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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.
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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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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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?
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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
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 2011 Jeep Wrangler owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Leaking around doors into passenger cabin”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Door weatherseal was replaced twice”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“repaired after 2nd effort under wrranty”

David T., MA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“leaks around window in rain”

Anonymous, WV (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Water leak on passenger side, front”

Larry P., OR (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Multiple incidences of soaked front floor boards - source yet to be determined”

J G., WA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“water leaks, floors wet after rain”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Three-piece Freedom top leaks. Has leaked since new. Dealer tried to fix but didn't work”

Tom S., FL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“The Jeep leaks water everytime it rains on the drivers side floor board. To date the dealer has been unable to advise as to any other Wranglers with the same problem”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“drivers door seal replaced with bigger one”

James K., OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Passenger door seal replaced due to water leak”

William C., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“When it rains the driver side becomes saturated with water”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.8-L V6)

“The front doors would leak when a heavy rain came from that side of the vehicle. If heavy rain was coming from the driver side, the driver side floor would collect water that came in. Water would collect on the passenger side floor if it came from”

Jessica S., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“PASSENGER DOOR LEAKED A LOT”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“The weather seals in the roof partitions leak water onto the front driver's seat when the vehicle is in motion and it is raining”

John J., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Since I bought it dealer states can't hear a rattle. Now 4 years later it's louder. They still say can't hear it”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Banging noise coming from rear of vehicle”

Peter M., ON (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Lots of issues with roof seals (kind of expected in a Jeep, however). Big issue is the rear hatch rattles very loudly and dealer is having difficulty fixing permanently. Again, kind of expected in a Jeep... just kind of annoying”

George G., CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Undercarriage rattles that the dealership claimed they could not find until I rode with them. Then they were able to hear the noise and fix some loose nuts”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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

Clock

“clock was losing time”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Cruise control would not turn on”

Tony C., AR (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)
Headlights

“Headlights would cut out intermittently while driving. Dealer could not duplicate problem. They replaced the switch”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Not just headlights, ALL lights and turn signails, horn, wipers, brake lights- everything on the steering colloum. They all go thru the instrument cluster and that went bad”

Jim M., ID (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Key fobs would not work--would not activate remote start. Dealer claimed it was a dual failure of both keys fobs. Charged us to replace both. I don't believe them. What are odds both go bad at same time?”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Warning lights

“Driver door sensor malfunctions and battery goes dead”

Paul N., CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Motherboard fried and interior light no longer come on when door is opened”

Anonymous, BC (2011 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

“Front brake pads worn out”

Russell S., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Squeaking

“Pads replaced 3 times. Still squeeking. A checkup by another shop has shown that the axle is bent”

David P., IN (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Break pedal squeaked while braking”

Russell S., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“One of the read calipers seized and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Parking brake

“The Parking brake has a torsion spring that needs the stick to be 'pumped' every once and awhile to engage the brake”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

“Diff seals replaced”

William C., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“I have had to replace the oil pan and gasket and the engines's rear seal due to leaking. It has been in the shop 4 times during the last 90,000 miles because of oil leaks”

John J., IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Rear main seal, oil pan gasket, and valve cover gaskets”

Kurt P., MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“The timing belt was replaced more than 3 times in 105k miles. The idler pulley failed twice in 66k miles”

Anonymous, MD (2011 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Tripped the check engine light but did not appear to have any effect on fuel consumption or other any mechanical issues”

Michael A., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Fuel cap

“replaced fuel cap believing it set off the check engine light but changing it had no discernible effect”

Michael A., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Get an occasional check engine light due to fuel cap. Had it checked out, there was no trouble. Reset CEL when it happens”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

“Get occasional check engine message due to various fuel system sensors. Reset check engine light and problem(s) doesn't reoccur. A real nuisance”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump went out with under 20000 miles”

David P., IN (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

“Steering makes a popping noise when turned. Dealer has tightened linkage repeatedly. Last repair they indicated "this happens to all the Wrangler Unlimited that year... the tires are just too big for the linkage". Is not a safety issue, apparently”

George G., CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Steering vibration similar to the Cherokee "death wobble" but the dealership claimed the tires were only out of balance. After cleaning and rebalancing the problem went away for about two months and now is slowly returning”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“At about 24000 miles the transmission locked up. Could not push even in neutral, used transfer case neutral to push. Dealer replaced transmission, said old one had totally fragged, could not find planetary gears”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.8-L V6)

“Transmission went up at 105k miles. Internal transmission oil pump failed causing the transmission to overheat and fail while traveling down a highway at 60mph!”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 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

A/C compressor

“air compressor went out. horn stopped working. power steering went out”

Lori M., CO (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)
Heater system

“No hot air when on heat. Dealer tore dashboard apart and installed a part that did not fix it. Gashed up my entire dashboard on top and bottom. Had to call dealer to figure out diagnostic”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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

Steering wheel controls

“The button would intermittently work when trying to change stations and volume using the steering wheel controls”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

“Jeep is rusting from the inside out”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Differential

“Locker stuck on; replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Have had to replace the heat shield twice due to the rattle it develops when is starts to corrode around the mounting screws”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

“misfiring of plugs”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

Transmission leaks

“Needed fairly material transmission work”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8-L V6)

Engine Major

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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