2017 Jeep Wrangler

Pros: Virtually unmatched off-road prowess; unmistakable Jeep character and rugged personality; Unlimited model retains desirable traits of original Wrangler but adds much needed versatility

Cons: Poor value for the money; noisier and less refined that most every class competitor; subpar on-road handling and fuel economy; lack of creature comforts

CG Says: For 2017, Jeep Wrangler gets some new options. LED headlights and fog lights are now available. Also newly available is a Cold Weather Group that includes heated seats, remote engine start, engine-block heater, and special tires. Jeep Wrangler is an off-road oriented compact SUV that comes in two lengths. The base Wrangler has two doors and seats four, while the longer Unlimited version has four doors and seats five. A folding fabric top is standard and a removable hardtop is optional. A 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine mates to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard. In addition to some of the usual comfort and convenience features, Wrangler also offers off-road aids such as locking differentials, disconnecting sway bars, and 32-inch tires. Despite major improvements to its interior over the years, this Jeep remains a limited-purpose machine. Off road, it’s a finely honed tool. On road, it’s best considered a fun-in-the-sun runabout. The Unlimited’s design provides additional passenger and cargo room, albeit at a stiff price premium over the smaller 2-door Wrangler. A judiciously equipped Sport is the best value in this lineup. The top-line Rubicon can get very expensive.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible, 4-door convertible
Passenger Count 4 (Wrangler) or 5 (Wrangler Unlimited)
Drive Wheels 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Sport: $23,995
Sahara: $30,445
Rubicon: $33,645
Unlimited Sport: $27,895
Unlimited Sahara: $34,245
Unlimited Rubicon: $37,445

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
285
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
5-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-21