2016 Jeep Wrangler

Starting MSRP: $23,895 - $41,795

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 21 hwy

2016 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler towers above most rivals in its abilities as a rock crawler and trail buster, and if you're looking for off-road-friendly transportation, this SUV is ready, capable and willing. However, when it comes to city duty, keep in mind this nimble billy goat lacks certain refinements common in the majority of today's SUVs.

The Wrangler is a convertible SUV providing top-down driving enjoyment. Two-door models seat four, and the Wrangler also comes in a four-door configuration known as the Wrangler Unlimited, which seats five and gains some additional cargo space. An extensive lineup of trims is provided: base Sport, Sport S, Willys Wheeler, Black Bear, Freedom Edition, Sahara, Willys Wheeler W, Rubicon, 75th Anniversary Edition, Back Country and the range-topping Rubicon Hard Rock.

The Black Bear trim is new for 2016, and it builds on the Sport S model. The Sahara trim receives exterior and interior updates for the 2016 model year, and it's been spruced up with fresh wheels, a body-color bumper applique and a brand-new Olive Green interior option. Also, several new exterior colors have been added across the model line for 2016.

Exterior

Exterior

With its timeless round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares and removable doors, the Jeep Wrangler looks ready for adventure. Base models come with 16-inch wheels, a removable soft top and full metal doors with roll-up windows. Available features include a premium soft top, a three-piece hard top, half-metal doors with manual locks and body-color fender flares. Both 17- and 18-inch wheels are optional.

Interior

Interior

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler's cabin emphasizes utility over everything else, and the look is sparse and functional. Rear-seat accommodations are tight in both two- and four-door models.

The two-door Wrangler has 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which expands to 56.5 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. That rear seat is also removable, opening up a maximum of 61.2 cubic feet of space in two-door models. Meanwhile, the Wrangler Unlimited offers 31.5 cubic feet of capacity behind the second row and 70.6 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Standard features include reclining front seats, a tilt-adjustable steering column and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Available features include power door locks and windows, automatic climate control, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

Performance

Performance

On trails and paths, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler delivers agile performance, and this is the environment in which it is most at home. When properly equipped, the Wrangler easily conquers harsh terrain with standard four-wheel drive and an approach angle of 42.2 degrees, a breakover angle of 25.8 degrees and a departure angle of 32.3 degrees.

The Wrangler is less adept on paved roads, and the ride can sometimes be noisy and rough. All Wranglers are motivated by a 3.6-liter V6 good for 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a five-speed automatic is offered as an option.

Two-door models get 17/21 mpg city/highway, while Wrangler Unlimited models have an EPA rating of 16/21 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 16/20 mpg with the automatic.

Technology

Technology

With the 2016 Wrangler, standard tech amenities are light, but there's a decent array of options to consider. Base models come with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and an eight-speaker sound system with an audio input jack for mobile devices. Options include Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, satellite radio, a USB port and a 40 GB hard drive.