Jeep Wrangler: Great Vehicle, Bad Value, or Both?


We here at The CarGurus Blog give a lot of love to the Jeep Wrangler. The classic off-roader has garnered a lot of mentions on these pages, with rarely anything negative being said.

Yes, we’ve wished for better fuel economy and better interior quality over the years, but the Wrangler is one of the vehicles you just don’t mess with. It has its shortcomings, like all cars, but they are all overlooked and accepted as quirks by the most fervent of fans.

One influential website, though, has committed an act of blasphemy and included the Wrangler on a list that no buyer wants to see a potential car on: The Worst Values on the Market.

Value is a word defined by each individual. Some people see value in buying a $100,000 BMW while others define it with the purchase of a $14,000 Versa.

For many people, spending somewhere around 25 grand on a Wrangler is a great buy because it gives them an all-access pass to anywhere, paved or unpaved, they might want to go. But here’s what the CarGurus test drive review said,

Depending on your point of view, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler is brilliant or it is ridiculous. This rugged American icon is built to go just about anywhere at just about any time, and at a surprisingly affordable price. But the Jeep’s uncompromised off-roading capability requires all kinds of compromise during the daily drive, and the love affair quickly sours for anyone blind to the Wrangler’s many warts.

Well, yeah. Okay so the Wrangler is not comfortable to drive, nor is it particularly safe should it roll over. Consumer Reports had a similar take,

testers bashed this vehicle for its endless cabin noise and subpar handling in everyday driving. Interior quality and general vehicle comfort also rated poorly for Unlimited models. Poor crash-test scores in the two-door model (with marginal ratings for four-door models) sealed the Wrangler’s fate in the eyes of Consumer Reports.

Wrangler fans accept these nuisances as part of the Wrangler; even contributing to the whole experience of owning one.

So we’ll leave final judgment to you:

Is the Jeep Wrangler a bad value?


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  1. The one flaw with the logic of detractors is this is NOT supposed to be an everyday vehicle. It’s a specialty vehicle who’s versatility surpasses expectations. In fact, it’s a credit to the design that it can even be considered in the same class as sedans and daily drivers. When you think about where this vehicle came from–and the design elements it still adheres to, it’s hard not to be a fan. If you love cars, you love Jeeps.

  2. Thanks for this review on the Jeep Wrangler. There are many people who love Jeep Wranglers, but there are definitely good and bad things about the vehicle.

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