic Jeep Wrangler has gone pretty much unchanged since the JL generation arrived in 2018. If you weren’t an extreme off-roader or willing to drop way too much on what was supposed to be a bare-bones SUV, then the features of the Wrangler were getting a little behind the times. Fortunately, the redesigned 2024 Jeep Wrangler is here to change that with a slew of new features that put it on more even ground with the imposing Bronco.

A blue 2024 Jeep Wrangler is shown driving off-road.

All the Capability You Love and More

If you’re a classic Wrangler fan, don’t worry––the 2024 Wrangler is a continuation of the JL generation and still has all the proven capability that has made this model a success. The new changes haven’t altered the spirit of the Wrangler, only enhanced everything we love about this model. In fact, several of the new features make this rugged model even more robust than ever before. The only major feature missing from the 2024 Wrangler is the 3.0L Ecodiesel engine, but the 4xe powertrain has largely taken its place as the efficient, high-torque option.

One of the most exciting new features for off-road enthusiasts is the addition of a full-float Dana 44 HD solid rear axle on the Rubicon and new Rubicon X trims. Unlike your standard axle, a full-float axle carries the weight of the vehicle on a separate axle tube, significantly increasing the durability of the vehicle. As evidence of this greater strength, 2024 Wrangler models equipped with the new axle can now tow up to 5,000 lbs––a figure that incidentally puts the Wrangler 500 lbs ahead of the Bronco Raptor and 1,500 lbs ahead of the standard Bronco.

The new Rubicon X trim goes even further than the standard Rubicon, adding a full-time Rock-Trac 4×4 system, steel bumpers, integrated off-road cameras, and standard 35-inch all-terrain tires. Both the Rubicon X and Rubicon can also now be equipped with an 8,000 lb Warn winch straight from the factory. If you don’t need quite that much off-road capability, the Willys trim has been upgraded with a standard rear locker, steel rock rails, and 33-inch tires, making it an even better choice for the enthusiast.


Bringing the Wrangler Up to Date

However, as great as the new performance features are, the Wrangler has never really had any issues with its off-road handling. What was really holding Jeep back was how antiquated the interior was compared to the Bronco. But that has all changed. Inside the 2024 Wrangler, you will now find a slew of modern tech features, including a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 5 and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Because it wouldn’t be a Jeep otherwise, the infotainment system comes standard with guides for 62 Badge of Honor trails, and you can unlock guides for over 3,000 more trails with a Trails Offroad subscription.

Families will likely be delighted to learn that the 2024 Wrangler now comes with side curtain airbags for the first and second rows. Another interior feature that is likely to be appreciated are the 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Don’t worry––Jeep made sure that the seat controls hold up when water fording. One final new feature worth mentioning is the Power Box available in 4xe models. This includes four 120-volt outlets with a total 30 amp capacity, making it easier to power your adventures off the grid.

The black interior and dash of a 2024 Jeep Wrangler is shown.

Upping the Ante

The 2024 Jeep Wrangler is an example of an update done right. After six years on the market, the Wrangler was in need of a refresh, and Jeep managed to check all the boxes necessary to bring the model into the modern age while adding new capabilities that long-time fans are sure to enjoy. From the best-in-class infotainment setup to the unmatched full-float Dana rear axle and new Rubicon X trim, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this model. Throw in the refreshed looks and more aggressive seven-slot grille, and the updated Wrangler is something to keep in mind if you plan on shopping for a rugged new SUV in 2023.