Jeep Wrangler JK vs JL – The Obvious and Not so – Obvious Differences.

November 20th, 2018 by


Weather you are an off roading extraordinaire, or just love the thought of hitting the open road of adventure while having endless options, You may have considered the obvious Choice of a Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler is the most iconic Off-roading vehicle in the United States.  Along with being one of the most capable, most affordable, and most fun – With the Currant upgrades Jeep Wrangler is now in our opinion one of the most comfortable.  Jeep was able to refresh the Wrangler while keeping the relatively same structure of the past generations.


Although the JK and JL might look very similar, there are a few characteristic that help distinguish the JK from the JL. Jeep Wranglers can usually always be identified by one of there key characteristics, The grille. The JK has a new Upgraded grille that is easily set apart from the old JL Grille.  The Willys Jeep was Forced to increase the size of its headlights meaning they had to remove one Slot from each side. Going from 9 grille Slots on the JL to 7 on the JK and is slightly more kinked back that the previous JL. Below are some key Exterior feature Updates and Brand New features for the JK

*LED daytime running lights and turn signals embedded into the front fenders.

*There are vents located behind each front fender allowing for more air to pass through resulting in a reduction of wind noise.

*The Raked windshield makes it easier and safer to remove. While the driver and passenger still have attached sun visors and Rear View Mirror unit – Different from the Previous JL Model. The hood features a power bulge hood and cowl panel that was also redesigned to feature a black plastic piece for easier windshield wiper removal.

* Redesigned Prominent body line that runs down the side of the Jeep, giving it a bit more structure.

*New reverse camera located on the spare tire mount with a higher view point, allowing for much wider – safer view.

*New location of the license plate and the adjustable third brake light as well as the taillights have been updated and include a blind spot monitoring system.

*Lighter Magnesium swing plate, allowing for easier load and unload situations.

*Also new for the fourth-generation 2018 JL Wrangler is three additional top options that are easier and allow more flexibility

*Hardtop – which come in either the body color or black, and has panels that can be removed individually, letting air flow freely through the Jeep while still maintaining  protection.

*Soft Top Convertible – just flip up the bottom part – peel off the sides – and slide the back window out. The New JK no Longer have zippers to fumble with.

*Power top – there are additional painted rails on top of the Wrangler that the top slides into in order to retract. So this top isn’t completely removable, but it will allow you to get more air flow  at the push of a button, even at speeds up to 60 mph



There are many New Features in the New JK Interior. The interior is noticeable more comfortable in the New Jeep Wrangler JK, From the upgraded comfortable new seats, redesigned steering wheel to the noticeably quitter smoother ride. Now you can enjoy the open road, Hit the trails or tackle any off road challenge of your choosing while having all of the creature comforts and in the lap of comfort without sacrificing heavy duty features.  Some of the New Jeep Wrangler Jk Upgrades include:

*A label located on the tailgate contains detailed – helpful information regarding water fording depth limits – approach and departure angles – and specification regarding the wheelbase.

*For the JL Rubicon, built-in auxiliary switches make it easy to connect aftermarket lighting solutions – air compressors – or other gadgets you might need while off-roading.

*Rear air vents for dual climate control with a fold-able middle seat that contains cup holders.


Along with an updated version of the classic Pentastar V6 that has been the only engine offered for the JK Wrangler since 2012, the Wrangler JL will have three additional engine options.

Even though the Pentastar is competing with all the new engines available, there have been improvements made that make the 3.6L engine even better. Featuring Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology, the Pentastar V6 is more efficient than ever before. The 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine has auto stop/start technology, electric power assist, intelligent battery charging, regenerative braking, and transmission shift management. With a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger, the 2.0L engine offers both efficiency and performance. Expected in 2019, the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine will offer massive amounts of torque and great fuel economy. The EcoDiesel, like the Pentastar and turbodiesel, comes standard with Engine Stop-Start capabilities and an eight-speed automatic transmission to keep up with the high torque output. Not much information has been released about the full plug-in electric Wrangler, except that it is expected to debut in 2020.

An upgraded six-speed manual transmission will only be available for the Pentastar engine, along with an optional brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want a manual transmission, the only option is the Pentastar V6. All the other engines are equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The class-exclusive automatic transmission is designed to improve highway fuel economy, optimize engine output, as well as reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. With an improved crawl ratio of 77.2:1, a 4.7:1 first gear ratio, and a 4.1:1 final drive ratio for the automatic JL Wrangler Rubicon, rock crawling and off-roading is a breeze. However, the new six-speed manual transmission is just as capable for traversing rocky patches and bumpy trails. Equipped with a new gear pattern, 50% shorter shifter, and a revised shift pattern, shifting is both more accurate and more comfortable. Reduced shifter vibration and enhanced sound isolation are due to the manual transmission’s cable-operated design. A manual transmission JL Wrangler Rubicon boasts a 5.13:1 first gear ratio, 4:1 low-range gear ratio, 4.10:1 axle ratio, and a crawl ratio of over 84. Boasting smooth and precise shift quality, an improved crawl ratio, and quick acceleration, the upgraded six-speed manual transmission is a welcome improvement to Jeep enthusiasts and purists.


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