The iconic Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following, thanks to its classic design, rugged image and legendary history. With an updated powertrain, this may be the best version yet, but the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable offroading ability, on the road performance is uncivilized. The ride is unsettled, sometimes even snappy. Handling is very clumsy.
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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?
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 iconic Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following, thanks to its classic design, rugged image and legendary history. With an updated powertrain, this may be the best version yet, but the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable offroading ability, on the road performance is uncivilized. The ride is unsettled, sometimes even snappy. Handling is very clumsy. Wind noise is pervasive, even at modest speeds. Though the interior has been updated and made somewhat more civilized over the years, it is still cramped and uncomfortable with awkward access. The Wrangler is unique in offering a four-door convertible, but removing the optional hard top or folding the soft-top is quite a project. High prices mean the Wrangler is no inexpensive weekend toy.

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.

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Body Styles
2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (285 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 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

“replaced door seal”

Brian P., CO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“driver door leaked water - took 4 repairs to fix it. it now has so much sealant in it that it is hard to close the door”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“wind noise above driver seat and door”

Robby K., TX (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

“Faulty weather seal on right front door. Two separate trips to dealership & 10 days without jeep before the door was properly sealed. Cost covered by warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“In a hard rain storm water ends up on the passenger side floor. No one can figure out where it comes from”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“when the jeep is parked on an incline and it rains the water pours in above the radio and dash. The vehicle has been in to the dealer 6 times and attempts have been ,made to fix the leak with no success”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Drivers door or seals leaked and filled my floormat. As for the body problems (you had no option for interior), the center armrest latch cracked in half and they replaced the entire armrest”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“Water leak when raining at driver's door”

Juan R., FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“Doors have a chronic leak that seems to be related to the removable roof panels and the seal where the door, A-pillar (windshield frame) and the removable hard roof panels all meet. Apparently this is less of a problem with the soft top because there are fewer seams but I have yet to install the soft top to confirm”

Anonymous, NL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“water enters above drivers door in rain or when i wash it. Several dealers told me "all jeeps leak water". None check it out by Jeep, but use an independent person that has an open schedule meaning they show up when they do. No specific time given. You could be waiting from 7 am until 5 pm and nobody knows”

Steven H., FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

“Radiator failure”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“Leaking door and removable top seals since first day of ownership. Leak in on the driver's side near the windshield A-pillar. Th leak drips down the A-pillar and also the drivers door before rnning down to the carpet. The vehicle has already been ba”

Thomas M., ME (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“door seals leak chronically despite being repaired at least once; Considered to be a "Jeep thing"; not so bad if you live/drive in a dry area but in a rainy one”

Anonymous, NL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“Normal Jeep hardtop leaks”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Seat was not bolted in properly from the factory”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

“Just interior body panel which was adjusted under warranty”

Anonymous, NH (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

“Passenger side has a wind noise between 45-55 MPH”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

“normal wind noise encountered with owning a soft top”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

“Wind noise from the windshield area. Really bad with a head wind”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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 freezes up

“GPS system freezes and Fiat Chrysler has been aware of the lockup since at least 2011. 5-weeks wait for replacement unit; total of 3-trips to Dealer to replace unit! Brother-in-law experience exact same problem; we purchased both Jeep Rubicon's the same day (Sept 4th) in 2015!”

John O., AZ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“Usually this is when someone is using bluetooth, the screen just freezes-it has to be rebooted (turned off and left off for a bit) before it returns to normal operation”

Anonymous, IL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“When entering an address the GPS locks up”

Charlie T., NJ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“The display stopped working. The radio was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“I absolutely love my Jeep, but the UConnect bluetooth music player is horridly designed. It disconnects frequently for no cause, there are substantial bugs with the music playback, and the general operation of it is out of the stone age. Hands down the worst part of my Wrangler”

Tyler S., CO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“only works intermittently”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“seems to be intermittent not a huge problem annoying”

Anonymous, AB (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“Navigation has frozen up. It is an ongoing, well documented problem requiring replacement of the radio head”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“Navigation screens goes black, with several error messages posted. On replacement of the unit, 1) all previous GPS data is lost; 2) SiriusXM subscription requires renewal, with payment requirement (old SiriusXM subscription was cancelled, with a partial credit for time to go. New contract only available at a higher cost - old was $99; new contract $120)”

John O., AZ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“Nav system quit loading on car startup but would sometimes work. Eventually stopped loading maps and couldn't route”

Donald L., CT (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“Map upgrade failed and hard drive failed afterwards”

Michael R., NJ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Will no longer pair up. Jeep dealership will fix. Vehicle still under warranty”

Anonymous, CO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Radio

“Gps broken Keep replaced for free”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

“The voice control of the system is atrocious. It's slow, accurate 50% of the time, and generally useless”

Tyler S., CO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“after I purchased the vehicle I noticed that paint was missing on the exterior behind the door handles and on some of the body seams”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“body paint does not match fenders”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“Loose plate holder from dealer scraped paint off to bare metal”

Nathan E., CO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Rust

“The painted hinge bolts and the hing pins are all developing rust. I have never removed the doors (only because I can't unplug the electric cable and don't want to damage the wires) which would really only possibly explain the hinge pins, but the dealer says "it's not covered". What? If you want pictures I'm happy to send them to you. Everyone else who has seen it - even other Jeep owners - are amazed at who poorly the paint has held up and the extraordinary apathy of the dealer and the cus”

Gerry O., MO (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

“Underbody surface rust on the frame. Car was sold "new" with surface rust all iver the underbody frame”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

Steering wheel vibration

“Subtle vibration at 60-70 mph”

Anonymous, MD (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Alignment

“AFTER ONLY 12000 MILES, THE ALIGNMENT WOULD PULL TO THE LEFT, PARTLY TO BLAME ON THE BAD SHOCKS/STRUTS”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“FRONT TIRES WERE WEARING OUT UNEVENLY AND THE CAUSE WERE FAULTY SUSPENSION SHOCKS”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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

“Manufacturer initiated recall”

Diane O., DE (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Sending unit was sending false dash lights on emissions malfunction”

Anonymous, UT (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-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

Horn

“There is a significant delay of when the horn button is pressed and when the horn actually sounds”

Charlie T., NJ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“twice I had to replace turn signals in front”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Radiator leaked and replaced”

Norm A., CA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

“Leak required radiator replacement. Defective radiators are a well document issue with Jeep Wranglers”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Recurring, occasional (even after head replacement) of the SAME "check engine" warning”

Kenneth C., CA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Head gasket

“This is related to the same engine head problems I just described”

Kenneth C., CA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“there is a speed sensor by the right rear wheel that apparently goes out, usually within 10,000 miles. I've been told that Jeep/Chrysler accepts the lowest bidder for their parts supply and know this piece will go. When it goes out you lose cruise control, ABS and stability/traction control”

Steven H., FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“Had to get new brakes on front wheels”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

Driveshaft or axle

“front driveshaft broke”

Anonymous, MI (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

“Rear lockers would not disengage”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-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

Doors or sliding doors

“Air laeks around the doors. This is a hardtop”

Theodore M., AZ (2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Windows

“The windshield is not sloped enough. In the 2 years I have had the vehicle, I have had the windshield cracked 3 times and replaced twice. I've never had a Wrangler windshield last longer than 6 months before being cracked”

Anonymous, AL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-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

Alternator

“The alternator was overcharged causing the the traction control and other warning lights to activate. It took several trips to the dealer before the problem was diagnosed correctly and the alternator replaced. Since then everything is fine”

John L., FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Cylinder was misfiring, swapped plug to another cylinder and it misfired. Replaced plug, problem fixed”

Anonymous, NE (2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Used as tow vehicle behind Motorhome. Difficulty getting transfer case into neutral where when selecting park pos'n after transfer case in neutral the the transmission starts buzzing. Must go through process several times before successfully getting vehicle prepared to tow”

Robert A., BC (2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“Engine started making ticking sound, jeep immeadley fix the issue could not be happier with Jeep”

Douglas K., FL (2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

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

Exhaust

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

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