2019 Jeep Wrangler Review
Which Wrangler does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Unrelentingly capable off-road
- Rugged Jeep character
- Extensive customization options from the factory and aftermarket
- Steering is slow and feels loose, especially on the Rubicon trim
- Poor ride comfort and handling abilities
- Lots of wind and tire noise at highway speeds
- Less cargo space than some conventional crossovers
- Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning are now available
- Part of the fourth Wrangler generation introduced for 2018
Overall rating7.8 / 10
As much as the Jeep Wrangler has historically appealed to drivers who love to wander off the beaten path — or to those who want to look the part — it's also been just as unappealing to drivers wanting refinement and a smooth and quiet ride. But that juxtaposition has softened with the newest-generation Wrangler (the JL) that debuted last year. The redesigned model boasts improved cabin materials, modern tech features and a (relatively) more comfortable ride. Newly available advanced safety features set the bar even higher for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler.
Though Jeep has improved the Wrangler's on-road manners for this generation, the rough-and-tumble truck is still decidedly old-school. The axles remain solid for better off-road performance, and the base Sport model doesn't offer newfangled fripperies such as air conditioning, alloy wheels or power accessories. Every model also features a fold-down windshield, removable doors and a soft top for a truly outdoor feel. There's also the Rubicon with its big knobby tires and specialized traction-enhancing hardware.
If you prefer a Wrangler that isn't a bare-bones truck or a hardcore rock-crawler, the middle trims offer a little more polish. Leather upholstery, a large touchscreen, navigation and an upgraded audio system are all on the options list. You can even specify advanced safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and rear parking sensors.
As long as you don't prioritize a supremely quiet cabin or cushy ride, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler offers something for everyone. The Wrangler deserves a spot on your shopping list, whether you want a supremely capable off-road bruiser or a rugged-looking boulevard cruiser.
What's it like to live with?
The Edmunds editorial team purchased and lived with a Jeep Wrangler JL for two years as a part of our long-term fleet. We put 50,000 miles on the red four-door Jeep, trading out a hardtop for a soft top, tackling every off-road obstacle we could find, and commuting in the Wrangler Rubicon on a daily basis. To learn more about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, read our long-term coverage to see what Jeep ownership is actually like. Note: We tested a 2018 Wrangler, but our coverage applies to the 2019 model as well.
2019 Jeep Wrangler models
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is a truck-based midsize SUV available in a pair of body styles: the two-door and four-door Unlimited. The two-door is available in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon trims, while the four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara, Moab and Rubicon trims. Both body styles are available with a soft-top convertible or a hardtop. The Sport has a basic set of features, and the midlevel Sport S and Sahara add some convenience features. The Moab combines additional luxury features and some of the Sahara's off-road-friendly options, along with special badging and styling elements. The Rubicon is the most capable off-road thanks to its special features, including shorter axle gearing and an electronically disconnecting roll bar.
A 3.6-liter V6 (285 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) is standard across the board. By default, it's paired to a six-speed manual transmission, though an eight-speed automatic is optional. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (270 hp, 295 lb-ft) with the mild hybrid eTorque system is available on any trim, and it's mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic. A 3.0-liter diesel engine is expected later in the model year.
The Sport trim level, while somewhat basic, has much more equipment than previous Wranglers. Standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, a full-size spare tire, skid plates and tow hooks. It also has foglights, removable full metal doors with crank windows, a fold-down windshield, manual mirrors and locks, cruise control, air conditioning (optional on the two-door Sport), a height-adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar adjustment, a driver information display, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a one-piece folding rear seat.
Also included on the Sport are a 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Besides its two extra doors, the Unlimited version also has a bigger gas tank, air conditioning and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
On top of the base Sport equipment, the Sport S adds alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, an alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sun visors with vanity mirrors.
The midlevel Sahara is only available in the four-door configuration and adds to the Sport S with 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded brakes, painted exterior body panels and trim, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and a 115-volt outlet. It also comes with a bigger driver information display, an additional USB port, and an upgraded version of Uconnect with a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and satellite radio. Also available is full-time four-wheel drive with a lockable center differential.
The Moab builds on top of the Sahara, adding unique black wheels, mud-terrain tires, LED exterior lighting (headlights, foglights and taillights), rock rails, a steel front bumper, black-painted exterior trim, the full-time four-wheel-drive system, a limited-slip differential, a body-colored hardtop, keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, premium leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, an 8.4-inch Uconnect system with navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and special badging.
The most off-road capable of the Wranglers is the Rubicon. It gets the basic Sport equipment plus 17-inch alloy wheels, special off-road tires, a steel front bumper, a heavy-duty Dana M210 front axle and a M220 rear axle, shorter 4.10 axle gearing (other trims come with a 3.45 ratio), 4.0-to-1 low-range gearing (other trims come with a 2.72 ratio), electronic front and rear lockable differentials, an electronically disconnecting front roll bar, rock rails, upgraded cloth upholstery, and an additional USB port.
Much of the upper-level equipment is available in groups or as stand-alone options for lower trim levels. Other options include remote start, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a nine-speaker Alpine sound system. All trims are also available with a higher-quality soft top as well as a black or a body-colored hardtop. If you're looking for additional safety features, the new Advanced Safety Group package is available on all but the Sport model. It adds adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full tests of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD) and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD).
NOTE: Since these tests were conducted in 2018 the current Wrangler has received some revisions, including additional driver aids for 2019. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Wrangler, however.
|Overall||7.8 / 10|
Noise & vibration6.0
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out6.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
Audio & navigation9.0
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Wrangler models:
- Rearview Camera
- Displays on the center console what is behind you. Rearview cameras aren't new, but they are a welcome addition in the Wrangler.
- Blind-Spot Monitor w/Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns the driver of other cars in the blind spot and approaching cars from out of the driver's view while in reverse.
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Gives audio alerts when approaching objects from the rear, helping to minimize low-speed bumps in parking scenarios.
NHTSA Overall Rating
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover3 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover27.9%
Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Overview
The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler is offered in the following submodels: Wrangler SUV. Available styles include Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Moab 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Unlimited Sahara Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), and Unlimited Sport Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M). Pre-owned Jeep Wrangler models are available with a 3.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 285 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is priced between $38,499 and$55,990 with odometer readings between 6094 and63328 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is priced between $45,999 and$56,999 with odometer readings between 11160 and42792 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport is priced between $35,999 and$49,992 with odometer readings between 9273 and38220 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S is priced between $35,300 and$44,990 with odometer readings between 7703 and62051 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport is priced between $31,995 and$38,998 with odometer readings between 6757 and47961 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab is priced between $47,590 and$54,999 with odometer readings between 15212 and72157 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport S is priced between $35,499 and$37,990 with odometer readings between 3253 and30807 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is priced between $49,998 and$49,998 with odometer readings between 8642 and8642 miles.
- The Used 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport Altitude is priced between $42,590 and$42,590 with odometer readings between 15702 and15702 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Jeep Wrangler?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.