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2016 Jeep Wrangler

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Jeep Wrangler highlights

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

3.5 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 21 highway, 18 combined

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A fun-filled classic, always in style.

The Jeep Wrangler is a long-running classic of the compact SUV class. Not many vehicles can match its off-roading capabilities—not to mention its iconic look—and the 2016 model is no exception. For the adventurous AWD enthusiast, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler ticks all the boxes for a fun and rugged vehicle, with a range of trims—including the brand-new Black Bear model—to choose from. With powerful engine choices, exciting colors, and the adaptability of the roof, windows, and doors, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler has tons to offer.

All Jeep Wrangler years

New for 2016

  • The Altitude, Unlimited Altitude, Unlimited X, and X trims have been discontinued for 2016.
  • Wrangler trims have been upgraded with Soft Top, Running Boards, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment this year.
  • Lane Departure Warning features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Freedom Edition trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Sahara trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters, Leatherette & Cloth, Manual Transmission, Alpine Sound System, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sport trim now comes with Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Freedom trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Sahara trim now comes with Manual Transmission, Front Seat Heaters, Leatherette & Cloth, Alpine Sound System, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Unlimited Rubicon trim now comes with Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Windows, and Manual Transmission as standard equipment.
  • The Rubicon trim now comes with Manual Transmission as standard equipment.

Explore Jeep Wrangler details

Freedom Edition 4WD/AWD 2D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Alpine Sound System
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Hard Top
  • Navigation System
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Tow Hitch

Drive type

4WD/AWD

Engine size

3.6L

Engine type

Gas

Transmission

Manual 6

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Jeep Wrangler

1. Fun limited-edition packages

2016 Jeep Wrangler: Hood decal | CarMax

For 2016, Jeep released a handful of exciting, limited edition trims—including one brand new one. The limited Freedom Edition trim offers unique looks with a military-themed exterior and interior. The special edition Black Bear trim builds on the Sport trim and adds special styling such as a topographical Black Bear Pass hood decal and a heritage Wrangler hood decal. You'll also be able to find these special trims in unique colorways so look out for the ones that appeal to you.

2. Any trail, any time

2016 Jeep Wrangler: Front rims | CarMax

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is all-wheel drive as standard across all trims. The Wrangler handles uneven terrain superbly, so it's the ideal choice if you're a bit of an off-roading enthusiast. Every trim is equipped to handle tough surfaces, but the Rubicon model adds even more features (such as rock rails and a locking rear differential). A highly capable vehicle on mountains, forest trails, and beaches alike, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler excels.

3. Two- and four-door models

2016 Jeep Wrangler: Side exterior view of vehicle | CarMax

While the 2016 Jeep Wrangler comes with two doors as standard, the Unlimited versions of each trim have four doors. Each type has its charms; the two-door version has four seats, while the four-door boosts that to five. The four-door version also offers more space. The two-door model has 12.8 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seat, while the four-door has 31.5 cu-ft. Folding or removing the rear seat in the two-door Wrangler gives it 61.2 cu-ft of total cargo space, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited offers 70.6 cu-ft. Additionally, the four-door Unlimited is almost two feet longer.

4. Stand-out colors

2016 Jeep Wrangler: Front exterior view of vehicle | CarMax

While the Jeep Wrangler is a practical vehicle through and through that doesn't mean it lacks stylish color options. Far from it! Standard colors for the 2016 Wrangler include more basic options like Black, Bright White, and Mojave Sand. Brighter alternatives add that something extra; look out for Hydro Blue Pearl, Firecracker Red, Hypergreen, and the exclusive Xtreme Purple Pearl Coat which is available for the Backcountry sub-trim edition only.

5. All-weather driving

2016 Jeep Wrangler: Aerial view of vehicle | CarMax

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler offers a variety of options for adapting to your surroundings, whatever the weather. On top of its ability to handle a wide range of terrains, the base model of the 2016 Wrangler has a fabric top that is watertight and can be folded back to let in the sunlight. The Sahara and Rubicon trims offer a three-piece modular hardtop, which comes with a hardtop removal kit. The driving experience can be further personalized by utilizing the fold-down windshield, which adds an extra useful dimension to off-roading, and removable doors for full open-air freedom.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2016 Jeep Wrangler, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

If you're shopping for an SUV that positively embraces adverse terrain, you'll want to check out the 2017–2021 Toyota 4Runner. Built for active outdoor lifestyles, all 2017–2021 4Runner models are powered by a 4.0L V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque.

Seating five as standard, the base SR5 trim and the range-topping Limited both offer the option of a third row that allows seating for up to seven.

The 2017–2021 Toyota 4Runner SR5 base trim features include:

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Rearview camera

  • Touchscreen infotainment display

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a four-door, four-wheel drive vehicle that performs well in types of weather conditions, including snow and ice.

RepairPal reliability rating

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RepairPal gave the Jeep Wrangler an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Wrangler 27th out of 27 among Compact SUVs.

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2016 Jeep Wrangler trims

Sport:

  • Features 16-inch steel wheels, skid plates, tow hooks, foglamps, removable doors, fold-down windshield, manual mirrors and locks, cruise control, height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, tilt-only steering wheel, fold and tumble rear bench seat, eight-speaker sound system, and more. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport also gets air-conditioning and a 60/40-split fold and tumble rear seat.

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Sahara: 

  • Adds 18-inch alloy wheels, power windows, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, automatic headlamps, hood insulation, air-conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara also gets tubular side steps and rear-row grab handles.

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Rubicon: 

  • Includes Sport trim equipment, and further adds 17-inch alloy wheels, 32-inch tires, electronic front and rear locking differentials, rock rails, automatic headlamps, hood insulation, air-conditioning, coat hooks, 115-volt outlet, and more. Some features are optional on the two-door Wrangler Rubicon, but standard on the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

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2016 Jeep Wrangler FAQ

More about the 2016 Jeep Wrangler

Color options

2016 Jeep Wrangler: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Black

  • Billet Silver

  • Bright White

  • Firecracker Red

  • Granite Crystal

  • Hydro Blue Pearl

  • Hypergreen

  • Mojave Sand

  • Rhino

  • Tank

  • Xtreme Purple Pearl Coat (Backcountry sub-trim edition only)

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Dark Saddle (Sahara, Rubicon trims only)

  • Olive Green (Sahara trim only)

Interior details

The two-door Wrangler seats four passengers, while the larger four-door Wrangler Unlimited seats five. Cloth upholstery is standard, with leather a featured option on the higher trims and several special edition models. The 2016 Wrangler is built for adventure, with the doors, front windshield, and roof all removable. With that in mind, the interior is functionally presented with hard-wearing finishing and old-school style.

Cargo space is good, ranging from 12.8 cu-ft behind the rear row of the two-door Wrangler to 31.5 cu-ft behind the Unlimited models' rear row. Fold down and flip back the Unlimited model's 60/40-split rear-row for 70.6 cu-ft of storage space behind the front seats.

Child seat details

The 2016 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are both equipped with two sets of LATCH fixtures (two lower anchors and an upper tether) in the rear row's outboard seats. The two-door Wrangler has limited access for parents and guardians to install that seating, however, so thinking longer term, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited might be preferable.

All seat types are accommodated, including infant, front- and rear-facing, and booster seats. Rear-facing seats will impact legroom for front-row passengers, therefore you may prefer to use the Unlimited model middle seat tether, with anchors borrowed from the outboard seats LATCH fixtures.

Performance

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine, delivering 285-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Four-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission are standard, a five-speed automatic transmission is optional. All 2016 Wrangler models achieve an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined.

The Wrangler Unlimited is the more powerful of the two when it comes to hauling. When properly equipped the Wrangler Unlimited can tow up to an estimated 3,500 lbs. The two-door Wrangler can tow up to an estimated 2,000 lbs when properly equipped.

In terms of acceleration, a two-door Wrangler with a manual transmission went from zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.9 seconds, which is pretty astonishing given the languid acceleration of past Wranglers. The heavier Wrangler Unlimited with the automatic needed 8.8 seconds, which is fairly slow compared to other off-road-ready four-doors.

Year Comparisons

2006–2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (third generation)

The third generation of the Jeep Wrangler offered a four-door version for the first time, after Daimler Chrysler took the time to ask Wrangler owners what they really wanted. The 2007 model introduced a bigger bumper and more rounded corners—though it still looked rugged—and a new dashboard design.

By 2013, the Jeep Wrangler became more comfortable and practical, with Unlimited models receiving an easier-to-adjust soft top. A 10th-anniversary Rubicon was also released with upgraded off-road features. In 2015, the standard stereo was upgraded to have eight speakers, and a Torx tool kit for removing the doors and roof was introduced.

For 2016, the Black Bear trim debuted, while the Wrangler Sahara trim enjoyed some upgrades to its look. 2017 then added new optional LED headlights and fog lights, as well as an available package including heated seats and remote start.

2018–2022 Jeep Wrangler JL (fourth generation)

The Jeep Wrangler received a full redesign in 2018, kick-starting the JL generation. This included a new turbo-four engine, new features (including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto functionality), and fresh interior styling. Adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning technology became available in 2019, and a turbo-diesel engine was added to the list of options in 2020. For 2021, new sub-trims—Wrangler 4xe and Rubicon 392—joined the ranks, as well as an Xtreme Recon package whose availability was increased for 2022.

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