2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV

What’s new

  • Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning are now available
  • Part of the fourth Wrangler generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • 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
MSRP Starting at
$28,045

Save as much as $7,415
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Which Wrangler does Edmunds recommend?

The base Sport offers good value, but it's missing features you might expect from a vehicle made in 2019. The Sport S is the sweet spot; it's not much more expensive and adds much-needed items such as a locking/unlocking remote, air conditioning, and power windows and mirrors. Of course, the Rubicon is still the go-to choice if you're planning on being a regular visitor of hardcore off-road trails. As for engines, we think the turbocharged four-cylinder is a better pick than the V6. It's a little more expensive than the V6, but it has better fuel economy and doesn't have the same drop in power at high altitudes.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.8 / 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.

Trim tested

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.

Scorecard

Overall7.8 / 10
Driving7.5
Comfort7.0
Interior7.5
Utility7.5
Technology8.0

Driving

7.5
There's no doubt the Wrangler is a five-star machine when it comes to off-road prowess. But everyday steering and handling suffer because of the ladder frame, solid axle suspension and old-school steering it uses to earn them. A stout 3.6-liter V6 engine is backed by an intelligent eight-speed automatic.

Acceleration

8.0
The 3.6-liter V6 engine makes more than enough power to accelerate readily onto the freeway, pass other vehicles or climb steep grades in the high mountains. Even the heaviest Rubicon feels quite willing. Our four-door Sahara scooted to 60 mph in a respectable 7.6 seconds at our test track.

Braking

7.0
The brake pedal feels consistent and reliable underfoot, but the action is a bit long. While not ideal on the road, it makes for easy control during delicate off-road moves. The four-door Sahara stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet at our track, a bit long for an SUV but better than most pickups.

Steering

6.0
Sacrifices were made in the name of off-road robustness. Its turning radius is admirably tight, and it responds well in corners. But the Wrangler, particularly the big-tired Rubicon, tends to feel loose and aimless when driving straight. Crosswinds aren't much fun either.

Handling

6.0
Despite its boxy shape, the Wrangler feels coordinated and willing on mountain roads, which is great because that's how you get to trailheads. But its solid axle suspension is a liability when cornering over cracks and potholes, which can cause it to twitch. This twitchiness is particularly true for the Rubicon.

Drivability

9.0
The engine is good, but the eight-speed automatic transmission is better. It shifts smoothly and always seems to find the right gear. Its lever-action manual mode is effective and easy to use when you want to downshift it yourself. Cruise control system is adept at holding speed, even on downgrades.

Off-road

10.0
No stock vehicle is better off-road. The Rubicon has big 33-inch tires, lockable front and rear differentials, and a disconnectable front stabilizer bar. But even the Sport and the Sahara benefit from a solid axle suspension with good articulation and unrivaled approach, departure and underbody clearance.

Comfort

7.0
Highlights include decent front seats and a surprisingly effective and straightforward climate control system. But there's no denying the Wrangler's rugged on-road ride comfort and somewhat high level of background noise at highway speeds. As they say, it's a Jeep thing.

Seat comfort

7.0
The front seats are well-shaped and stay comfortable and supportive over the long haul. The angle of the lower cushion is proper, but the forward edge might seem a bit prominent considering the Wrangler's distinct upright seating posture. The rear bench is flatter and firmer but reclines a little.

Ride comfort

6.0
The Wrangler's body does not bound or float much, making it easy to cruise at speed on wavy pavement without upsetting anyone's stomach. But the ride can get shaky when the road is cracked or lumpy, and potholes and sharp edges will likely send a shiver through the cabin.

Noise & vibration

6.0
The Jeep is not a silent SUV, but you knew that by looking at it. Wind flows around its boxy body, and tire noise is apparent. But this new Wrangler is quieter than past models, and hood flutter has been eliminated. The significantly improved soft top is also far less noisy and flappy than before.

Climate control

9.0
Effective dual-zone climate control system reaches temperature quickly, and its round "eyeball" vents are prominently located and easy to aim or close off. Rear passengers benefit from a similar pair of vents of their own. The main controls are refreshingly simple, attractive and easy to use, too.

Interior

7.5
Sure, it's narrower than other SUVs, and stepping into it is reminiscent of entering a pickup. But for once the interior is a logical, full-featured place instead of something you must tolerate to join the Jeep club. It has numerous convertible/removable top options to bring the outside inside.

Ease of use

9.0
The Wrangler greets the driver with straightforward and logical controls for just about everything. Every switch and knob has been rethought to be easy to find, self-explanatory and good-looking in a Jeep-themed way.

Getting in/getting out

6.0
Wranglers require more of a step up than other SUVs because of their need for off-road clearance. This factor is offset by prominent grab handles and doors that open wide (or come off entirely). It's no more difficult to enter and exit than a pickup, but it's clearly different from mainstream SUVs.

Driving position

7.5
The Wrangler has the same upright seating position as its predecessors, but with pedals that are in a more agreeable position and a steering wheel that now tilts and telescopes. A comfortable place, all things considered. Now if only the seat height adjuster had a bit more downward range.

Roominess

7.0
There's plenty of head- and legroom in a Wrangler, but the cabin is narrow and the doors feel quite close, especially at the elbow. The dash also feels close; it isn't confining in a physical sense but does add to the coziness. Backseat legroom is better than past years but not stellar.

Visibility

8.0
It's easy to see out, and blind spots are few because of square windows and slender pillars. The spare tire sits lower than before, and the wiper hides behind it. A backup camera is standard. The low front fenders give a clear view of obstacles, but some drivers can't see them to judge the corners.

Quality

7.5
Unlike past versions, the JL Wrangler reflects that Jeep put real effort into the interior. Much of the old parts-bin switchgear has been replaced with satisfying new switch panels, buttons and knobs that were designed for the Wrangler. The dash and seat materials are attractive and feel nice.

Utility

7.5
The Jeep's iconic narrow body is an off-road strength, but it ultimately limits cargo capacity. That said, the space it has is laid out efficiently. Car seats are easy to fit so long as they're not too bulky. The Wrangler can tow a decent amount, and it can be flat-towed behind a motorhome.

Small-item storage

6.0
This narrow cabin contains a reasonably sized bilevel center console and a decent glovebox, but the doors only have netting good for maps and small items. We found ourselves putting items other than beverages in the four cupholders (two front, two rear) and we used the little dashtop tray often.

Cargo space

7.5
The Wrangler's narrow body limits cargo capacity relative to mainstream SUVs. But the decent amount of space that's there (31.7 cubic feet) is tall, squared-off and fully usable. The rear seats fold neatly into the floor, and the space has a power outlet, six rugged tie-down points and an underfloor compartment.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.5
All three rear seats have top tethers and auto-locking belts, with very accessible LATCH anchors in the two outboard spots. The doors open wide, and you don't have to stoop to buckle up. But small kids may need help climbing in, and bulky rear-facing seats will need the front seat to move forward.

Towing

8.0
Our Wrangler's tow package includes an integrated hitch good for 3,500 pounds, with four-pin basic and seven-pin brake-compatible trailer wiring. Any Wrangler can be flat-towed on its wheels behind a motorhome if the transfer case is in neutral and the transmission is in a specified gear.

Technology

8.0
The Wrangler is surprisingly capable in the areas of touchscreen navigation and the integration of smartphones into the vehicle environment. But it still has one foot in the past when it comes to active safety gear such as automatic emergency braking or lane keeping — you can't get them.

Smartphone integration

9.0
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow full integration of your smartphone without having to pair it to Bluetooth, but Bluetooth audio and phone support are still present. There are four USB ports (two front, two rear) and three USB-C ports. We found it all to be seamless and dependable.

Driver aids

6.0
The Wrangler offers basic driver aids such as blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and parking-lot proximity warnings as an option. Ours had them, and they worked seamlessly. But you won't find lane keeping assistance or collision mitigation braking systems — though the Advanced Safety package adds forward collision warning.

Voice control

8.0
Pushing the voice button on the steering wheel gets you the standard voice interface, and it works decently and can understand most commands. But we found ourselves pressing through to reach Siri on our paired iPhone because that works directly with the phone and its data connection.

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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Jeep Wrangler.

5 star reviews: 47%
4 star reviews: 8%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 14%
1 star reviews: 22%
Average user rating: 3.4 stars based on 36 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

1 out of 5 stars, I wish I could give this one star
Adam Greenberg,
Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

My soft top tore after 6 months. It developed a small tear right above a support bar for the top. When you look online this is a common problem, and yet Jeep denies its a defect and is trying to blame this damage from the consumer. The brand new jeep had less than 2,000 summer miami miles on it. Their customer service is absolutely atrocious

2 out of 5 stars, 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL, the Steering Story
Ranger,
Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

This review is for my brand new Jeep Wrangler JL 2-door hard top in ocean blue metallic color. This vehicle was built in April 2019. It is stock, with no mods or consumer-added equipment. I’m writing this review with 250 miles on the odometer. I’ve been driving Wranglers since 2002, and this is my third one after owning a Wrangler Sport X and a Wrangler Sahara, both 2-door configurations. The JL model was introduced in 2018 and replaces the JK model which has been discontinued. Taken as a whole, the JL is a more refined vehicle with a better ride and numerous improvements described on this and other websites. If it were not for one glaring fault, I would wholeheartedly recommend the 2019 Wrangler JL to anyone interested in owning one of these vehicles which are uniquely qualified for off-road use. They are over-priced, but you will not find many competitors that have the appearance of the Wrangler and its off-road capabilities. Unfortunately, however, the current manufacturer of Jeep vehicles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has somehow managed to devise a steering system in the JL Wrangler which takes lots of the joy out of owning and driving it. From the first drive out of the dealer’s parking lot, I noticed that the steering of the new Wrangler had a vague and wandering feel totally different than my previous Jeeps or any other vehicle I have owned. On the interstate, the steering is downright frightening and requires two-handed control to keep it from wandering into adjacent lanes. I cannot relax and rely on my driving instincts while driving this vehicle; to do so will result in loss of control. I immediately began to investigate as to whether this was unique to my particular vehicle, or to a larger group. The salesman and service manager where I bought it professed ignorance about any such problem. However, a brief search on the internet revealed a plethora of complaints about the steering in the 2018 and 2019 Wrangler JL’s. The NHTSA has received over 500 complaints specifically addressing this issue with the JL’s. Internet forums specializing in Jeep Wranglers are awash with complaints and lengthy discussions about the terrible steering characteristics in the new Wrangler. And yet, there are some owners who have not experienced the flaw or have adapted to it, according to what I read on line. Even media-based reviewers have given this phenomenon scant notice. Of course, the manufacturer, as far as I can see, is somewhat mute about this issue and probably will not make it right until someone is killed or reviews such as this have a slowing effect on sales. My advice to anyone considering purchasing a new Wranger JL in any of its configurations would be to carefully test drive the exact one you may buy, both on a narrow two-lane road and on a highway where you can attain speeds over 55 mph. If your prospective new vehicle steers normally for you, go for it. However, if it feels strange, seems to want to wander, or feels like you’re driving in a wind storm, you may want to reconsider, because it will probably be a long time before FCA acknowledges the problem and fixes it. Update: After putting over 2000 miles on the JL which I reviewed several months ago (see above) I am updating my review. This may only apply to my vehicle and is not intended to negate the thousands of other JL owners' steering complaints. My new 2019 Wrangler JL Sport, when brand new, had terrible steering as I described above; however that situation has greatly improved without any intervention on my part. Now the Jeep's steering is almost what I would call normal, not quite as good as my 2016 Trailhawk, but so much improved that I now drive the vehicle without finding it necessary to concentrate on keeping the vehicle on track. The jeep is now actually fun to drive, as any Wrangler owner would hope to be the case. I must emphasize that this is not a case of my getting used to bad steering or developing new driving instincts to accommodate the original condition of the steering. Rather, it is a mechanical change brought about by use of the steering system. A couple things worth noting were that the steering on my Jeep was never loose with play, as noted by others. It always was responsive and would stay on track when I released the steering wheel. The problem was that it would not return to center track when the wheel was nudged and then released, as if there was no caster in the alignment. This required constant counter-correction for each correction made on the highway. It is likely that the joints in the steering system, being new and tight, were not allowing the inadequate caster and toe-in specs to overcome this tightness, thus requiring the constant driving adjustments. Now, with some limbering up, it almost steers normally. I hope others have experienced the same improvement.

1 out of 5 stars, Cylinder head failures
John,
Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

'Check engine' light coming on. After investigating, discovered is caused by overheating of #2 cylinder valve seats causing cylinder head failure caused by design flaw in production. Chrysler issued a service bulletin for covering the fix which entails an almost complete tear down of the engine to replace the cylinder head which requires the vehicle to be in the shop for three days or more. No doubt the jeep will never run the same after a cylinder head replacement. Beware.

2 out of 5 stars, Steering problem with JL Wrangler
Disappointed JL Owner,
Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

I purchased my 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon about one week ago. As I write this review, my Rubicon has about 300 miles on it. I'd love to give the Jeep a 5-star review, because it's a fantastic machine. But the vehicle has a problem with the steering that keeps me from recommending the JL - a problem that, in my opinion, is a significant safety issue. I had a long drive home from the dealership where I purchased my new Rubicon, but it didn't take long to realize how hard it was to keep the vehicle in my lane. When driving at highway speed, particularly, it constantly wanders from one side of the lane to the other, to the point where I have to keep both hands on the wheel and make constant adjustments to stay in my lane. It's as if there's excessive play in the wheel. At first I thought maybe it's just a "Jeep thing." But this is my second Rubicon - my first being a 2013 2-Door JK - and it never behaved this way. In researching Jeep Wrangler JLs prior to my purchase, I somehow missed all the complaints and reports of steering issues with the new JLs. Had I seen this, I would at least have been a more informed buyer. It wasn't until I began looking into whether there is some sort of adjustment or fix for the problem that I became aware that many other JL owners have encountered this steering problem. To date, the NHTSA has logged 138 complaints for the 2019 Wrangler JL. 121 of these complaints are related to steering issues. That's 88%! For 2018 models, there are 654 steering complaints. That's 76% of the total 858 complaints. I bought this Jeep, in part, so that my wife and I would have a better vehicle for taking trips - to see parts of our great Nation that we haven't seen, and to get to places that you need a Jeep to get to. As it stands, I'm not sure if we'll use the Jeep for this purpose. Driving the JL on the highway - having to constantly keep both hands on the wheel and make frequent adjustments - is tiring. I do hope Jeep comes up with a fix for this so that we - and others - can fully enjoy what the new Jeep JLs have to offer.

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Features & Specs

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Horsepower285 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD
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MSRP$38,395
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SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower285 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower285 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Wrangler safety features:

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

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover27.9%

Jeep Wrangler vs. the competition

Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota 4Runner

Although this generation has soldiered on for a full decade now, the Toyota 4Runner is still one of the best Wrangler alternatives. Like the Jeep, the Toyota is a body-on-frame SUV with exceptional off-road performance; this is especially evident on trims equipped with the trick KDSS suspension. If features or interior design are an important consideration, you'll probably want the Wrangler, strange as that seems.

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Jeep Wrangler vs. Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee is much more comfortable on-road than the Wrangler. It's also decent in the dirt. While most Cherokee trims are geared toward comfort, the Trailhawk adds a more advanced all-wheel-drive system, lockable rear diff, and all-terrain tires for impressive off-road cred. It's not as performance-focused as the Wrangler, but the Cherokee strikes a nice balance between grocery-getter and rock-crawler. To learn more about the Cherokee of this generation, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited.

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Jeep Wrangler vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Like the Cherokee, the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't have the Wrangler's off-road chops, though its Trailhawk trim is similarly proficient. The Grand Cherokee is far more luxurious than either the Cherokee or the Wrangler, though the added creature comforts carry a higher cost. To learn more about the Grand Cherokee of this generation, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

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FAQ

Is the Jeep Wrangler a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Wrangler both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. You probably care about Jeep Wrangler fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Wrangler gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Wrangler has 31.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Jeep Wrangler. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Jeep Wrangler?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler:

  • Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning are now available
  • Part of the fourth Wrangler generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Jeep Wrangler reliable?
To determine whether the Jeep Wrangler is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Wrangler. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Wrangler's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Jeep Wrangler a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Jeep Wrangler is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Wrangler and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Wrangler is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Jeep Wrangler?

The least-expensive 2019 Jeep Wrangler is the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,045.

Other versions include:

  • Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $34,745
  • Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $41,545
  • Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $38,395
  • Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $31,545
  • Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $31,245
  • Unlimited Moab 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $51,300
  • Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $28,045
  • Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $38,045
  • Unlimited Sahara Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $41,690
  • Unlimited Sport Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $36,440
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What are the different models of Jeep Wrangler?
If you're interested in the Jeep Wrangler, the next question is, which Wrangler model is right for you? Wrangler variants include Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), and Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M). For a full list of Wrangler models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Jeep Wrangler

Previous iterations of the Jeep Wrangler have required quite a bit of compromise. They've valued off-road capability over comfort and sacrificed quite a bit of city drivability in the process. That's definitely not the case with the recently redesigned 2019 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler still comes in two- and four-door configurations, available in a convertible or a hardtop setup. It is still one of the most off-road-capable SUVs for sale today, and it still has a lot of charm. And what's more, it has made massive leaps forward in tech capability, interior quality and overall refinement. More than just a personality with a friendly face, the Jeep Wrangler is now a legitimately user-friendly rig with a style that's all its own.

The Wrangler retains the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that's been available for nearly a decade, but this time it gets the available option of an eight-speed automatic rather than the dated five-speed automatic. If you want to keep it truly old-school, you could stick with the standard six-speed manual. Or, if you desire a modern powertrain, there's a turbocharged four-cylinder with a mild hybrid system for better fuel economy and improved power delivery.

While the Wrangler's looks have changed a bit, you still get a lot of familiar exterior styling cues such as the boxy shape, the seven-slot grille and the beefy tires. Eagle-eyed shoppers and Jeep enthusiasts will quickly notice that the newest Wrangler is larger than before, but that means more space on the inside. The increase in size doesn't mean a decrease in capability either since tire sizes, approach and departure angles, and an increase in ground clearance have been adjusted to compensate. The longer wheelbase also helps with ride comfort and handling, which were previously two outstandingly weak links in the Wrangler's chain.

Both the Wrangler (two-door) and Wrangler Unlimited (four-door) are available in several trim levels. The basic implement is the Sport, which is capable but simple. The Sport S adds necessities such as air conditioning and power windows and locks. The Sahara adds appearance and convenience features, while the new Moab includes additional luxuries and some off-road bits. The Rubicon is slightly less expensive and luxurious than the Moab but adds even more off-road upgrades to give it exceptional performance. Its distinctive styling makes the Wrangler look like an American G-Wagen. Dig into Edmunds' objective evaluations, rich data and unparalleled shopping tools to help you find the perfect 2019 Jeep Wrangler.

2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Overview

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV is offered in the following styles: Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Rubicon 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 S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Moab 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A), Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Rubicon 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), Unlimited Sahara Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M), and Unlimited Sport Altitude 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Wrangler SUV 3.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Wrangler SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Wrangler SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Unlimited Sport S, Unlimited Rubicon, Unlimited Sahara, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV?

2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,800. The average price paid for a new 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is trending $7,415 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,415 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $53,385.

The average savings for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) is 12.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Rubicon 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,875. The average price paid for a new 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,885 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,885 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,990.

The average savings for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 12.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,675. The average price paid for a new 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,005 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,005 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,670.

The average savings for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 10.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Sport S 2dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,725. The average price paid for a new 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,420 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,420 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,305.

The average savings for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) is 13.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV Unlimited Sport S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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Which 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUVS are available in my area?

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV and all available trim types: Unlimited Rubicon, Sport, Sport S, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV?

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.

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