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2010 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2010 Jeep Wrangler delivers some of the best off-road thrills of any SUV, but trails the competition in terms of safety and interior quality. Unless a tough off-road SUV is a must-have, you should look elsewhere.  

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road performance
  • Mediocre acceleration and passing power
  • Poor safety ratings
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable rear seats




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 7.6
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2010 Jeep Wrangler Overview

The 2010 Jeep Wrangler is well-loved by off-road enthusiasts, but it simply can’t compete with smoother used compact SUVs such as the 2010 Honda CR-V. In highway situations, reviewers said the Wrangler has a bumpy ride with vague steering. Even with a V6 engine, reviewers thought that the Wrangler lacks power off the line and struggles with passing. Additionally, the Wrangler has poor fuel economy and bottom-of-the-barrel safety ratings. Ultimately, the Wrangler is for those looking to go off-road, not for everyday commuting.

The Wrangler has a simple interior that matches its rugged nature, but it trails the competition in terms of material quality and overall comfort, according to auto critics. Also, when it was new, test drivers complained about the lack of legroom in the back seats and thought they were flat and unsupportive, especially when off-roading. Reviewers also said the Wrangler had limited small-item storage but ample cargo space, which can be expanded by folding the rear seats down.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser has off-road performance that’s on par with the Wrangler’s, but the FJ Cruiser has better safety ratings. The FJ Cruiser also gets better fuel economy than the Wrangler and has a more powerful engine. When it was new, reviewers praised the FJ Cruiser for its off-road performance, but also noted that it was capable on the pavement as well.

If you’re looking at the Wrangler, you should check out the 2010 Nissan Xterra, which reviewers thought makes a better daily commuter than the Wrangler while still offering good off-road performance. By choosing the Xterra, you’ll get better interior quality, performance and safety than the Wrangler. The Wrangler has more cargo space, but both cars have comparable fuel economy.

Compare the Wrangler to the FJ Cruiser and Xterra »

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