It took forever to get here, but the wait is over: Jeep finally dropped the new 2018 Wrangler "JL" on us at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and there's a great deal to admire. Whether it's details like the Jeep logo returning to the side of the front fenders or Used Engine ering enhancements like the Sky One-Touch power top, you're getting an update of an icon. That includes its powertrain — and its fuel economy.
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So, what does the cost of a Wrangler JL fill-up look like? That depends on whether you've got the two-door or the four-door Unlimited version, though EPA numbers suggest you'll be going farther than any previous generation before you have to pull over: The six-speed manual transmission for either body style gets 17/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined, while the new eight-speed automatic gets 18/23/20 mpg.
The difference is in fuel-tank size. The two-door variant takes 18.5 gallons, but the four-door Unlimited takes 21.5 gallons.
No matter your space needs, topping off the tank would cost you less this week. According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the average price nationally of regular gas dropped 2 cents week over week to $2.50, continuing a slow decline that started before Thanksgiving.
- Per the nationwide average, then, you're looking at paying $46.25 to fill up a two-door 2018 Wrangler JL and $53.75 to fill up a four-door Wrangler JL Unlimited.
- On the high end, Alaska and Hawaii led the way with regular at $3.25 a gallon. In a two-door Wrangler, that means you'll shell out $60.13 to fill up; in an Unlimited, you'll pay $69.88.
- At the other end is what you'd pay in Alabama, where the statewide average for regular is $2.23 this week: In a two-door Wrangler, you'll fill up for $41.26; in an Unlimited, it would cost $47.95.
Pump prices on a whole declined in most states this week (premium fell 3 cents on average, though diesel remains unchanged), and AAA said in a release that prices could continue to drop through the end of the year, with some motorists seeing declines as high as 20 cents.
GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan, though, said in a blog post that pump prices will hinge on whether production cuts instituted earlier this year are extended by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major oil producers. OPEC is meeting this week in Vienna. Oil prices have climbed recently in anticipation that OPEC will continue to restrict production.
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