The Best Trims For The Jeep Wrangler: Rubicon Vs. Sahara Vs. Willys

Jeep Wrangler Trims

Off-road enthusiasts naturally choose the Jeep Wrangler, but the harder choice for many is between the iconic Jeep Wrangler trims Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys. Which is the right one for your desired level of adventure? Which trim level provides the features you crave the most? Whether they involve locking differentials or advanced infotainment connectivity, each trim offers something unique.

Each trim is ready to hit the trails with varying off-road optimizations, so read on to learn how they transform the Jeep Wrangler. Once you’ve seen how the Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys comparison plays out, visit Frisco CDJR to test-drive your favorite model and take it home for a great price.

 

Jeep Wrangler Willys

Jeep Wrangler Willys

In 1940, the concept of a Jeep 4×4 existed, but the Jeep brand did not. Instead, a company called Willys-Overland built the now-iconic general-purpose vehicle for the U.S. Army under the name “Willys MB.” After the war was over, they sold a civilian-oriented version known as the Willys CJ, and the Jeep brand as we know it was born. After over seven decades of history, the Jeep Wrangler Willys pays tribute to these humble battlefield origins with rugged good looks and all-terrain strength.

The Willys trim is your choice for Jeep Wrangler trims in two- or four-door form. It has a starting MSRP of $38,6851 as a two-door model; the Willys trim is the perfect callback to the affordable, versatile machines that farmers, adventurers, machinists, soldiers, and everyday fun-seekers alike called their companions.

The Willys trim level comes standard with 4WD, 17-inch Moab Black aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, 9.7 inches of ground clearance, front/rear tow hooks, trailer sway control, an eight-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth®, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, and more.

Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Jeep Wrangler Sahara

The Sahara trim is for you if a balance of extra on-road comfort and more off-road capabilities is what you seek in a new Jeep Wrangler. Named after the foreboding African desert, the Wrangler Sahara is an all-around step up and only comes in four-door form with 4WD. It can be yours for a starting MSRP of $46,420.1

The step-up begins with actual steps; the Wrangler Sahara adds standard side steps for easy entry. Other additions include a Sunrider soft top, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch tires, body-color fender flares, leather seat trim, and skid plates.

The Wrangler Sahara also comes standard with a different engine (a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder) from the other trims. While it has less horsepower than the 3.6-liter V-6, it can deliver higher EPA-estimated MPG and some extra torque.

On the inside, the comparison of Jeep Wrangler trims Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys shows that the Sahara is the first of these listed trims to add the standard 8.4-inch upgraded touch-screen infotainment system. It also adds a nine-speaker Alpine® sound system with overhead speakers, keyless entry, LED interior ambient lighting, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, dual-zone auto climate control, and more creature comforts.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Few 4×4 SUVs inspire the same all-terrain confidence as a Wrangler Rubicon. The Rubicon Trail is one of the most daunting technical challenges an off-road enthusiast can face, and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is designed to conquer that challenge.

You can outfit it as a two or four-door model; with a starting MSRP of $43,2951 in its two-door configuration, the Wrangler Rubicon is a paragon of trail-dominating, rock-crawling, river-fording value.

That value begins with the toughest that the Jeep brand offers. The Rock-Trac 4×4 System with rock-crawling gear comes standard along with 17-inch wheels wrapped in meaty 33-inch all-terrain tires, a 10.8-inch ground clearance (with 12.9 inches available through the 35-inch tire Xtreme Recon Package), the Off-Road+ button, skid plates, front/rear locking differentials, an electronic-disconnecting front sway bar, and more.

It also includes premium features like the 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system and nine-speaker Alpine® sound system. But to round out what a Wrangler Rubicon can offer, check out the V-8 firepower of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 to see what next-level off-road thrills look like.

 RubiconSaharaWillys
MSRP$43,2951$46,4201$38,6851
Body ConfigurationsTwo or four doorsFour doorsTwo or four doors
Engine3.6-liter V-62.0-liter turbo four-cylinder3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower285 @ 6400 rpm270 @ 5,250 rpm285 @ 6400 rpm
Standard TransmissionSix-speed manualEight-speed automaticSix-speed manual
Maximum Towing Capacity3,500 pounds23,500 pounds23,500 pounds2
EPA-Estimated MPG (City)20 MPG3 (two-door) / 19 MPG4 (four-door)22 MPG520 MPG3 (two-door) / 19 MPG4 (four-door)
Ground Clearance10.8 inches10 inches9.7 inches
Curb Weight4,222 pounds (two-door) / 4,449 pounds (four-door)4,406 pounds3,948 pounds (two-door) / 4,167 pounds (four-door)
Highlights

  • Upgraded and lifted suspension

  • Electronically lockable front/rear differentials

  • Electronic front sway-bar disconnect

  • Underbody skid plates

  • Uconnect 4C NAV w/ 8.4-Inch Touch Screen

  • Nine-speaker Alpine® Premium Audio System"


  • Leather upholstery

  • Body-colored fenders

  • Selec-Speed Control

  • Premium front carpet

  • Uconnect 4C NAV w/ 8.4-Inch Touch Screen

  • Nine-speaker Alpine® Premium Audio System


  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

  • Black Sunrider Soft Top

  • "Willys" graphics

  • Two-way driver's seat lumbar support

  • Uconnect 4 w/ 7.0-Inch Touch Screen

  • Eight-speaker audio system

Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys: Find Your Favorite Wrangler Today

One thing worth noting is that the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 285 horsepower and the same transmissions come in most of the Jeep Wrangler trims. Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys trims see the higher-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 in Willys and Rubicon trims but a more efficient 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder in the Sahara.

As you can see, there’s something different in all the Jeep Wrangler trims. Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys off-road features, interior benefits, and namesake inspirations are all uniquely tailored to a certain kind of all-terrain enthusiast. At Frisco CDJR, we can help pair you with the best Jeep Wrangler for your ideal price or help you custom-order one to perfection. Swing by today to get started.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Jeep Rubicon weigh?

The weight of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will vary, as this model can be a two- or four-door SUV. The two-door Wrangler Rubicon has a curb weight of 4,222 pounds, while the four-door Wrangler Rubicon has a curb weight of 4,449 pounds. The lightest Wrangler is the two-door Sport trim, which has a curb weight of 3,948 pounds.

What is the most affordable Jeep Wrangler trim?

Between the off-road-oriented Jeep Wrangler trims, Rubicon vs. Sahara vs. Willys pricing shows that the most affordable is the Willys trim. However, the Wrangler Sport is the most affordable Jeep Wrangler trim level overall. However, the Sport trim misses out on features like standard all-terrain tires, making the Wrangler Willys an excellent choice for adventure-seekers. Visit Frisco CDJR today to explore Jeep Wrangler trims in person.

What is the highest trim level for a Jeep Wrangler?

The highest of all Jeep Wrangler trims is the Wrangler Rubicon 392. This monstrous off-road machine starts with high-end features of the Wrangler Rubicon trim, then adds a vicious 470-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 to provide on-road performance with all-terrain domination to make the power just as much fun when you head off-road.



1MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

2When properly equipped. See dealer for details.

3EPA estimated 20 combined MPG with 3.6-liter V-6 engine and six-speed manual transmission, two-door configuration. Actual mileage may vary.

4EPA estimated 19 combined MPG with 3.6-liter V-6 engine and six-speed manual transmission, four-door configuration. Actual mileage may vary.

5EPA estimated 22 combined MPG with 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

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