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2016 Jeep Wrangler

$20,156 — $33,584 USED
Sport Utility
4 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Off-road capability
  • Convertible versatility
  • Cargo room
  • Rugged styling

The Bad

  • Unrefined handling
  • Highway noise
  • Side airbags not standard
2016 Jeep Wrangler exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Jeep Wrangler
  • New Black Bear Edition
  • 285-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive standard

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

This SUV emphasizes rock-crawling over highway comfort, and it epitomizes Jeep’s heritage for hard-core trailblazing. Body styles include the two-door, four-seat Wrangler and four-door, five-seat Wrangler Unlimited. Competitors include the Toyota 4Runner.
New for 2016
A new Black Bear Edition, named after an off-road trail in Telluride, Colo., is available on the Sport trim level. It has a black grille, black 17-inch wheels, unique decals, rock rails and other exterior details. Inside, special features include all-weather slush mats, black cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with black stitching. The Sahara model gets minor interior and exterior updates.
Significant Standard Features

  • 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Solid front and rear axles
  • Underbody skid plates
  • Soft-top with sunroof feature
  • Removable side doors
  • Fold-down windshield
  • Full-size spare tire with matching wheel mounted on rear swing-gate
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual locking differentials
  • Hardtop with removable overhead sections
  • Tubular side steps
  • Electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar
  • Heated front seats
  • Air conditioning
  • Household power outlet
  • Power windows and locks
  • Navigation system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
Vehicle Overview

This SUV emphasizes rock-crawling over highway comfort, and it epitomizes Jeep’s heritage for hard-core trailblazing. Body styles include the two-door, four-seat Wrangler and four-door, five-seat Wrangler Unlimited. Competitors include the Toyota 4Runner.
New for 2016
A new Black Bear Edition, named after an off-road trail in Telluride, Colo., is available on the Sport trim level. It has a black grille, black 17-inch wheels, unique decals, rock rails and other exterior details. Inside, special features include all-weather slush mats, black cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with black stitching. The Sahara model gets minor interior and exterior updates.
Significant Standard Features

  • 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Solid front and rear axles
  • Underbody skid plates
  • Soft-top with sunroof feature
  • Removable side doors
  • Fold-down windshield
  • Full-size spare tire with matching wheel mounted on rear swing-gate
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Dual locking differentials
  • Hardtop with removable overhead sections
  • Tubular side steps
  • Electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar
  • Heated front seats
  • Air conditioning
  • Household power outlet
  • Power windows and locks
  • Navigation system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
46 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Loads of fun to drive. Power dome hood is so cool.

by Doughboy from Tucson, Az on August 27, 2018

This is the first Wrangler I've ever owned. Short wheel base makes it so easy to get in and out of traffic and tight parking lots. Love the color matching painted tops and fender flares. Those along ... Read full review

(5.0)

ONE OF A KIND VEHICLE

by DT JEEP WILLYS from MILLBROOK on July 29, 2018

Awesome special edition Jeep Wrangler Willys! The vehicle I always wanted has finally come home! Great performance, smoother than I expected in a Jeep and a real WOW driving experience! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
poor
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
marginal
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
poor
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Wrangler received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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