The Wrangler has entered the modern era, with more creature comforts, updated safety gear, and an available four-door model. Its off-road performance is very impressive. While on-road ride, handling, and refinement are improved, they are still not competitive.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
2007
NA
2008
2009
NA
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
2002
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags available from 2007. ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Wrangler has entered the modern era, with more creature comforts, updated safety gear, and an available four-door model. Its off-road performance is very impressive. While on-road ride, handling, and refinement are improved, they are still not competitive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.8-liter V6 (202 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Jeep Wrangler owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"wondering side to side"

G B., PA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks were worn out; replaced with upgraded shocks"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"sealls"

G B., PA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Found with 2 other leaks when taken to the dealer"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

"death wobble due to steering stabilizer bar"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.8-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Got bigger tires and fixed the shocks and struts at the same time. Ride is much smoother"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"The hard top is squeeky"

Mary P., MA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.8-L V6)
Air or water leaks

"After soft roof was recalled and replaced it leaks around the front doors into the car"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.8-L V6)

"Water leaking around the windshield header when the soft top is installed on the vehicle; water leaking through the cowl on the passenger side"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

"Soft top leaks at door locations"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Wind noise

"It's an un-aerodynamic box"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.8-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"Screen peeling"

Kelda W., GA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"you can't use touch screen"

Wayne C., MA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

"The radio has been repaired by Chrysler several times under warrantee, but now they claim warrantee has expired and cannot be repaired anymore. The leaking removable top was the issue, which they claim is not under warrantee any more and now they wa"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

"Randomly changes stations on its own. Also, permanently changes pre-set stations on its own"

Kelda W., GA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Brake seems to be rusting up, without ascertainable reason; replacement is expensive"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Calipers

"Caliper springs came loose & damaged rotors"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Had to replace pads and turn rotors, replaced rotors instead"

Brian W., MD (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Parking brake

"Had to replace the parking brake lever assembly because the brake would not hold when parked on a slope"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"instrument cluster went out and drained the battery overnight"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

"Short circuit in turn signal"

Kendra F., IL (2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Horn

"the horn will go off on its own or continue after hit"

Doug P., FL (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"fixed on a recall"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"vehicle would jump out of first gear when starting out. The problem was intermittent"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Will occasionally stick in first gear when cold. Once warmed up, you have to turn the vehicle off, then it works fine. Dealer could not replicate the problem so has not fixed it"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heater system

"No heat just cold air"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

"Heater core defective. Lost heat and defrost on driver side and eventually all. Repair expensive and complicated as entire dash had to be removed to get to it. Replacemnt Mopar certified heater core also defective and failed spraying hot antifreeze i"

Vicki N., AR (2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Had to replace the filler neck. When at the gas station, the pump would not automatically turn off and we would have overfill spill down the car. Jeep dealer replaced filler neck and problem is fixed"

Anonymous, MT (2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Several items found to be leaking after taking it to the dealer. Total cost approx. $1800.00"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"This vehicle gets a lot of use, with a lot of stop and go. We've had the transmission rebuilt about every two years. Of course so far it's been covered by Jeep, but the next one will be on us"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Soft top started leaking this year, cloth seats got wet and mold grew"

Bryn M., WA (2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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