The official EPA ratings for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid are in and they fall short of earlier estimates. While the shortfall is small, it does underscore that Jeep was a bit too optimistic with its previous estimates.
According to Roadshow the EPA says the Wrangler 4xe can travel 21 miles on electric power. This means its 17-kWh battery pack is officially 4 miles short of Jeep’s preliminary estimate of 25 miles. With the hybrid power running, the EPA says 4xe owners can expect to see around 49 MPGe. Once the battery dies though, more traditional Wrangler fuel economy can be expected because it’s rated at 20 MPG combined. Yes, that’s worse the gas-only inline-four and V-6 options.
While the 20 MPG figure sounds bad, it is worth remember the 4xe is among the most powerful Wrangler models. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter and electric motor are good for 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Only the new Hemi-powered Wrangler 392 offers more power.
Compared to other plug-in hybrid SUV’s, the Wrangler 4xe certainly is on the lower-end of the fuel economy spectrum. That said, there really is no direct competitor to the Wrangler 4xe when it comes to off-road capability. For Wrangler owners who have an average commute (after the pandemic, of course) and still want to go off-roading on the weekend, the Wrangler 4xe may make a lot of sense.