2007 Jeep Wrangler Review

The Jeep Wrangler is one of those special few vehicles that doesn’t really need to change very much with time. There are no major redesigns or overhauls; the Jeep Wrangler will always look and perform pretty much the same as it always has.

That being said, the Wrangler was redesigned for 2007, though it may not be immediately apparent. The biggest change? Jeep dropped the ancient inline-6 and replaced it with a V6 engine for the first time. Quite frankly, the engine is nothing short of very disappointing. 3.8 liters, and good for only 202 horsepower? Nissan is squeezing over 300 HP out of the 3.5 liter V6 these days. I know Jeeps aren’t made for speed, but at some point it just gets embarrassing.

I’ll never quite understand people’s love affair with the Wrangler. Unquestionably, it is the king of off-roading. I’ve been there, and it’s an absolute blast. I’ll just never be convinced that there’s any reason to drive a Wrangler on road, unless you’re driving it to an off-roading site. There are simply too many other choices for a daily driver, that look better, perform better, handle better, and get better gas mileage.

2007 Jeep Wrangler Specs

  • 3.8 liter V6 – 202 HP
  • 6 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission
  • RWD or 4WD choices
  • Rubicon trim for heavy duty off-roading
  • Tows up to 3500 lbs

2007 Jeep Wrangler Reviews

4WD and Sport Utility Magazine reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and writes – ‘Although Jeep heavily emphasized the increased capabilities of the new Wrangler, they did not neglect upgrading the comfort and convenience features, traditionally a weak point for the Wrangler. A 2-inch longer wheelbase, 3.5-inch wider track, and 5.5-inches more overall width allowed for 4.6 inches more hip and 5.1 inches more shoulder room, as well as an additional inch in rear-seat leg room and 2 inches more cargo storage length behind the rear seat.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and writes – ‘The Wrangler embraces the new without forgetting what it is that makes a Wrangler a Wrangler. That’s why you can still fold down the windshield, pull the pins out of the exposed hinges and remove the doors, and peel away all or part of the roof to expose yourself to the admiring world. The latter exercise is made easier by new top and door combinations such as the three-piece Freedom Top, which has separate, removable panels over the driver and the front-seat passenger.

JP Magazine reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and writes – ‘We have to admit to not being fans of the fenders at first, but then we realized just how much damage and abuse they could take without transferring it to the sheetmetal. The breakaway clips work great, and a brief introduction with a plumber’s torch at the end of the day returned them to their original shape, or close to it.’

Automobile.com reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and writes – ‘It doesnt seem so long ago that Id join my Dad in manually locking the front and rear hubs when needed, sometimes ankle deep in mud, so the convenience of doing so from the comfort of the Wranglers cabin is much appreciated. It takes a single press of the button to lock the front hubs, and two clicks to lock all four hubs. The new Wrangler also gets what Jeep refers to as “enhanced” Dana axles, plus available Command-Trac and Rock-Trac transfer cases.’

Jalopnik reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and writes – ‘On road, the 2007 Wrangler is more carlike than any convertible Jeep in history. While a bit childish, what with chubby tweeters poking from the top of the dash, the spartan interior is a fine place to while away the miles. Quickness is not an option; even with the most potent mill ever offered in a Wrangler (202 hp / 237 lb-ft of torque) — you’re nonetheless driving a brick with 32″ tires. But despite such leadenness, it’s impossible not to smile. After all, the Wrangler, like all Wranglers before it, is fun above everything else.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and is unsurprised by the lack of speed – ‘People don’t buy Wranglers for speed, and at 4400 pounds our Unlimited, spurred on by feverish shifting of the low-ratio six-speed manual, cruised through an 11.2-second 0-to-60-mph run and an 18.1-second quarter-mile. The blocky BFGoodriches, retuned mainly for better bite in the snow, moaned in exertion through the 217-foot stop.’

AutoInsane reviews the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and writes – ‘In the end we were sad to see the Rubicon go. We honestly haven’t had this much fun in a test vehicle before. We felt like no matter how bad ass the next section of trail was, it simply kept asking for more. I hope someday to own one with a “not so beautiful” paint job. This would be the only way I could truly enjoy this $32,000 off road machine. Jeep has made their flagship model even better, adding much needed comfort while staying true to the heritage of the brand. The new Wrangler is sure to be a winner.’

Published on January 5, 2007 in Jeep

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