- Eight-speed transmission newly available for 2014
- One of the most capable off-the-lot vehicles ever built
- Four-door version of the Wrangler
Jeep can trace its lineage back to the days of World War II and it continues to produce some of the most rugged, dependable cars on the road. This essence is distilled in the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which can drive off the lot straight onto the trail without skipping a beat.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited takes the off-road acumen and style of the Wrangler, and adds on two extra doors for convenience. The Wrangler Unlimited is a rugged vehicle, with a high ride, huge wheel-arches, and a square stance that were all part of the original Jeep lineage. The Wrangler Unlimited also holds onto Jeep’s classic seven-slot front grill and round headlights. Optional features expand the Wrangler Unlimited’s off-road credentials even more: larger wheels and tires, tow-winch, and rugged rock bars to protect the undercarriage are all available. A hard-top roof can also be ordered.
Inside, the 2014 Wrangler Unlimited runs from bare-bones to posh. The basic seats are cloth, but leather is an option for higher-end models. The dash is tall, square, and rugged in its own rite with chunky knobs, wheels, and dials that are easy to grab and turn. Standard features include air conditioning, 130-watt audio system, and adjustable headrests. Options include satellite navigation, Alpine stereo system, heated seats, and Sirius XM satellite radio.
Under the hood, the Wrangler Unlimited features the same 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 found in the Wrangler. It makes 260 pounds-feet of torque and is paired with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Fuel economy checks in a 16/20-21 mpg city/highway. Four-wheel drive is standard, but high-range Wrangler Unlimited models offer several different four-wheel drive systems, off-road suspension parts, locking differentials, ultra-beefy front and rear Dana 44 axles, and electronically disabled sway bars that add suspension travel.
The Wrangler Unlimited’s classic body-on frame design is incredibly strong and rigid to deal with rocks and boulders, but operators should be careful; the high center of gravity makes the Wrangler Unlimited prone to rollovers. Standard safety features include front airbags, traction control, and ABS disc brakes. Side airbags are optional.