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2014 Jeep Wrangler

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.6

After decades of development and history, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler SUV remains faithfully true to its hard-earned and thoroughly-deserved reputation as the universal standard for off-road vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler line offers something for everybody, from a basic 2-door Sport with a soft top, to the go-where-the-trails-aren't Rubicon. If you need more room the longer Wrangler Unlimited offers four doors and other features, but with the same level of off-road prowess. The engine is Chrysler's highly-commendable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which delivers plenty of power and noteworthy fuel economy, and the Wrangler is also one of the few remaining vehicles that's available with a manual transmission. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

You've already decided if you'll like a Jeep Wrangler. This SUV will go anywhere tires and wheels will take you. In the bargain, you're going to give up a lot of creature comforts, protection from the elements and modern expectations. But you already know that.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you think a Wrangler would be a good idea for running around city streets and highways because it's cute and has that tough image, and you don't plan to use its off-pavement capabilities, and you like being quietly coddled on commutes, you ought to be looking at something else.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.6
  • 6.2
  • 5.4
  • 7.2
  • 6.2
  • 7.7
How It Ranks

#16

out of 16

Fuel Economy

#1

out of 16

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.8 out of 10
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2014 Jeep Wrangler Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

Changes for the 2014 Jeep Wrangler include a Freedom Edition and a Rubicon X special edition for even more adventuresome off-roading, plus the retro-looking Willys Wheeler Edition inspired by World War II-era Jeeps. A Trail Kit includes a tow strap, D-rings, gloves and a carrying bag, and the Sport is available with 32-inch tires.

Driving the Wrangler
2014 Jeep Wrangler Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Once a Jeep, always a Jeep, and the 2014 Wrangler SUV remains true to why people buy them – body-on-frame construction, front and rear live axles, generous ground clearance, minimal...

overhangs, and a distinctive look that can be traced back for almost three-quarters of a century keep the customers coming. Even though this layout is heavily skewed to off-road use, driving it on paved surfaces is far better than might initially be expected. The suspension deals with pavement irregularities as well as it deals with off-road bumps and ruts, and the precise steering is as welcome off-pavement as on. Get away from the smooth and hard surfaces and the Wrangler is everything expected, capable of dealing with incredible landscapes and even crawling along at a walking pace. And, with the Pentastar V6, the Wrangler has its best engine ever, with plenty of power for the ups and downs.
Favorite Features

3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V6
The Pentastar V6 gives the Jeep Wrangler ample power, smooth operation, nice response and commendable highway fuel economy; It's just about as perfectly suited as it can be. And if you equip the Wrangler with the available 5-speed automatic, you'll enjoy enhanced refinement without giving up hardly any capability or efficiency.

COMMANDING OFF-ROAD CAPABILITY
Why else buy a Wrangler but for its capability to go far beyond the end of pavement? It may sound worn-out or obvious, but the Wrangler SUV really is very, very good at this, and its off-road prowess remains, after decades, the primary reason for buying one in the first place.

2014 Jeep Wrangler Details
2014 Jeep Wrangler Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Choose the base Sport model and the 2014 Wrangler's interior will have cloth seats and a look and feel that can be described as functional. Move up through the trim levels and you will eventually get to such alternatives as a Sahara Unlimited with 2-tone leather and the touch of, if not outright luxury, at least plush comfort. In back, the rear seat folds flat to create a generous, handy and flat load space that's perfect for all the gear that off-roading sometimes requires.

Exterior
2014 Jeep Wrangler photo

Though the Wrangler has grown over time from the original Jeep, the family resemblance is unmistakable. The boxy shape (originally for ease and low-cost in war-time manufacturing) remains, with its no-nonsense form. The big upright windshield provides excellent visibility of the terrain, and the extremely short overhangs allow unmatched approach and departure angles. So, over the decades the size has grown and the weight has increased, but it's still distinctly a Jeep and has even more off-road capability than any Wranglers that have preceded it. Select trims boast their own flair, from the gloss black touches of the retro Willys Wheeler (based on the Wrangler Sport model) and Willys Wheeler W (based on the Sport S), to the power-dome hood on the Polar variant.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Among the most valuable items of standard equipment is the 3.6-liter V6 engine and its 285 horsepower and ample torque. But it's more than just the terrific engine. Standard electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control will be welcome by all drivers. Most important is the Wrangler SUV's awesome capability for dealing with life without pavement, and it's included as standard equipment. Compromises come in regards to conveniences, especially in base models, which lack power windows, power doorlocks and even air conditioning as standard equipment.

Optional Equipment

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is one of a very short list of vehicles that gives buyers a choice of final-drive ratios. Generally speaking, a lower-number axle ratio offers better fuel economy and lower engine rpm for a quieter ride, while a higher number enables better acceleration, as well as climbing and towing ability. Most of the extras are wrapped into trim levels, but other options include the Freedom III Package, the 32-inch Tire and Wheel Group, a Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, Premium Appearance Group, Rubicon X Package, Trail Kit and Trailer-Tow Package. There is also a variety of electronic conveniences and sound-system upgrades.

Under the Hood
2014 Jeep Wrangler Engine photo

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler is powered by a terrific 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 of 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque in a smooth delivery that makes easy work of highways or rock crawls. This is certainly the best engine ever in a Wrangler. It can be fitted with either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission and, in the 2-door Wrangler, there is no difference in fuel economy between the two transmission choices.

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)

Pricing Notes

Jeep's Wrangler for 2014 continues to be the most widely-affordable of off-road SUV choices, starting around $23,000. The larger Wrangler Unlimited 4-door version is some $3,800 more, and a fully-loaded Sahara or Rubicon can easily exceed $40,000. If you want your Jeep to look WWII-retro, the Willys Wheeler variants add about $3,000 to the price of a Wrangler Sport or Wrangler Sport S. Wranglers enjoy historically high resale values, with 3-year-old examples projected to return almost 60 percent of their original window sticker. Should you consider a Wrangler for aggressive off-roading, a fully-loaded top-of-the-line Rubicon, even with a window sticker around $40,000, is an absolute steal when compared to the cost of upgrading a more standard Wrangler by way of the 4WD aftermarket. To make your best deal, be sure to check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area typically pay for a Jeep Wrangler.

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2014 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 657 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Awesome Jeep for tooling around.

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Holds it's value extraordinarilly well."

Cons: "Tough for a 5'6" female to climb into."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"My second Wrangler. The full doors are great in the winter, but for summer, half doors would be better. A little difficult to get in as it is higher than the older Wranglers. No room inside for anything but sitting behind the wheel. Still, the Wrangler is for fun-the shore, the mountains, camping or hiking. Getting it muddy and sloppy is what it is made for. Definitely not recommended as an everyday car-can't get in wearing a dress (don't know if a guy is wearing a dress whether it is easier)"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Awesome advancements great jeep

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun,exciting off-road monster"

Cons: "None for what I wanted"

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

"I had TJ prior to this and had done almost everything possible to it. I bought the 2012 Unlimited and it was like daylight to dark, the new jeeps have amazing power and off road they are equally surprising( nothing extreme) I added a full lift, detachable end links, dual steering stabilizer, exhaust, snorkel, front and rear bumpers. Control arm skid plates, front diff guard, neoprene seat covers, lights etc, too many ad dons to list. BLUF would buy another in a heartbeat, decent ride on the highway and also decent gas mileage compared to the old jeeps. If your looking for a Cadillac ride and interior comforts this is not your vehicle however if you like the outdoors and having the wind in your hair with a feeling of freedom, Jeep Wrangler is the way to go!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Almost perfect

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

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
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "ENdless versatility"

Cons: "Very thirsty, poor mileage"

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

"I own a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. I have owned it for almost a year. PROS: Endless versatility, can go just about anywhere as is, Very comfortable ride, plenty of room for cargo, Lots of power. CONS: Gas hog (18 mpg on freeway), you have to gun it to pass slower traffic (torqie), heavy rooftop, need at least 2 people to remove. back seat sits too straight (common complaint from most passengers, noisy cockpit. SUMMARY: I kept my pros and cons short but overall I love it. I have never had more fun in a vehicle that I didn't have to alter myself. I recommend everyone own a Jeep at some point in their lives."

It's a Jeep

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks, fun to drive, and not a status symbol."

Cons: "Noisy, a little rough, and not great mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

2011 sahara tan Wrangler with after market wheels...

"I love the look and "fun to drive" aspects of the Jeep Wrangler. Nothing on the road can match the rugged look and utility of a Jeep. It is not a "class" vehicle, meaning you are not projecting a status of any kind when driving a Jeep. You can be rich, poor, or anywhere in between, and if you want a Wrangler, you have one. I appreciate that about a Jeep. Bought new in 2011, removed all of the factory applied decals (Wrangler Sport, etc). There is no need to have these. Everyone knows you have a Jeep. Placed some after market wheels and black accents throughout. It looks great, and is personalized as mine. So far, not one issue!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2011 sahara tan Wrangler with after market wheels...

Wrangler 4 door Sport FUNFUNFUN

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great ride, fun in the sun and snow!!"

Cons: "Why did they get rid of the old straight 6"

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

"This is our 3rd Wrangler, (first 4dr) and cant say enough about how improved this Jeep is. The longer wheelbase makes for a great ride, and handles very well. This one is used around town mostly. Not happy about getting rid of the bullet proof straight 6, they sure didnt improve the MPG!!! But if you want to have a fun convertible, and the most reliable 4WD for bad weather then this is the APV(all purpose vehicle) for you! Have the 3 piece hard top and safari soft top, both easy on and off. Have even used this jeep to tow the 3700lb boat, and it does so with ease, yes i know its only rated for 3500, i'm just saying. Regular maintenance always done, no major problems in 40k miles. If we get rid of this Red Jeep it will only be to get one in another color, the wife likes yellow. haha"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Off road beast

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,200

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
8/10

Pros: "Off-road capability, fun to drive, convertible"

Cons: "Fuel inefficiency , wind noise"

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

"The vehicle is fun to drive. It meets and exceeds my expectations. In the region of Fort a Drum, NY, harsh winters are a common occurrence and the Jeep Wrangler has become the official vehicle for those that live or work here."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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