2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe: America’s Best-Selling Plug-in Hybrid
To the surprise of many, but not Jeep, America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle is the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe. As boxy as ever with its iconic design, the burly and rugged SUV was designed for challenging off-road driving, thus many are surprised to see it top the list of best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicles. Sure, competitors such as the Toyota Rav4 Prime or the Toyota Prius Prime, are engineered to the teeth, but the Wrangler 4xe leads sales–by quite a large margin.
In fact, throughout the first half of 2022, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe outsold the next-most-popular plug-in hybrid model–the Toyota Rav4 Prime– by a double margin. Facts and figures indicate that Jeep sold 19,207 units of its Wrangler 4xe in the first six months of 2022, while Toyota sold just 10,153 units of its plug-in hybrid SUV. Additionally, the Wrangler 4xe even outsold both Toyota and Lexus’ plug-in hybrid sales combined. As of 2021, plug-in hybrid sales make up a rather small portion of the US car market as they account for 1.4 percent of all vehicle sales.
Plug-in hybrid models are the perfect vehicle for those looking to transition into a more environmentally friendly experience without sacrificing too much of the traditional combustible vehicle ownership. Since plug-ins tend to be flexible and can behave like either a fully electric or combustible vehicle, they make perfect sense for those buyers looking to tentatively dip their toes in the electric segment. Some plug-in hybrid vehicles only feature regenerative braking/charging technology as the rotating wheels are tapped to generate electricity, but the Wrangler 4xe goes above and beyond and also features a plug-in charging port.
Jeep Wrangler 4xe
Considered by automotive experts to be the most advanced powertrain ever developed in the history of the Jeep Wrangler, the Wrangler 4xe has an estimated 50 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe offers buyers unprecedented performance, an electric vehicle lifestyle, and unmatched benchmark off-road capability with its 375 horsepower and 0-60 mpg time of a speedy 6.0 seconds. Hybrid is the default mode for the SUV as it blends power from the 2.0-liter engine and electric motors, but there’s a series of E Selec mode buttons that help drivers tailor the powertrain to best suit each adventure behind the wheel. Electric mode prioritizes all-electric operation until the battery is depleted, while the eSave function saves the battery charge by prioritizing propulsion directly from the engine.
4xe Market Dominance
Availability is playing a role in the Wrangler 4xe’s market dominance, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that Jeep was working ahead of the curve, knowing that its first plug-in hybrid would be nothing less than a massive success. Yes, Stellantis and Jeep are manufacturing a lot of Wrangler 4xe models, much more than the competition’s plug-in hybrid offerings. Another factor working in the Wrangler 4xe’s favor? The model does not really have any direct competitors in its segment, let alone on the market. Direct competitors of the traditional combustible Wrangler include the recently-revamped Ford Bronco, which has yet to offer any other powertrain than the standard combustible one, leaving the Wrangler a three-dimensional model in a field in which it’s never even had much competition.
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