Ride, handling, braking, wind noise, access, driving position, seat comfort, fit and finish, visibility, fuel economy, reliability.
The Wrangler uses Chrysler's 3.6-liter V6 and five-speed automatic that get 17 mpg overall. While there are nicer SUVs for everyday use, the Jeep is better than it has ever been, and it is still an off-road champ. The ride rocks and jiggles constantly, and handling is very clumsy. Wind noise becomes very loud at highway speeds. Getting in and out is an awkward act. The interior is uncomfortable. Off-road performance is still impressive, but the Rubicon performs better than our tested Unlimited Sahara did. IIHS side-crash results without the optional side air bags are unimpressive. Reliability of the four-door version is below average, the two-door version is average.