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2009 Jeep Wrangler

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Review

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The 65-year history of what has become America's definitive off-roader – and an icon on the level of national treasures such as the Corvette and Mustang – began with a run of nearly 650,000 units built for use during the last world war. Distributed strictly for civilian enjoyment today, Jeep claims the percentage of Wrangler owners who take their vehicles off road is higher than that of any other brand. A short wheelbase, solid front and rear axles and renowned all-wheel-drive systems combine in a perennial favorite of rock crawlers, mudders and light off-roaders alike. The longest, widest and most livable design to date, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler continues to enjoy a wide and deeply loyal audience.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're an off-road enthusiast, an occasional camper or just a city slicker with a back-country mindset, the rugged yet refined 2009 Jeep Wrangler is sure to please.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For off-roading Wrangler enthusiasts, the 2009 model's extra five inches in width over the previous generation may take some getting used to. Back in town, the more livable Wrangler still isn't as buttoned down as SUVs like the Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser.

What's New for 2009

Hill Start Assist (HSA) is made standard.

Driving the Wrangler

Driving Impressions That the 2009 Jeep Wrangler so effortlessly delivered us from our starting point in the middle of the notorious, boulder-strewn Rubicon Trail back to the striped pavement of civilization did...

not surprise us. The Wrangler is rich with new and improved hardware – and software – that renders it even more capable than its predecessors; and that's saying something, considering the previous generation was already one of the most accomplished off-roaders in the world. Still, we were impressed by the uncanny ease with which the Wrangler traversed massive rocks and by the sheer solidity of its three skid plates. One feature we appreciated most is the electronic throttle, which allows for smooth throttle application in low range. Owners of previous Wrangler models will notice a markedly smoother and quieter ride which, once off trail, transforms the Wrangler from a weekend plaything into a viable everyday vehicle.

Electronic-Disconnecting Sway Bar
When rocks on the trail turn into boulders, the Wrangler's front stabilizer bar disconnects at the push of a button for increased wheel travel.

Three-Piece Hardtop
The Wrangler's hardtop now features panels above the driver and front passenger that can be removed independently and stored in the vehicle, allowing for more spontaneous exposure

2009 Jeep Wrangler Details
2009 Jeep Wrangler photo Interior

If the addition of niceties like power windows, power locks and a navigation system has you worried that the Wrangler has gotten soft, you'll be happy to know that the changes inside are as evolutionary as the changes outside. They're big improvements to be sure – with higher quality materials and more contemporary styling than previous Wranglers – but the rugged, purpose-built feel remains. Unlimited (four-door) models offer seating for five, which is a first for any Wrangler. Interior color options include gray or khaki and the exterior color carries into the cabin via the door panels. The additional five inches of width make for a noticeably roomier passenger cabin.

Exterior

In proper Jeep fashion, the 2009 Wrangler's doors (full-framed or half) are still removable, its windshield is still foldable and the hinges and latches are still exposed. The familiar signature seven-slot grille and round headlamps present a face as distinctive and recognizable as any on the road. Still, while the newest Wrangler's styling is instantly familiar and every bit as rugged as its decade-old predecessor's, it's also decidedly more contemporary. Wrangler veterans will appreciate the bigger tires and additional ground clearance, but may decry the extra five inches in width while negotiating tight trails – and the absence of easily replaceable bumper caps at the ends of those trails. Roof options include two soft tops and a nifty three-piece hardtop. The first-ever four-door Wrangler rides on a wheelbase that's 20.6 inches longer than that of the traditional two-door.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The least expensive Jeep Wrangler comes with Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly part-time four-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, soft top, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/ audio system with MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, vinyl seats, three skid plates, 16-inch steel wheels, full metal doors with roll up windows, front airbags and electronic stability and traction control systems including rollover mitigation. In addition to four doors, the base Wrangler Unlimited gets cloth seats with height-adjustable driver's seat and air conditioning.

Optional Equipment

Some of the Wrangler's more significant optional equipment includes a three-piece hardtop, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, uconnect gps hard drive-based navigation and digital audio system, remote start, six-disc CD changer, front side-impact airbags and a variety of off-road hardware, the toughest of which come standard on Rubicon models.

Under the Hood

All 2009 Jeep Wranglers are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine mated with either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. From there, power is distributed through a two-wheel-drive system (available on four-door models only) or one of two part-time four-wheel-drive systems, both of which include a two-speed transfer case. The beefier Rock-Trac system features a 4.00:1 low-range gear ratio (versus 2.72:1 for Command-Trac) and is standard on Rubicon models, which also feature beefier axle sets and locking differentials front and rear. Electronic brake-lock differentials help get power to the loaded wheels by braking spinning wheels. A limited-slip rear differential is upgradeable to a locking rear differential. Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models can tow up to 2,000 and 3,500 pounds, respectively.

3.8-liter V6
202 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
237 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 15/19 (4WD, manual), 15/19 (4WD, automatic)

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 767 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

This is my 4th Jeep - '87 YJ, '99 XJ, '01 XJ

By on Sunday, February 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependability/peace of mind"

Cons: "BFG Mud Terrains/Cheap plastic door hinge sleeves"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"3.6 has plenty of power in my opinion and ithe electric locking 44's are awesome. Can't beat F & R lockers. 2 weeks ago I encountered black ice while traveling at 60 mph on a MN highway. Several cars and a tractor trailer ahead of me ended up off the road and jack knifed respectively. My Jeeps Traction Control and Anti-Lock brakes allowed me to maintain control and steer around the carnage. It was a great story to tell that morning when I got into work. The only complaints I have had so far are 1) BFG Mud Terrains (I'm a Goodyear fan) wore terribly and 2) door hinge sleeves (plastic) disinagrated. I picked up quality, Dupont replacement sleeves from TJM."

Awesome for on and off road.

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Tunrns on a dime. Fun to drive . Great climber."

Cons: "Noisy on highway (with soft top)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own this car. I use it for off road and city driving.I especially enjoy the retractable soft top in the summer."

Hot jeep, loaded, beautiful inside & out, t-tops.

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Perfect for City & off road driving."

Cons: "Seats five adults, comfortable!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2014 Jeep Wrangler. Removal tee tops, gunbarrel blue with black interior, large tires, mags,crome 4-ball utility tow & hook."

heavy oil consumption

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,200

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "absolutly nothing"

Cons: "uses alot of oil,, no costomer suport at all!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"bought a 2010 jeep wrangler new in aug. of 2010. it has 48200 miles on it and is just out of warranty.. it uses 3-4 quarts of oil every 2000 miles. I took it to a machine shop ,very nice place and have know tem for years.. they told me the piston rings are stuck to the pistons allowing oil into the combustion chamber.. endless complaints and blogs on the internet about this issue butt when I called jeep/Chrysler they told me they have never heard of this."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have owned as of yet

By on Saturday, January 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "4wheel drive, removable tops, ability to customize"

Cons: "Do not have a truck version"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I never really understood the jeeps until I drove one. It was a must have. Love taking the tops off and going off road. The best part of a jeep is the ability to customize it however you wish so it can be as unique as I want."

very comfortable for a jeep

By on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, especially the standard model."

Cons: "none."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i bought my 2008 jeep 1 year ago, had 109,000 miles, previous owner took really good care of it, i now have 118,000, and still drives great, i put 35" mud tires on it, i can go 70 on hwy, and it is smooth, and i love the sound of the mud tires. I love that this jeep wont lose its value. the 2007 thru 2015 models are identical. people think its a new jeep. and i dont offroad. i just love the look."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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