2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon vs Sahara Trims – What’s the Difference?

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2018 Jeep Wrangler RubiconVS2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
285 HPHorsepower285 HP
23 city / 25 hwyFuel Economy23 city / 25 hwy

In-Depth Comparison: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon vs 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Off-road Performance

When it comes to these two variants, the largest differences can be found in off-road performance, with the Sahara being a little more comfortable on the pavement and the Rubicon right at home crawling over rocks. Both the Sahara and Rubicon are equipped with a Dana 44 rear-axle, but that is just about where the similarities end. Looking at the front-axle, you will find the 44 on the Rubicon and the less robust Dana 30 front-axle in the Sahara. Moving to 4×4 tech, the Sahara is armed with the Wrangler standard Command-Trac system, whereas the Rubicon has the Rock-Trac 4×4 system which offers a 73.1:1 ratio and locking differentials. You will find the Wrangler standard gas shocks on the Sahara and a fully tunable performance setup on the Rubicon. If we look at the Rubicon’s suspension in depth, you will also find that it is equipped with a system to electronically disengage the front sway bar, allowing for more suspension travel when in the Rubicon’s 4LO mode.

Standard Equipment

While the Rubicon outshines the Sahara in just about every measurable way off the road, the Sahara comes standard with a few more creature comforts. On the Sahara, you will find power locks and windows standard, while this is an option on the Rubicon which comes with the all-but-forgotten manual crank windows and locks of yesteryear. Also coming standard on the Sahara, you will find power heated mirrors, keyless entry, and an alarm system. If you are looking for these technologies on a Rubicon, you will have to purchase the Power Convenience Group Package at an additional cost. Both models come standard with a removable soft top and have the option for a paint matched hard top.


“All-new” means the interior as well. On both the Sahara and Rubicon, you will find longer armrests, a center-console with more storage space, larger door pockets, a small army of USB charging ports in the front and back, and fourth generation Uconnect, allowing you to connect your Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enabled devices to the entertainment system.

Whether you are an off-road junkie, or new to the scene, there is only one way to find out which Wrangler is right for you. We invite you to stop into Lenoir City Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. You won’t be disappointed.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.