There is hardly a more focused, off-road vehicle than the Jeep Wrangler, and the four-door Unlimited makes it an even more practical vehicle in which to haul four people over just about any surface.
Despite constant refinement, the Wrangler Unlimited is still a rough-edged vehicle -- you won't find the comforts of a car-based crossover here. But it does offer plenty of amenities without sacrificing its tough image.
There are no major changes for the 2014 Wrangler Unlimited.
It's a Jeep, and that's all there is to it. Trademarks like the round headlamps remain. Buyers who like the wind and bugs in their hair will gravitate to the standard soft-top roof, but an optional three-piece hardtop provides a more upscale feel and added protection. With four doors and a longer wheelbase, the Unlimited also manages to look more grown-up than the two-door Wrangler.
Inside, function continues to take precedence over form. Controls are big and chunky, but still some feel a bit cheap. Even adding leather seats and navigation does little to make the cabin feel plush. There's decent rear legroom and cargo space, although access is abysmal and it's still not exactly commodious.
Under the Hood
For 2012, the Wrangler finally got a modern engine in the form of the Pentastar V6 that's in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. With 290 horsepower, it has the highway passing power it lacked, plus loads of torque for rock crawling. Rubicon models get the most advanced setup with a 4:1 crawl ratio, and front and rear locking differentials.
Fuel economy, however, is still poor at 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway according to the EPA. Go for the six-speed manual, and that improves to 21 on the highway.
The Rubicon gets the most aggressive treatment of any Wrangler Unlimited for off-roading and serious hauling duties. This includes lockable front and rear differentials, a heavy duty axle and transfer box, 32-inch off-road tires and the ability to disconnect the front anti-roll bar. Also included on this top-level Wrangler are a few more convenience features: power locks with keyless entry, air conditioning, heated exterior mirrors, and satellite radio. You do still need to step up to the Connectivity Group to get Bluetooth and a USB input, but other desirable features available are a three-piece hardtop roof, automatic climate control, navigation and leather upholstery.
Stepping up from the spartan Sport, the Sahara adds some more creature comforts for those trying to use their Wrangler Unlimited for everyday transportation. So the Sahara gets better-looking 18-inch alloy wheels, power windows, automatic headlamps and an Alpine six-speaker audio system.
The Power Convenience Group gets you power locks with keyless entry, heated powered mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Connectivity Group also adds Bluetooth and a USB input. A hardtop, automatic climate control, limited-slip rear differential and navigation are also available.
The Sport is the most basic Wrangler Unlimited, but it isn't quite as basic as you might be expect from an open-top Jeep. Standard equipment includes cruise control, a six-speaker audio system with AUX input and steering wheel controls, a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning and a height-adjustable driver's seat.
It also comes with features to please off-road enthusiasts, such as front and rear tow hooks, a retractable soft top and removable doors. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, Bluetooth, USB input, auto-dimming rearview mirror, three-piece hard top and a limited-slip rear differential are also options.
The Sport RHD is basically the same car as the the Sport except for a steering wheel on the right-hand side. It's intended for rural markets and postal drivers, but is otherwise identical to the standard Sport.
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|Build & Price|
2013 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED$26,988 | 7,500 mi
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$26,997 | 20,092 mi
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,499 | 13,081 mi
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$31,900 | 10,000 mi
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$34,599 | 5,718 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,000 | 23,752 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$26,844 | 21,307 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,499 | 29,301 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$28,995 | 45,748 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$29,200 | 22,180 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$29,900 | 35,000 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$29,900 | 39,000 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$30,000 | 33,961 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$31,490 | 18,953 mi
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$34,900 | 29,000 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$22,816 | 20,940 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,285 | 72,086 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,900 | 55,000 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,995 | 45,563 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,500 | 45,532 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,981 | 44,301 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$28,488 | 39,051 mi
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$31,900 | 31,000 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$23,995 | 33,639 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$25,977 | 69,979 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$26,985 | 29,653 mi
2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$27,957 | 64,303 mi
2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited$18,999 | 99,648 mi
Capable on-road and off, but somewhat overpriced
Does most of what the Wrangler can do off-road with superior on-road manners and practicality
Spacious, powerful and capable, but far from refined
Roomy and offers a gutsy V6, but feels much more like a truck than others