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2017 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is the ideal compact SUV for adventurers. It ranks toward the bottom of the class, however, for its subpar predicted reliability rating and poor safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road capability
  • Standard part-time four-wheel drive
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Uncomfortable ride and subpar handling on pavement
  • Cramped rear seats and few standard features
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Below-average safety scores and predicted reliability rating




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 5.6
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2017 Jeep Wrangler Overview

Is the 2017 Jeep Wrangler a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler isn’t a practical SUV for everyday use, but it is the quintessential off-road vehicle. With few standard features, the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t provide the comfort, convenience, or connectivity of most other compact SUVs. Its unwieldly handling and rough ride over pavement make it less than ideal for commuting, and its limited cargo space further reduces its day-to-day usability.

Move the Wrangler off road, however, and you have a rock crawler and mudder that's unrivaled in the class. The Rubicon trim is built for handling exceedingly difficult terrains, but even the base model can manage light off-roading thanks to its standard part-time four-wheel drive.

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How Much Is the 2017 Jeep Wrangler?

Our site has more than 2,500 listings for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, with prices ranging from $28,000 to $44,000. The average list price is $34,800, making it one of the most expensive SUVs in the class. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Cost to Own?

Over a five-year period, you can expect to spend nearly $25,900 on gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler. These estimated expenses are higher than those of most competitors.

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

For 2018, Jeep redesigned the Wrangler and called it the Wrangler JL. It starts at $27,945; fully loaded Rubicon models can top $60,000. Rebuilt from the ground up, one of the 2018 Wrangler JL’s noticeable improvements is its quieter ride. The JL also has higher ground clearance and a better crawl ratio than the 2017 Wrangler, and it can ford deeper water. Hardtop models have a T-top roof design available.

Jeep also added the following standard features to the Wrangler cabin: a second USB port, auxiliary ports, a rearview camera, and a Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen. Newly available features for 2018 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system with a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, and safety features like blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

The 2018 JL costs more than the 2017 Wrangler, but it’s a much better vehicle. If you can afford it, get the 2018 JL.

There’s another option for those considering a lower trim 2017 Wrangler: the 2018 Wrangler JK. Unlike the JL, the JK isn’t redesigned – but it starts at just $23,995. You’ll save a lot of money, and come away with a capable off-road vehicle.

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No new compact SUVs have the Wrangler's off-roading capabilities. If that’s your passion, it’s Wrangler or nothing. However, if you are more interested in a family-oriented compact SUV, there are many options that cost far less than the Wrangler. In fact, you can purchase the highest trim level of many competing SUVs for less than the average cost of a used 2017 Wrangler. Starting prices for the 2018 Honda CR-V, for example, start at $24,250 and top out at $34,150. The CR-V is a top-ranking rival that won our 2018 Best Compact SUV for Families and 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money awards. It offers great safety scores, first-rate cabin materials, a comfortable ride, and an abundance of cargo space. If you’re looking for a sharp-handling SUV, consider the 2018 Mazda CX-5 (starting at $24,150), which also offers a handsome cabin with comfortable seats.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Wrangler Is Best?

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is the final model of a generation that began with the 2007 model year. While there were some special editions introduced from 2013 to 2017, the base model changed little. You could save some cash by purchasing a 2015 or 2016 Wrangler, which has most of the 2017 model's features and styling.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Jeep Wrangler?

The 2017 Wrangler has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler has four reported recalls. One concerns a failing voltage regulator, which may cause the car to stall. Another involves a malfunctioning brake switch, while a third addresses a cracked fuel tank control valve. The fourth recall concerns a front impact sensor that could disconnect during a crash. Make sure you address these recalls before buying a used 2017 Wrangler.

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Which Used Jeep Wrangler Model Is Right for Me?

The base Jeep Wrangler comes standard with two doors; Wrangler Unlimited models have four doors. Both versions come in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon. There are also several special-edition and limited-production Wrangler models available.

The Jeep Wrangler Sport and Sport S trims come sparsely equipped and appeal to those searching for a no-frills ride. Most shoppers will be happier with the Jeep Wrangler Sahara trim, which includes basic comforts and conveniences like air conditioning, power windows, and power door locks. It's available with automatic climate control, navigation, leather seating, and heated front seats. The Wrangler Rubicon adds more off-roading features, including performance suspension, a more advanced four-wheel-drive system with locking front and rear differentials, a 4:1 low-gear ratio, larger tires, and rock rails.

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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 2017 Wrangler has one of the lowest safety scores in the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed three crash evaluations on the 2017 Wrangler. The two-door model received the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front test, the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test, and the lowest rating of Poor in the side evaluation. The four-door Wrangler did slightly better in safety evaluations, receiving a Good rating in both the driver-side and moderate small overlap front tests. It received a Marginal rating in the side evaluation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave both two- and four-door Wrangler models three stars out of five for rollover safety. The four-door model received three stars in the frontal evaluation.

There are no advanced safety features available for the 2017 Wrangler. Even features that are standard in many class rivals, such as a rearview camera, are unavailable in the 2017 Wrangler.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Wrangler or 2017 Toyota 4Runner?

For a rugged SUV with a bit more space than the Wrangler, consider the 2017 Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner excels as an off-road SUV, with standard equipment like skid plates and a limited-slip differential. Four-wheel drive is available, and the 4Runner TRD Pro trim offers even more off-pavement performance features. Neither SUV is ideal for comfortable family travel, but the 4Runner is available with a third row of seats, allowing up to seven people. It also has a much higher maximum cargo capacity than the Wrangler and a lot more standard features.

Which Is Better: 2017 Jeep Wrangler or 2017 Subaru Forester?

The 2017 Subaru Forester is nowhere near as trail-ready as the Jeep Wrangler. However, its standard all-wheel drive allows it to travel dirt roads and paths capably, and its smooth suspension is ideal for daily commuting. Its base four-cylinder engine is strong enough for most drivers. A stronger turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available and delivers much better gas mileage than the Wrangler’s V6. The Subaru Forester also offers more overall cargo space than the two-door Wrangler, as well as significantly more standard and optional features. Go with the Forester if you plan to use it for more than off-roading.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Performance

How Does the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Drive?

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s one of the strongest base engines in the class, providing plenty of juice for the SUV to reach highway speeds without much strain. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a five-speed automatic is available. Both transmissions are smooth and well-matched with the engine.

Few vehicles on the market are as capable of tackling rugged terrain, slick surfaces, and off-road conditions as the Wrangler. It features standard part-time four-wheel drive and skid plates, so even base models can venture off the pavement. However, on paved roads, the Wrangler has a harsh ride, vague steering, and body roll when cornering.

Does the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Jeep Wrangler’s powerful engine comes at the cost of fuel efficiency. It returns some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class: 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with either transmission.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Towing Capacity

The base Wrangler can tow up to 2,000 pounds, and the Wrangler Unlimited has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Seat?

While other compact SUVs seat five people, the two-door Wrangler only seats four. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited seats five. Cloth upholstery is standard, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. The Wrangler’s seats don’t prioritize comfort or support, which is especially noticeable when you head off road. However, there is a good amount of seating space up front. Forward visibility is great, but the large spare tire limits rearward vision. The back seats don’t offer much room for adults and can be difficult to access in two-door models.

Easy-to-clean but unattractive hard plastics permeate the Wrangler’s cabin.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler?

Both the two- and four-door Wrangler have two complete sets of LATCH connectors in their rear outboard seats. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited has a rear middle seat with an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the outer seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave these systems Marginal ratings (the second-lowest possible) for ease of use.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Features

The Wrangler has few standard features. It comes with a USB port and an eight-speaker stereo. Not even air conditioning is standard (though it’s available). However, you can still enjoy the wind in your hair by removing the Wrangler’s doors. A removable cloth top is standard, and a removable hardtop is available.

Available features include satellite radio, remote start, a navigation system, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The dashboard and infotainment controls are easily accessible. However, you might want to avoid the available navigation system, which absorbs some climate and audio functions, making them less user-friendly.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Dimensions

Jeep Wrangler Cargo Space

The two-door Wrangler has a below-average cargo capacity for the class: 12.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 61.2 cubic feet with those seats removed. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited’s 31.5-cubic-foot cargo capacity is more in line with that of rivals. Folding the rear seats in the Wrangler Unlimited increases storage space to 70.6 cubic feet.

2017 Wrangler Length and Weight

The two-door Wrangler is about 13.7 feet long (including the spare tire), and its curb weight ranges from 3,760 to 4,129 pounds. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited is almost 2 feet longer and weighs between 4,075 and 4,340 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Built?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles manufactured the 2017 Wrangler in Ohio.

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