2015 Best Resale Value Awards: Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover:

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited adds two additional doors and additional length to the iconic off-roader, increasing cargo and passenger space, and giving it an edge in resale value. Of course, there are a lot of 4-door SUV models out there, but the Wrangler Unlimited has the singular focus that comes from doing one thing, and doing it well, tackling off-road trails with the kind of ferocity that makes the brand Jeep synonymous with off-road performance.

The only available engine is a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 known as the "Pentastar," available with either the standard 6-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic. Not only does it deliver smooth power and low-end torque, it adds a dose of refinement to this elemental vehicle.

The Wrangler Unlimited's extra doors and added length are a welcome addition, improving on the stubby styling of the original 2-door model without hiding traditional Jeep Wrangler cues like the round headlights, 7-slot grille, and square-shouldered fenders. The 2015 Wrangler Unlimited isn't exactly luxurious inside, but it's comfortable for five, has 12.8 cu-ft of cargo space, and unique touches like easily removable doors and a fold-down windshield. Upgrade models like the Rubicon add more emphasis on off-road equipment, adding beefed-up suspension components and tires for more rigorous duty.

Getting into a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited isn't too difficult. Prices start at about $25,000, and while they can climb all the way to the $40,000 range, it's easy to get the Wrangler Unlimited you want and stay well below that. Put it all together, and you have a package that's not just compelling new, but will hold its value long after you first drive off the lot.

Get to know this car
Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 72.0%
  • at 60 months: 60.4%
Ratings & Reviews
Consumer Rating 8.8 Out of 10

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Expert Rating 6.5 Out of 10

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Specifications
Best MPG: 17/21
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2015 Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner offers a real off-road pedigree, loyal fan base, and legendary Toyota reliability in a midsize SUV that's comfortable on-road and off.

Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 63.2%
  • at 60 months: 54.3%

2015 Toyota Highlander

The new Toyota Highlander comes with improved styling, an upgraded interior, and more features, but retains its solid family-friendly reputation.

Resale Value
  • at 36 months: 60.0%
  • at 60 months: 44.6%

Other Category Winners
See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
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