2008 Jeep Wrangler Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$19,505-$30,240
$18,365-$27,569
15 /CITY / 19 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Remote engine-starting available

  • Tire-pressure monitor now standard

  • New Sahara Appearance package with 18-inch wheels and bright interior and exterior trim
Overview
The Jeep was created for American soldiers to use in World War II. After the war, the vehicle's rugged capabilities were offered for civilian use. The newest generation of Jeep was launched with the 2007 model year. Standard Jeep Wranglers are offered as 2-door convertibles with seating for 4. A manual-folding cloth top is standard and a removable hardtop is optional. The rear seat can be removed for 61.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. All standard-length models have 4-wheel drive (4WD). The only engine is a V-6 with a manual or automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Wrangler can tow up to 2000 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is available in three trim levels: base X, mid-line Sahara, and off-road oriented Rubicon. Standard features on X models include a tilt steering wheel; vinyl upholstery; center console; split-folding rear seat; AM/FM/CD stereo; theft-deterrent system; skid plates to protect the transfer case and fuel tank; and P225/75R16 all-terrain tires on steel wheels. The Wrangler Sahara adds YES Essentials cloth upholstery that Jeep says is stain-, odor- and static-resistant; a height-adjustable driver's seat; air conditioning; cruise control; 368-watt Infinity sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer; leather-wrapped steering wheel; side steps; tow hooks; fog lamps; compass; outside-temperature indicator; and P255/70R18 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.

To the X model, the Wrangler Rubicon adds amenities such as air conditioning; leather-wrapped steering wheel; cruise control; height-adjustable driver's seat; floor mats; compass; outside-temperature indicator; and a 368-watt Infinity sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer. It also adds off-road equipment that includes front and rear tow hooks; rock rails; off-road suspension; an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar to enhance off-road capability; a Rock-Trac heavy-duty transfer case; Dana 44 front and rear axles; a 4.10 axle ratio; locking front and rear differentials; fog lights; and LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.

Options on the 2008 Jeep Wrangler include metal half doors; Jeep's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment system with 20-gigabyte hard drive and navigation system; towing package; the hardtop; 6-disc CD changer; remote engine starting; and a chrome package.

Powertrain
All 2008 Jeep Wranglers are powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine. In standard-length models it pumps out 202 hp at 5200 rpm and 237 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Wrangler can be started in low range without depressing the clutch, thus providing enhanced rock-crawling capabilities, Jeep says. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway for a 2WD model with the manual transmission; 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for a 2WD model with the automatic; or 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway for 4WD models with either transmission.

The base 4WD system is Jeep's Command Trac, which is a part-time system that should not be used on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. It can be driven in 2WD mode, 4WD Hi or 4WD Lo. The Rubicon's Rock Trac 4WD system is also a part-time system with the same driving modes. It has lower low-range gearing (4:1). It comes with front and rear locking differentials and an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar, as well as other off-road equipment.

Safety
All 2008 Jeep Wrangler models are equipped with dual front air bags; anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes; tire-pressure monitor; roll bar; traction control; and electronic stability control with rollover mitigation. Torso-protecting front side air bags are optional.

Technology
Jeep's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen; 20-gigabyte hard drive; and a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic information. The hard drive holds music, pictures and navigation map information. CDs can be ripped right to the hard drive; music and pictures can be transferred via a USB port.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Remote engine-starting available

  • Tire-pressure monitor now standard

  • New Sahara Appearance package with 18-inch wheels and bright interior and exterior trim
Overview
The Jeep was created for American soldiers to use in World War II. After the war, the vehicle's rugged capabilities were offered for civilian use. The newest generation of Jeep was launched with the 2007 model year. Standard Jeep Wranglers are offered as 2-door convertibles with seating for 4. A manual-folding cloth top is standard and a removable hardtop is optional. The rear seat can be removed for 61.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. All standard-length models have 4-wheel drive (4WD). The only engine is a V-6 with a manual or automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Wrangler can tow up to 2000 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is available in three trim levels: base X, mid-line Sahara, and off-road oriented Rubicon. Standard features on X models include a tilt steering wheel; vinyl upholstery; center console; split-folding rear seat; AM/FM/CD stereo; theft-deterrent system; skid plates to protect the transfer case and fuel tank; and P225/75R16 all-terrain tires on steel wheels. The Wrangler Sahara adds YES Essentials cloth upholstery that Jeep says is stain-, odor- and static-resistant; a height-adjustable driver's seat; air conditioning; cruise control; 368-watt Infinity sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer; leather-wrapped steering wheel; side steps; tow hooks; fog lamps; compass; outside-temperature indicator; and P255/70R18 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.

To the X model, the Wrangler Rubicon adds amenities such as air conditioning; leather-wrapped steering wheel; cruise control; height-adjustable driver's seat; floor mats; compass; outside-temperature indicator; and a 368-watt Infinity sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer. It also adds off-road equipment that includes front and rear tow hooks; rock rails; off-road suspension; an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar to enhance off-road capability; a Rock-Trac heavy-duty transfer case; Dana 44 front and rear axles; a 4.10 axle ratio; locking front and rear differentials; fog lights; and LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.

Options on the 2008 Jeep Wrangler include metal half doors; Jeep's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment system with 20-gigabyte hard drive and navigation system; towing package; the hardtop; 6-disc CD changer; remote engine starting; and a chrome package.

Powertrain
All 2008 Jeep Wranglers are powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine. In standard-length models it pumps out 202 hp at 5200 rpm and 237 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Wrangler can be started in low range without depressing the clutch, thus providing enhanced rock-crawling capabilities, Jeep says. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway for a 2WD model with the manual transmission; 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for a 2WD model with the automatic; or 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway for 4WD models with either transmission.

The base 4WD system is Jeep's Command Trac, which is a part-time system that should not be used on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. It can be driven in 2WD mode, 4WD Hi or 4WD Lo. The Rubicon's Rock Trac 4WD system is also a part-time system with the same driving modes. It has lower low-range gearing (4:1). It comes with front and rear locking differentials and an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar, as well as other off-road equipment.

Safety
All 2008 Jeep Wrangler models are equipped with dual front air bags; anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes; tire-pressure monitor; roll bar; traction control; and electronic stability control with rollover mitigation. Torso-protecting front side air bags are optional.

Technology
Jeep's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen; 20-gigabyte hard drive; and a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic information. The hard drive holds music, pictures and navigation map information. CDs can be ripped right to the hard drive; music and pictures can be transferred via a USB port.
Available Trims for the 2008 Jeep Wrangler
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Unlimited X (RWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21285.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name Unlimited Sahara (RWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26195.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name X (4WD 2dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19505.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name X (4WD 2dr RHD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21640.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Sahara (4WD 2dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24960.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Rubicon (4WD 2dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28065.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Unlimited X (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23285.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Unlimited Sahara (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28195.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Unlimited Rubicon (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30240.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth low-back reclining front bucket seats w/driver height adjustment, adjustable headrests
  • 60/40 folding rear seat w/outboard headrests
  • Front, rear seat & cargo area carpet
  • Full length floor console
  • Tilt steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: 100 MPH speedometer, tachometer
  • Tire pressure monitoring warning
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: MP3 playback, aux input jack
  • (6) speakers
  • Fixed long-mast antenna
  • Air conditioning
  • Aux 12-volt pwr outlet
  • Sport bar w/full padding
  • Dual sun visors
  • Glove box w/lock
  • Rear dome light w/on/off switch
  • Cargo compartment covered storage
  • Cargo tie down loops
  • Premium cloth low-back front bucket seats w/driver height adjustment
  • Stain and odor-resistant, anti-static seat fabric
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Front & rear floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/bright spokes
  • Instrumentation-inc: 100 MPH speedometer, tachometer, outside temp, compass
  • Pwr door locks
  • Pwr windows w/driver & front-passenger one-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Security alarm
  • (6) Infinity speakers w/subwoofer
  • Sirius satellite radio w/1-year subscription
  • Bright interior accents
  • Vinyl low-back reclining front bucket seats
  • Easy-access passenger seat
  • Rear folding seat
  • Mini floor console
  • Easy-access driver seat
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front floor mats
EXTERIOR
  • Easy folding soft top w/Sunrider feature
  • Black front & rear bumpers
  • Accent color fender flares
  • Black front frame overlay
  • Body color grille
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Tinted glass
  • Front door light tinted glass
  • Swing-away mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black/silver front & rear bumpers
  • Fog lamps
  • Deep tint sunscreen glass
  • Tubular side steps
  • Easy folding soft top
  • 3-Piece Freedom modular hard top
  • Tinted rear quarter & liftgate glass
  • Rear window wiper/washer
MECHANICAL
  • 3.8L OHV 12-valve SMPI V6 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Next generation Dana 44 HD rear axle
  • 3.21 axle ratio
  • Electronic stability program w/electronic roll mitigation
  • Traction control
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 600-CCA maintenance free battery
  • 140-amp alternator
  • Fuel tank skid plate
  • Suspension-inc: gas shock absorbers, front & rear live axles
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • P225/75R16 on/off-road BSW tires
  • Full size spare tire w/matching wheel & outside carrier
  • 16" x 7" lux styled steel wheels
  • Pwr recirculating ball steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • 4-wheel disc brakes w/hydraulic assist brake boost
  • (2) front/(1) rear tow hooks
  • HD suspension-inc: gas shock absorbers, front & rear live axles
  • P255/70R18 on/off-road OWL tires
  • 18" x 7.5" machined cast aluminum wheels
  • Next generation Dana 30 solid front axle
  • Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly 4WD system
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Next generation Dana 44 HD front axle
  • Tru-Lok front & rear axles
  • 4.10 axle ratio
  • 4:1 Rock-Trac HD part-time 4WD system
  • Rock rails
  • Performance suspension
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Electronic front sway bar disconnect
  • LT255/75R17 off-road BSW tires
  • 17" x 7.5" machined cast aluminum wheels
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
    • Driver & front passenger advanced multi-stage airbags w/occupant classification system (OCS)
    • Electronic stability program w/electronic roll mitigation
    • Traction control
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