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 But the Wrangler is seriously outdated in the modern world.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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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very easy to drive and handling is great"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"excellent for city driving and parking due to its small size. Acceleration not too impressive despite the big engine"

Felix W., BC (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Compared to my previous 2007 Wrangler, better engine and transmission combination. Smooth, quieter, more powerful, but smaller displacement 3.6 liter V6. Suspension improvements and longer wheelbase result in much smoother ride. Same tough and durable, no-nonsense utilitarian styling."

David L., OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Our Jeep has a manual shift 6 speed. The shifting was a little difficult until after about 100 miles, then it smoothed out and is easy now. Acceleration is great. It is fun to drive."

Richard D., OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"The acceleration and handling are what I expected. You do not buy a wrangler for that reason The ride and handling remind me of trucks my grandfather drove in the 50s and 60s."

Joe H., NY (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Much better than I thought it would be. Excellent interstate handling."

Watson W., VA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Off road abilities"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Unit drives far superior to our previous Wranglers. Much better ride, handling on the highway, braking, and all and all far superior to our prior units, and this is our 4th."

- P., FL (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"With the manual transmission, acceleration is brisk and the vehicle is fun to drive."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Acceleration is terrible for a 275 HP engine. Computer controlled, take foot of gas to shift, RPMs do not respond to your foot action. It is terrible, and still not use to it after 2 years"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Goes anywhere!"

Richard C., ME (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Vehicle has v-6 with a 6 spd transmission. Either under powered or geared too high. Arizona has lots of mountain roads with grades. Jeep engine really works to keep speed. Needs more horsepower or different transmission"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Bought vehicle to go off road. Handling on the highway is terrible. But off road is awesome."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"When in reverse, acceleration sometimes felt restricted as if the clutch was sticking. It was sporadic and the dealer could not get it to repeat when we had it in."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"easy to handle and maneuver"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"V6 engine and rear wheel drive provide incredible acceleration! Front of jeep will raise up when you “floor it‿!"

David U., OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"solid performance on and off road"

John W., PA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Slow, truck like."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"People tend to think it’s a bumpy ride but with the improvements over the last five years I believe comfort of the ride is amazing."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"It accelerates well & is small enough to fit into spaces that my big old pickup did not. I'm able to pass multiple vehicles on the freeway with no worries."

Anonymous, MN (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"The Wrangler is just plain fun to drive. Although my situation requires areal 4 wheel drive, most are just mundane to drive. All the safety electronics and electronic warning stuff is a waste of driving experience and money to me."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"It is a complete turd. I am so incredibly disappointed after the excellent experience we have had with my wife's Wrangler Rubicon - that vehicle is why I went for my Wrangler Sahara, the one I drove fixed the few aspects I disliked about my wife's Rubicon (po-go suspension, hard uncomfortable leather seats). The example I drove was everything I loved about my wife's Rubicon, and reversed everything I hated about it (cloth seats+++, well-damped suspension+++). I did get those with the one I received, but what I also got was a hyperactive ASC, hyperactive ABS (which actually caused an accident !), and THE MOST gutless engine I've had the misfortune to suffer through in living memory. I'm 61, so I've owned and driven a few cars in my time. If this vehicle was my first exposure to Chrysler I would never darken their doorstep again. Given he quality disparity between my wife's Wrangler and this POS I suffer with now, it it extremely unlikely that I will consider another FCA vehicle after this - it is utterly repugnant to drive, any time I use the accelerator and steering wheel at the same time the power simply cuts out, which leaves me stranded turning left out of my driveway EVERY time - the car dies halfway across the road, on a very busy road at that time in the morning. Whoever programmed this ASC needs to be fired before someone gets killed. My 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is a xxxxx trap, which is why it has less than 3,000 miles on it at this point, 18 months after purchase - we drive my wife's Wrangler, my F250 PSD or my motorcycles instead. I cannot wait to be rid of this lease, I will go back to Japanese cars after this - I've never had an issue with those in 25 years."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Needs more power"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"fairly rough ride, but much better than expected. wid noise not as high as I thought it would be. Comfortable seats better than expected"

Paul J., MD (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"We had the Catkinz seat covers installed. The front seats are comfortable. The rear seats are somewhat comfortable, we only wish they reclined. It's a Jeep Wrangler so noise and ride are not an issue for us. It is awesome off-road."

Richard D., OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"The seats are very comfortable in a true off road performer. Road noise is significantly reduced compared to previous models."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Vehicle very noisy"

Anonymous, SD (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Poor legroom, at cruising speeds gas pedal is too stiff I have to keep constant pressure on it. Suspension hits are jarring not ideal for back or neck concerned people."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Its a Jeep. It rides and sounds like a Jeep. That's why I bought it. It is a lot quieter than my old 1998 Jeep Wrangler."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"For a teenaged boy, the rough and simple interior, cloth seats, road feel, relatively high noise and great visibility make it a great car. If he hits the curb, you barely know it."

Bruce N., LA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"When we bought the Jeep, we were not expecting for the comfort to be that great. However, we are very surprised and happy with the comfort and noise of the Wrangler. While it isn't a Rolls-Royce, it is very comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"This is my husband’s car, and I’m fairly short (5’3‿). The seats are very comfortable for me as a passenger, but when I try to drive it, I can’t get high enough to see over the dash and reach the clutch. I always feel like the seatbelt is strangling me!"

Phoebe M., CT (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Wind noise near A pillar on passenger side"

Alan S., CT (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"I traded in a Honda Accord for the jeep and expected to have a much rougher ride, and in fact the Jeep has some of the mot comfortable seats I have ever driven in. The jeep is a hardtop which really cuts down on the road noise and in reality you just get wind noise in the Jeep versus pavement noise in the Honda."

Dennis D., FL (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Best seats ever."

Richard H., IN (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Wind noise in the top of windshield where detachable roof panels fasten."

David U., OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Excellent value for the money. It also holds its value far better than the average vehicle."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Holds value"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"For the amount we paid for the Wrangler, it is a tremendous value for money."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"This vehicle is pricey to buy but it holds it's value as well as any other."

Joseph S., NH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Chrysler audio head units are complete garbage. Every time you start the vehicle, it takes at least a minute to connect to Bluetooth audio. Changing music tracks is delayed causing you to overshoot the number of tracks. Every restart goes back to FM radio."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)


Alan S., CT (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Our is the Freedom Edition and with that we got the convenience package, side steps, gas shocks, heavy duty suspension, 19" wheels & tires, unique wheel & grille color, leather-trimmed seats and premium soft top."

Rob R., NY (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Wish they werent so expensive, but you get what you pay for"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Convertible, great in the summer and 4x4 in the winter. Heat/AC is so insane. You can up a mountain, and you can drive on the road. Drive thru a swamp or on the beach. Very versatile vehicle"

Benjamin C., MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Tremendous resale value!"

Richard C., ME (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"You get what you pay for. Simple, basic vehicle that can go anywhere."

Gordon H., MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"Highest resale value of any vehicle. Excellent driver in bad weather."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Jeep Wrangler)

"I wanted a highly modified Jeep Smokey Mountain. The dealer listened to my "wants", took me out to the lot and showed me some vehicles having similar modifications. We agreed on what I wanted and the dealer delivered my vehicle exactly how I wanted it."

Ronald S., UT (2017 Jeep Wrangler)
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