The Jeep Wrangler needs little introduction. Even with this 2024 update, it’s still unmistakably Jeep.

Still, there are plenty of new features making this mid-cycle refresh worthy of some time behind the wheel. And what better place to get some seat time than on the roads and trails of southern Utah.

We spent most of the drive in the Wrangler 4xe, the plug-in hybrid version of this off-road legend. It packs 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, summoned by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and two electric motors.

Great for your average commute, and plenty capable for your not-so-average ones, too.

Kyle Scanlon: “And this thing does work off-road, let me tell you. We were on some sketchy rock faces, and I was at 20-percent pitch with a 20-percent roll to the left side, and this thing was absolutely glued to these rocks. And right now, I am in some seriously… seriously loose sugar sand, and this 4xe is eating it up—just driving through it as if I were on pavement.”

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Jeep expects 49 MPGe and 21 miles of all-electric range; but, the best 4xe news is the price. It’s now available in the Sport S model, giving a new entry point for this PHEV— around $50,000.

Don’t worry, a 2-door Wrangler Sport starts under $34,000 with delivery, and that’s with the 285 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 under the hood, paired to a standard six-speed manual or optional 8-speed automatic. Exterior enhancements include the updated seven-slot grille, windshield-integrated antenna and wheel designs. The cabin is enhanced by standard side curtain airbags and a 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen.

All Wranglers may wear the “Trail Rated” badge, but it’s the Rubicon which most trail-junkies will eye up on dealer lots. This Rubicon features the first Dana 44 HD full-float solid rear axle, front- and rear-axle lockers, and a factory-available Warn winch. A new Rubicon X model ups the ante with standard 35-inch all-terrain tires, integrated trail cameras, steel bumpers, and a Rock-Trac full-time Transfer case.

But now we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We’ll have more in our upcoming Road Test, and we’ll have more Quick Spins… soon!