2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Those of you that know the Jeep brand, must surely know about the versatile Jeep® Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler is a classic Jeep model and it’s kind of like a lego set for grown ups because drivers can take it apart (doors, windows, hardtop) and build it back up. It was one of the Jeep brand’s first models, and eventually Jeep made the classic soft-top model bigger with the addition of the five-passenger hardtop Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Wrangler Unlimited was made for more than off-road fun, but it’s a great daily driver and is equipped with all of the necessities both inside and out. Take a look at what sets the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited apart from other SUVs on the road.
Available 4x4 System
The biggest difference between the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited is vehicle size. The Wrangler Unlimited is a five-passenger SUV, and the Jeep Wrangler is a four-passenger SUV. Aside from that, both Wrangler models are fairly similar. Both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are only available with a 4x4 drivetrain and both models are powered by the award-winning Pentastar V6 engine. What makes it award-winning? It’s a 3.6-liter engine with VVT, and it is powerful and long-lasting.
Variable valve timing (VVT) technology is programmed to change the timing interval of an engine’s intake and exhaust valves. Done right, it will not only improve the engine’s fuel economy but the performance of the engine overall. This brings the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to 17 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway. It has an output of 285-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission, but buyers can upgrade to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Driving and Handling
The same 4x4 systems found on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler are standard and/or available on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. First up, found on the Sport, Sport S, and Sahara trims is Command-Trac 4x4. Built with a transfer case, when tire slippage is recognized, torque is sent to all four wheels. Plus, it comes with a 2.72:1 low range for more torque when going off-road. As you can see, although one drivetrain, the default is front-wheel drive, and the transfer case engages all four wheels when necessary.
On the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is the Rock-Trac 4x4 system. Also made with a transfer case, the default drivetrain is technically front-wheel drive, but this trim and 4x4 system are made for rock crawling. With a 4:1 low gear ratio, it moves even the vehicle slower than the Command-Trac system, but in turn generates more torque. Include its electronic locking differentials to avoid tire slippage and electronic front sway bar disconnect, and the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon can flex like it’s at the world’s strongest man competition.
As mentioned, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can be configured and changed up to the drivers’ liking. The main and most obvious ways to reconfigure the Wrangler Unlimited are removing the vehicle’s doors completely, or turning them into half doors. Drivers can also remove the hardtop roof or switch it from hard to soft top (or vice-versa). Both covers have their pros, specifically the soft top being easier to remove and cover up the Jeep, versus the hard top, which is a little heavier and isn’t as portable as the soft top. There are also many great standard features (not found on the base trim), such as deep tint sunscreen windows.
The upper-level trims on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited lineup have more convenient and luxury features. Some of the enhanced features include automatic LED headlamps, a tinted windshield, and power heated exterior mirrors. For driving around in style, consumers can put their Wrangler Unlimited on 16-, 17-, or 18-inch wheels and give it a little personal look by choosing one of ten body paint colors.
Most drivers will find cloth trimmed seats in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited unless in one of the upper-level trims. That’s where one will find leather-trimmed seating and available features like heated front seats, automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Of course, not everyone really cares for these when they’re focused on going off-road.
There’s also some convenience in the interior. Aside from holding up to five people, one can switch up the seating arrangements for cargo with the 60/40 rear folding seat, which is standard throughout the lineup. There is also a hidden compartment in the floor and cargo tie down loops - it makes carrying cargo easier when things are secured and less likely to move around.
Jeep had a bit of a surprise waiting in the wings with the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited. Found on most trims is an eight-speaker sound system, and buyers are able to upgrade to an Alpine 9-speaker system with an all-weather subwoofer. The upper-level Wrangler Unlimited trims, specifically the Chief, Winter, and Rubicon Hard Rock comes standard with the Alpine sound system.
If looking for a vehicle that has less distractions for hands and eyes, drivers can add in the connectivity group for Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth. Add in GPS navigation by upgrading to Radio 430N (not available on all systems), or just use your smartphone. Upgrading from Radio 130 to 430 will open more options though, and you can do more than control the radio by using the steering wheel mounted controls (also a standard feature).
Safety Features and Warranty
Consumers can find all the modern safety features in a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Many modern standards are found throughout the lineup, such as advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, traction and stability control systems, hill start assist, and a Sentry Key theft deterrent system. Available on select trims is a remote start system and remote keyless entry.
All Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.