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JL or JK? How to tell whether your 2018 Wrangler is a JK or JL

2018 JL Wrangler changes from the front and on the interior:

  • JL Wranglers use a push button start instead of turning a key in the JK's
  • All JL Wranglers come with a backup camera from the factory
  • The JL Wrangler has very different and more modern headlights that encroach on the grille vents while the JK’s headlights are separated from the grille vents
  • A 2018 JL will have front facing indicator lights on the fender flares.


2018 Jeep Wrangler JL vs Jeep Wrangler JK - Official Comparison & Review

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL vs Jeep Wrangler JK - Official Comparison & Review

JL Wrangler differences from the side and rear:

  • The 2018 JL Wrangler has a prominent vent on the front quarter panel right behind the fender
  • Door handles on the JL operate by pulling the handle out. JK Wranglers have a button that you must push in order to open the door or rear gate.
  • The tail lights on the JL Wrangler have a very distinct, non-rectangular shape with a reverse light in the middle. JK’s have a square tail light with a reverse light at the bottom.
  • JL Wranglers place the license plate on the bumper while JK’s have the license plate directly under the tail light on the rear gate.