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MSRP: $22,395 - $34,995
Invoice: $21,838 - $32,961
MPG: 17 City / 21 Hwy
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Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler ranks 18 out of 22 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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The automotive press says the 2014 Jeep Wrangler is one of the best off-road SUVs available, but its sparse interior and off-road-oriented suspension make it a less-than-ideal choice for anyone who prioritizes overall refinement and comfort.

The Wrangler comes with a V6 engine that test drivers say provides adequate power in most situations. A six-speed manual transmission that is praised for its light clutch and precise shifter is standard. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional, which reviewers say is sometimes slow to shift. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 17/21 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to other off-road SUVs’ fuel economy, but low among rival compact SUVs. According to reviewers, the Jeep Wrangler excels as an off-road vehicle. On paved roads, though, its reviews are mixed: Some say that recent updates have made it much more comfortable to live with on a daily basis and others say it just doesn't offer the ride comfort offered by most crossovers. Test drivers say the Wrangler's steering is slow, but they note that the two-door Wrangler has a small turning circle, which eases maneuverability.

Both the two-door 2014 Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited come standard with a soft top that test drivers say lets in lots of road noise. For a bit more quiet, a removable hardtop is optional on both models. Test drivers say the Wrangler's cabin is awash in hard plastic materials, but after a recent update, these materials have a more high-quality appearance than they have in the past. Reviewers say the Wrangler's front seats are generally comfortable, but could use additional lower back support. They say the two-door Wrangler's back seats are cramped, while the Wrangler Unlimited's seats are more spacious and easier to get to thanks to the rear doors. The four-seat Wrangler has limited cargo space for the class, while the five-seat Wrangler Unlimited has more class-competitive cargo space. Reviewers appreciate the Wrangler's simple and straightforward audio and climate controls. Standard features are limited, and include a six-speaker stereo. Optional features include power windows, door locks and mirrors, a removable hardtop, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, navigation, satellite radio, Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, an Alpine stereo system and automatic climate control.

  • "The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is a no-nonsense vehicle that's at its best when the pavement ends. This classic SUV will climb over rocks, cross streams and frolic in the sand dunes whenever you please, thanks to its standard four-wheel drive and high ground clearance. Just don't expect too many comforts along the way." -- Edmunds
  • "If you think a Wrangler would be a good idea for running around city streets and highways because it's cute and has that tough image, and you don't plan to use its off-pavement capabilities, and you like being quietly coddled on commutes, you ought to be looking at something else." -- 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

Reviewers say the Toyota FJ Cruiser has one of the best combinations of off-road capability and everyday drivability among off-road SUVs. The FJ Cruiser has comparable cargo space to the Wrangler Unlimited, and reviewers appreciate its straightforward dashboard and easy-to-clean interior.

The Subaru Forester can't tackle hidden trails like the Wrangler, but reviewers say it has a comfortable, refined highway ride, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. Additionally, the Forester gets better fuel economy and has a bit more cargo space than the Wrangler Unlimited.

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Details: 2014 Jeep Wrangler

The two-door 2014 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 optional. Both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are offered in Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims. The Wrangler was last fully redesigned for the 2007 model year, and has received more recent updates to its powertrain and interior. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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