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Compare the Jeep Wrangler JL vs. the Jeep Wrangler JK in Springfield

The Wrangler JL is all new for this model year and there are plenty of exciting changes that make this new Jeep Brand vehicle stand out. The Wrangler JK is the title for the previous generation of the legendary Wrangler. Both models are currently still in production, so many drivers are wondering which model they should go with. Let's break down all the new features and differences between these two excellent Wranglers near Chatham.


Power and Performance

The JL added a couple key components that off-road fans are sure to love. The all-new, available 2.0-liter Turbo engine gives you the strength you need to take on some of the toughest challenges and have an enjoyable ride. Both models come standard with the legendary 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine with 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both models offer an impressive selection of Jeep Brand 4x4 Systems that will keep you more than engaged off-road. Both models offer the capable Command-Trac® 4x4 System and the Rubicon's all-powerful Rock-Trac® 4x4 System, but the JL offers the all-new Selec-Trac® 4x4 System standard. Selec-Trac® automatically switches from 2WD to 4WD when conditions demand it. This makes driving on uneven terrain or inclement weather smoother and safer than ever.

Design Updates

There are plenty of new design updates on the Wrangler JL near Jacksonville, and we think that drivers everywhere will appreciate the modern updates on the JL as much as the tried-and-true cues on the JK. Some notable new exterior features on the JL include air extractors right behind the fender flares, a folding windshield for an extra dimension of open air, and some reimagined hard and soft top systems.

The JK has a slightly more squared design than the JL, which is a huge plus for drivers who are married to the look of old-school Wranglers. You can choose a variety of different hardtop, soft top, and no-top options so you can match your Wrangler to your preferences and climate.


Considering the JL is the newest model, it makes sense that it has some more tech features than the JK. The JL uses powerful Uconnect entertainment systems to help you manage your media, while the JK offers the Radio 130 and Radio 430 systems. Both will help you work with your calls and media, but the JL gives you available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ support and larger touchscreen options.

An available Alpine® Premium Sound System gives you active noise cancellation and acoustic laminated windshield glass for the quietest ride you'll ever have in a Wrangler. Don't fault the JK for coming up a little short on the tech side; this is a Jeep Wrangler and it's built for rugged strength and serious off-road capabilities.



Safety is one of the most important considerations when you're shopping for a new SUV. Both Wrangler models give you plenty of safety features and sport durable designs to protect you in the event of a collision.

The JL sports some impressive advanced features like available Rear Park Assist, available Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, and Hill Start Assist. These features complement the powerful steel frame, responsive brakes, and excellent maneuverability.

Sometimes old-school safety systems are the best one, and the Wrangler JK offers some of the most powerful traditional safety features. Powerful brakes, a strong steel frame, and excellent maneuverability help keep you confident on the road. You also get Electronic Stability Control with Trailer Sway Control to help you avoid accidents altogether.

Purchase the New Wrangler Models in Springfield

It's really impossible to choose a winner in the contest; both vehicles offer so much unique character and excellent features. Stop by our Taylorville area Jeep dealership today and get a closer look at the Wrangler JL and the Wrangler JK.