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Posted by mike on 2008/3/2 11:32:58 (2719) reads

Something is backwards when Jeep Wrangler sales are gangbusters and Consumer Reports scores them the lowest among all models that tested last year. From CNN:

Ride, handling, braking, noise, fuel economy, fit and finish, visibility, frontseat comfort, access, reliability
Consumer Reports performs off-road testing at its Connecticut proving grounds, but off-road ability doesn't factor into the final scores.

That's part of the reason the Wrangler Unlimited gets the lowest score of any vehicle the magazine currently rates.
While this might explain a lower-than-expected score, I was pretty surprised to see it at the bottom of the list.

Liberty owners don't have too much more to grin about - their vehicle was third-to-last in the rankings while the Patriot was 9th from the bottom.

The Hummer H3, FJ Crusier, and Trailblazer were also near the bottom of the pack.

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rickhadley28576
Posted: 2008/3/7 13:48  Updated: 2008/3/7 13:48
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I discovered CU was full of BS over 40 years ago. I can't understand how they've been able to stay in business all this time.

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Josephus
Posted: 2008/3/6 23:09  Updated: 2008/3/6 23:17
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If the readers of Consumer Reports are dumb enough to solely judge their next vehicle purchase on somebody elses metrics, they do not deserve a Wrangler.
THINK FOR YOURSELF PEOPLE!
Figure out what is important to you, then pursue it! Don't be sheep led to the slaughter of souless Hondas like I almost was years ago.
Thank God I purchased the original 4-Runner and had some fun breaking it and fixing it, running with the top-off. It was a mess, but it got me thinkin' "this is fun" and "Those Jeeps look fun too...hhmmmmmm".

Consumer Reports should stick to what they are good at: Reviewing toasters and magazines.
It's like having your mechanic write annual articles for the Wall Street Journal. Sure he could write it, but would it be worth reading?
112,000 people get the "It's A Jeep Thing" in 2007, they must be onto something in Toledo.

I'd like to see Four Wheeler or JP Mag purchase a Prius and run it hard throught he Tank Trap (downhill of course) then drop the results in the parking lot of Consumer Reports!

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MarkH
Posted: 2008/3/3 10:10  Updated: 2008/3/3 10:10
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To try to evaluate a Wrangler with standards usually attributed to sedans is like trying to evaluate a Camry (puke!... excuse me...) on an off-road course or ramp travel index.

This nonsense has been going on for years, with CR refusing to reevaluate their "one-size-fits-all" criteria. Might as well throw motorcycles in the mix and give them trashy ratings for wind noise. Pompous idiots!

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Posted: 2008/3/3 9:52  Updated: 2008/3/3 9:52
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Consumer Reports is a joke and this straight up proves it -- how can there be such a disparity between sales numbers and their half-*&@ review -- because they are a joke.

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Posted: 2008/3/3 6:39  Updated: 2008/3/3 8:19
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From Wiki:
Also in 2005 Consumers Union launched the service Greener Choices, which is meant to "inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices." It contains information about conservation, electronics recycling and conservation with the goal or providing an "accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying “greener” products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs."

If these hacks at CU read the article (CLICK link below) proclaiming Wrangler as the "greenest vehicle on Earth" (when considering its entire lifecycle) they'd probably change their politically correct er, ummm... I mean unbiased minds.

These are the same dolts that blindly pick Toyotas & Hondas year-after-year-after-year on their top 10 list(s). Hard to believe they have a circulation of >4M! Gee, I was surprised to see their publishing headquarters is based in Tokyo.

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Posted: 2008/3/3 0:31  Updated: 2008/3/3 0:31
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Recently my wife and I went on a 630 mile (11 hours) roadtrip in our 03 Wrangler. It was a comfortable and fun drive (we never got tired) - we had no problems keeping up with any traffic and the engine loafed along at 2k rpm which kept things pretty quiet. The year before we borrowed my father's Honda Accord on a shorter 5-hour jaunt to Texas - it was absolutely miserable. Our butts fell asleep in the incredibly uncomfortable seats and after only an hour on the road, both of us were getting ready to pass out. The ride was no better or worse on the highway than the Wrangler so really the only thing it had going for it was better mileage (about 30mpg vs 20) - of course the smaller fuel tank had us stopping just as much as the Wrangler so no great time-saver either. Now - guess which vehicle CR would rate higher? If you want answers on which DVD player, car, dishwasher, etc, much better more subjective information is available online in forums - I would never listen to CR.

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Posted: 2008/3/2 22:54  Updated: 2008/3/2 22:54
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Oh Boo Hoo!!!!

Consumer Reports is filed with a bunch of liberal a$$-$ucking uppity-uppity, greenie tree hugging DIX.

I think it shows their mental capacity to compare a Jeep Wrangler to a BMW or a Cadillac or an Acura...

How about comparing a BMW to a Wrangler in a FOOT of snow, see who is dead last then (DIX).

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Posted: 2008/3/2 13:51  Updated: 2008/3/2 13:53
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Why am I not surprised.

Oh yeah...is Consumer Reports. The same people that go to a store and quite literraly pull apart an entire freezer section to pick out 9 tubs of Ben and Jerrys ice cream that came out of the factory on the same day.

http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/16-03/ps_consumerreports


If you are going to score something down for it's intended purposes, then don't put it in that category.

Consumer Reports: How about an Off Road rating?

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Posted: 2008/3/2 12:29  Updated: 2008/3/2 12:29
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CR has only one criteria they go by. Wrangler and a 3-series BMW are just not in the same class, you can't compare one to another, but they do. I stopped paying attention to CR long time ago.
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