Wrangler has come with new features and options and it is called 2015 Jeep Wrangler; and it is one of the best choices among its competitors and it still be considered as the most capable in the lineup of the brand. This SUV is more livable than ever and it is because important changes that the Jeep has made; you will even see how the past few model years have been improved well, so this newest model will not disappoint you in every side. The fact that Wrangler is not a huge pain on-road anymore is good news and here is the review that will talk about each side of the vehicle.
Exterior and Interior Style
If the other cars’ models will have some big change when it comes newer, the Wrangler’s look is still adapted from the previous Wranglers and it seems Jeep does not really mind what year it is, the Wrangler is still made in contemporary shape. Another thing to know is that off-road won’t be helped by extra styling and for the easier maintenance and reparation, straight sheetmetal is the best. The obvious design lineage that is brought by few vehicles from one generation to the next one is also done by Jeep.
It is a cool SUV because you will find that the Wrangler is full-grown with military heritage and it is just similar to the previous models of Wranglers without having too many changes and as you may know that on the road today you will not find looking like this. By looking at the outside look, we are definitely reminded that the design of Jeep is really made with function at front of mind, like its seven-slot grille, flat sides, and trapezoidal wheel flares. The fold-down windshield, external door hinges, and removable doors are included in the features that as old as the original model if you remember.
Although 2015 Jeep Wrangler is the new model with similar look to the original one, but do not get wrong because the designers are not stopped to give much fun details on the car. If you looking at the vehicle carefully, it is actually designed with the little Jeep icons in the lighting elements and a Willys silhouette which is one of the windshield’s edge mask parts. Some wheel pockets on some models can even be found with that Willys silhouette painted.
After the exterior, the inside of the new Jeep Wrangler should also be checked out because this part has the biggest change which is good news. No more drab, hard-plastic dashboard and trim; and Jeep does not even forget to nicely contour the instrument panels and door panels. Jeep also gives a machined and bezeled look to the trims after freshened so you will find that the feel and look are more stylish without leaving the concise, decent, and organized look of the dash. The soft-touch padding is also added to the elbow rests and other areas while in the cupholder and instrument panel areas you will find the interior courtesy lighting there.
People can say that the 2015 Jeep Wrangler is like a throwback to the earlier Jeeps, you will see how the interior is designed modernly. Jeep even equips today’s Wranglers with navigation, automatic climate control, power windows and alloy wheels looking just as good on the street as the one done on the trails. There are three main trim levels that are offered by the Wrangler lineup which are the mega-capable Rubicon, the Sahara, and the base Sport. The appearance and content are changed by packages within each trim and each will be offered with its own name.
A body-colored hardtop is included in various configurations and options and this comes with removable panels offered by the upper trims. 2015 Jeep Wrangler changes also include 16-inch painted steel wheels, an outdoor temperature gauge, a compass, tow hooks, fog lamps, skid plates, the six-speed manual, cloth seats, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker sound system as the standard equipment. While for the power windows and door locks, navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity are included in the options.
The usual new paint colors are included in changes for 2015 along with the trim packages in which the Rubicon X has been replaced by Rubicon Hard Rock to have a new look; also, there is a return of Willys Wheeler and Freedom editions, together with a Torx tool set, a package bundling black steel wheels with 31-inch Sport models’ tires, and a subwoofer that are included in the new nine-speaker system. However, the new standard eight-speaker audio system is still offered as well. Although the changes are seriously great for the interior, the style won’t ever leave out the original one.
The Engine and Performance
About the 2015 Jeep Wrangler gas mileage, if this car is used off-road, the gas mileage is more reasonable; while for the fuel efficiency, it seems not prepared as a priority or a strong suit but still, it is still better if compared to the past models. The vehicle is simply worth looking at a crossover just for you who are concerned a lot about EPA numbers and for you who have an interest in all-wheel drive. The rate of 17 MPG in city and 21 MPG during the highway drive is for the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter V6 engine.
The previous MPG rating is for two-door models with automatic or stick; meanwhile, for the larger Wrangler Unlimited, the rating for automatic is 16/20 MPG and for the manual is 16/21 MPG which has dropped. You will be taken up and down trails by the Wrangler if you do not mind to make a deal with the extra fuel costs and the good news is that this won’t be found in other SUVs because they just cannot. Also, there are about 40 percent more power and 10 percent more torque that are produced by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine if compared to the engine it replaces
The rate of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler becomes at 285 horses and 268 pound-feet of torque and it will definitely shift efficiently in light to modest acceleration with the recent automatic transmission having an heirloom from older Mercedes-Benz models. The availability of the six-speed manual is still one of the strengths and no matter you will prefer the manual or automatic, you better know that there are very-tall gear ratios in the high range. Also, all the requisite low-end torque is owned by the Pentastar for hardcore off-roading, with the good acceleration to the red-line without producing roughness and vibrations.
The new Wrangler is also quick and it is already proven that in order to get to 60, it only takes about 8.4 seconds for the Unlimited four-door models, while it can only take 7.7 seconds for the two-door Wranglers. We all know how charming the powertrain of this vehicle but when it comes to its Wrangler’s recirculating-ball steering, it is still dull. Lacking feedback or road feel is one of the weaknesses of the steering apart from the fact of its ‘dead zone’; while for the turn-in, you will find that it hard enough.
On curvy roads, the tall tire sidewalls of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler can get in the way of reaction and it is even easily placed on tight trails with the drag of big tires on sand, rock, or mud compensated for by the steering. The Wrangler can even be started in gear just like among useful quirks with your left foot off the clutch. The starter is actually utilized here basically so that the car can get going, but it does not only that, it is even more useful when it comes to an incline when you are going to start in gear and the brakes are going to be managed to keep away from rolling backwards.
The other reason why this 2015 Jeep Wrangler concept is called to be more capable off-road as one of the SUV cars, it is because the Wrangler is originally established by the solid front and rear axles along with the tough body-on-frame chassis. That is why it is reliable to wow people, especially with its terrific boulder-scrambling prowess, a rugged underbody coming with protective skid plates, and lots of clearance. The traditional four-wheel-drive-system is also supplemented by some modern techs that are presented in this car, just like the exciting wheel articulation permitted by the electric sway-bar disconnect with no floppiness when it comes to the on-road performance.
The Safety Guarantee
Unfortunately, the new model of Jeep Wrangler does not really do well when it comes to the crash tests with the disappointing result of its top-heavy and tall design. The advanced-safety features are lacked here but it does not seem to be a big deal because many Wrangler fans and buyers may not be interested in them and at least, you can easily see out of with several obstructions. Moreover, the Wrangler is only given with a score for rollover resistance by the NHTSA or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; out of five stars, there are three stars, but the Wrangler has not been put through any crash tests.
The 2015 Jeep Wrangler has not been rated very well yet by IIHS or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and there are some things that may be concerned; the side impact has a ‘poor’ result, the seat-based rear-impact test is also in ‘moderate’ level, while the frontal impact has a ‘good’ rate. This result of the rate is for the two-door Wrangler. The same frontal and rear ratings are got by the four-door Wrangler but the better score of ‘marginal’ is achieved when it comes to the side impact although it is still not top-notch. The ‘marginal’ score is also the result for the two-door after going through the test in the new small overlap front test.
Actually, there are some safety features that are built in the Wrangler, like the Trailer Sway Control for towing, Hill Start Assist for manual-transmission models, as well as stability control and anti-lock brakes. For some of the shoppers, it may be a bit surprising knowing that the side-impact bags are still an option on both Wrangler Unlimited and Wrangler; in both cases, they are seat-mounted units.
The Comfort Quality
With the existing 116-inch wheelbase, the Unlimited model of the new Wranglers will give you a feeling like a spacious mid-size utility vehicle inside giving more space in the back for the full-size adults. Also, riding in the back will give you more comfort because the seats are already bolstered, so it won’t be a problem anymore if you are going to have some off-road experiences. Remember that the two-door Wrangler models come more playful due to its short wheelbase.
The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is also one of many vehicles offering you with the larger bumps met mid-corner and a live front axle so do not be surprised if a full-frontal shudder will be produced sometimes. One of the best Jeep’s features is the removable tops because you will find that the cabin can completely be opened and the Wrangler is made as a true convertible SUV even though the road can easily penetrate this. In recent years, its soft top design has been improved by Jeep so it will be much easier to be used although it is still considered as the compound, multi-hand operation.
Pros, Cons and Price
There are always some pros to convince you that the new Jeep Wrangler is worth purchasing, like its strong V6 acceleration, its uniqueness and unmistakable styling, its two- and four-door variants, its undisputed off-road champ, as well as its extensive factory and aftermarket parts support. While its long braking distances, steep prices for top editions, the rough ride, and poor handling on pavement and poor crash-test ratings, and its awkward soft top are included in the cons that you need to consider as well. The price range for this great 2015 Jeep Wrangler is starting at $22,995 so prepare your budget now to go off-road soon with this amazing vehicle by Jeep.