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6.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 5.7
Reliability:
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2013 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler is a formidable off-roader, according to reviewers, but it isn't very comfortable for day-to-day driving, and it has a poor reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road ability
  • Cramped rear seat in base model
  • Rough on-road performance
  • Low reliability rating

2013 Jeep Wrangler Overview

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler is powered by a six-cylinder engine, which reviewers said has plenty of power. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic is optional. The Wrangler has two doors and the Wrangler Unlimited has four doors. Two-door models get up to 17/21 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class overall. The Wrangler is made for off-roading, and reviewers said it’s supremely capable when the pavement ends. However, some reviewers cautioned that its rugged off-road construction can make its ride too rough if you want a quiet and comfortable SUV. Critics mentioned that it has lots of uncontrolled body motions while cornering. The Wrangler also has a poor reliability rating for the class.

Available with either its standard soft top or available hard top, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler has an interior that most reviewers reported is sturdy, with hard, but easy-to-clean, materials that seem made for hitting a muddy trail. The two-door Wrangler can seat up to four people, while the four-door Wrangler Unlimited seats five. Reviewers said that the two-door model's back seat is cramped, and noted that the Unlimited model is a better choice if you need to regularly carry passengers in back. The Wrangler's rough-and-tumble nature means that standard features are limited. A basic stereo with an auxiliary input jack is standard, but features like air conditioning, power windows, Bluetooth, heated seats, a USB port and navigation are available. The base Wrangler's overall cargo space is low for the class, but the Wrangler Unlimited's overall cargo space is good for the class.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser is just as rugged an off-roader as the Jeep Wrangler, according to most reviewers. However, the FJ Cruiser has a much better reliability rating, and most test drivers agreed that it is well-mannered on pavement.

The 2013 Subaru Forester has more creature comforts than the Jeep Wrangler, and reviewers appreciated its spacious back seat. It can’t go as far off-road as the Wrangler can, but with standard all-wheel drive, the Forester is a great choice if you need an SUV that can handle bad weather and dirt roads.

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