Forbes names the Jeep Wrangler one of “15 Cars to Avoid.”
I feel compelled to respond.
Though some might argue the iconic Wrangler and its four-door Wrangler Unlimited version are among the best-performing off-road vehicles…
Yes. We’d all argue that. I’m willing to bet the Forbes reviewer gleefully slung some mud when his boss wasn’t looking, too.
…they suffer from limited passenger comfort, harsh and erratic ride and handling abilities and excessive wind noise at higher speeds.
Gee, I’ve never heard a passenger complain about the cushy seats in my 2014 JK. As for “harsh ride,” it’s a whole lot smoother and quieter than my Honda CRV was. I can use my Bluetooth speaker in the JK; it was a lost cause in the CRV.
…True, they get great resale value…
And what does that tell you? They last. Wrangler drivers buy them, love them, endlessly modify them, and keep them alive for years and years. Think the same can be said for a Chevy Volt? Or an Escalade? I doubt anybody wears a worn t-shirt that reads, “it’s a Nissan Leaf thing—you wouldn’t understand.”
…but the Wranglers placed among the lowest scoring models in Consumer Reports’ testing; the original Jeep’s descendent also gets low marks in initial quality, performance and reliability from J.D. Power.
“Initial quality”? My 2014 JK is the best-built vehicle I’ve ever owned. It’s rock-solid. The cabin layout is excellent; everything is within easy reach, and the controls are intuitive. The air conditioner will freeze your ass off, and the heater turns it into a sauna. Unlike my ex-Honda, the defroster actually de-fogs the windows—in seconds.
I run ethanol-free gas in the V-6, and routinely get at least 21mpg around town; I’ve gotten up to 25.5mpg on the road with the 6-speed manual transmission. It has great acceleration, thanks to 285hp; excellent traction off-road; and a great view of the sky when I take out the front panels of the 3-piece Freedom Hard Top.
Take that, Smart Car.
The only thing I don’t care for? Like all late-model vehicles, it’s loaded with electronic stranglers to satisfy the EPA; you don’t give it a tuneup—you apply a software patch. That’s just against Nature.
So I bought a much-less-electronic 1998 Jeep TJ Sahara to keep the JK company in the garage. That’s right: 18 years old, and still going strong. Think the batteries in your Prius will last that long?