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Overview (Final Score: B-)

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door version of the Wrangler. Styling is largely the same, and anyone who thinks of Jeep is likely to think of a Wrangler Unlimited just as quickly as a standard Wrangler. This is literally the face of the Jeep brand. While sharing much in common with its standard two-door sibling, the Unlimited has several differences.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be the last of the JK series of Jeep Wranglers, with a new model designated JL coming for 2018. Carrying the torch for the original Willys that inspired the Wrangler, the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited is the more practical option for Wrangler lovers.

Like any Jeep, the Wrangler Unlimited is as trail capable as they come. It sets the benchmark for most SUVs when it comes to capability. The usual weaknesses and quirks associated with the Wrangler are there as well, but are more livable in the Unlimited thanks to its more versatile usefulness.

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From the base model to the top-end Rubicon, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can find a fit with anyone who wants the most capable machine made.

What We Love About the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited:

  • A more practical package for the Wrangler that retains the trail-readiness of its name
  • Immediately recognizable look that’s all Jeep
  • Every Wrangler Unlimited is a convertible

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited:

  • Daily driving is still a bit of a task thanks to a rough ride
  • Safety ratings are less than might be expected
  • Infotainment is well below par and behind the curve

 

2017 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Recon

2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon

Performance (10/10)

Although the term performance evokes images of tire burnouts and race cars going neck-and-neck into a corner, the Wrangler Unlimited has a very different level of performance. It won’t win races. At least not on the road. But if the race involves mud, rocks and river fording, the Jeep is probably a shoe-in for the checkered flag.

The Wrangler Unlimited shares a powerplant and underpinnings with the standard Wrangler models. A 3.6-liter V6 engine powers the rig with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Torque is then multiplied several times over by the transmission, transfer case, differentials, etc. Towing in the Wrangler Unlimited is rated at a fairly impressive 3,500 pounds due to its longer frame.

On the pavement, the Wrangler is out of its element. The Unlimited is a little more palatable than its two-door sibling as a highway drive and get-around-town machine due to the longer wheelbase, giving a little more stability.

Off the pavement, there is no rival to the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for taking the entire family out into the great unknown without caring about any obstacles that might attempt to block the way.

Pricing and Value (9/10)

The 2017 Wrangler Unlimited is a fairly expensive vehicle compared to other SUV options, but when compared to similar off-pavement-ready machines, it’s a bargain. Because the Wrangler has no limits and its Unlimited model is one of the more popular options for its extra interior space, resale values are also very good for these Jeeps.

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This value retention and the overall best-in-class properties of the Jeep Wrangler mean that it’s likely a great bargain for anyone who knows what this Jeep is for and intends to use it that way.

Total Score and Competitive Comparison (64/80, 80%)

Direct competition for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is not really to be found in the market. Similar options for off-road capability are either pickup trucks or expensive luxury rigs.

Its greatest rival is likely the standard Wrangler and, perhaps, the extremely capable Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro edition. With the former, two seats and limited cargo are the problem. With the latter, the Jeep in its comparable Rubicon package is more capable than is the 4Runner. Plus nothing beats that Jeep look for a Jeep enthusiast.

If used for its intended purpose, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a great machine with a solid reputation and iconic background. The four-door Unlimited means that the whole family or all your friends can come along without losing cargo space or practicing yoga to get into the Jeep.

Read the FULL REVIEW Now to get expert tips on the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited’s safety, reliability, fuel economy, interior, exterior, technology and more.

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