Even Jeep Lovers Are Shocked the Wrangler Didn’t Make It on This List

It’s no secret that the Jeep Wrangler has had some issues with reliability. Consumer Reports ranked the 2020 Wrangler extremely low for predicted reliability, for instance. Even loving owners will admit they’ve had problems from time to time. Jeep Wrangler complaints are common. So the fact that the Jeep Wrangler didn’t cut it on the CarComplaints.com list of the 20 worst vehicles surprised… well, pretty much everyone.

When the Wrangler was named MotorTrend‘s 2019 SUV of the year, it wasn’t because of its lack of problems. It was because of the undeniable off-roading soul of the beloved and iconic Jeep Wrangler. And we have to agree, Wranglers are cool.

“It embraces a classic style that continues to attract dreamers who want to remember what SUVs used to be.”


Jeep Wrangler complaints

On CarComplaints.com, Jeep Wrangler problems abound. The most common Jeep Wrangler complaints are for the 2007, 2008, and 2012 model years. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler accumulated complaints about TIPM failure and head replacement. The 2007 model year is plagued with the infamous “death wobble.” Most of the complaints about the 2008 Jeep Wrangler are for electrical problems.

A yellow 2012 Jeep Wrangler on display at an auto show.
2012 Jeep Wrangler | Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Overall, however, the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t have as many complaints on file compared to other Jeep models. Although there are 1,839 compaints for the Wrangler, the Jeep Liberty has over 2,000. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most complained about Jeep with 3,011 complaints logged on CarComplaints.com.

Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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The top 20 worst vehicles

On the CarComplaints.com list of the 20 worst vehicles, you won’t find the Jeep Wrangler. Considering its reputation, this will come as a surprise to haters and die-hards alike. The list shows multiple Ford, Hyundai, and Nissan models. And yes, also Jeeps. But not the Jeep Wrangler.

In fact, three different model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are on the list. It’s very safe to say that if you chose the Wrangler over the Grand Cherokee, you made a wise decision. We’re pretty sure that even Jeep lovers are surprised that the Jeep Wrangler didn’t find itself on this list.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk HPE1000
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk HPE1000 | Hennessey Performance

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler gets some updates for the new model year. We will see some borrowed features from the Jeep Gladiator. These features will include things like the front camera for enhanced trail views and the Off-Road-Plus feature which allows locked differentials even at higher speeds.

There is more tech and more standard features on lower trims. According to MotorTrend, there is also a cool feature that will alert you with horn honks to help you keep your tire pressure on point. This is especially helpful for anyone who takes a little air out of the tires for off-road fun and then has to refill them when it’s time to hit the pavement.

Black 2021 Jeep Wrangler in the desert
2021 Jeep Wrangler | Motor Trend via Instagram

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The Wrangler isn’t one of the worst cars

Though the Jeep Wrangler SUV may be one of the best off-roaders ever, it’s not necessarily one of the best all-around SUVs. Still, they are undeniably awesome looking and have grown a huge following of loyal fans. But problems with Wranglers are known, and Wrangler owners are used to seeing their beloved SUV at the bottom of various lists. Even the Jeep Wrangler lovers are probably shocked––and definitely stoked––that the off-road SUV isn’t on the list of CarComplaints.com worst cars ever.