25 Best & Worst Jeep Wrangler Years (With Facts & Stats) - Engine Patrol (2024)

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most recognizable 4×4’s ever made with roots dating back to 1987.

The quintessential off-roader boasts an iconic exterior design and comes in multiple body-and-roof configurations.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into its best and worst years…

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Here’s The Short Answer To What The Best And Worst Years For The Jeep Wrangler Are:

The best Jeep Wrangler model years are 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, and 1999. The worst model years of the Wrangler are 2019, 2018, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 1997. This is based on reviews, NHTSA stats and problems.

What Are The Best Years For The Jeep Wrangler?

2023 Jeep Wrangler

The 2023 Wrangler is the most refined model to date, this year saw the introduction of the all-new Freedom Edition trim for military enthusiasts.

This particular model sported a military-themed exterior, a steel front bumper, and rock rails on either side.

The Rubicon received a set of 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

Two new colors were also added, namely Earl and Reign, which do not seem to be self-explanatory shades or colors (Earl is close to a blue-green color combination while Reign is a bright purple shade).

  • Edmunds: 4.3 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 84 / 100

2023 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“This is my dream vehicle and a retirement gift to myself. I’m 6’02” and I have plenty of room for my legs and knees. It has plenty of options to upgrade and the best part of this vehicle is the engine; 2.0L I4 DOHC Turbo Engine with Start Stop – this feature can be manually shut off if you don’t care for it…”

2021 and 2022 Jeep Wrangler

The 2022 Wrangler obtained a Willys model with the Xtreme Recon package (35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels, a 1.5-inch suspension lift, various blacked-out exterior trim and badges, and an upgraded brake system).

The more noteworthy updates between these two model years are the introduction of two new powertrains, namely the plug-in hybrid 4xe and the massively powered 47-horsepower V8 powertrain exclusively created for the Rubicon 392.

2022 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Edmunds: 4.3 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 84 / 100

2022 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“I ordered this car early May with the Gorilla Glass windshield. I did not receive it till August 9th due to production of the GG windshield not beginning till mid July and honestly it was worth every day of the wait. This car is so well put together I am honestly shocked because of all the whiney complainers that complain about the quality of this Jeep…”

2021 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Edmunds: 4.3 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 82 / 100

2021 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“This is not the Wrangler I had 20 years ago that’s for sure! Jeep has re-imagined the ride making it a lot smoother and much more efficient while keeping the same Jeep Wrangler design, style, and make that I loved so much then and even more now!”

2020 Jeep Wrangler

The 2020 Wrangler received various line-up changes and updates, including an optional diesel engine, a two-door edition for the Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon versions, and a four-door Unlimited lineup for the aforementioned trim levels and the Sahara variant.

The 3.6-liter V6 engine was made standard across the board and could also be equipped to the mild-hybrid e-Torque assist for the Sahara trim.

Several other variants and editions were introduced as well, including the limited edition Freedom Edition that paid homage to United States troops.

  • Edmunds: 3.6 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 81 / 100

2020 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“The 2-door Wrangler (Sport S trim, 3.6l, manual, with limited slip rear diff in my case) is really capable off road, though it’s not without at least one flaw: the engine. You don’t normally want an engine that comes into its own at higher RPM if you are off road.”

2017 Jeep Wrangler

No major changes were implemented for the 2017 Wrangler, but the entry-level Sport trim was equipped with LED headlights.

In addition, the Cold Weather optional package was made available for both the Sport and Rubicon trim levels.

  • Edmunds: 4.2 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 74 / 100

2017 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“Do you wish you had a city car, convertible, and SUV all in one? Do you need to get where you’re going no matter the terrain, no matter the weather? Buy a Wrangler. My 2 door Wrangler has remote start with heated seats and a killer sound system with flawless iPhone integration and satellite radio. I removed the rear seat so I have more than enough cargo space…”

2016 Jeep Wrangler

The 2016 Wrangler, aside from a host of different limited edition models or trim levels, implemented certain aesthetic design updates and added a new color, known as Olive Green, for the interior style of the vehicle.

  • Edmunds: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 76 / 100

2016 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“I would recommend that you rent a Wrangler for a few days if you never driven one before. Driving a Wrangler is a bit different than driving a modern CUV, which is why I love it! I owned a 95 Wrangler that I loved, but unfortunately it was totaled and I could not afford a new one. The 2016 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara that I bought in May 2016 is worlds better. The ride is quite smooth, the power and acceleration is much improved, and the MPG is great considering the weight and its brick-like aerodynamics…”

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2015 Jeep Wrangler

The 2015 Wrangler’s biggest and most welcomed update was the standardized eight-speaker system for all variants across the board (while the add-on Alpine package introduced nine speakers in total).

Aside from these updates, the Altitude and Rubicon Hard Rock variants made their debut.

  • Edmunds: 4.2 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 78 / 100

2015 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“First of all, if you want great gas mileage it isnt for you. If you want to be able to drive in any condition and go anywhere it is. If you are thinking about a Jeep Wrangler, the first step is to not be stupid about it. If you have the money to go out and buy the higher versions of it then by all means go ahead and do so. For the rest of us here is my best advice for you, buy the Sport model. Jeeps are the most modified vehicle on the road…”

2004 Jeep Wrangler

The 2004 Wrangler received an AF/FM/CD infotainment system as a standard feature for every single model.

New wheel designs were also given to the Sahara models and were made optional for the entry-level Sport models.

  • Edmunds: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2004 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“My first GP, a 2004 Jeep Wrangler SE 4 cylinder, 4WD, with soft top and hard doors, has been reliable, versatile, and just plain fun. It’s a blast for all seasons … goes anywhere in the snow (though ice is always tricky) … doesn’t leak in the heaviest of rain … pulls my 16 ft. boat up a bumpy ramp with ease (especially using 1st gear in 4WD low )… and doesn’t need air conditioning…”

2003 Jeep Wrangler

The 2003 Wrangler introduced a new trim level (which by now is one of the most popular vehicle editions to have ever been introduced by Jeep), known as the Rubicon.

For all units, the all new 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission was introduced, giving owners a better shifting experience for highway drives, among other features (such as increased fuel efficiency and a quieter engine operation).

  • Edmunds: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2003 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“I bought this vehicle used, from a friend. It needed all of its basic service done for the mileage as it had been neglected in a salt water environment for four years. After new tires, brakes, tune up and fluid change, I used it for a daily driver. First the bad: It is a soft top and is very noisy at anything above 50mph. It has a harsh ride and has very little storage room inside of the interior. It also gets terrible fuel mileage. Next, the good: The vehicle has had rock solid reliability with very few unscheduled repairs, all of which were minor. The vehicle is also pretty much unstoppable in harsh weather and I have had the opportunity to use it in deep snow, flooding, and hurricane conditions during the time I have owned it…”

2002 Jeep Wrangler

The 2002 Wrangler introduced the mysterious model X which combined the powerhouse 4-liter in-line six engine with the rest of the powertrain, resulting in a more efficient and effective driving experience for the owners.

The Sahara and Sport trim levels also received significant updates, including hard doors with roll-up windows (which can come in handy depending on the context of the trip), optional wheels and wheel designs, and more intuitive climate control and sound systems.

  • Edmunds: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2002 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“Here is the real truth about Jeep Wranglers. Either you love them the second you sit in it and you never want to get out, or you hate it. This vehicle isn’t made for everyone, and that is why I love mine so. Don’t listen to all the stories about Wranglers flipping. The only reason Wranglers flip is because of irresponsible drivers. This is not a sports car or sedan, so don’t drive them that way and you will be fine! Give a wrangler a try, I LOVE MY WRANGLER!”

2001 Jeep Wrangler

The 2001 Wrangler received a ton of performance and design improvements. First, all variants came with a four-ply soft top to reduce speed and road noise concerns.

Deep tint windows were also made standard for the Sahara hardtop edition and was made optional for the entry-level Sport and SE trim levels.

For those interested in the center console, Jeep gave prospective buyers the option of choosing which design and style to go with.

  • Edmunds: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2001 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“First, I have purchased Jeep’s in the past and have overwhelmingly been totally satisfied. When I purchased my 2001 Jeep Sport Wrangler, I knew it would be the last car purchased by me because of my age. I’m now 78 Years of age and can afford a new model if I wanted to but it wouldn’t be a wise investment because of my age. I love my 2001 Jeep and found over the years that all it cost me, besides and oil change once a year (my millage now is only 5,500) and the price of gas. It performs wonders in snow and was my main reason for buying it…”

2000 Jeep Wrangler

The 2000 Wrangler was reengineered to be able to accommodate a massive 4-liter PoweTech in-line six-cylinder engine, a beast in terms of horsepower but more refined in terms of overall noise levels.

As a result of this powertrain upgrade, shifting has also significantly improved, as the vehicle came with a five-speed manual transmission.

As for additional paint colors, Patriot Blue, Silverstone, and Solar Yellow were added as external options.

  • Edmunds: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2000 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“This site is full of people complaining about their ride, so I thought I’d put the good word in on my trusty Jeep. It’s the ultimate “do everything” ride. Well-behaved except with high winds, great in the snow or marginal conditions, getting to hiking trails on crap roads. I take care of my vehicles and this Jeep has paid me back with outstanding reliability. It’s not the most comfortable, nor very quiet but that’s not why you buy a Wrangler…”

1999 Jeep Wrangler

The 1999 Wrangler received a refreshed 90s design (which was modern at the time) with rotary heating, ventilation, and air cooling controls which were markedly better than the previous slider control system.

In other news, both the hard and soft top variants became available in Dark Tan, among other new colors that could be implemented to either the exterior or the interior of the vehicle.

  • Edmunds: 4.3 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

1999 Wrangler, Edmunds review:

“I bought my Jeep new four years ago and have had a lot of time to think about it. It’s basically a good car; it’s fun taking the top off, it’s been reliable, it looks good and girls like it…”

Consumer Scores For Best Jeep Wrangler Years

Below is a table that presents all the consumer ratings of the best Wrangler model years from reputable vehicle websites:

Model YearEdmunds
Consumer Rating
Kelley Blue Book
Consumer Rating
JD Power
Consumer Rating
2023 Jeep Wrangler4.3 / 5.04.3 / 5.084 / 100
2022 Jeep Wrangler4.3 / 5.04.3 / 5.084 / 100
2021 Jeep Wrangler4.3 / 5.04.3 / 5.082 / 100
2020 Jeep Wrangler3.6 / 5.04.3 / 5.081 / 100
2017 Jeep Wrangler4.2 / 5.04.5 / 5.074 / 100
2016 Jeep Wrangler4.4 / 5.04.5 / 5.076 / 100
2015 Jeep Wrangler4.2 / 5.04.5 / 5.078 / 100
2004 Jeep Wrangler4.7 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA
2003 Jeep Wrangler4.6 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA
2002 Jeep Wrangler4.4 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA
2001 Jeep Wrangler4.5 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA
2000 Jeep Wrangler4.4 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA
1999 Jeep Wrangler4.3 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA
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What Are The Worst Years For The Jeep Wrangler?

The Wrangler might have shined in certain model years, but other model years’ flames burned out rather quickly due to widespread problems and issues.

Be cautious of the model years listed below.

2019 Jeep Wrangler

As known by many within Jeep circles, the “Death Wobble” was probably the most unique and devastating ailment suffered by a lot of units.

This basically meant that steering would go out of control, leading to excessive steering wheel rotation which would result in ridiculously sharp turns.

Unfortunately, the 2019 Wrangler was unable to escape from this issue as proven by the large number of reports handed in by owners.

Here is an excerpt from one of the owners:

“Highway speeds going over a bump in the road the front end/steering wheel will begin to shake violently. The only way to stop it is to release gas and slow down.”

The 2019 Wrangler had a total of 23 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 668 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Loose steering
  • Power steering failure
  • Death wobble

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Much like the 2019 model year, the 2018 Wrangler also had its fair share of steering-related issues.

The death wobble was very prominent, even for the relatively younger model years, and while this was solved temporarily by certain service dealerships, the problem never seemed to truly disappear.

Here is what one owner had to say about his experience:

“I took my Jeep in to have the oil changed, and the tires rotated. When I left the dealership and got on the highway going around 70 mph, the Jeep begin to shake. I had to pull over to the side of the road. I’m being told it is the steering damper. According to some research I’ve done online, there was a period of time. The dampers were being replaced for free if you had an issue…”

The 2018 Wrangler had a total of 41 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 1,992 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Death wobble
  • Wanders while driving
  • Steering locks up

2014 Jeep Wrangler

CarComplaints.com informs its patrons to Beware of the Clunker, and we believe the 2014 Wrangler deserves this unfortunate distinguishing mark.

The most prevalent issue surrounding this model year was engine oil and lubricant leakage which were caused by faulty pipes, ruptured gaskets, and premature wear and tear.

Here is what happened to an owner when he had the issue addressed. Take note of what was replaced and what it was replaced with:

“Oil leak from the oil filter housing case. Jeep was stationary and noticed an oil leak under vehicle. Part is on backorder. Jeep switched from using metal housing to plastic which cracks with colder weather.”

The 2014 Wrangler had a total of 207 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 703 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Oil housing leak
  • Brakes not working properly
  • Engine will not turn over, will not start

2013 Jeep Wrangler

The 2013 Wrangler had frequent powertrain issues, according to reports and statistics found online. An owner reported abrupt RPMB jumps which eventually ended in engine failure or vehicle stalling.

Others have also reported non-responsiveness of the vehicle after being parked for a little while.

Shared below is a scary experience handed in by one of the owners:

“I was in motion on highway at 60mph dash lights and radio went off, the engine went off for about 3 seconds then everything came back to normal. This occurred 3 times in the next 10 minutes. Each occurance was the same. Ran fine after that for 30 mins. Has not reoccured. Total shut down is dangerous. I have heard reports of this happening to many Jeeps.”

The 2013 Wrangler had a total of 152 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 934 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failure
  • Death wobble
  • Very little heat through interior vents

2012 Jeep Wrangler

The 2012 Wrangler suffered from powertrain issues as well. Aside from the unexpected car stalling and engine failure, owners have reported complete loss of power steering functionality and brake power.

An owner shared his experience below:

“While driving the car randomly stalls. I lose power steering and braking. The car will not restart. This issue has been recorded by the dealer. The vehicle was last inspected on July 5th. I have been issued a Jeep care case manager, case # 82963828. There are no warnings, while driving makes a left-hand turn the car just [stalls.]

The 2012 Wrangler had a total of 207 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 1,195 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Cylinder head had to be replaced
  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failure
  • Heater not working

2009 and 2010 Jeep Wrangler

The 2009 and 2010 Wrangler model years had their work cut out for them because they were suffering on two fronts – the fuel system assembly and the airbag system.

Below is a statement from an owner who recounted his experience of filling up his gas tank:

“When I fill up tank of gas it overflows, does not shut off pump. Gas overflows onto fender, bumper, tire and ground. This is a safety issue. Not to mention a waste of gas and smelly hands all day after cleaning gas off of fender and bumper. Have previously filed a complaint but to date no TSB or recall to address this safety issue.”

Regarding the airbags, owners reported the airbag warning light and chime would come on and off whilst driving.

Death wobble issues were also reported which resulted in severe vibration over 40 mph – usually after hitting a pothole.

The 2010 Wrangler had a total of 125 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 852 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failure
  • Fuel spill when fueling
  • Death wobble

The 2009 Wrangler had a total of 106 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 822 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Death wobble
  • Fuel spill when fueling
  • Check engine light on

2008 Jeep Wrangler

The 2008 Wrangler, much like a couple of the model years mentioned on this list, had widespread issues with the airbags.

Owners have reported a weird burning odor and warning lights going off on the instrument cluster (including the airbag warning sign).

Here is how one owner phrased his experience with the vehicle:

“Air bag indicator light goes on and off after the vehicle is initially started. Will go on and off at all times while driving vehicle. Sometimes will stay off for a long period of time and then come on. Other times it will stay off for [short] period of time and then come back on.

Another widespread problem was gas spewing out and not shutting off correctly when the tank is full.

The 2008 Wrangler had a total of 397 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 2,543 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failure
  • Death wobble
  • Excessive oil consumption

2007 Jeep Wrangler

The 2007 Wrangler suffered from fuel-related issues.

Similar to the 2010 Wrangler discussed above, there seemed to be no stopping or cut-off point for the vehicle to automatically stop the pump from feeding more gas into it.

An owner explains it pretty well below:

“Gas tank spillover. The gas tank does not trigger the gas pump at the station to stop. I cannot fill my tank without having gas spill out or overflow. I don’t recall when I first noticed it happening but approximately 1 year ago or a little more is when I recall..”

The 2007 Wrangler had a total of 229 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 2,266 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Death wobble
  • Engine failure
  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failure

2005 and 2006 Jeep Wrangler

Both the 2005 and 2006 models suffered from fuel overflowing issues.

This was supposedly caused by a faulty roll-over valve component, on top of a flawed fuel tank design.

An owner explained his case below:

“Every time since purchasing my Jeep when filling the fuel tank as it clicks off fuel spits out of the filler neck and on to the body and on the ground. Even when manually filling it spits fuel out before you can release the nozzle. If you are standing in the wrong position it lands on your clothes and shoes. This creates a safety risk of fire as well as environmental damage.”

The 2006 Wrangler had a total of 56 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 831 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Death wobble
  • Fuel spill when fueling
  • Hard shifting

The 2005 Wrangler had a total of 44 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 744 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Death wobble
  • Transmission failure
  • Fuel spill when fueling

1997 Jeep Wrangler

The 1997 Wrangler was notorious for various issues involving the manifold, muffler, tail pipe, and header, among other important components.

Owners reported loud noises, excessive fumes coming out of the exhaust, and severe wear and tear (cracking) on the exhaust manifold and its related components.

Below is the report filed by an agent who received a customer complaint:

“Consumer [noticed] a loud noise while driving and exhaust fumes coming into the vehicle. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for inspection. Dealer informed consumer that vehicle had multiple cracks on the exhaust manifold, and it was not covered under a recall.”

The 1997 Wrangler had a total of 53 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 564 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Rear axle locked up
  • Poor mileage
  • Engine stutter


What Years Have The Most Complaints?

Listed below are the number of reported complaints and problems for each model year of the Wrangler.

Model YearComplaints
2023 Jeep Wrangler02
2022 Jeep Wrangler082
2021 Jeep Wrangler15341
2020 Jeep Wrangler27296
2019 Jeep Wrangler23668
2018 Jeep Wrangler411,992
2017 Jeep Wrangler42283
2016 Jeep Wrangler52403
2015 Jeep Wrangler97400
2014 Jeep Wrangler207703
2013 Jeep Wrangler152934
2012 Jeep Wrangler2071,195
2011 Jeep Wrangler149603
2010 Jeep Wrangler125852
2009 Jeep Wrangler106822
2008 Jeep Wrangler3972,543
2007 Jeep Wrangler2292,266
2006 Jeep Wrangler56831
2005 Jeep Wrangler44744
2004 Jeep Wrangler19273
2003 Jeep Wrangler8130
2002 Jeep Wrangler11137
2001 Jeep Wrangler5226
2000 Jeep Wrangler16312
1999 Jeep Wrangler7261
1998 Jeep Wrangler6399
1997 Jeep Wrangler53564
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What Problems Do Jeep Wrangler Have?

  • Cylinder head had to be replaced
  • Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM) failure
  • Death wobble
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Engine failure
  • Heater not working
  • Oil housing leak
  • Brakes not working properly
  • Engine will not turn over, not start properly

What Are The Best Alternatives To The Jeep Wrangler?

Make & ModelScoreMSRPFuel Economy (MPG)
Mazda CX-58.7$25,900 – $38,650City: 22 – 24 /Highway: 27 – 30
Hyundai Tucson8.5$26,450 – $37,210City: 23 – 26 /Highway: 28 – 33
Honda CR-V8.4$31,110 – $35,260City: 27 – 28 /Highway: 32 – 34
Ford Bronco Sport8.3$29,215 – $44,655City: 21 – 25 /Highway: 26 – 28
Subaru Forester8.3$26,395 – $36,495City: 25 – 26 /Highway: 28 – 33
Nissan Rogue8.2$27,360 – $38,640City: 28 – 30 /Highway: 34 – 37
Ford Bronco8.1$32,295 – $73,780City: 15 – 20 /Highway: 16 – 21
Toyota RAV48.1$27,575 – $37,280City: 25 – 27 /Highway: 32 – 35
Kia Sportage7.9$25,990 – $36,790City: 23 – 25 /Highway: 28 – 32
Ford Escape7.9$27,185 – $37,305City: 22 – 28 /Highway: 31 – 34
Volkswagen Tiguan7.8$26,590 – $37,320City: 21 – 23 /Highway: 28 – 30
Jeep Cherokee7.7$29,995 – $39,345City: 18 – 23 /Highway: 24 – 31
Mitsubishi Outlander7.7$27,595 – $39,995City: NA /Highway: NA
Chevrolet Equinox7.6$26,300 – $33,100City: 25 – 26 /Highway: 30 – 31
GMC Terrain7.2$29,900 – $38,600City: NA /Highway: NA
Jeep Compass7.2$26,785 – $34,210City: NA /Highway: NA
Jeep Wrangler7.2$31,195 – $82,495City: 13 – 22 /Highway: 17 – 29
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross6.9$25,795 – $29,495City: NA /Highway: NA
Mazda CX-50NA$27,550 – $42,300City: 23 – 24 /Highway: 29 – 30

Source: cars.usnews.com, edmunds.com










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Is the Jeep 3.6 L V6 a good engine? ›

The 3.6 L FCA Pentastar V6 Engine is an overwhelmingly durable and reliable engine. That's why it's been used in in more than ten million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles since 2010. With proper maintenance the 3.6L Pentastar engine can provide years of reliable service.

What is the best year Jeep to buy used? ›

A: The most reliable Jeep Wrangler years, as identified in the guide above, include 2018, 2015, 2010, 2003, and 1997 models. These selections are based on their performance, durability, and fewer reported issues - solid choices for longevity and dependability.

What is the most sought after Jeep? ›

Today, the Comanche Eliminator is one of the most sought-after classic Jeeps of its era.

Which Jeep is the best value for money? ›

The Wrangler isn't only the ideal adventure companion; it's also a great value. Because of its high quality as part of the popular Jeep brand, the Wrangler has a low depreciation rate. Even after a few years of driving your Wrangler, it will maintain a high resale value.

Which Jeep has the smoothest ride? ›

The Jeep Wrangler Sport has the smoothest ride quality on the road. Customers interested in a compact SUV with off-road capability can invest in the Jeep Wrangler Sport. While it has everything you need to drive off the road, it is comfortable on the road during their daily commutes.

Why do Jeep Wranglers have a bad reputation? ›

Other issues include poor handling and limited comfort and though neither of these has much to do with dependability they have a bearing on overall satisfaction. Jeep has also said that the reason that the Wrangler has been found to have a low dependability rating is due to the fact that owners romanticise the model.

At what mileage do Jeep Wranglers start having problems? ›

The average functional lifespan of a Jeep Wrangler is 200,000 to 250,000 miles.

What is a good year for a used Jeep? ›

2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler JK: In 2012, Jeep introduced the robust 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, significantly improving performance and reliability. If you prioritize engine power and dependability, look for a used Jeep Wrangler for sale within these years.

What model Jeep is best to buy used? ›

Here are a few of our favorite Jeep models that are perfect if you're looking to buy used.
  • Jeep Wrangler: Unbridled Exhilaration. The Jeep Wrangler is one of Jeep's most popular vehicles. ...
  • Jeep Cherokee: Everyday Adventurer. ...
  • Jeep Gladiator: Fearless Versatility. ...
  • Charlotte Drivers: Experience More Thrills in a Pre-Owned Jeep.
Feb 9, 2024

What year was the best Jeep ever made? ›

5 Best Jeeps Ever Made
  • 1986-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ. The OG Wrangler-first released in 1986, the Jeep Wrangler YJ was a contemporary redesign of the previous decade's CJ series. ...
  • 1972-1975 Jeep CJ-5 and CJ-6. ...
  • 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. ...
  • 1963 - 1991 Jeep Wagoneer. ...
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4.

Is 100k miles a lot for a Jeep Wrangler? ›

Jeeps are known for their durability, and many can last well beyond 100,000 miles with proper maintenance. However, as Jeep ages and its mileage increases, it is more likely to experience mechanical issues and require costly repairs.

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