And that’s true for the 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter turbo-four

The Jeep Wrangler is basically the embodiment of a sport utility vehicle. After all, it did invent the category way back in 1941. Today, most SUVs are truck-based family haulers that don’t mind big loads on their trailer hitches. Crossovers, on the other hand, are generally limited in their towing capacities, with a few notable exceptions The Wrangler is a different beast altogether. Despite its body-on-frame construction, its off-road-biased suspension and relatively small footprint leave it with a compromised tow rating compared to say a mid-size pickup like the Chevrolet Colorado. Still, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler provides adequate towing capabilities for most active users.

The two-door Wrangler can tow up to 2,000 pounds via its optional two-inch receiver hitch. That’s the case with both the standard 3.6-liter V-6 and the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The longer, four-door Wrangler Unlimited has an increased tow rating of 3,500 pounds thanks to a heavier curb weight and its longer wheelbase. Again, both engines will do the job. The same is true for the manual and automatic transmissions.

Sadly, we don’t expect the 2019 Wrangler Unlimited with its optional 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 to boast any towing increases, either. It all comes down to what the chassis and suspension will handle. Thankfully, the upcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup will have an improved tow rating rumored at 6,500 pounds.

Continue reading for the detailed towing specs.

2018 Jeep Wrangler TOWING CAPACITIES

WRANGLER SPORT (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 3.45 1000 4201 2226 1974 2700 3000 8117 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 1000 4215 2240 1974 2700 3000 8117 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 1000 4336 2298 2038 2700 3000 8117 3500
WRANGLER SAHARA (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 3.45 880 4331 2289 2042 2700 3000 10836 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 880 4345 2303 2042 2700 3000 10836 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 3.45 880 4376 2319 2056 2700 3000 10836 3500
WRANGLER RUBICON (4-door)
Engine Trans Type Transmission Axle Ratio Payload Base Wt. Base Wt. Front Base Wt. Rear GAWR Front GAWR Rear GCWR Max Trailer
3.6-liter V-6 gas M6 D478 6-speed manual 4.10 892 4439 2346 2093 3100 3100 11063 3500
3.6-liter V-6 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 4.10 892 4453 2360 2093 3100 3100 11063 3500
2.0-liter I-4 gas A8 850RE 8-speed automatic 4.10 892 4484 2376 2107 3100 3100 11063 3500

References

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