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2013 Jeep Wrangler

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.7

Although it is larger and safer than past models wearing the CJ and Wrangler nameplate, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is still true to its heritage as America's best-loved off-road escape artist. A wide model range spans the spectrum, from the basic 2-door soft-top Sport, to the maxed-out trail-blazing Rubicon. The Wrangler Unlimited includes a stretched wheelbase and four doors, as well as an available removable hard top with configurable roof panels. Powered by Chrysler's new Pentastar V6, the Jeep Wrangler for 2013 delivers an excellent balance of power and fuel economy; the Wrangler is also one of the last off-road vehicles still to offer a manual transmission.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether your outdoor passions rest at the top of a mountain, near the ocean's surface, or someplace in between, the Wrangler can get you there without breaking a sweat. Open-air devotees will love the 360-degree view.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The same suspension and wheel/tire combo that allows the Jeep Wrangler to venture over rough terrain also creates a rather rough and unsophisticated on-road driving experience. If your off-road needs are light-to-moderate, a Subaru Outback or Toyota 4Runner might make a better choice.

What's New for 2013

Improvements for the 2013 Wrangler include new seats with larger side bolsters, additional interior lighting and an available Alpine speaker system. Changes to the soft top make it easier for one person to operate, and there is a new premium cloth option that is easier to clean and triple-layered for better sound deadening.

Driving the Wrangler

Driving Impressions What we like best about the Jeep Wrangler is that it still delivers the things that make off-roaders happy. Among those attributes are separate body-and-frame construction, live axles front and...

rear and enough ground clearance to drive over a (large) sleeping dog without doing damage to dog or the Jeep. Despite the tall center of gravity, oversized tires and rudimentary suspension, Jeep engineers have done a remarkable job of taming the beast within, endowing this newest Wrangler SUV with precise steering and a suspension that keeps the tires in secure contact with the paved surfaces beneath it. Off-road, the 2013 Wrangler is everything you want in a 4WD trail rig, given its ability to poke along at a walking speed. Add real horsepower to the crawling, and favorable gearing for the hauling, and you arguably have the most competent Jeep Wrangler in the brand's 70-year history.

3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V6
Jeep's Pentastar V6 is the final piece in the Wrangler puzzle. With ample power, smooth operation and decidedly improved highway fuel economy, this engine suits the Wrangler like a well-worn glove. And, when equipped with the available 5-speed automatic, refinement goes up while losing very little – if any – capability or efficiency.

ELECTRONIC DISCONNECTING SWAY BAR
When the off-road trail gets seriously treacherous, the Wrangler's front sway bar can be electronically disconnected, which allows greater wheel travel. Once back on paved roads, a push of a button reconnects the sway bar.

2013 Jeep Wrangler Details
Interior

Our test Wrangler, a Sahara Unlimited SUV trimmed in Black/Dark Saddle leather, was just this side of sumptuous. Lower in the food chain is the base Sport, whose cloth-covered seats can best be described as functional. And although the Wrangler Unlimited's folding rear seat creates a spacious – and flat – load surface, the headrests don't easily detach for folding, which necessitates moving the front seats as far forward as possible when you're in a hurry to increase cargo space.

Exterior

With each generation, the Jeep Wrangler engineering team increases the vehicle's size. That was never more evident than in the 2007 redesign, when the 2-door Wrangler grew and the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited was first introduced. In its Unlimited form, the Wrangler SUV stretches almost 15 feet and weighs almost 4,500 pounds. Still, the 2013 Wrangler's off-road intentions remain clear, with minimal overhangs front and rear and the highly-familiar Jeep shape. The exterior design retains a greenhouse that provides excellent visibility of both the trail and adjacent scenery. New for 2013 is the Moab Special Edition that adds gloss black wheels, Trak-loc anti-spin and electronically-locking rear differential.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler SUV's 285 horsepower is among its most notable features, but with additional power comes the need for enhanced control. Jeep engineers have added a full menu of safety and security, including electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control. Add the aggressive 4WD technology on the off-road-oriented Rubicon, and the most difficult trails become almost laughably easy.

Optional Equipment

The Wrangler's optional 5-speed automatic transmission provides the driver with more efficiency, better use of the new V6's torque curve and, with a lower 1st-gear ratio, better ability to crawl those rocks. And Jeep is one of the few manufacturers providing you a choice of rear-end ratios (3.21, 3.73 or 4.10). That choice allows the owner to truly tailor the Wrangler to his or her specific driving needs. Comfort and convenience options include Bluetooth, navigation, Alpine speakers, leather trimmed seats and heated front seats.

Under the Hood

The 3.6-liter V6 in the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is truly a revelation. Featuring alloy construction, the 60-degree V6 is lighter and more compact than the previous 3.8-liter found in the 2011 Wrangler. And, with 285 horsepower, the perceived need for a V8 is all but eliminated. With that, we continue to wish that Jeep would make available the diesel sold in many markets outside of the U.S. The diesel's superior torque, along with an increase in fuel economy, would be all the new EPA regulations – and Jeep consumers – might ask for.

3.6 liter V6
285 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/21 mpg (Wrangler), 16/20 mpg (Wrangler Unlimited, automatic), 16/21 mpg (Wrangler Unlimited, manual)

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 767 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • 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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