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Jeep Wrangler vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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What's the Difference Between the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited?

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited carry similar off-road abilities and features, but the Wrangler Unlimited is overall larger, with an option for a more powerful engine. Let’s look at both to see which suits your needs.

Design – Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

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The design difference between the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited is the Unlimited’s spacious interior for passenger and cargo room. The two-door Wrangler models seat four, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited models seat five. The two-door models offer easier second-row access and additional legroom; and the Wrangler’s boxier shape helps taller passengers with enough headroom in both rows. Its entire interior is durable and water-resistant, making it easy to clean and last longer, but some rivals offer a more luxurious cabin. Removable top and doors provide a capable off-road experience. It comes standard with a soft-top roof that is easy to remove and fold onto the rear tailgate; a hardtop is available. Cargo space is better in the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, with 31.7 cubic feet behind its rear seats and 72.4 cubic-feet with them folded down. The two-door Wrangler has 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats up and 31.7 cubic feet with them folded down. You can choose between five trims: Sport, Sport S, Sahara, Rubicon, and 4xe. The Wrangler Unlimited also features the Rubicon 392 trim; as well as the Sahara is only featured with the Unlimited. The Rubicon 392 adds interior and exterior accents, and steel and rear bumpers. The base Wrangler Sport starts out at $28,475 for the two-door Wrangler and $31,975 for the Unlimited body style. It ranges to $38,875 for the Rubicon Wrangler two-door models and $42,375 for the four-door Unlimited models. The most powerful, Rubicon 392, has a starting price of $73,500.

Power – Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

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Wrangler’s base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque – an optional version of this V6 is a mild-hybrid eTorque system that boosts torque during acceleration. Its available powertrains include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. An additional option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It comes with four-wheel drive, and either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available eight-speed automatic that is standard in turbo-four and diesel engines. Later in 2021, the Wrangler 4xe will join the lineup, featuring a plug-in hybrid with 375 horsepower and two electric motors with a turbocharged engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powerful Rubicon 392 adds a V8 engine with 470-horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It also features a standard 4WD system and an eight-speed automatic. The two-door Wrangler can tow up to 2,000 pounds, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Fuel is estimated at 20/24 mpg city and highway with the base engine and 13/17 mpg with the V8 engine.

Safety and Technology – Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

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The Wrangler’s available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. An available forward-facing off-road camera is new for 2021 A rearview camera is standard. Its standard infotainment system is the Uconnect and comes with a 5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, additional USB ports, and navigation.

Overview

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler delivers a grand performance of its own with its powerful engines and off-road capabilities, but the Wrangler Unlimited stands out with four-doors, more interior room, and an optional powerful engine. All of those added features come at a higher price tag for the Unlimited.