Jeep's legendary off-roader has been around for decades, cutting its teeth on all sorts of environments. In 2007, the automaker introduced a 4-door variant of the wildly popular off-roader and hasn't looked back since. For 2015, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has earned the top spot in Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own Awards for Mid-size SUV/Crossovers. Classifying the Wrangler in one category is tough since it can serve many different needs, and there truly is nothing like it. However, the 4-door Wrangler continues to receive comfortable touches inside without losing a hint of off-road capability.
A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is your only option under the hood and is good for 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. EPA numbers check in at 17 city/20 mpg highway when paired with the 5-speed automatic, while highway mpg rises to 21 with the 6-speed manual transmission. Jeep's Command-Trac Shift on-the-fly Part-Time 4-wheel-drive system is standard on all Wrangler models except the Rubicon and Rubicon Hard Rock. For those, a 4:1 Rock-Trac Part-Time 4-wheel-drive system is standard and is tailormade for those who will be spending more time with their Wrangler in its natural habit, the back country.
New for 2015 is a Torx Tool Kit, which includes T-30, T-35, T-40, and T-50 wrenches to help remove the top and doors. Power windows and locks are not a standard feature on the 2015 Jeep Wrangler nor is air conditioning. Obviously, this can be rectified quickly by removing the top and doors since it is a Wrangler, after all.
There are nine different trim levels available on the Wrangler Unlimited for 2015. Each offers different features catering to the hardcore off-roaders and daily drivers. Wherever you fall, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has something for you without draining the bank account.
Versatile and easy on the wallet, the 2015 Subaru Outback is an obvious and popular choice, though it is more a street vehicle than a dedicated off-roader.
The Mitsubishi Outlander, last year's winner, still looks good and still offers a 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty, an outstanding value.