Although you’re as likely to see a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited roaming mall parking lots as tearing up sand dunes, Jeep’s classic four-door model continues its adventure-oriented charge. It’s not the roomiest or most efficient SUV, but the Wrangler Unlimited still offers the quintessential virtues: distinctive looks, rugged off-road capability, and a top that pops all the way off.
What's New for 2019
The Wrangler Unlimited returns unchanged for 2019 aside from the addition of a couple active safety features. The 2019 model also sees the debut of a new exterior color, which Jeep’s marketing team has opted to call “Bikini” (it’s teal).
Choosing Your Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Buying a Wrangler Unlimited begins with choosing between two engines. The old-school option is a 3.6-liter V6 producing 285 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque. For a more new-school option, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (with 260 hp and 295 lb-ft) is an extra $1,000. The V6 comes with a six-speed manual transmission, while the smaller engine uses an eight-speed automatic. The automatic can be paired with the V6 for $2,000. All Wranglers come with a part-time all-wheel-drive system.
Fuel economy depends on the combination of engine and transmission, although it’s never inspiring. The turbocharged engine comes out on top with an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 combined. With the eight-speed automatic, the V6 manages 18/23/20 mpg (city/highway/combined), but those numbers drop to 17/23/19 with the manual.
The Wrangler Unlimited improves on the cargo capacity of its two-door sibling with 31.7 cubic feet behind the seats. Space grows to 72.4 cubes with the rear seats down. Seating accommodates five. The Wrangler is known for its off-road ability, and the Unlimited doesn’t suffer for its extra doors. Its 10.9 inches of clearance and 30 inches of water fording are formidable, and any Jeep devotee will gladly monologue about the details of approach and departure angles. The Wrangler’s capable low-speed AWD system completes the package.
Remaining features are divided among five trims:
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is starting to look pricey, so we’d stick to a lower trim – the Sport S. It allows for judicious package and option selection without hurting the wallet too much. While it’s nice to see a standard manual transmission, the automatic may be worth the extra cash in this case.
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