Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jeep Wrangler VS 2015 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jeep Wrangler

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2015 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

Both the Wrangler and the LR2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Wrangler 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the LR2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the LR2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 16 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Wrangler’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Wrangler has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the LR2’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 28th in reliability. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 45 more horsepower (285 vs. 240) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 250) than the LR2’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Wrangler uses regular unleaded gasoline. The LR2 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Wrangler Unlimited’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LR2 (22.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Wrangler Rubicon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LR2 (255/75R17 vs. 235/55R19).

The Wrangler has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the LR2, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Wrangler Rubicon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The LR2 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wrangler Unlimited’s wheelbase is 11.3 inches longer than on the LR2 (116 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2dr’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the LR2’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Rubicon 2dr has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the LR2 (10 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Wrangler to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Jeep Wrangler may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Land Rover LR2.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Wrangler Unlimited has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the LR2 with its rear seat up (31.5 vs. 26.7 cubic feet). The Wrangler Unlimited has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the LR2 with its rear seat folded (70.6 vs. 58.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Wrangler Unlimited easier. The Wrangler Unlimited’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.4 inches, while the LR2’s liftover is 32.3 inches. The Wrangler 2dr’s liftover is only 27.8 inches.

The Wrangler’s cargo area is larger than the LR2’s in every dimension:

Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

LR2

Max Width

58.7”

58.7”

49.1”

Min Width

44.7”

44.7”

39.4”

Height

37.1”

37.1”

34.8”

A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Wrangler. The LR2 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Wrangler’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The LR2 has two small center buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The Wrangler Sahara/Rubicon Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The LR2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Wrangler’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The LR2 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Wrangler has standard extendable sun visors. The LR2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Wrangler offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The LR2 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Wrangler will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Wrangler will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the LR2.

Wrangler

LR2

Five Year

59% to 69%

32%

Three Year

69% to 83%

54%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Wrangler will be $11877 to $19629 less than for the Land Rover LR2.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jeep Wrangler has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Wrangler

LR2

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

no award

The Wrangler was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2012 4x4 of the Year. The LR2 has never been chosen.

The Jeep Wrangler outsold the Land Rover LR2 by over 412 to one during the 2015 model year.

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