2017 Jeep Wrangler vs. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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The Jeep Wrangler is the most iconic Jeep model and one of the most iconic SUVs around the world. It has a look like no other and it has proudly had that look for more than 75 years. Its full-size spare tire on the back gate, it’s round headlights, seven-slot grille and removable back windows and glass all make it one-of-a-kind, but what many people don’t realize is that there are two different types of Wrangler models, the Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited. Their differences are fairly small in the scheme of things, but it’s definitely important to know before you head out to buy your next Jeep Wrangler.


The biggest differences between the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are size and price. The Wrangler Unlimited is a larger four-door model with five-sets, while the Wrangler is a two-door model with four seats. Both vehicles are available with a soft-top or hard-top roof.

Finally, on to what you have been waiting for, price! The price varies for both models depending on trim. The Wrangler Sport starts at just $23,995 and at the highest end of the trim levels is the Wrangler Rubicon Recon, which starts at $39,145. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport starts at $27,895 and the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon starts at $42,945.



Aside from those differences, both Wrangler models have the same engine, drivetrain options, trims and style features. The standard engine on the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. Together the engine and transmission produce up to 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited come standard with a 4×4 drivetrain and both models have an average fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Each model has thirteen trim options (Sport, Sport S, Willys Wheeler, Big Bear, Freedom Edition, Willys Wheeler W, Sahara, Rubicon, Smoky Mountain, Chief, Winter, Rubicon Hard Rock and Rubicon Recon).

The same standard and optional entertainment and safety technology features are standard across both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models. Standard entertainment features even for the base level trims include an eight-speaker audio system, an audio jack input, radio 130 (130 channels) and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Safety features like advanced multistage airbags, hill start assist, speed control, a sport bar with full padding and a Sentry Key theft deterrent system all come standard as well.

When it comes to additional features, many of the higher level trims come standard with upgraded features. Optional entertainment features include SiriusXM radio, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, 9 Alpine speakers with an all-weather subwoofer and a 40GB hard drive are available. Additional safety features like electronic vehicle tracking, a security alarm, remote keyless entry and remote start are available.

Why Do You Need It?

So, the deciding factor for you is why do you need it? Are you looking for a fun off-road and adventurous vehicle for a good price and don’t need too much space? If so, the a Jeep Wrangler is for you! Are you looking for both adventure and a family vehicle? Then of course, the Wrangler Unlimited is your option!

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