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7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 7.4
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2015 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler may outperform other SUVs when the pavement ends, but its harsh on-road manners, lack of features, and poor predicted reliability score keep it near the bottom of the class rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Off-roading prowess
  • Standard four-wheel drive
  • Generous cargo capacity in Unlimited trim

  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Dull handling with body roll
  • Very little standard equipment
  • Small cargo capacity in two-door Wrangler

2015 Jeep Wrangler Overview

Is the 2015 Jeep Wrangler a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is a fitting compact SUV for shoppers looking for a heavy-duty off-road vehicle. However, it's not a practical car for most everyday driving, due to its limited amount of comfort and technology features, sloppy handling, and noisy ride.

Used 2015 Jeep Wrangler Performance and Interior

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is powered by a 285-horsepower V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Some models have a five-speed automatic transmission. With the base powertrain, the Wrangler moves at an adequate speed and pulls away fairly quickly from a stop. Drivers who want more power or a quieter ride on the highway may need to search elsewhere, as only one engine is available in the Wrangler. The EPA estimates that the Wrangler gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which are some of the lowest estimates in the class. The Wrangler has dull steering and produces a substantial amount of body roll in turns, so it's not an ideal SUV for comfortable daily commuting.

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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 back-seat and cargo space; the four-door model has a little more room for adults and storage. The Wrangler comes standard with a soft top, which can make the cabin a bit noisy. However, the available hardtop remedies that problem somewhat. The Wrangler has good forward visibility, thanks to its high seating position. However, some drivers may have trouble seeing out the back window since the spare tire is located on the tailgate. Some may also find the step-in height to be too high.

The Wrangler includes LATCH child-seat anchors on both rear outboard seats, as well as upper tether anchors on all three rear seats.

The Wrangler Sport comes with significantly fewer standard features than most other compact SUVs – just standard satellite radio and an eight-speaker stereo. Some used models may include power windows, power door locks with keyless entry, a removable hardtop, a USB port, Bluetooth, remote start, navigation, 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 are simple and user-friendly.

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Used 2015 Jeep Wrangler Prices

The price of a used 2015 Jeep Wrangler ranges from about $24,800 for the two-door base model Wrangler Sport up to about $31,000 for the Wrangler Rubicon. These prices will vary, however, based on the vehicle's location, condition, mileage, and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Jeep Wrangler?

Like most Jeep vehicles, the 2015 Wrangler has a pretty low predicted reliability score for the class. It gets a 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is below average for the class and the market as a whole. Most 2015 compact SUVs earn a score of three or better.

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How Safe Is the Wrangler?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler gets a below-average safety score for the class. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests (moderate overlap front and small overlap front) it got the highest rating of Good. In two other IIHS tests (side impact and rear crash protection), it got the second-lowest rating of Marginal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only evaluated the Wrangler in one test – the rollover crash test, in which it earned three out of four stars.

The 2015 Wrangler doesn’t have any standard or available active safety equipment. Most of its competitors come with a rearview camera and offer lots of advanced crash-mitigation technology.

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Should I Consider Another Used Wrangler?

The 2015 Wrangler is a part of the SUV's eighth generation, which launched in 2007 and includes the 2017 model year. Considering an earlier model within this generation could save you money while getting you nearly identical styling and features to the 2015 model. However, keep in mind that if you want standard four-wheel drive and the current model's V6 engine, you'll need to purchase a 2012 or later Wrangler. 

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Which Used Jeep Wrangler Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with four-wheel drive and 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. Since this trim lacks standard features like power door locks and windows, you'll want to shop for one of the two higher trims.

The Wrangler Sahara trim adds standard air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows, front and rear 115-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 of the Sahara's added features, except air conditioning, power outlets, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. However, the Wrangler Rubicon is the most trail-ready model in the lineup, offering performance upgrades like a new front axle, electronic front- and rear-axle lockers with remote locking, and an electronic sway-bar disconnect system.

Choosing a trim will depend on the amount of off-roading you plan on doing. For lighter off-roading, get the Sahara trim. Otherwise, the Rubicon is the best choice.

Because of the Wrangler's poor reliability rating, you might feel more comfortable purchasing a certified pre-owned model. 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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2015 Jeep Wrangler and Other SUVs to Consider

The Jeep Wrangler caters more to rugged, off-road types than the comfort-conscious commuter. It doesn't come with as many convenience, safety, or comfort features as rivals, but it can handle off-road trails or harsh weather conditions better than any other. It's also one of the only SUVs to come standard with four-wheel drive.

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

If you're loyal to the Jeep brand but need an SUV that offers a little more practicality and comfort for daily commuting, consider the Jeep Cherokee. It offers more upscale cabin materials and styling, as well as many more standard features – like a touch-screen infotainment system, power windows, power locks, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The Cherokee is also available with features the Wrangler doesn’t offer, including a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and active park assist. The Cherokee also manages to balance daily ride comfort and impressive off-road prowess. Still, the Cherokee doesn’t quite stack up to the Wrangler on off-road courses.

Which Is Better: 2015 Jeep Wrangler or 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

The Chevrolet Equinox is certainly a better SUV for drivers who spend more time on paved roads than all-terrain surfaces. While it has available all-wheel drive, it isn't anywhere near the off-roading vehicle that the Wrangler is. Additionally, the Equinox's perfect reliability score may give you extra peace of mind, and it performs well in crash tests. The Equinox offers a comfortable, quiet cabin and lots of standard features, including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. Still, between its weak base engine and its sluggish handling, the Equinox’s performance is a little dull.

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