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 But the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world.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.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
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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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 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 2017 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

"Went to get in Jeep and there was water all over the floor of the passenger side. Not sure if it is from a door, window, or?"

Anonymous, ID (2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

"Water leak through roof."

Randy A., CA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Hard roof panel leak. Two Jeep dealers refuse to do warranty work. Filed complaint with, nothing happened."

Gordon H., MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Leaking from roof panel. Two dealers refused to repair."

Gordon H., MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Just a slight leak on the passenger side during a heavy rain. It does not always happen either."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Once you take the top off it is hard to get it back on so that it doesn't leak when it rains"

Anonymous, (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Have water all over the floor of the passenger side. Not sure what from"

Anonymous, ID (2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)

"Both front doors leak periodically. More of a nuisances than a problem but should not happen. Never happens when I am at the dealer."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The hard top makes popping noises when moving. Erratic and annoying."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Common problem with generation of Wranglers is a rattle that sounds like it comes from the door pillar."

Anonymous, MS (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"passengers door want not adjusted properly"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Wind noise coming from between top of windshield and composite top"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"As much noise as driving a rag top convertible."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"Wind noise is normal on Jeep Wrangler JKs"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

"The Jeep is just a very noisy ride which I don't enjoy on the highway. Too loud"

Anonymous, (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"wind noise above 40 mph. No cure for it."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 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

"Early failure (at 280 miles) of the gear selector module"

Janet P., PA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Rough shifting

"After towing behind our motor home, it is not possible to get the gears back where we can drive it , unless we get into the motor home and pull it about six inches during the process. This takes two people. We went round and round with the Jeep people and they deny there is a problem. They didn’t check it after towing, which is the only time the problem occurs."

Sandra D., AR (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission will slip into low gear when driving."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Leak at main seal discovered at regular oil chg. First dealer thought they fixed it. Second dealer did fix it although I can’t be spcertain since we traded it in for the 2018 GC"

R A., FL (2017 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

Body control module

"clock spring in steering column replaced to fix cruise control and ESC dash light that was incorrectly lit."

Bruce D., CA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"The mount for the passenger headlight failed allowing the light to vibrate excessively"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The problem started with the seats not heating. Then the battery wouldn't keep a charge."

Anonymous, (2017 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"No matter how many times I fill the tires they always lose pressure."

Anonymous, (2017 Jeep Wrangler Unsure 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

"Hard top front pieces did not line up"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)

"Sunrider top is difficult to reattach from half open position"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys 3.6-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

"Drivers door had to be slammed in order to close it. At first Jeep said it was normal but after complaining to Corporate they fixed it under warranty. The hinges had to be realigned."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator leaked at 15000 miles replaced under warranty radiator faulty no quality control or junk?"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Jeep Wrangler 3.6-L V6)

"This was the second radiator that had to be replaced due to a whole or leak. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

"Radiator leaking at seam at bottom of radiator. Lost all coolant. Towed to dealer. Radiator replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, SD (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Fuel leaks

"gas cap needed replacing"

Anonymous, LA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Front crank seal leaking oil"

Richard R., MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler 3.6-L V6)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"The fuel tank is ridiculously small. The highway range isn't even 500 in. Lots of stops."

Anonymous, AB (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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

Differential

"Rear diff would not unlock after being electronically locked. I had to have a mechanic remove the drain plug and manually disengage the lock feature so it could be driven home (290 miles) without damaging the tires, etc. The Jeep dealer repeated the problem and replaced it."

Patrick H., CO (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Power control module failed intermittently causing ABS, Traction Control, ESC, and Cruise Control to fail. I had it in the shop 5 times at two dealerships before they isolated the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"Speed sensor failed, warranty covered, 2hours to repair"

Wendell M., MS (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

Calipers

"I square cut O ring would not allow the rear caliper to retract properly thus causes me to replace the caliper, pads and rotors at 35,000 miles. I expect original calipers to last longer."

Philip B., MD (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"Minor squeak in rear brake. It was fixed"

Robert C., KY (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 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

"Cannot use iPhone with Bluetooth. Causes navigation system to lock up. Jeep says oh well can’t fix"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Jeep Wrangler 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The head unit that controls phone pairing, music, etc. has been replaced twice. It just stops responding."

Kevin T., NC (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 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

A/C compressor

"It doesn't go as well as I would like it. It's passable at max oiliness."

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

Power steering leaks

"Power steering pump leak began January 2019 and hasn't been fixed yet. Not a huge problem since it only drips two drops every time the engine is turned off."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The vehicle popped out of reverse nearly every time. Dealer tried to tell us it wasn't a problem, until I rode with the service advisor. Finally, after 3 visits, they rebuilt the reverse gear."

Kevin T., NC (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"The exterior door hinges on the driver and passenger front doors have been pealing and rusting. I had new hinges installed a little over a year ago and the new hinges are pealing, bubbling, and rusting again! I have brought this to the attention of the dealer where I purchased the vehicle. They claim it is because I remove the doors of the vehicle. I told them multiple times, I have NEVER removed the doors of my Wrangler! There is something definitely wrong with the paint of the door hinges."

Anonymous, (2017 Jeep Wrangler Willys 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

"would cut off and disable jeep or seconds while driving"

Anonymous, LA (2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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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