Trucks & SUVs

Is the New Jeep Wrangler a Good Car?

The Jeep Wrangler has been a force to be reckoned with for years, offering consumers a durable, high-performing off-road vehicle that can also be driven to the office after a big adventure. Automaker Jeep has added more capability and functional features than ever before into the military-inspired 2020 Jeep Wrangler.

And while we know the Wrangler is designed to take you off the beaten path, is it a good car? Here’s what the experts have to say about the new 2020 Wrangler.

What the experts have to say about the 2020 Jeep Wrangler

Consumer Reports researches and test drives every new vehicle on the consumer market, to provide potential owners with the most accurate information about their potential purchases. And after getting their hands on the new 2020 Jeep Wrangler, Consumer Reports had some pretty shocking criticisms about one of America’s most-favored adventure vehicle. In fact, out of 30 new midsize SUVs, Consumer Reports ranks the 2020 Jeep Wrangler as the 27th.

The highest-ranked, new SUV by Consumer Reports received an impressive overall score of 92 (out of 100). This makes the 2020 Wrangler’s overall score even less impressive, as Consumer Reports gives the new Wrangler a super-low, overall score of 28.

The low scores don’t stop there, with the 2020 Jeep Wrangler receiving a bad predicted reliability rating of one out of five and a road test score of 36 (out of 100).

On the road test, Consumer Reports found the 2020 Wrangler to be improved, but were disappointed in its “awkward access, excessive wind noise, and rough ride.” The Wrangler scored poorly in areas such as handling, braking, ride/noise, comfort, access, and fuel economy.

What Jeep got right

Even after receiving the review that the Wrangler is “trucklike compared with other SUVs,” Car and Driver experts still give it their Editors’ Choice stamp of approval. And that may simply be because no other vehicle can compare to the Wrangler.

According to Car and Driver, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler “is what the Jeep brand is all about” and “its off-road capability borders on amazing.”

While Consumer Reports gave the Wrangler low scores in a variety of categories, there are categories in which the new Jeep excelled. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler received average or high scores in categories like acceleration, transmission, headlights, usability, and climate system.

New owners will appreciate the improvements made to the latest Wrangler, especially in terms of styling and off-roading capabilities. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler shares the same original styling as its military-vehicle predecessor, but with all the modern luxury and technology needed to stand out in today’s market.

Off-roaders will love the Wrangler’s window and door-less capabilities, improved powertrain options, and a wide variety of available options.

Who the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is the best suited for

Regardless of other low ratings, Consumer Reports gives the 2020 Jeep Wrangler a good predicted owner satisfaction score of four out of five. This is mostly due to the specific niche the Jeep lineup serves.

Most people who own a Jeep, especially a Wrangler, are intent on a Jeep because of its capabilities and function. Consumer Reports suggests that owners of the new Jeep will enjoy its styling and driving experience above all else, even if the overall value of the Jeep may not be relative to the price that was paid.

U.S. News claims that the new Jeep Wrangler is great for some, “but it’s a poor choice for others. It all boils down to how you plan to drive it.” Because after all, what other vehicles can do what the Wrangler does?