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MSRP: $22,695 - $35,395
Invoice: $22,132 - $33,350
MPG: 17 City / 21 Hwy
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Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler ranks 19 out of 23 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.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is ranked:

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler has remarkable off-road prowess, reviewers agree. However, its lack of standard features and rough ride quality make it impractical for most drivers.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler comes with a V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Most reviewers agree that the Wrangler isn’t exactly fast on the highway, but has decent power for short commutes. Still, automotive journalists complain that its engine is noisy and unrefined. With 17/21 mpg city/highway, the Jeep Wrangler earns poor fuel economy estimates for the class. However, those figures are on par with 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. 

While some reviewers say the 2015 Jeep Wrangler’s front seats offer decent comfort, others say its firm suspension and noisy cabin make the Wrangler uncomfortable for the average commute. Most say the two-door Wrangler’s rear seats have little head- and legroom and are hard to climb into. However, test drivers report that the four-door Wrangler Unlimited’s back seat has a bit more room for adults. Some critics appreciate the good forward visibility, thanks to the Wrangler's high, commanding view of the road, but they wish rearward visibility was better. 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)

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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.

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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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Review Last Updated: 11/7/14

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