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.