Few vehicles are better off the pavement than a Jeep Wrangler. This is the one credited with starting it all. Traceable to the original Jeep, the Wrangler is the very symbol of off-road capability.
The Wrangler comes in the familiar two-door version and a four-door model called Unlimited. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited doesn't completely change the character of the Wrangler but makes it more practical for many. It's more comfortable and convenient, offering more cargo and rear-seat passenger space and a higher tow rating. Still, the traditional two-door Wrangler has its charms and virtues. It is the classic. We enjoy all of them. Jeep Wranglers can take you places you've never been before.
The 2011 Wrangler has moderate changes, including a revised interior. The three-piece hard top has larger windows and is offered in body-matching paint on 2011 Wrangler Sahara models. New features have been added to the option list for 2011, including heated leather seats, power heated mirrors and Bluetooth streaming audio.
2011 Jeep Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited are offered in Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trim. All Wranglers have a 3.8-liter V6 engine, which develops 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15/19 mpg City/Highway for all models and both transmissions.
Four-wheel drive is standard, along with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic stability control. A 6-speed manual comes standard, a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional. The 6-speed manual fits the Wrangler's personality, but the automatic is more convenient.
A soft top comes standard, which offers the option of top-down motoring, and half-doors are available. A hardtop is available, also, offering greater security.
Despite the added features and upgraded interior, the 2011 Wrangler is not really an alternative to a car. It isn't comfortable by car standards. Fuel economy would merit a gas guzzler tax, and it isn't cheap. By 4WD standards it is considered the standard, however, especially in Rubicon trim. So if your recreation takes you off the beaten path, the Wrangler presents a compelling argument.
Vehicles that can match the Wrangler's off-highway performance cost many times more (Land Rover's LR4 and Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz's G550) or can be used only in more open areas where size is not a consideration (Ram Power Wagon, Ford SVT Raptor pickups). If you want decent off-highway four-door performance with more comfort and don't need the Jeep's extreme gearing, Nissan's Xterra might be your solution.