Jeep Wrangler Review
The 2015 Jeep Wrangler ranks 21 out of 25 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jeep Wrangler, as well as reliability and safety data.
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Although test drivers agree that the 2015 Jeep Wrangler is an incredible off-road vehicle, its stiff ride and lack of standard features may make it less than ideal for some drivers.
With its standard V6 engine, reviewers say the 2015 Wrangler has plenty of power for day-to-day driving, but isn't especially fast on the highway. Some critics also comment that the engine is unrefined and loud. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic is optional. At an EPA-estimated 17/21 mpg city/highway, the Wrangler's fuel economy is low for the class as a whole but on par with that of other off-road-oriented SUVs. The 2015 Wrangler comes standard with part-time four-wheel drive, and reviewers say it can tackle nearly any terrain with ease, making it one of the best off-road vehicles available. However, the Wrangler’s rugged nature translates to a rough ride and ponderous handling on paved roads, they add.
The Jeep Wrangler's cabin is fairly noisy at speed, reviewers say. They note that the front seats are comfortable and say that the view ahead is commanding, but rearward visibility could be better. The two-door Wrangler's back seats are hard to climb into and offer little legroom, but the four-door Wrangler Unlimited's rear seats are more passenger-friendly, critics say. The Wrangler comes standard with a soft top, front and rear auxiliary power outlets, satellite radio and an eight-speaker stereo. Available features include power windows, power door locks, a removable hardtop, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, navigation, a touch-screen infotainment system, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo system, air conditioning and automatic climate control. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler comes with fewer standard features than most SUVs in the class, but reviewers like the Wrangler’s simple interior design and straightforward controls. The two-door Wrangler has less cargo space than most SUVs in the class, but the Wrangler Unlimited has 70.6 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is more than that of most rivals.
- "An SUV unlike any other, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler offers exceptional off-road capability, though its lack of refinement makes it an acquired taste." -- Edmunds
- “There's something here for anybody who wants off-road utility, from the simple and inexpensive 2-door Sport with a soft top, to the go-anywhere Rubicon. The longer Wrangler Rubicon SUV offers four doors and a more usable back seat, but it does it all with the same off-road prowess as the original." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "With roots going all the way back to the Willys ‘Jeep’ used during WWII, the iconic Jeep Wrangler is one of the purest and most capable SUVs on the market today. The latest model, available in two-door and four-door Unlimited versions, has been updated in recent years with a muscular V6 and a host of interior changes that make the truck a better daily driver." -- Left Lane News
- "Despite major improvements to its interior over the years, this Jeep remains a limited-purpose machine. Off road, it's a finely honed tool. On road, it's best considered a fun-in-the-sun runabout." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive and earns much better fuel economy estimates than the Wrangler. Test drivers agree that the Forester has secure handling and a comfortable ride. Additionally, the Forester has lots of cargo space for the class.
If you like the Wrangler’s off-road capabilities, consider the Nissan Xterra. Reviewers agree that the Xterra can easily handle most rugged terrain and deep bodies of water. The Xterra also comes with more standard features than the Wrangler.
Details: 2015 Jeep Wrangler
The two-door 2015 Jeep Wrangler seats four, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited seats five. Four-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, and a five-speed automatic is available. Both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited come in three trims: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. The Wrangler was last fully redesigned in 2007, and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 to 2015 model years.
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