jeep wrangler worst value according to Consumer Reports

2015 Jeep Wrangler – The Worst Value in all of the Automotive World – Consumer Reports

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jeep wrangler worst value according to Consumer Reports

Don’t kill the messenger!  Consumer Reports looks closely at the value of all automobiles and ranks the 2015 Jeep Wrangler the worst of the worst.

In the past, Consumer Reports (CR) was dismissed by many in the automotive world for putting things like months of warranty ahead of handling in its analysis of cars.  Things have changed at CR though.  The organization has brought in more “car-nuts” as part of its respected staff.   CR now makes sure to actually drive cars it comments on, and the group still remains truly independent, taking no advertising revenue.

Consumer Reports latest ranking lists all automobiles by their overall value.  That includes road testing results.  Yes, CR went rock-hopping in the Jeep Wrangler.  They drove it around on public roads, and they understand that at Moab the Wrangler is the highest value vehicle.  So if you need to commute over and through National Parks without roads, the Wrangler is your perfect ride.  CR also looks at cost of ownership which includes fuel cost, as well as maintenance.  The Jeep does poorly here.  Pick any other vehicle its shape and size to compare and the Jeep looks bad in this category.  Finally, the group looks at reliability.  Ouch.  Jeep was recently ranked near the bottom as a manufacturer in terms of quality and the quality manager of parent company, Chrysler, was fired.

As part of the Consumer Reports cost of ownership analysis, resale value was considered as a factor.  The Jeep Wrangler does  very well here.  NADA ranks the Wrangler above average in resale value.   In the small SUVs category, the Subaru Forester is CR’s top value.  Overall, the Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid was the winner.  If you are Jeep fan, maybe you can take some solace in the fact that the Mercedes SL 550 was almost as a bad a value at about four times the price.

John Goreham

John Goreham


  1. Wrangler is not a car or a truck. I think they drive so many lux SUVs that when they get in a Wrangler they are ill prepared to compare it to anything else. My 2004 Wrangler is the funnest vehicle I have ever owned by far. I love it. It’s slow and sucks gas but it has more going for it that anything else on the road for pure fun value. I am not alone. Wranglers sell like hot cakes! All these enthusiasts cant be wrong!

  2. Are you kidding?!? I have owned three Wranglers. My last 2 have been well appointed Wrangler Unlimited Sahara’s. This vehicle has the ability to go almost anywhere while maintaining a quite comfortable ride thanks to its longer wheel base, 18 inch A/T tires, heated leather seats, incredible Alpine stereo system and the list goes on and on. I use my Wrangler as an every day commuter as well as weekend warrior. The fun factor is off the scale. The seats are very comfortable. Visibility is superior thanks to the telescoping drivers seat and elevated ride height. The noise level may be slightly higher than your average yuppy grocery getter, however it is not intrusive and conversations are easily shared without elevating your voice. Bumps are handled quite well and after 3 years I have not been plagued with any rattles or squeaks. Fuel economy is not a Jeep Wrangler’s forte. But this is a 4 wheel drive purpose built vehicle with the ability to turn every weekend into an adventure with its solid axles and 4 wheel drive system second to none. Compare a Wrangler to any other vehicle with the same capabilities and you will not be disappointed. If fuel economy is your priority, purchase a Toyota Prius. If you want a one of a kind vehicle that has the ability to transform from a 4 door family SUV to a doorless, topless uniquely individual fun machine that will leave you grinning from ear to ear, this is why the Wrangler is so popular. As a whole, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles have a reputation for poor quality, but I have had no problems with either of my Sahara’s and any one that I have spoken to that actually owns and drives a newer Wrangler from 2012 to present has had no or minimal problems. As a matter of fact the power train in the Wrangler has been rated as one of the best V6 engine and transmission combinations ever by numerous automobile publications. Perhaps Consumer Reports should stick to Hondas and Toyotas and leave the Wrangler to the demographic that understands why this is such a great vehicle and why it is still one of the best values as far as retaining resale value. Have you priced a used Wrangler? Believe Consumer Report’s review and enjoy your latte. I’ll be riding with the top off and my leg resting on the side steps as I ride through the country gazing up at the stars with my girl by my side, while we make pleasant memories in my Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. Oh, if it gets too cold, I’ll just turn on my heated leather seats!

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