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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/1/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gains a new Torx Tool Kit and eight-speaker audio system as standard equipment. New optional features include a premium Alpine audio system with nine speakers, and a Black Steel and 31-inch Dueler Tire Package. Three new special edition models have been added for 2015: the Freedom Edition, Willys Wheeler Edition, and the Rubicon Hard Rock Edition. The Hard Rock Edition is specifically tailored for improved off-road performance and includes electronic locking front and rear axles with a 4:10 ratio, Tru-Lok locking differentials, a crawl ratio of 73.1:1, and17-inch wheels with off-road tires.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door version of the Wrangler SUV. Chrysler's 3.6-liter V-6 with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is the only powertrain available and is paired with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn't a strong point at 16/21 mpg city/highway with the manual and 16/20 mpg with the automatic.


Off-roading remains the Wrangler's forte even in the four-door Unlimited variant thanks to its chassis, which includes a disconnecting front sway bar, Dana 44 front and rear axles in the Rubicon variant (all other variants have Dana 30 front axles), front and rear locking differentials, and a low gear transfer case. This enables the SUV to traverse virtually any road surface including rock, dirt, gravel, mud, and snow; however, this comes at the cost of on-road performance because of the Wrangler's slow steering and sloppy handling. Interior fit and finish is decent and feels well-put-together. There's plenty of room for four passengers and up to 70.6 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded versus the two-door Wrangler's 56.5 cubic feet. When the rear seats are in place, the Wrangler Unlimited has 31.5 cubic feet of space, 19.5 cubic feet more than the two-door Wrangler.

The 2015 Wrangler Unlimited received a three-star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and a Marginal score in two categories and Good in the moderate overlap front test in IIHS evaluations. (Good is the highest possible score.)

What We Think

Since the addition of a more powerful V-6 engine in the 2012 model year, the Wrangler Unlimited has become a more capable off-road vehicle. In a comparison test against the Toyota FJ Cruiser, we said that the Wrangler "feels unstoppable" off the pavement and is able to navigate through the most technical trails with ease. But the SUV's off-road prowess comes at the cost of on-road driving dynamics. While the Wrangler is relatively stable on pavement, in a 2014 First Test review, we noted that its slow steering response "will make you second-guess any aggressive lane changes." Additionally, there's plenty of tire noise entering the cabin due to the SUV's off-road tires.

You'll Like

  • Exceptional off-road capabilities
  • V-6 engine provides plenty of power
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Slow steering response
  • Not that fuel efficient
  • Plenty of tire noise when driving on pavement

Key Competitors

  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Nissan Xterra
  • Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk


4 star


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