Jeep Wrangler vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

As you begin searching for your next Jeep vehicle, you may be wondering what sets the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited apart. While these two excellent cars are similar in many ways, they include differences in all the key categories we know our Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge customers are most concerned about. To highlight them, the Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) team has put together this helpful comparison.

Jeep Towing Capacity

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler and 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited share many off-roading features. For instance, they both include the helpful Trailer Sway Damping, which can keep your cargo and vehicle from tilting dangerously off course. Front and rear stabilizer bars also aid in this effort.2017 Jeep Wrangler vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

To prevent your engine from incurring damage from debris, both vehicles include fuel tank and transfer case skid plates. This way, if your Jeep kicks up rocks or other harmful objects, they won’t penetrate your sensitive powertrain.

Regardless of these fortifications, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are still sized differently. For this reason, the Unlimited can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while its smaller counterpart can only tow up to 2,000 pounds.1

Tried-and-True Performance

Jeep is so confident in the efficacy of its powertrain that it’s outfitted both Wranglers with the same 3.6L V6 engine. Efficiency heightening variable valve timing has been added to both, as well as a 6-speed manual transmission.

While the engines are the same, mileage differs just slightly. The Wrangler maintains 21 highway MPG and 17 city MPG, while the Unlimited maintains a lesser 16 city MPG (highway MPG remains the same).2 Again, this variation comes strictly from vehicle size.

Nevertheless, both vehicles incorporate a Command-Trac® shift-on-the-fly part-time all-wheel drive. This feature, when paired with Electronic Stability Control, allows both Wranglers to retain precise handling even on unfavorable road surfaces.

Interior Sizing

The biggest difference between these two vehicles is in size. While the Jeep Wrangler is a 2-door vehicle-including an easy access passenger seat for quicker entry-the Wrangler Unlimited is a 4-door vehicle.

Passengers of the Wrangler will have 88.4 cubic feet of space to stretch out in, and 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Passengers of the Wrangler Unlimited will have 104 cubic feet and 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

Due to its bigger size, the Unlimited includes some extra rear features, such as its 60/40 folding seat and rear head restraints. An auto-dimming day/night rearview mirror has also been added for extra comfort.

2017 Jeep Wrangler vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review

When Chicago, Skokie, and Park Ridge drivers choose between the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, what they’re really choosing is size. Both vehicles include tremendous performance and off-road capabilities. What really sets them apart is a difference in interior space.

If you’d like to inspect one (or both) of these cars for yourself, pay us a visit at Marino CJDR. Come see what incredible Jeeps we have waiting for you!


1. When properly equipped. See dealer for details.
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