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If You Want To Electrify Your Off-Roading, Steve Says This Wrangler Is For You

 Taking a drive out to nature should be a Zen-like experience.  Now you can spec your Wrangler with a plug providing up to 25 miles of quiet 4X4 EV adventures. It’s kind of cool that the Wrangler would be the first Jeep offered in the states that can operate on electricity alone.

The new 2021 4xe is exclusively available in the 4-door Unlimited bodystyle and comes in 3 trims with this Sahara being the entry-level model with a starting MSRP of $51,300 including destination but excluding the $7,500 federal income tax credit.

So here’s what I’ve gathered about the 4xe this week. When you’re on electric it’s really special but like all plug-ins, its appeal decreases once the 25 miles or so of electric is gone. After that, it’s just another hybrid. Secondly, I don’t know if it’s just my test car but the air conditioning has trouble keeping up when in EV mode, kind of like some mild hybrids when you’re waiting at a stoplight.

And as always, remember that in the cold winter months your EV range may drop by over 40%. But all told I really like the 4xe. It drives well, it brakes and transitions power sources without any hybrid shortcomings.  It’s a worthy precursor to an anticipated fully electric Wrangler that could arrive in 2022.

By TestDriveNow Auto Critic Steve Hammes for SouthFloridaReporter.comJune 18, 2021

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