Wrangler JL vs. JK: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re an enthusiast or new to the brand, you might have noticed that there are two different Jeep Wrangler models available. In an effort to update the Wrangler, Jeep has introduced the all-new Wrangler, also known as the Wrangler JL. However, if you favor the previous generation, it’s still available as the Wrangler JK. If you’re wondering what makes these models unique, peruse our in-depth comparison to select the right Jeep Wrangler for your lifestyle and off-roading preferences.

No matter which Wrangler model you’re interested in, check out the new vehicle inventory at our Jeep dealership in Westborough, MA to explore your options.

Performance Features & Specifications

We’re certain that no matter which Wrangler model you select, you’ll have a blast driving it, but you should know that each model has a special set of performance features and options. From engine selection to suspension, the Wrangler JL and JK are sure to deliver the exact performance you expect.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine; 285 HP; 260 lb.-ft. torque
  • 2.0L turbo engine; 270 HP; 295 lb.-ft. torque
  • Ability to tow up to 3,500 lbs.
  • Winch-capable steel bumper
  • Steel front and rear tow hooks
  • Heavy-gauge steel skid plates
  • Selec-Trac®, Command-Trac®, and Rock-Trac® 4×4 systems available
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Rubicon features include: 33-in. all-terrain tires, 4:1 transfer case, sway bar disconnect, rock rails, steel bumpers, and Tru-Lok® lockers

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

  • 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine; 285 HP; 260 lb.-ft. torque
  • Command-Trac® or Rock-Trac® 4×4 systems available
  • Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control
  • Rubicon features include: high-pinion Dana 44® front axle, Tru-Lok® locking differentials; sway bar disconnect
  • Ability to tow up to 3,500 lbs.
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Exterior Features

Whether you’re looking for stylish details or simply a solid build, we’re confident you’ll appreciate the exterior features on the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL and Jeep Wrangler JK. Explore each model’s exterior features below:

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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

  • Foldable windshield
  • Body-color sport bar and redesigned hood bumpers
  • Sky One-Touch Power Top
  • Zipperless Sunrider® soft top
  • Freedom hardtop is lighter than previous hardtops
  • Premium LED headlamps including LED signature ring
  • LED fog lamps, tail lamps, and daytime running lamps on the fender
  • High-clearance rugged black flares available on Rubicon

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

  • Modular Freedom Top® hardtop
  • Sunrider® soft top
  • Available bright white LED technology
  • Fog lamps
  • BFGoodrich all-terrain KO2 tires
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Performance parts include: suspension lift kits, bumpers, winches, rock rails, and more

Interior Features

From seating comfort to functional amenities, you’re sure to find both the Wrangler JL and JK to meet your needs. The table below goes into more detail about what you can expect within the cabin.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

  • Brand new seat design with available heated front seats
  • Trail Rail System
  • Jeep Utility Grid
  • Removable, hidden cargo floor in rear storage area
  • Grab handles built into the A-pillar and B-pillar
  • Knobs, buttons, and toggles built for usability, ergonomics, and durability
  • Wash-out interior
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

  • Premium cloth or leather trim seating
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Lockable center console
  • Heated front seats
  • Washable interior with drain plugs
  • All-weather slush mats
  • Heated exterior mirrors
2018 Jeep Wrangler JL interior

Technology & Safety Features

Both the Jeep Wrangler JL and JK have a wide array of technology and safety features that are sure to entertain and protect you at all costs. See what you can expect in the table below:

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL interior speakers

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

  • 7-in. driver information digital cluster display
  • Uconnect® infotainment system with navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM® Guardian
  • Alpine® Premium Audio System with eight speakers
  • Built with high-strength steel beams
  • Advanced airbag system
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Path Detection
  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera
  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System
  • SOS Call and Assist buttons
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

  • Premium instrument cluster
  • Uconnect® infotainment system with navigation
  • SiriusXM®
  • Alpine® sound system with nine speakers
  • Advanced airbag system
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • High-strength steel frame
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System

Schedule a Test Drive at Dan’s Jeep Today!

Schedule a test drive with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL or JK at our dealership in Westborough, MA today! For more information regarding Jeep Wrangler JL or JK, contact Dan’s Jeep by sending a message or calling (866) 403-3130.

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