The iconic Jeep Wrangler has a loyal following, thanks to its classic design, rugged image, and legendary history. Updated with a modern powertrain, this may be the best version yet. But the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable off-roading 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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2001
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2002
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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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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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. Updated with a modern powertrain, this may be the best version yet. But the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world. While designed for capable off-roading 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. While 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 both present quite a project. The high price as tested (over $36,000) means 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 2016 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

Air or water leaks

"Leak in moderate to heavy rain pooling in the front and rear floor bit passenger and driver side"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The drivers side door leaks at top left in driving rain, will be replacing the weather stripping"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Roof leaking water"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"After removing the roof Freedom panels several times, they now leak through the weatherstripping slightly during rain."

Robert E., CA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Roof seals leak dripping water on the dash."

Max H., IA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Seal on hardtop leaked and was creaking. Dealer replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Hard top deals had to be replaced 2 times."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The rubber weather striping around drivers door, hangs loose at bottom. It was supposed to be fixed at jeep dealership, it wasn't. I have purched the goop to repait it, just not done yet"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Small leak on driver's side that caused a little water on the floor mat in a strong driving rain."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"When I say seals, I am referring to the axle seals on the front of the vehicle. Dealership has replaced them 3 times, the first being at 19,000 miles. Its going back in on Tuesday night for the same issue again."

Anonymous, (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"removable roof leaks in center over radio"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Roof leak dumping rain water on the dash"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Rain leaking in"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rear tailgate blamed by dealer & better afterwards but only for a few days to a week, unable to find a lasting cure. Wind noise expected as this vehicle very UNaerodynamic."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Over time the Jeep has demonstrated a mild lack of care in fit and finish. Rattles are pretty common"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Squeak somewhere in the hardtop or doors that cannot be located."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The back left quarter area has an incessant squeaking noise. Started after a year, the Jeep shop said ghere was a squeak but it was "Ëœnormal' it is enough to drive anyone batty."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Driver seat squeaks and the brake peddle wobbles making noise"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"On bumps, during rebound of the suspension, there is a clunk"

Tim S., ON (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"It is the nature of the beast; pushing a box through makes noise."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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 difficult to see

"When the auto headlights came on the screen went blank"

P D., ON (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Dealer Replaced radio and nav system"

David M., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"When the auto headlights and wipers were used the screen would go dark and be difficult to read"

P D., ON (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"the touch screen for the sound system and navigation had damage that was attributed to sun damage. dealer completely replaced the system as car was less than a year old at the time"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes indicates no device connected, especially if the engine was turned off and key removed, and sometimes will not list all songs on iPod (3200+songs)"

Kenneth B., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"GPS would not give direction, audio or video. Had 42,000 miles, past 36,000 mile warranty. This was the "top of line" head unit. Had to pay 50% of cost replacement ($630). Very disappointed, this should not happen to a "top of the line" factory installed unit."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The factory radio was replaced once by the dealership under warranty because it locked itself and would not accept the unlock codes. The second radio began to reboot itself every few minutes. Dealership said I was out of warranty so I installed my own."

Anonymous, (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Nav wouldn’t boot. Dealer replaced it. No further issues."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Unable to update GPS system."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Tried to update maps myself (through Jeep) and failed. Took to dealer, who charged $130, and found maps could not be updated because radio is defective (although it still works, just won't accept map update). Dealer said I'd need to replace radio for estd $750 in order to update maps (the warranty had expired 4 months earlier)."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"An error message came up that the maps were no longer available, just stopped working. Dealership told me they need to have a technician look into it, I have yet to schedule the appointment. Another friend of mine had same issue and they had to replace the whole unit which includes the radio, CD, etc."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Won't pair with cell phone, though it had in the first month of ownership, though spotty"

Kenneth B., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Listing to the radio, I heard a loud snap sound and the radio shut off, the screen went black, about twenty five min. later the radio gave a loud snap and came back on , for 5 min. another loud snap and the radio shut off and has not worked since."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Radio stopped working, took FCA aka Jeep corporate 3 , yes THREE MONTHS to replace with new unit ! Factory Back Order"

Anonymous, MA (2016 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

"The driveshaft broke when my husband was driving it. He had to "limp" it home. We haven't been able to fix it yet because of COVID 19."

Anonymous, OK (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"The steering wheel shakes during highway driving."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"In January 2020, I noticed that at times the Jeep would gently brake on its own effecting my control of the vehicle while driving. After a couple of weeks, the ESC light would come on about 10 minutes into the drive, and stay on. When I took the Jeep to the dealership for repair, they took a about 4 days to fix it, but the ESC light returned soon after pick-up. When I took the jeep to the dealership a 2nd time, they kept it for 4 wks, citing that the cam position sensor module needed was on back-order. There hasn't been any problems with the vehicle before or since."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"It was a part recall and was fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"Seems to be a problem in slushy conditions and has to be taken to dealer to be reset, our cottage is 3 hours from nearest dealer and this can be a challenging problem"

Steven S., AB (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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)

"One front ABS brake sensor failed. It was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"bad wheel sensor"

Mark K., FL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"The wheel speed sensor was defective. This is the second one to fail on this vehicle. This impacts the ABS system, as well as ESC and traction control systems."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Parking brake

"The parking brake broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Took in for inspection and oil change and wouldn't pass inspection without new breaks"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Both blinkers were not functional and had to be replaced before I even drove the jeep off of the lot"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"The light in the gauges and Nav screen go out when you turn on the blinkers"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"The stock headlights are deficient to the point of being, in my opinion, dangerous. This was not specific to my vehicle but true of Wranglers in general as I have come to understand"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Jeeps have awful headlights, cannot see at night."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"the radiators they use are metal crimped to plastic cost cutters. You'd think that by now they would have addressed the quality problem with them, They must be made in China!"

Eddie L., NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Radiator

"Jeep has an ongoing problem with their sub-par radiators, they replaced mine under warranty with another just like the junk they replaced! Now I smell coolant again after 3000 miles. They should upgrade their radiators, just check any forum and see that there is clearly a problem with them."

Eddie L., NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"The radiator issue I experienced was also to due to manufacturing error, which was litigated in a class action lawsuit and proven to to be right."

Paul S., NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Front Impact Sensor recall S76, modify wiring harness"

Gary J., NM (2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

"recall"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"This was a recall on the passenger airbag"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

"Check Engine light led to trip to dealer for service; they diagnosed leaks in cylinder head."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"One of the cylinders failed to operate, which was due to a manufacturing error that resulted in a class action lawsuit."

Paul S., NY (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

"Shift quality suddenly became vague and rubbery. Dealer replaced shift mechanism under warranty. The replacement shift mechanism was replaced again following a recall."

John K., TX (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car would not shift into any gear- reverse, drive or neutral. Quick and easy fix but I needed a loaner while the part was ordered and car fixed"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 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

Shocks or struts

"The left rear bumper of the car starting sagging to the extent that the frame and body of the car are no longer aligned."

Anonymous, WA (2016 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

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Carpet was not installed properly. There were a few gaps with little overlapping. Could have been easily corrected with just taking more time to do it right."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Grinding when shifting into 5th gear started shortly after I purchased the vehicle. Took to dealer and they said the synchronization for that gear was defective. They replaced it but the repair took 4-5 weeks."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Condenser

"The entire A/C unit had to be replaced including the condenser"

Anonymous, MI (2016 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

Convertible top

"the Freedom Top leaked from day one when it rained. Neither the dealer of origin or FCA’s “expert” repair facility was able to fix it nor did FCA offer any sort of remediation..I have since disposed of the vehicle at a substantial financial loss"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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

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.

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