Car sales are struggling due to a variety of factors, including supply chain issues and price spikes. Even the beloved Jeep Wrangler, which recently won Vincentric’s Best Value Compact SUV award, saw sales decline in the first quarter of 2022. Still, Wrangler sales haven’t been as weak as the other models. Read on to learn more about how the Wrangler compares to the competition.
Car sales fell in the first quarter of 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting supply chain issues have plagued the automotive industry in recent years. A serious problem affecting automakers, for example, has been the shortage of semiconductor chips.
The inability of manufacturers to produce a sufficient number of cars has led to an imbalance between supply and demand and a spike in vehicle prices. This sent car sales plummeting in the United States as consumers struggled to find affordable vehicles.
Stellantide, owner of Jeep, recently announced that its overall car sales in the United States were down in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year. While the news isn’t necessarily a surprise, it’s still not good news for the industry.
But Jeep Wrangler sales haven’t fallen as much as most other models
Despite the industry struggles, Stellantis has found a silver lining when it comes to Jeep sales in the first quarter of 2022. For starters, although Jeep Wrangler sales were down 8% from the first quarter of 2021, c is still better than the national average, which has seen an overall decline of 14%.
Stellantis also notes another feather in the cap of the Wrangler: the 4xe was named Best 4×4 in the Women’s World Car of the Year Awards.
Jeep has had even better luck with some of its other models, like the Grand Cherokee. Sales of the popular SUV were their best ever for the quarter, with total sales in Q1 2021 up 36% and retail sales up 44% in Q1 2022.
The Jeep Compass also performed remarkably well in the first quarter of 2022. Its total sales in the United States increased by 22% and its retail sales increased by 23%.
2022 Jeep Wrangler Preview
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler comes in many trims and models, ranging from the base Sport to the pricey Rubicon 392.
If you’re looking for savings, the Sport might be the Wrangler for you. Starting at $33,595, the Sport has a 285-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
The Wrangler Sport’s fuel economy isn’t great, at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg overall. Still, it offers perks, including a 3,500-pound towing capacity and an entertainment system that works with voice-activated audio control.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Rubicon 392, which Jeep said is the only Wrangler with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Developing 470 horsepower, this engine is one of the most powerful on the market and can take you from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.
In addition, the interior of the Rubicon 392 lives up to the quality expected of such a vehicle. It comes with black leather-trimmed seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen to go with its Uconnect 4C NAV technology, and plenty of other features.
Of course, all that power and luxury will cost you. The Rubicon 392 starts at $77,390. So it’s definitely not a purchase to be taken lightly if you plan to help Jeep with its sales figures for the next quarter.
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