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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $19,431 - $28,918
Original MSRP: $22,045 - $33,320
MPG: 15 City / 19 Hwy
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2011 Jeep Wrangler Interior

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The Wrangler's interior has long been a point of criticism due to its rugged -- rather than comfortable or luxurious -- nature. For 2011, that may change. Jeep has added more soft-touch materials, a new instrument cluster and more sound-deadening material to give the Wrangler a more comfortable feel. The car critics who have tested it say the new interior is a big improvement. Still, don’t expect a lot of luxury from even top-of-the-line models.

  • "The soft-touch surfaces and attractive design are great, and we particularly like the brand touchstones sprinkled throughout the cabin, including the Jeep grille logo on the windshield above the rearview mirror and the “Since 194” insert for the front passenger’s dash-mounted grab handle." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though the cabin is devoid of padded surfaces, the weight and texture of most panels imparts a rugged, sporty ambiance." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The Wrangler's front seats receive praise from reviewers, but test drivers find the two-door model's rear seats cramped and difficult to access. Even the back seat in the four-door Unlimited model gets a few complaints. On the plus side, Sahara and Rubicon models come with Stain Repel fabric which is stain and odor-resistant, antistatic, and easy to clean.

  • "The [rear] seat is hard, uncomfortably upright, and short of thigh support. Foot space is stingy in both body styles. Knee space is tight in the 2-door. Unlimiteds have 1.6 inches more rear legroom, but overall room is still not generous. Entry and exit is tough in the 2-door." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This is probably a good place to point out that 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." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Other than a few additional buttons to control the differential locks and sway bar disconnects, the Rubicon doesn't vary much from a bog standard Wrangler Sport or Sahara. To that end, you'll find a quirky driving position, chair-height seats and a livable, but not luxurious, second row of seats." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

For 2011, Jeep added high-tech interior features and a more premium feel to the Wrangler. The result, say reviewers who have tested the 2011 models, is a much more livable SUV. Standard features now include a six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack. Optional features include a new navigation system, cruise control, heated seats, automatic temperature controls, steering wheel controls, a USB port, Bluetooth hands free phone and Bluetooth wireless streaming audio.

  • "Finally, we had a chance to experience Chrysler’s new nav system as part of the $1,035 Media Center pack, which includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and a hard-drive-based music storage setup. The nav is powered by Garmin software and works very well; it’s as easy to use as Garmin’s aftermarket units." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The Wrangler provides 17.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats for two-door models (61.2 cubic feet with the rear folded) and 46.4 cubic feet for four-door models. Since the two-door Wrangler is so small, its cargo capacity is much lower than many other compact SUVs, including the Toyota RAV4. There's also not much storage space for smaller items. Still, most people aren't buying a Wrangler for its cargo-carrying abilities.

  • "Swing-out tailgate's hinges lack detents to keep it open on slanted surfaces. Interior storage is limited to a somewhat large glovebox." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even with adults in back, cargo room is ample for gear or groceries. Without passengers, the split rear seats, and headrests, fold to hold even more." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The cargo area is nicely sized given the trim exterior proportions, but it's difficult to access since you need to unzip and roll the rear window up to load anything taller than grocery bags." -- Left Lane News

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