Official EPA fuel economy and range numbers are out for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe. Jeep estimated that it could go 25 miles under electric power late last year, but the EPA-estimated range came in lower at just 21 miles of range on a full charge.
That’s disappointing to see that Jeep missed the mark by 4 miles, but 21 miles could still be plenty for the needs of many owners. The average American drives less than 21 miles to work each day, so it could very well be sufficient to do part (or all) of your regular driving under electric power.
In addition to range, we also know that the combined fuel economy rating is 20 mpg — this is what you’ll be getting once the battery is totally depleted. The Wrangler 4xe suffers as most PHEVs do in this area, as the added weight from the battery pack and electric motor drag fuel economy down. A standard Wrangler four-door with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is rated at 22 mpg combined, which is two better than the PHEV. Even the V6 four-door gets 1 mpg better in the combined category than the 4xe. The story here is that you’ll need to be taking full advantage of the electric range to make the Wrangler 4xe work in your favor.
For some quick comparisons, the super efficient Wrangler EcoDiesel will return the best figures possible for 25 mpg combined. The least efficient Wrangler is the new 392, which is rated at a paltry 14 mpg combined.
Even with the less-than-stellar fuel economy post battery drain, the EPA estimates that 4xe owners will pay less in fuel per year ($1,750) than any other Wrangler drivers. The gas engine-only equivalent will cost $200 more on average, and the EcoDiesel will be $150 more. In case the 6 mpg combined difference between the 4xe and 392 was looking temptingly narrow, note that the annual fuel cost for the 392 is estimated at $3,750, a full $2,000 more per year than the 4xe. Small gaps mean big differences in cost on the lower end of fuel economy figures.
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