Big Discounts: Is the New 375HP Wrangler 4xe Hybrid the Best Deal in Off-Roading?
Typically when a brand new vehicle hits dealerships—especially one that’s geared toward enthusiasts—good deals are hard to come by.
Often you’ll be happy if you can just buy one at MSRP and many other buyers pay sometimes absurd dealer mark-up just to be one of the first to own a given vehicle.
Sometimes there are exceptions though, and one interesting case right now is the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. After being announced last fall the new plug-in hybrid Wrangler is now hitting dealerships, packing 375hp, 470 pound feet of torque and and an electric driving range of about 21 miles.
Aside from the new V8 Wrangler 392, the 4xe is the most powerful Wrangler you can buy, and it’s MSRP reflects that. But that doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to the real-world cost of one.
For starters, its battery pack is large enough to qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit and Stellantis (formerly FCA) will be happy to use the carbon credits from the 4xes partially electric powertrain to offset its fuel-drinking pickups and SUVs.
Combine that with dealers that are always eager to move units, and a brand new Wrangler 4xe might be one of the best deals out there right now.
Those looking to purchase a 4xe will be able to take advantage of the $7500 tax credit for this year’s taxes, effectively lowering its price by that much right off the bat. The even better deal might be leasing one though.
At the moment that $7500 tax credit is being passed on to the buyer as an effective down payment for a lease, and when combined with dealer discounts and certain regional incentives the result has been some incredibly good deals.
For example, 4xe Sahara buyers have been scoring lease payments at or under $400 per month with minimal money down at signing—great numbers for a vehicle with a starting MSRP that usually comes in the low to mid $50,000 range.
For comparison, the same dealers are advertising much lower MSRP base V6 Wranglers for significantly more money. So whether or not you are on the plug-in hybrid train, the 4xe might be the Wrangler of choice for the moment.
At the moment many automakers are experiencing major inventory shortages with demand far outpacing supply, so there’s a chance these deals may be short lived. But some dealers are offering the aforementioned deals on 4xes ordered straight from the factory.
Time will tell how the 4xe holds up when it comes to things like aftermarket support and long term reliability (it has a lot of new tech to be proven) but if you are tempted by the prospect of big torque and silent motoring on the commute or on the trail, this might be hard to resist.
For more, you can check out the Leasehackr Forums to see how and where people are finding the deals.