Jeep Wrangler Interior
Reviewers find the five-seat interior of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler to be improved over previous generation Wrangler interiors, but still not competitive with others in its class. "The Wrangler disappoints due to small cupholders, a lack of storage space, characterless analog gauges, cheap-feeling climate-control knobs and plenty of budget-themed plastic on the dash and doors," says Edmunds.
Automotive.com also has complaints, noting, "The Wrangler's role as the rugged one makes a great excuse for de-emphasizing the details. Watch for the manual locks and crank-up windows, the tyranny of hard plastic, limp levers here and there, and doors that feel molded from petrified cardboard."
The Wrangler's front seats receive praise from most reviewers. U.S. News' Rick Newman writes "The seats are supportive, once you've hauled yourself up into them, and the cabin, while plain, is cleanly laid out, with solid dashboard controls." The reports that "The seats are well cushioned and very supportive on- or off-road. They are finished in a new fabric called Yes Essentials that makes them not only soft and smooth, but also stain and odor resistant. Nice touch in a machine that can venture off-road."
The rear seats of two-door models are "tiny and hard to access," according to Cars.com. To address this, Jeep created the four-door Unlimited. "Although the Unlimited's rear seat, and access to it, is improved, no one will confuse it with a La-Z-Boy, especially if you sit back there during off-roading," says the . The larger, more accessible back seat may not have turned the Wrangler into a family car, says U.S. News' Rick Newman: "The back seat is small and a high climb, plus there are few of the basic amenities handy for kids, like cupholders in the rear center armrest."
Many reviewers offer praise for the increased cabin space of 2007 Wranglers. "All of this adds up to a much wider and more spacious-feeling cabin. The juggling of length and wheelbase along with a new roll-and-tumble rear seat have also yielded substantially more cargo capacity," according to Car and Driver.
The basic Wrangler X may be the most spartan small SUV on the market, with manual door locks and windows, and lacking air-conditioning. The "C" Package includes air-conditioning, upgraded cloth seats and a full-length center console. The "S" Package adds cruise control and a compass/temperature display. The Sahara adds power windows and door locks, upgrades the seat fabric and adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and height-adjustable driver's seat. The spectacular off-road performance of the Rubicon includes no significant interior upgrades.
With the 2007 model, Jeep has added some basic comfort features that have long been standard on competitors in this class, but are brand new to the usually bare Wrangler's interior. Jeep apparently views improving the Wrangler's cabin as a gradual process that might put off some long-time Wrangler fans, according to the: "We wondered aloud why Jeep didn't take it to the max and put heated seats on this model. From the back seat, Kevin Metz, Jeep marketing brand manager, sighed. "Hey, our customers have to get used to the power windows and locks," he said. "We can't rush things.""
Stereo and Entertainment
The base model stereo included with the 2007 Wrangler is noted for its large, easy to reach buttons, but is otherwise unremarkable. A significant stereo upgrade is included with the navigation system. Motor Trend explains, "New is an optional Harman/Kardon navigation/audio system with 6.5-inch color touchscreen and an available 20-gig hard drive that can store MP3s, JPEG photos, and other digital data (transferable via a USB 2.0 port). Sirius Satellite Radio is back (standard on Rubicon), and all Wranglers come with an aux jack for MP3 players." Automotive.com called this system "downright joyous to the ears. ...the godsend of engaging, crystal clear, 368-watt sound."
Two-door Wranglers offer 61 cubic feet of storage capacity behind the rear seats, slightly under normal for this class of vehicle. Unlimited models, however, offer a best-in-class 87 cubic feet. The additional space comes in part from the added length, and in part from a lockable compartment built into the floor of the cargo hold. "The Unlimited also has a rather small glove box," complains the, "But with the extra doors and a longer body, there's plenty of storage room in back, if you're not carrying along the soft roof panels." Lack of storage space for the roof panels is a common complaint among reviewers.