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2015 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler has unrivaled off-roading capabilities, but its unrefined nature, limited features, and high cost earn it a bottom-third ranking in the compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road prowess
  • Standard four-wheel drive
  • Generous cargo capacity in Unlimited trim
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Dull handling and lots of body roll
  • Few standard features
  • Small cargo capacity in two-door Wrangler





Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 6.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 7.6
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2015 Jeep Wrangler Overview

Is the 2015 Jeep Wrangler a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is a fantastic off-roading vehicle that's highly customizable, but it's not a good everyday compact SUV for most folks. It has a paltry number of standard features compared to rivals – even air conditioning and power windows cost extra. The cramped rear seats in two-door models and the large amount of road noise that seeps into the cabin make the Wrangler's interior unpleasant for long trips. The Wrangler has some of the best off-road driving dynamics of any vehicle on the market, with steering and suspension that were made for harsh surfaces. However, that translates to poor handling elsewhere.

Additionally, the Wrangler isn't cheap to own. It has poor gas mileage, and its average list price and five-year ownership estimates are higher than those of most rivals. The Wrangler is only worth its relatively high cost if you spend more time off the pavement than on it or you just love the looks of this iconic SUV.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 104 Jeep Wrangler reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2015 Jeep Wrangler?

Based on listings for the 2015 Wrangler on our site, the average price is about $30,400. Prices range from $24,000 to $37,500 and vary depending on the vehicle's trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Cost to Own?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total nearly $28,240, which is above average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Jeep Wrangler?

Prices for a new 2019 Jeep Wrangler range from about $28,000 to upwards of $51,000, while a used 2015 Wrangler averages around $30,400, based on our listings. The Wrangler was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, so the 2019 Wrangler differs significantly from the 2015 model. The new Wrangler has more upscale materials and several new standard features, including a rearview camera, a heated steering wheel, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen. New available features include, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with a larger touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A 275-horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine that features a mild-hybrid e-assist is also available in the 2019 Wrangler.

Although you can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Wrangler, you'll miss out on the redesigned model's updates if you buy a pre-2018 Wrangler (or a 2018 Wrangler JK, which belongs to the previous Wrangler generation).

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You can purchase some new and highly ranked compact SUVs for significantly less than the average list price of a used 2015 Wrangler. The fully redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester (starting at $24,295) is a great option for those who want a more affordable SUV with some decent off-roading capabilities. The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, returns great fuel economy, and has many more features than the Wrangler. It also has a composed ride and better on-road manners than the Jeep.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Wrangler Is Best?

The 2015 Wrangler is part of a generation that launched for 2007 and includes the 2018 model year. For 2018, Jeep sold two versions of the Wrangler: the redesigned JL model and the JK model that was unchanged from the previous model year. If you're shopping for a 2018 Wrangler, you'll want to pay attention to which model you're looking at to ensure you get the features you want.

The Wrangler is one of the pricier models in the class, so if saving money is a priority, look at 2012 through 2015 models. Skip 2016 and 2017 models, which didn’t receive any major changes.

The completely redesigned 2018 Wrangler JL saw some noteworthy updates, and it's the model we recommend, provided it fits in your budget. It offers a host of off-road updates, including heavier axle tubes, wider axles, larger clearance to outfit bigger tires, an improved chassis that absorbs more bumps in the road, and a relocated track bar that decreases the Jeep's roll center.

The JL Wrangler is noticeably quieter on the highway than previous models. It's also easier to lower the soft top and windshield and remove the doors and roof. Additionally, the 2018 Wrangler was the first model to offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that includes a mild-hybrid system. This powerplant delivers more torque and returns better gas mileage than six-cylinder models. Inside, the 2018 Wrangler is noticeably more modern than previous models. New standard features for 2018 included a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen. Newly available features for 2018 included blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jeep Wrangler?

The 2015 Wrangler has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. While that’s an average score for the automotive industry, most SUVs in the class receive higher ratings.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. One addresses the possibility of the front passenger air bag exploding, while the other involves a potentially contaminated clockspring assembly. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Jeep Wrangler Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is available in two body styles: two-door and four-door (Unlimited). Each body style has three trim levels: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. A 285-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission is standard across trims, while a five-speed automatic transmission is available.

The Wrangler Sport – the base model – comes with a soft top, an eight-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input, and satellite radio. This trim lacks common standard features like air conditioning, power door locks, and power windows, so you may want to opt for an upper trim to ensure that these features are included.

The Wrangler Sahara adds standard air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows, front and rear 12-volt power outlets, heated power mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Some used Sahara Wranglers have automatic climate control, heated leather seats, smartphone connectivity, and remote start.

The Wrangler Rubicon loses all the Sahara's added features except air conditioning and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. However, the Wrangler Rubicon is the most trail-ready model in the lineup, offering performance improvements like an upgraded front axle, electronic front- and rear-axle lockers with remote locking, and an electronic sway-bar disconnect system.

Choosing your ideal trim will depend on the amount of time you spend off-roading. For light off-roading and more everyday use, get the Sahara trim. Otherwise, the Rubicon is the way to go.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Wrangler?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Wrangler the lowest rating of Poor in the side crash test. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test and the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front evaluation. The Wrangler Unlimited performed slightly better in IIHS crash testing, earning a Good rating in the driver-side small overlap front and the moderate overlap front tests. It received a Marginal rating in the side evaluation.

Both two- and four-door Wrangler models earned three out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the rollover test.

The 2015 Wrangler doesn’t have any standard or available active safety technology. Most of its competitors come with a rearview camera and are available with several more driver assistance features.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Wrangler or 2015 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a more practical option than the Wrangler. It offers comfort features and technology that appeal to those who spend more time in traffic than on open roads. Its cabin features a more upscale design and nicer materials, and the Cherokee comes with far more features than the Wrangler, including a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and standard power windows and locks. The Cherokee is available with driver assistance technology the 2015 Wrangler doesn’t have, including a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and active park assist. The Cherokee manages to balance daily ride comfort and impressive off-road prowess, but it isn’t as off-road capable as the Wrangler.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Wrangler or 2015 Subaru Forester?

For a more practical everyday SUV that can tackle light off-roading and wintry road conditions, consider the 2015 Subaru Forester. The Forester offers on-road comfort for everyday driving, along with standard all-wheel drive that helps maintain road traction on slick surfaces and rocky roads. In addition, the Forester has roomy seats, a peppy turbocharged engine that returns good fuel economy, a good number of features, and more cargo space than either Wrangler body style.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Performance

How Does the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Drive?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler comes with standard four-wheel drive, along with a 285-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission is available. The base powertrain generates enough power for easy acceleration from a stop, though the engine gets quite noisy once you pick up speed. The Wrangler has dull steering and lots of body roll in turns, so it's not an ideal SUV for comfortable daily driving. It’s an excellent option for off-roading, however.

Does the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Wrangler gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which are some of the worst estimates in the class.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Seat?

The base Jeep Wrangler has two doors and four seats, while the Wrangler Unlimited has four doors and five seats. The two-door Wrangler has limited cargo and back-seat space; the four-door model has a little more interior room and loads more cargo space. The Wrangler comes standard with a soft top, which invites in a lot of outside noise. However, the available hardtop does a good job mitigating these noises. The Wrangler has good forward visibility, thanks to its high seating position. However, some drivers may have trouble seeing out the back window because of the spare tire mounted on the tailgate. Some may also find the step-in height to be too high.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Jeep Wrangler?

For installing child safety seats, the Wrangler has a complete set of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

2015 Jeep Wrangler Features

The Wrangler comes with satellite radio and an eight-speaker stereo. It's available with power windows, power door locks with keyless entry, a removable hardtop, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, a navigation system, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo system, air conditioning, and automatic climate control. Most dashboard controls for audio and climate functions are simple and user-friendly.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Dimensions

Jeep Wrangler Cargo Space

The standard Jeep Wrangler has less cargo space than most classmates – just 12.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 56.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, and 61.2 cubic feet with the rear seats removed. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, on the other hand, has a lot more storage space, with 31.5 cubic feet of space behind the back seats and 70.6 cubic feet with them folded.

2015 Wrangler Length and Weight

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler measures nearly 13.7 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,760 pounds to 4,129 pounds. The Wrangler Unlimited is almost 15.4 feet long, and its curb weight is between 4,075 pounds and 4,340 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Built?

Jeep manufactured the 2015 Wrangler in Ohio.

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