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2021 Jeep Wrangler: In a class of its own for now

With a diesel and so many powertrains, the Wrangler is the best of the rest, but the Bronco looms.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is undoubtably the best off-road vehicle in its class, but it has the upcoming Ford Bronco to worry about.

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Jeep added a diesel power plant into the mix last year.

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The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 puts out 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

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All that torque means the Wrangler can clamber up and over obstacles quite easily.

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Where the gas-powered Wrangler might need four-wheel drive low, the diesel makes short work of things in 4WD high.

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Jeep estimates a 500-mile driving range with a full tank of diesel. 

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With a 18.5-gallon fuel tank, that math equates to roughly 27 miles per gallon. Not too shabby.

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Blind-spot monitoring can be customized to deliver a visual or audible warning, or both. Adaptive cruise control is on hand, as is forward-collision warning.

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When the diesel-powered Wrangler hits dealers in December, it'll only be available on four-door Unlimited models, and you can't have it with the SUV's six-speed manual transmission.

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This color is really great.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler diesel.

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