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2015 Jeep Wrangler Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5

There are few vehicles that have remained as faithful to their origins like the 2015 Jeep Wrangler SUV. Despite decades of development, multiple iterations and even necessary nods to modern technology, the Wrangler remains true to its hard-earned and thoroughly deserved reputation as the universal standard for off-road vehicles. There's something here for anybody who wants off-road utility, from the simple and inexpensive 2-door Sport with a soft top, to the go-anywhere Rubicon. The longer Wrangler Rubicon SUV offers four doors and a more usable back seat, but it does it all with the same off-road prowess as the original. All come with Chrysler's excellent Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine. Competition? Maybe the Toyota 4Runner or Nissan XTerra, but neither SUV has the Jeep Wrangler's off-road chops.

You'll Like This Car If...

Not only will the 2015 Jeep Wrangler let you take the road less traveled, it will let you take no road at all if you prefer. If you want to go even farther, an ample aftermarket is ready to step in.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Be warned: The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is not the kind of SUV you get because you think it'd be cool-looking to drive one in the city. It's loud, the suspension is stiff, and it's short on creature comforts. That's fine for off-road, but for around town, look elsewhere.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.5
  • 6.1
  • 5.3
  • 7.1
  • 6.1
  • 7.6
How It Ranks

#38

out of 39

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 38

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Consumer Rating

8.7 out of 10
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2015 Jeep Wrangler Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

A Rubicon Hard Rock edition improves the 2015 Jeep Wrangler's off-road capability. There's also a 31-inch tire package available for Sport models, and all Wranglers get a standard Torx tool kit to remove the roof. The new 8-speaker audio system can be upgraded to a new 9-speaker Alpine audio system.

Driving the Wrangler
2015 Jeep Wrangler Front angle view photo
Driving Impressions

With front and rear solid axles and body-on-frame construction, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler is downright primitive by modern standards. But that's what makes it work so well off road. There's...

... generous ground clearance, minimal overhangs, and that distinctive Jeep look, of course. Being equipped with 4-wheel drive, the Wrangler is nearly unstoppable off road. Yet in spite of its off-road bias, it's not quite as bad as you might imagine on pavement. 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. Still, it's ridiculously loud at highway speeds, and its barnlike aerodynamics means you'll use a lot of gas to not go very fast. So just drive it to the trails, where you'll slow down and take advantage of the excellent Pentastar V6 engine and the Wrangler's legendary off-road capability.

3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V6
Chrysler's Pentastar V6 is the best thing to happen to the Jeep Wrangler since aftermarket winches. With smooth operation, nice throttle response and even decent highway fuel economy, it's just about as perfectly suited as it can be. In addition to the 5-speed automatic, there's a 6-speed manual available.

COMMANDING OFF-ROAD CAPABILITY
If you're not buying a Jeep Wrangler for its off-road capability, then you're simply doing it wrong. The ground clearance, the solid axles, the short overhangs...all of it combine to make the Wrangler excel at its task.

2015 Jeep Wrangler Details
2015 Jeep Wrangler Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Very little about the Jeep Wrangler's interior conveys a sense of elegance or status. The Sport's cloth seats are durable, as are the numerous hard plastics throughout the interior. While it's true the higher trim levels offer leather seats, and a 9-speaker Alpine audio system is available, they add comfort, not outright luxury. That said, the rear seat folds flat for extra cargo space, and the 4-door Unlimited models offer plenty of rear-seat room for three people, plus twice the cargo space behind the rear seats as the standard 2-door Wrangler.

Exterior
2015 Jeep Wrangler photo

There's no mistaking the 2015 Jeep Wrangler's unmistakable styling for anything other than a Jeep. The box-on-wheels shape was originally designed for ease of manufacture; now Jeep doesn't dare alter it any more than Elvis could let himself go blonde. The upright windshield isn't just easy to see out of, it also folds down for those times off road when you need to lean over the hood. The wheels are pushed to the corners, giving the Wrangler unmatched approach and departure angles. About the only changes are to trim and appearance packages, like the Willys Wheeler or the Rubicon Hard Rock.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Two things are standard on every 2015 Jeep Wrangler: A 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, and 4-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. Beyond that, you get stability control with roll mitigation, hill-start assist and trailer sway control. New this year is a Torx Tool Kit, which includes T-30, T-35, T-40 and T-50 wrenches to remove the top and doors. What aren’t standard are power windows and door locks. Nor do you get standard air conditioning on base models.

Optional Equipment

The options list for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler is extensive, and again, aimed at the Jeep's core audience. For example, you have a choice of final-drive ratios, with the lower-number axle ratio offering better fuel economy and lower engine rpm for a quieter ride, while the higher number enables better acceleration, and climbing and towing ability. You'll find most of the extras in option packages, like the Black Steel and 31-inch Dueler Tire packages. But there are others, like the Freedom III Package, Trail Kit and Trailer-Tow Package. There's also a huge aftermarket industry of third-party parts and accessories.

Under the Hood
2015 Jeep Wrangler Engine photo

There's only one engine available for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler: a terrific 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Its smooth power delivery makes easy work of highways or rock crawls, and it's easily the best engine ever in a Wrangler. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, and a 5-speed automatic is available as an option. In the 2-door Wrangler, there's no difference in fuel economy between the two.

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), 17/20 mpg (Wrangler Unlimited, automatic), 17/21 mpg (Wrangler Unlimited, manual)

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is surprisingly affordable. The basic Wrangler Sport, with the V6 and 4-wheel drive, starts at a reasonable $23,500 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The 4-door Wrangler Unlimited Sport is about $3,800 more. On the other end of the spectrum, a fully loaded Sahara or Rubicon can easily exceed $40,000. Various packages like the Willys Wheeler 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. Keep in mind that if you are considering aggressive off-roading, the fully loaded top-of-the-line Rubicon's $40,000 price is still a steal compared to the cost of upgrading a more basic Wrangler through 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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2015 Jeep Wrangler Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 770 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

Love this Wrangler

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun, sturdy, safe, reliable, turns heads"

Cons: "back seats uncomfortable"

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

"This is the 4th Wrangler Unlimited that I've owned and this is my favorite so far. It's comfortable, stylish, sporty and turns heads. Value is 8 of 10 only because these Jeeps are not cheap but they do hold their value. So you will pay more but you will also get more. Design & Comfort are 9 or 10 because there is not a lot of space to put things up front like a purse when you have a passenger. The backseats are not comfortable (I wish they would recline a bit) and can feel cramped when you have 3 passengers in the back. Also the a/c & heat does not reach the back seat very well but this is a Jeep and not a Cadillac either and is made for safety & fun. I love the feeling of being able to just go where ever I want - on or off the road. There is a feeling a freedom with a Jeep Wrangler that no other vehicle can match. Gas mileage is actually not too bad. This is the vehicle that I prefer to drive, I love driving it!! I love the navigation, stereo with the hard drive space and the bluetooth works excellent. The interior look is very sharp with the white trim and mountain scenes. The leather seats are comfortable and I love the seat heaters in winter. The black trim on the exterior and special decals are sporty and I like the unique look of the hood, wheels and grill. All around - the Wrangler is the best vehicle on or off the road and this Polar Edition is always a conversation starter."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

My first Jeep and I love it!

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Accessories, convertible & off-road capabilities"

Cons: "Price to purchace Jeep & road handling"

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

"I always wanted a Jeep and I finally bought one. I traded in my 2014 GMC Terrain Denalli for it. I got a 2015 brand new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude. I am in love with it. Many Jeep owners wave as they pass by and I get it. "It's a Jeep thing" LOL I just love everything about it, the only thing I need to change is the handling. It's kinda all over the road. Especially when it's windy outside. I know I can fix this as there are so many accessories out there. I already changed the headlights, fog lights, tail lights, put on a new bumper with a winch. The accessories are endless. I have so many things that I am going to do to it. I really want to lift it and get bigger tires with different rims. I would totally recommend getting a Jeep to anyone!"

Love my Jeep!

By on Monday, February 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,093

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: "A quality American made vehicle."

Cons: "Removing hard top has to be done by two people."

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

"I have had my Jeep MOAB for 3 years and I still love my jeep. The MOAB came with every option that I wanted and then some. Ride is better then I expected and I try to get stuck but she just keeps on going. Eventually I will add some accessories, but for now extremely happy with my Jeep MOAB."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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