2007 Jeep Wrangler

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2007 Jeep Wrangler Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Jeep Wrangler was new.

The Wrangler offers incredibly capable off-road performance, but compromises on-road handling and comfort in order to maximize off-road prowess. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV and want to stand out with distinctive and rugged styling, you might also consider the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Nissan Xterra and Honda Element.

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 6.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • The most capable off-road vehicle in its class and 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine's "4x4 of the Year" for 2007
  • The only convertible SUV (available in both two-door and four-door)
  • Available as a four-door model for the first time
  • Poor on-road handling
  • Interior comfort not up to the level of a daily driver
  • Poor gas mileage for its class

2007 Jeep Wrangler Overview

The 2007 Jeep Wrangler is a rugged SUV designed to be most comfortable off the pavement. The Jeep's strengths are its off-road performance elements, but they also "constitute [the Wrangler's] primary weaknesses in routine city-suburban commuting, where it is least efficient, least comfortable, and generally less than enjoyable," explains the Washington Post. To some buyers, none of these complaints will matter. As U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman explains, "People put up with it, because Jeeps represent freedom and nonconformity. In a Jeep, you're not like other people."

For 2007, Jeep added a four-door model, the Wrangler Unlimited, which is significantly larger than the two-door version and competes with rugged midsize options including the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Hummer H3. Both the two-door and four-door Wranglers come in three trim levels: the basic X, the reasonably well-equipped Sahara and the top-of-the-line Rubicon.

While a simple two-door X model offers outstanding off-road capability for a relatively low base price, a thoroughly equipped four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon can cost as much as an entry-level luxury car. With this in mind, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel speaks for most reviewers in advising buyers, "If you're an off-roader ... stick with the basic Unlimited X model. It ... makes for economical mud-thumping." IntelliChoice has rated all versions of the 2007 Wrangler as "poor" values based on high fuel costs, high projected repair and maintenance costs, and high depreciation compared to other vehicles in its class.

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