2014 Jeep Wrangler

2016 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 2016, Jeep Wrangler’s Sahara model gets some changes to its exterior and interior design. The Sport version gets a new Black Bear Trail Edition package that includes unique appearance enhancements and special tires. The package derives its name from an off-road trail near Telluride, Colorado. Despite major improvements to its interior over the years, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler 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: $23,895
Sahara: $29,895
Rubicon: $33,095
Unlimited Sport: $27,695
Unlimited Sahara: $33,695
Unlimited Rubicon: $36,895

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

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition
2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited