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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 777 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

A blast to drive offroad

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Best offroad vehicle, great to take top off,"

Cons: "Rattles, back seat too upright."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

The off road beast

"I have owned numerous cars and trucks. Toyota tacoma,Audi A3, VW Tiguan, Ford F-150 4x4, Honda CRV, nothing compares to the fun of driving this JEEP. When taken off road you just smile, Granted the gas mileage sucks and the handling isnt a sport car but it does get up and go and for an SUV it handles fairly well. I will probably never get rid of this car where as all the rest I have traded in before it even got close to 100k. Adding after market parts is addictive. the Jeep is an experience like no other. Truly a blast of a car to drive and explore.At almost 100k no major problems. starting to overheat a little going up steep grades when it is hot. but the heater woprks like a champ with top down in 40 degree weather.:)"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The off road beast

Might want to rethink your next Chrysler purchase

By on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "poor quality"

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

"I own a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Since I've owned it, gas tank replaced because the stop valve was faulty. Filling up with fuel, when full fuel would spit out at you. U- joints replaced due to rusting out. and now my latest. My wrangler consumes oil. No leaks, no blue smoke. It consumes at a rate of about 1 quart/ 800 miles. I took my vehicle into a dealership and they did a "consumption test". After doing this test, they could see just after 2,000 miles, the dip stick read well below the "safe zone" on the stick. That's when they pulled up "Chrysler's Guidelines" per their "STAR" system. Per the guidelines, it is ACCEPTABLE (their words) for a Chrysler engine to burn up to 1 qt of oil/1,000 miles IMMEDIATELY and 1 qt / 750 miles after 50,000 miles!!!! Per my owner's manual, I should change the oil every 7,500 miles. I never wait that long, but let's do some math. If I change my oil at 5,000 miles, I will have burned 5.x qts of the 6 qts of oil in the engine. How is that acceptable? Assuming I never let the oil levels get that low, I will already have replaced 95% of the oil between oil changes due to burn off. Funny, the dipstick on my Ford shows right at the full mark at 5,000 miles??? Bottom line, dealership wont fix. Question: Do Chrysler sales staff state this when customer is thinking of buying a new vehicle? It's "Acceptable" so I am sure they do....... Oh wait, they didn't for me"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great vehicle until you have children

By on Saturday, May 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Sporty, eye-catching, fun to drive"

Cons: "Not family friendly, hard to fit carseats in"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I absolutely fell in love with this vehicle, then a year later I became pregnant with my first child. The back seat stays very hot as there are no vents for a/c to blow on kids in rear-facing carseats. Although this vehicle has 4 doors, it is not very spacious in the back. I occasionally will sit in the back seat with my 6 month old baby, and have a bit of difficulty getting into the vehicle without bumping knees, elbows, head, etc. I think this is a wonderful vehicle with many creature comforts and is absolutely a blast for a younger or older couple that has the time to take the doors and tops off, but for a small family of 3, it just isn't very practical."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

A Very Strange Dichotomy

By on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, will go anywhere - anytime"

Cons: "Poor gas mileage, rough ride, noisy, no power"

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

"I have owned my 2 door Wrangler for 6 years now. As you can see from my review I gave it low marks for driving dynamics, comfort and convenience; however i gave it an overall rating of 10. It rides rough, it is loud, it gets poor gas mileage, the engine has no power, the interior is sparse, etc., etc.,etc. HOWEVER, we love our Jeep and have no intent to trade it for any other vehicle. I can't really explain it."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

My Wranglers my best friend

By on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "super fun to drive, powerful engine, rugged, jeep"

Cons: "build quality could be better, highway drving"

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

"The Wrangler is a strange cat. It's sloppy on road but still fun when you want it to be, except on the highway. Taking it off road is an amazing experience, it will practically go anywhere. It's expensive as he!! for what you get, but sells like hotcakes, and usually without much of a discount. After the sale they hold their value unbelievably (in spite of average build quality). Many owners are city-dwellers, who proceed to max them out with large tires, lifts, winches and trail lights, but never take the truck farther than the suburbs. I've owned two, and will own another. Unbelievable."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love this Jeep Wrangler JKU

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

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
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Super fun to drie"

Cons: "awwww...you get tennis elbow from shifting"

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

"I never want another car....this is it...bury me in it! it does not have power windows, doors, locks, etc. FINE!! Give me the freedom to work with the machine....I LOVE IT!!If I get another car it will be a Jeep Wrangler JKU or Jeep pickup."

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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