2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Test Drive Review: An American Icon Improved

Is any vehicle more distinctive and iconic than the Jeep Wrangler? Still styled to look like a World War II-era Willys Jeep, the Wrangler's overall shape has remained familiar over its long history even though the engineering beneath it has improved dramatically. Jeep introduced the current fourth-generation Wrangler (known as the JL) back in 2018 and for 2020, trim and engine lineup adjustments should help keep it a sales powerhouse. The JL Wrangler is more refined than ever before but manages to retain its unmatched off-road prowess and unique removable body panels.

Jeep sent us a four-door Wrangler Unlimited model (by far the most popular) in the top off-road Rubicon trim level for testing. Our unique tester was decked out with the Wrangler's first-ever power top option and a newly-introduced diesel engine. With the threat of competition coming from the new Ford Bronco, is the Wrangler still the best off-road vehicle around? We made sure to thoroughly test it, both on and off the pavement, to find out.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Wrangler Unlimited?

Most of the changes to the Wrangler Unlimited this year come in the form of trim and engine adjustments. The Moab trim level has been dropped from the line-up, and several special editions have been added for the new production cycle. Among these are the Willys, Black and Tan, Freedom, Altitude, North Edition, and Recon variations of the standard models. For 2020, Jeep's eTorque mild-hybrid version of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine is no longer available to the Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon trims. However, it is still available to the Sahara, North Edition, and Rubicon Recon, and a similar mild-hybrid version of the Pentastar V6 has been added to the line-up for the Sahara trims. For the first time ever, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 is available in the Wrangler Unlimited, developing 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.

Pros and Cons

  • Three capable engine options, including the torque-filled EcoDiesel
  • Iconic Jeep styling
  • Champion of the off-road
  • Plenty of ways to customize your purchase
  • Removable roof and doors
  • Still offers a manual transmission
  • Wind and road noise are intrusive at higher speeds
  • Handles more like a truck than an SUV
  • Not as practical for cargo as rivals
  • Can get pricey in higher trim levels
  • Safety tech costs extra

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$31,795
Sport S
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$31,795
Black and Tan 4x4
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$31,795
Willys
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$31,795
Freedom
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$31,795

Wrangler Unlimited Exterior

Despite the number of trims in the Wrangler Unlimited range, the overall appearance of the Jeep doesn't change drastically. The Sport starts things off with 17-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, halogen headlights, front fog lights, and a manual convertible soft-top roof. The Altitude variants of the Sport and Sahara get larger 18-inch Gloss Black wheels, while the Willys and Rubicon trims get 32- and 33-inch mud-terrain tires, respectively. These off-road specific models are also the only ones to come standard with LED headlights and foglights, while the Rubicon also gets LED daytime running lights. The soft-top can be traded out for a hardtop on several models, with the Sahara and Rubicon trims getting exclusive access to the Sky One-Touch power-retractable roof. The Sahara Altitude and North Edition trims get a composite sunroof, too. Most models come with a body-color slatted front grille, with the Willys and Rubicon Recon getting a Gloss Black variant. The Recon also gets other black body accents around the front and rear wheel arches. Most models come with a molded front bumper, but the Willys Sport and upper trims get a mold-in-color bumper.

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Dimensions

Looking the part of a true off-roader, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited stands 73.6 inches tall, clearing the ground by between 9.7-10.8 inches, depending on trim. The SUV measures in at 188.4 inches long, with a 118.4-inch wheelbase creating the spacious cabin. Not accounting for its mirrors, the Wrangler has a width of 73.8 inches. The lightest of the Unlimited range weighs in at 4,167 lbs, while the heaviest model tips the scale at 4,862 lbs. From a purely off-roading perspective, the Wrangler is king, with approach, departure, and breakover angles of up to 43.9, 37, and 22.6 degrees respectively.

  • Length 188.4 in
  • Wheelbase 118.4 in
  • Height 73.6 in
  • Max Width 73.8 in
  • Front Width 62.9 in
  • Rear Width 62.9 in

Exterior Colors

A total of ten paint colors are available to the Jeep Wrangler range, with half of those coming on the Sport and Sahara Altitude models. The standard paints comprise Black, Sting-Gray, Bright White, and Firecracker Red, while Granite Crystal Metallic and Billet Silver Metallic can be unlocked by paying an extra $195. From the Willys Sport upwards, Hellayella is added to the no-cost options, with Ocean Blue Metallic, Bikini Pearl, and Punk'n Metallic expanding the extra-cost options. We received plenty of compliments on our Ocean Blue tester but if we were choosing our favorite, Punk'n Metallic is too outrageous to pass up.

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Bikini Pearlcoat
  • Ocean Blue Metallic Clearcoat
  • Punkn Metallic Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat
  • Hellayella Clearcoat
  • Mojito! Clearcoat, Build Out: 09/24/2019

Wrangler Unlimited Performance

How the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited performs largely comes down to which powertrain is equipped under the hood. However, even the weakest of the lot, the standard Pentastar V6 gasoline engine is more than gutsy enough to get the SUV moving or haul it up a steep hill. Mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, the engine delivers 285 hp and 260 lb-ft to all four wheels. True, the heavier Unlimited won't be winning any races with this powertrain, but you will be more than happy with it on rougher terrain.

Also available on almost every trim is the inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine. While it may drop a few horsepower, this turbocharged powertrain supplies even more torque to help the Wrangler deal with uncompromising terrain or lift itself up that final stretch when mountain climbing. The four-cylinder engine can only be linked with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which we do not see as a detriment.

A new addition to the Wrangler (only in the Unlimited), the EcoDiesel turbo V6 pumps out less power (260 hp) but an impressive 442 lb-ft, allowing it to take the Wrangler where it's never been before. No slope should be too steep for this powertrain, save for a sheer cliff face, and it still manages town-driving without a fuss, though it can be a bit loud. Like both other engines, the EcoDiesel always comes matched with a four-wheel drivetrain, but it gets its very own eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Regardless of how the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is configured, the manufacturer has rated it to tow only 3,500 lbs due to limitations of the chassis and suspension. While this isn't a terribly poor figure, it's still quite a bit below the max towing capacity of rivals like the Toyota 4Runner, which is rated at 4,500 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

Three engines in five different configurations comprise the powertrain line-up for the Wrangler Unlimited. The standard engine on all but the North Edition and Rubicon Recon is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine, which comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that directs 285 hp and 260 lb-ft to all four wheels. For an additional $2,750, an eight-speed automatic 850RE transmission can be equipped. Cover your eyes manual lovers, but the eight-speed is the one to get here. The manual feels a bit sloppy and the Wrangler's pedal box leaves nowhere to put your left roof. The eight-speed is wonderfully smooth and effortlessly provides shifts when you call for them. On the Sahara and Sahara Altitude, the Pentastar V6 can be had with eTorque mild-hybrid technology, which adds an electric motor to deliver smoother shifts, quicker stop/start, and better rock-crawling capabilities.

The other engine available to every model in the range is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that comes mated to the aforementioned eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. This powertrain develops 270 hp and 295 lb-ft. It may be less powerful than the V6, but the added torque provides smoother and more effortless acceleration. Like the V6 gasoline engine, the inline-four can be combined with the eTorque mild-hybrid technology on specific models - namely, the Sahara, Sahara Altitude, North Edition, and Rubicon Recon, with the latter two getting this configuration as standard.

Much to the delight of avid Jeep fans, who have been clamoring for this feature for years, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel has been brought over from the Ram lineup to serve in the Wrangler Unlimited. Mated to a special eight-speed automatic transmission, the turbodiesel develops 260 hp and an impressive 442 lb-ft for all four wheels. It may be the least powerful mill in the lineup but with so much torque available so low in the rev range, the EcoDiesel easily feels like the most substantial engine available of the bunch. The diesel V6 offers heaps of passing power and easily crawls up steep off-road inclines with ease. There is some noticeable clatter from the engine bay, but we think it is a worthy trade-off for all of that juicy torque.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.6L Twincharged, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

With the introduction of the JL generation, Jeep managed to smooth out many of the Wrangler's rougher edges while still retaining its character. The Wrangler still calls on a recirculating ball-type steering design compared to almost all other modern vehicles, which use a rack and pinion setup. This steering setup proves to be vague and floaty out on the road but is still heralded for its strength and durability, which is handy during off-road use. But most Wrangler Unlimited owners will spend their time on the road, where the vehicle's off-road-oriented suspension is firm but not punishing, even in the hardcore Rubicon trim level. It may not have the car-like poise found in most crossovers but it doesn't feel like you will tip over if you take a corner too quickly either.

Road noise has been dramatically reduced compared to previous generation Wrangler models, especially when equipped with the hardtop roof. Our tester was equipped with the Sky One-Touch power-retractable roof, which sits somewhere between the soft top and hardtop in regards to wind noise. The Sky One-Touch is the priciest of the three options but we enjoyed the ability to go topless with the press of a button rather than getting out to disassemble the roof. It isn't the most open experience of the three but it seems perfect for someone who wants a hassle-free setup. For those who desire even more air, the doors and three-quarter panels are still removable and the windshield folds down.

Even though Jeep has made huge strides to make the Wrangler Unlimited more livable, it truly thrives when the pavement ends. The Rubicon, being the most off-road-ready in the Wrangler lineup, includes a Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio on the diesel models. In other words, you can put the Wrangler into 4LO, lock the differentials, and marvel at how easily it can climb even the most treacherous inclines. Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles ensure that the Wrangler stands up to abuse and you can even disconnect the sway bar for better wheel articulation. We imagine that more road-oriented trims like the Sahara will be plenty capable for the vast majority of buyers but those who want an extra edge on off-road trails should opt for the Rubicon.

Wrangler Unlimited Gas Mileage

For a four-wheel-drive off-roader, the Wrangler Unlimited doesn't get particularly bad fuel economy. The standard V6 gasoline engine, mated to the six-speed manual gearbox, gets an EPA-estimated 17/23/19 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. Swapping the transmission out for the eight-speed automatic gearbox improves this to 18/22/20, while equipping the V6 with the eTorque MHEV feature adds another one mpg in the city cycle. The four-cylinder engine gets 21/22/21 mpg in either of its configurations, while the V6 diesel gets the best mileage of 22/29/25 mpg. By comparison, the Toyota 4Runner gets 16/19/17 mpg in its 4WD guise, while the Ford Explorer gets 20/27/23 mpg with its four-cylinder engine. The Jeep comes equipped with a 21.5-gallon fuel tank, allowing it to travel for up to 537 miles on diesel.

Even though the diesel is, by far, the most efficient engine of the bunch, we had trouble matching the EPA's estimates. The Wrangler averaged 23 mpg during our week of testing and on the highway, the on-board computer hovered around 26 mpg.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 17/23 mpg
* 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport Altitude 4WD

Wrangler Unlimited Interior

While it is by no means a luxury vehicle, the Wrangler no longer unpleasant to be inside. The choice of materials could be better, with cloth upholstery being the go-to on all but one or two trims, and plenty of plastic and steel on display. However, this more rugged, down-to-earth style will actually appeal to those who want a hardy, hands-on SUV. Most of the controls are chunky, hard buttons and knobs, but they are all within easy reach thanks to the close placement of the flat dashboard to the front seats. The cabin also doesn't feel as big as its dimensions suggest, thanks to the Wrangler's unique roof design with an integrated roll bar. Still, with plenty of branding on the seats and surfaces, there is no mistaking the interior of the Jeep Wrangler, and it will definitely appeal to fans.

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Seating and Interior Space

There are seating appointments for up to five within the cabin of the Wrangler Unlimited, and thanks to the four-door design, accessing the seats is as easy as it would be in any other SUV. In fact, it's even easier if you remove the doors altogether. Similarly, the roof can be lopped off to increase the already generous headroom in both rows of seats. Legroom is pretty great, too, with even adults fitting in the back without too much fuss. However, there isn't enough shoulder room two squeeze more than two adults in the back, and the dashboard up front is placed quite close to the seats. The driver's seat is six-way manually adjustable on every model, with heated front seats available on the upper trims. Thanks to the high placement of the seats, visibility is quite good, but the large rear pillars and tailgate-mounted spare tire create blind spots.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 40.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.2 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The Jeep is built for durability more than comfort, so there is plenty of hard plastic and metal around the cabin. This, unfortunately, results in a bit of rattling at higher speeds, which is only exacerbated by the excessive wind and road noise. Very few models deviate from the standard cloth upholstery, which is available in Black or Heritage Tan on the majority of the trims. The Freedom is the first trim to offer leather, which comes in Black with cloth inserts. For $1,495, the Sahara and North Edition can be dressed in leather too, in either Black or Dark Saddle, while the Sahara Altitude gets Black leather as standard. The Rubicon and Rubicon Recon get Black premium cloth as standard with red stitching and red dash accents. The same palette can be applied to the available $1,495 leather upholstery, or it can be had in Dark Saddle with plain stitching. Compared with other off-road vehicles, we didn't have much of an issue with the Wrangler's interior. Some more in-cabin storage would be welcomed but Jeep has used premium materials where it can while the less expensive surfaces feel more charming than cheap.

Wrangler Unlimited Trunk and Cargo Space

While it may not be quite as capacious as leading rival SUVs, the Wrangler Unlimited could easily function as a daily driver or errand-runner thanks to its 31.7 cubic feet of standard trunk space. This is more than enough for light work around town, or even to pack luggage for two over the weekend. Still, rivals do a better job, with the Toyota 4Runner providing 47.2 cubic feet and the Ford Explorer supplying 47.9 cubic feet behind the second row. If more space is needed, the rear seats inside the Jeep can be folded down to free up 72.4 cubic - compared to the 4Runner's 90 cubic feet and the Explorer's 87.8 cubic feet.

The Wrangler also doesn't provide the best small-item storage. There is a standard, lockable glove compartment, but it can be tricky to access when there is a passenger. A pair of cupholders are offered to the front passengers, but those in the back have to go without. There is a modestly sized center armrest cubby, but the door pockets are mesh hammocks instead of traditional storage spaces. This allows for some elasticity, assuming you don't mind being poked in the legs from time to time.

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Wrangler Unlimited Infotainment and Features

Features

Despite the multiple trim levels available within the Wrangler Unlimited range, the SUV isn't overly well equipped. It gets the basics, but most of the improvements made as you upgrade are mechanical, enhancing the Jeep's ability to go off the beaten track. Standard features on the base-level Wrangler Unlimited comprise cloth upholstery, six-way manual driver's seat, cruise control, push-button start, and manual air conditioning. It even has roll-up windows! Moving up the trim levels, additional features can be unlocked, such as remote keyless entry, power front windows, leather upholstery, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, automatic climate control, remote engine start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The standard safety suite consists of hill control assist and a rearview camera, but blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision avoidance, and adaptive cruise control can be added via the available packages.

Infotainment

The standard infotainment suite is pretty basic, comprising a five-inch Uconnect 3 touchscreen that supports Bluetooth functions and AM/FM Radio, paired with an eight-speaker sound system. Satellite radio prep is standard, meaning that SiriusXM can be added to the standard system. However, if you upgrade to the seven-inch Uconnect 4, SiriusXM comes standard, along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. The upper-most trims get access to the Uconnect 4C suite, which includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and HD Radio paired with a nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system. As always, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is one of our favorite features thanks to its intuitive usability. We should note, however, that our tester gave us multiple issues when connecting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Wrangler Unlimited Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power has not given the Wrangler Unlimited a dependability rating, but it did give the standard Wrangler a score of 74 out of 100. However, quite a few complaints have been lodged against the SUV, and the 2020 model has already been subject to three recalls. Reasons for these include the clutch pressure plate overheating, the lower control arm separating from the axle, and the possibility that the rearview camera image may get stuck on the display. New purchases are covered by a 36,000-mile/36-month limited warranty, while the powertrain and roadside assistance plan are valid for 60,000 miles/60 months.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Wrangler Unlimited Safety

While it hasn't been extensively tested by the NHTSA, the Wrangler Unlimited has scored a four-star rating in each of the front crash tests, while the rollover test resulted in a three-star rating. The IIHS gave decent scores of Good in limited tests but noted the headlights as being the worst-possible Poor.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Despite downright average safety and dependability ratings, the Jeep prides itself on the standard and available safety features on the Wrangler. Each model comes with ABS, stability and traction control, hill start assist, a high-strength steel frame, and four airbags: dual front and front side. There are a number of advanced driver-assistance features available, too, unlocked via the Safety Group and Advanced Safety Group. Among these features are blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, and automatic high beam assist.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited a good SUV?

By many objective measurements, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is an inferior SUV in terms of interior space, comfort, and efficiency. But that isn't the point. Those who want a more road-oriented experience can opt for a Grand Cherokee but the Wrangler's greatness stems from what makes it compromised out on the road. No other SUV on the market offers a removable roof and body panels and few will be able to go where the Wrangler can off-road.

With few to no direct competitors, the Wrangler remains an oddity in the marketplace that feels special where other SUVs feel mundane. The Wrangler may have objective flaws but it makes up for these with a subjective enjoyment factor. Off-road enthusiasts have few other options to choose from and none of those offer such an iconic design combined with livable road manners. If you are looking for an off-road specialist vehicle that still works as an everyday driver, the Wrangler Unlimited is unmatched.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?

There may be 12 models to choose from, but the price of the Wrangler Unlimited doesn't vary that much with the Sport starting at $31,795 and the High Altitude topping the list at $49,995, but options can push these prices much higher. In-between, the Willys Sport will cost you $33,495 with the Sport S at $1,500 above that. Based on the Sport S, the Sport Altitude asks for $36,690, the Black and Tan $36,690, the Willys $37.490, and the Freedom $37,690. Starting off the upper half of the trims, the Sahara sets a new benchmark at $38,645. The Altitude variant of the Sahara breaks the $40k line at $41,940, while the North Edition almost rivals the Rubicon Recon at $44,465. The standard Rubicon only costs $42,440, though, while the Rubicon Recon will set you back $46,950. These prices don't include tax, registration, licensing, incentives, or Jeep's $1,495 destination charge.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Models

The range for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is quite extensive, with a total of 13 trims on offer. However, within those 13, only four are base models: the Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon. The remaining eight trims are variations or special editions of the standard four. The standard powertrain on all but the two top-most special trims is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine, which comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or an eight-speed automatic transmission at additional cost. An inline-four-cylinder engine is also available across the range, mated to the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The V6 develops 285 hp and 260 lb-ft, while the four-cylinder develops 270 hp and 295 lb-ft. Unique to the Unlimited configuration, the V6 EcoDiesel engine can be equipped to most of the models. Mated to a special eight-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain develops 260 hp and 442 lb-ft. Four-wheel-drive is standard on every Wrangler.

The base Sport rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes equipped with halogen headlights and front fog lights. Standard features include a six-way manual driver's seat, manual air conditioning, cruise control, and push-button start. The infotainment comprises a five-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Bluetooth, AM/FM Radio, and an eight-speaker sound system. A pair of 12-volt power outlets come standard, too.

The Willys Sport gets a unique hood decal and rock protection sill rails. It also gets larger 32-inch mud-terrain tires and all-terrain floor mats inside. Heavy-duty shocks, heavy-duty brakes, and a limited-slip rear differential make the model one of the best off-roaders in the range.

The Sport S adds remote keyless entry, power front windows, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the base Sport's equipment. It also gets access to several upgrades for the infotainment suite.

Based on the Sport S, the Black and Tan adds a larger seven-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, along with SiriusXM and automatic climate control.

Similarly, the Sport Altitude builds on the Sport S with 18-inch wheels, a three-piece hardtop roof, and a heavy-duty suspension with gas shocks. The Willys adds the same to the Willys Sport, but it also includes LED headlights, and LED foglights.

The Freedom special edition also uses the Sport S as its starting point. From there, it replaces the cloth upholstery with leather, which comes with cloth inserts. This model also gets the premium black Sunrider soft-top. The exterior gets military star decals and American flags on the front fenders.

The Sahara sets a new starting point, replacing the 17-inch wheels with 18-inch variants while swapping out the suspension for heavy-duty alternatives. The larger seven-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen comes standard along with automatic climate control and a 115-volt power outlet.

The Sahara Altitude dresses the interior in leather and replaces the soft-top with a three-piece body-color hardtop while equipping the exterior with side steps.

The North Edition also uses the Sahara as its base, but it only comes with the four-cylinder MHEV engine. New features comprise an anti-spin rear differential, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and the largest 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen with navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, HD Radio, and a nine-speaker Alpine sound system.

Third from the top of the range is the Rubicon. The 17-inch alloy wheels are covered with 33-inch mud-terrain tires, and the standard Command-Trac 4WD system is replaced with a 4:1 Rock-Trac alternative. It also gets a performance suspension, rock protection sill rails, and premium cloth upholstery.

The Rubicon Recon only gets the four-cylinder MHEV engine, but it comes standard with LED headlights, LED taillights, and LED fog lights.

Last up, the High Altitude is a more luxurious take on the Wrangler Unlimited with 20-inch alloy wheels, full LED lighting, body-color exterior embellishments, a full-leather interior, quilted Nappa leather seats, and all the safety tech added as standard.

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Additional Packages

Even though there are 13 trim options with varying levels of standard equipment, there are still a number of ways to customize or improve your Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The majority of the packages are only available starting at the Sport S base level, including the Safety Group ($995), which adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, LED taillights, and rear park assist. Similarly, the Advanced Safety Group ($795) adds forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, and adaptive cruise control. The Convenience Group ($395) adds a universal remote and remote start function, while the Cold Weather Group ($695) installs heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and the remote start function, too. The Technology Group ($995) upgrades to a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while adding automatic climate control. The Premium Audio Group ($1,695) can only be specced onto the Sahara or higher and contains the large 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, 4G Wi-Fi, and nine-speaker Alpine sound system, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and automatic high beams.

🚗What Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Model Should I Buy?

Our Rubicon tester, which was equipped with the two most expensive options, came out with a whopping as-tested price of $64,770. Those two options were the EcoDiesel engines ($4,000 plus a $2,000 automatic transmission) and the Sky One-Touch power roof ($3,995). If you show some restraint, it is easy to keep the Rubicon under $50,000 but we think the more comfortable Sahara trim will be ideal for the majority of buyers with a slightly more affordable starting price of $38,645. We doubt that most buyers will opt for both the diesel and the Sky One-Touch roof but we think both are incredibly worthwhile options for very different reasons. We'd recommend the Sahara trim and if we opted for the One-Touch roof, the still-lovely four-cylinder, plus a few safety options, we could keep the price under $45,000.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Comparisons

Jeep Wrangler Jeep
Toyota 4Runner Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited285 hp17/23 mpg$32,570
Jeep Wrangler 285 hp17/25 mpg$29,070
Toyota 4Runner 270 hp16/19 mpg$36,765

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vs Jeep Wrangler

While the standard two-door Wrangler is quite a bit smaller than the Unlimited, over 20 inches less in length, it doesn't actually sacrifice much in the way of passenger space. Instead, almost all the lost space is in the cargo hold, leaving only 12.9 cubic feet of standard trunk space. This loss of practicality all but removes the Wrangler as an option for a daily driver. However, this isn't the only sacrifice the Jeep makes. The Wrangler is still a very capable off-roader, more so with a shorter wheelbase yielding better breakover angles, but losing access to the EcoDiesel V6 is quite a blow to its performance, and the short wheelbase makes it behave erratically on road. Furthermore, most of the special edition trims are only offered in the Unlimited configuration, so you'll only have the eight trims to choose from. Of the remaining trims, though, each come with the same standard and available features as their Unlimited counterparts. Considering that the Wrangler is only a few thousand dollars cheaper than the Unlimited, we think you'd be shooting yourself in the long run for the upfront savings if you don't choose the more practical Unlimited.

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vs Toyota 4Runner

Similarly priced to the Wrangler, the Toyota 4Runner asks for between $36,120 and $49,795. However, unlike the Jeep, the 4Runner hasn't undergone a full redesign in over a decade. Nonetheless, it still looks good for its age, and a number of small updates over the years have helped it stay competitive. Toyota's SUV isn't restricted to a four-wheel drivetrain like the Wrangler, and its standard V6 gas engine is just as strong with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft. Still, the 4Runner is rated to tow 4,500 lbs, 1,000 more than the Jeep. With more standard cargo capacity and smoother handling around town, the Toyota 4Runner definitely feels a bit more practical as a daily driver. It's also extremely capable off-road in the correct configuration, but the Wrangler Unlimited's off-road specialist trims are even more so. Ultimately, it comes down to what you really want. If this is an SUV you want to spend every day in but occasional take out for some off-roading, then the 4Runner is the better choice, but if you're going to be spending the majority of your time out in the wild, then the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited comes out on top.

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