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
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
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
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.
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.