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2014 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler sets the standard for off-roading SUVs, but its poor on-road manners, limited features, low reliability rating, and poor safety scores make it one of the least practical options in the class.  

Pros & Cons


  • Great off-road capability
  • Standard four-wheel drive


  • Noisy cabin
  • Low fuel economy
  • Limited standard features
  • Low safety and reliability scores




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 5.6
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2014 Jeep Wrangler Overview

Is the 2014 Jeep Wrangler a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler has a long-standing reputation as an SUV capable of tackling almost any terrain, and it's one of few compact SUVs that has standard four-wheel drive. However, it's a poor choice for day-to-day driving, as it has an unrefined ride, low fuel economy, and poor safety and reliability scores. The Wrangler's plastic-heavy, sparsely equipped interior is great for removing dirt and mud, but it looks cheap compared to the more modern cabins in rivals.

Used 2014 Jeep Wrangler Performance and Interior

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is powered by a 285-horsepower V6 engine that produces adequate power for daily city and highway driving. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a five-speed automatic is available. The base Wrangler gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Those are poor fuel estimates for a compact SUV, but the Wrangler's four-wheel-drive system is partly to blame for its inefficiency. The system makes the Wrangler one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market, but it also makes for an unpleasant, harsh ride on paved roads. 

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The Jeep Wrangler is available with either two or four doors. The base Wrangler seats four and has cramped back seats, while the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited seats five and has generous rear space. The front seats provide decent comfort in either model. The four-door Wrangler has complete LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow a lower anchor from each of the other back seats. The cabin – made with mostly easy-to-clean plastics – has simple and somewhat dull styling. The Wrangler comes with a soft top, but models equipped with the available removable hardtop will serve you better; they experience significantly less wind and road noise. 

The Wrangler comes with few standard features – just a six-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Available features include power windows and door locks, automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system, and an Alpine stereo. Audio and climate controls are straightforward. 

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Used 2014 Jeep Wrangler Prices

The price of a used two-door Jeep Wrangler Sport base model averages about $22,500. The Wrangler Rubicon, which comes with off-roading performance enhancements, has an average cost of about $29,700. Pricing can vary depending on the vehicle's location, mileage, condition, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 100 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used vehicle rankings and reviews on the opinions of the automotive press, as well as on data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched and analyzed 100 Jeep Wrangler reviews to help you understand its position in the class.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Jeep Wrangler?

The 2014 Wrangler has a poor reliability score of 2.5 on J.D. Power and Associates' five-point scale. That’s below average for the industry.

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How Safe Is the Wrangler?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Jeep Wrangler a Good rating – the highest it offers – in the moderate overlap front crash test, a Poor rating in the side impact test, and a Marginal rating in the small overlap front and rear crash protection evaluations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Wrangler three out of five stars in the rollover crash test. Jeep doesn’t offer any active safety features in the Wrangler. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Wrangler?

The 2014 Wrangler is included in the SUV's eighth generation, which began with the 2007 model year and continues through 2017. The 2012 and 2013 Wranglers are nearly identical to the 2014 model in terms of features and styling, so purchasing one of these could save you some money. 

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Which Used Jeep Wrangler Is Right for Me?

The Jeep Wrangler comes with four-wheel drive and is available in two- and four-door (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited) body styles. Each body style has three trim levels: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon.

The Wrangler Sport – the base model – comes with a soft top, a fold-down windshield, a six-speaker stereo, and an auxiliary input. With so few standard features, most shoppers should skip the Wrangler Sport and consider one of the upper trims. 

The Wrangler Sahara offers more comfort and convenience with its standard air conditioning, power windows and door locks, heated side mirrors, 115-volt power outlet, six-speaker Alpine stereo with subwoofer, satellite radio, and keyless entry. The Wrangler Rubicon is the most trail-ready of the three models, adding off-road performance-enhancing upgrades, including a new front axle, electronic front- and rear-axle lockers, and an electronic sway-bar disconnect system. If you plan to tackle some serious off-road trails, go with the Rubicon. 

The Wrangler's poor reliability rating may lead you to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. For certified pre-owned Jeep vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Jeep Wrangler and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Wrangler or 2014 Toyota 4Runner?

The Toyota 4Runner is a midsize SUV, so it has a bit more overall space than the Wrangler. Otherwise, it shares a lot with the Wrangler, including its great off-road capability, cheap interior, and uncomfortable on-road handling. However, the 4Runner is the more modern SUV, with available features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen infotainment system. It's also available with a Multi-Terrain Select System, which allows you to adjust the SUV's wheel slip for mud, rock, and other surfaces.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Wrangler or 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The all-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers both luxury and trail-readiness, so it's the more well-balanced of the two. It has an upscale, handsome interior that contains numerous standard and available tech features that the Wrangler doesn't offer. It's also available with a fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine, and it was named our 2014 Best 2-Row SUV for Families.

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