Jeep Wrangler Interior
Test drivers do not shy away from saying that the 2014 Jeep Wrangler's interior is less civilized than most other compact SUVs’, though many give it a pass because the Wrangler is known as a no-frills vehicle. Reviewers note that the Wrangler has become more refined in recent years with a more attractive dash panel, though there are still plenty of hard plastic surfaces. One tester notes that models equipped with the optional hardtop are a bit quieter inside than soft-top models.
- "Other recent changes include an interior that is far more hospitable than that of the outgoing model. A more upscale dashboard design retains much of the outgoing model's basic layout - a high-mounted radio, centrally-located window controls and rotary climate control knobs - but uses much richer materials. The interior is still designed to withstand abuse, and can even be hosed out on models with cloth seats, but is more inviting than before." -- Left Lane News
- "Choose the base Sport model and the 2014 Wrangler's interior will have cloth seats and a look and feel that can be described as functional. Move up through the trim levels and you will eventually get to such alternatives as a Sahara Unlimited with 2-tone leather and the touch of, if not outright luxury, at least plush comfort." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Despite the abundance of hard plastic surfaces, it's fairly attractive, with rounded lines that give it a fluid, organic look." -- Edmunds
- "With the soft top, wind, road, and traffic noise intrudes. The hard top calms things a bit, but its hard-surface headliner leaves the cabin vulnerable to empty-drum echoing." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The regular Wrangler seats four and the Wrangler Unlimited seats five. Cloth seats are standard, and leather upholstery and heated front seats are optional. Reviewers report that the front seats are comfortable, if lacking a little lower back support. Reviewers deem the back seats fairly cramped in the two-door Wrangler, so those who need more back-seat space would be better off stepping up to the Wrangler Unlimited, which offers more space and easier access to the rear seats. One reviewer appreciates the good forward visibility, thanks to the Wrangler's high, commanding view of the road, but says that rearward visibility could be better.
- "With the two-door, you'll find a backseat that seats just two passengers. Leg- and foot room in back are also pretty limited. If that isn't sufficient, the Unlimited offers room for three and its extra set of doors provides easier access." -- Edmunds
- "Lots of headroom and good cabin width. The seats are firm and generally comfortable, though they need more lumbar support." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Visibility is mixed: High ride height provides the usual eagle's perch, but the rear view has one obstruction after another. The spare tire eats up much of the rear window, the rear wiper mechanism encroaches and the two backseat head restraints (which don't fold down) also conspire to block your view." -- Cars.com (2013)
The Wrangler comes standard with a soft top and a six-speaker stereo. Optional features include power windows, door locks and mirrors, a removable hardtop, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, remote start, navigation, a touch-screen infotainment system, an Alpine stereo system and automatic climate control.
The 2014 Wrangler comes with fewer standard features than most affordable compact SUVs. Some reviewers say the gauges are easy to read and the climate and stereo controls are within easy reach.
- "Though Jeep has refined and civilized the Wrangler over the years, there's no hiding the fact that the Wrangler's interior prioritizes function over comfort. Lean and durable, the cabin can be cleaned easily after a day spent in the dirt and dust." -- Edmunds
- "Wrangler's cabin is very functional. The gauges are unobstructed and easy to read. The audio and climate controls are easy to reach and use." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The two-door Wrangler has 12.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, or 55 cubic feet of space with the rear seat folded. The back seat can also be removed for a maximum of 61.2 cubic feet of cargo space. In the Wrangler Unlimited, there is 31.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 70.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The Wrangler's cargo space is a bit sparse for the class, but the Wrangler Unlimited's cargo area is competitively-sized compared with other compact SUVs’. Reviewers say the two-door Wrangler offers a decent amount of cargo space overall, but removing the heavy back seat to make the most of it can be a cumbersome process. A few test drivers write that the Wrangler Unlimited's back-seat headrests get in the way when trying to fold the seat, so the front seats have to be moved forward.
- "Room is minimal behind the 2-door's rear seat. The rear seat tumbles forward for more space and removes for generous volume. It's heavy, though." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "And although the Wrangler Unlimited's folding rear seat creates a spacious - and flat - load surface, the headrests don't easily detach for folding, which necessitates moving the front seats as far forward as possible when you're in a hurry to increase cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
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