There are minor tweaks to Jeep’s iconic Wrangler Unlimited for 2022, including the introduction of a new touchscreen radio interface on base models. Other model-specific upgrades see remote keyless entry added to Sahara and Rubicon trims, alongside an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Choosing Your Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
While two-door trims are also available in the Wrangler, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited range starts at $34,820 including destination for a Sport model with a standard 3.6-liter V6. There are four engine choices and three transmissions, with a pair of slightly different eight-speed automatic boxes each adding $2,500 to the price.
Moving up the range, Sport S models start at $38,020, with Sahara priced from $42,045. The standard Rubicon model starts at $45,595, with the thunderous Rubicon 392 available from $76,395.
There are five engines across the Wrangler Unlimited range, including a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 mated exclusively to Rubicon 392 models, generating 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to all four wheels through a heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission, returning fuel economy of 13 MPG city, 17 highway, and 14 combined.
Mainstream engine choices include the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, producing 285 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. It comes with three transmission choices – a six-speed manual, or one of two eight-speed autos.
In a sign of the times, there’s a plug-in-hybrid variant of the same engine, known as 4xe PHEV, adding two electric motors and a 400V battery pack alongside an eight-speed auto ‘box. Its economy is 49 MPGe, while normally aspirated models return 19/22/20 MPG as automatics and 17/23/19 in manual guise.
The automatic-only three-liter EcoDiesel V6 produces 260 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque, returning 22/29/25 MPG. Finally, a two-liter turbocharged gas engine puts out 270 HP and 295 lb-ft, achieving 21/22/21 MPG through the same eight-speed auto box.
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
19/22/20 MPG (auto)
49 MPGe (hybrid auto)
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Wrangler Unlimited stands at 31.7 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 72.4 cu ft once they’re dropped. This reduces to 27.7 and 67.4 cu ft respectively on 4xe PHEV models.
Given its go-anywhere credentials, it’s no surprise that every Wrangler Unlimited comes with front and side airbags, electronic roll mitigation, traction control, and hill start assist. Sport S models are the first to receive an alarm, but only hybrid Sahara and Rubicon models get hill descent control.
Rubicon 392 is unique in offering blind-spot monitoring and rear park assistance as standard. However, modern safety features like automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control are only available as options on certain trims, and they’re unavailable elsewhere in the range.
While any Wrangler with a Sport badge has an eight-speaker audio system, the three higher models have a nine-speaker Alpine unit powered through a 552-watt amplifier. These are also the only Wranglers to receive a larger 8.4-inch display compared to Sport/Sport S’s 7.0-inch screen, with satellite radio, rear USB ports, and multiple 12-volt power outlets also standard from Sahara upwards. Every model gets USB and auxiliary ports, plus voice control.
Sport models are sparsely equipped, fitted with fog lamps and a folding soft top with a sunroof feature. The cabin has manual air conditioning and LED lighting, push-button start, cruise control, and an eight-speaker audio system with a seven-inch Uconnect 4 display.
There are no packs on Sport models.
You wouldn’t call Sport S models luxurious, but they offer a number of welcome upgrades over Sport. There’s remote keyless entry and an alarm, a premium-wrapped steering wheel, and power heated mirrors, plus automatic headlamps, power locks, and windows.
The $995 Technology Group combines satellite radio and air conditioning with air filtering and remote keyless entry, while the identically priced Safety Group brings blind spot and cross path detection alongside LED tail lamps and rear park assistance. For $695, the Cold Weather Group blends heated front seats and a steering wheel with remote engine starting.
The 8.4-Inch Radio and Premium Audio Group package takes its name from the upgraded touchscreen powering an Alpine audio system, GPS navigation, satellite and HD radio. It costs $2,095, additionally bringing 4G WiFi hotspot capabilities and automatic temperature control with air filtering.
Distinguished by their tubular side steps and 18-inch aluminum wheels, Sahara models are the first to receive dual-zone climate, ambient cabin lighting, premium cloth seats and a universal garage door opener. The stereo is a nine-speaker Alpine affair, navigation is fitted to the larger 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and satellite radio is standard.
The Cold Weather and Safety packs remain available from Sport S trim, joined by the $795 Advanced Safety Group. This blends advanced brake assist, automatic high beams, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.
Go-anywhere Rubicon models receive rock rails, BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, and bespoke front grilles and fender flares. This is the only Wrangler to come with a 4:1 low gear part-time transfer case, the first one with sway bar disconnection and the first with front and rear locking diffs.
Packs remain the same as Sahara trim.
The immense power generated by that 6.4-liter V8 engine is reined in using a full-time transfer case offering a ratio of 2.72:1. This is the only Wrangler to receive blind spot detection indicators in its mirrors, with rear park assist also installed.
A three-piece hardtop is standard, as are smoked bronze aluminum wheels, and this is the first model in the range to offer leather seating or remote starting. A heated steering wheel adds a final touch of luxury, with paddle shifters mounted behind it.
There are no packs on 392 models.
With everyday safety features only available via the options list, we’d recommend choosing a mid-range Sahara model and specifying the two safety-themed packs. You’ll also enjoy a more refined cabin than Sport models, in particular, can offer.