2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review: Ready For Battle

With an extra pair of doors, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited continues to offer legendary off-roading capability, but with the extra space to pack in even more gear. It's retro styling, comprehensive lineup, and array of off-roading technologies make it as appealing as ever; but the Jeep faces its toughest test following the arrival of the new Ford Bronco. It doesn't help that the Jeep feels rather utilitarian on the road and doesn't have the best reliability record. But in the face of accomplished competition, Jeep hasn't been idle. A plug-in variant (utilizing the 2.0-liter four-cylinder already familiar to the lineup paired with electric motors) gives you access to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Other options include the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft or a mild-hybrid assisted version of this motor. The 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel with 260 hp and 442 lb-ft remains exclusive to four-door Wranglers.

The Wrangler also gains more features and options, added off-road gear, and some tweaks to the spec sheet for the new model year. It remains one of the best off-road vehicles on the planet. Whether these updates are enough to make it the first choice for adventurers is the question that needs to be asked.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?

The Wrangler lineup has been expanding with plug-in hybrids and V8 derivatives in recent times, but we review those models separately. As for the core four-door range, 2022 does see a few changes though. Rubicons with the V6 gas engine in either manual or automatic can now be had with a 4.88:1 axle ratio that provides a true 100:1 crawler ratio. Infotainment is usefully upgraded; the old Uconnect 3 five-inch infotainment system in the base models is now ditched altogether in favor of the larger Uconnect 7 seven-inch unit with smartphone integration and at the same time, the Uconnect 4C 8.4-inch system with navigation becomes standard from the Sahara and up.

A celebratory trim, called the High Tide, is added to the roster, featuring model-specific decals, the Xtreme Recon off-road package, and debuting a new yellow color that will become available to the rest of the range later in the year.

The Sahara and Rubicon also get Remote Proximity Keyless Entry as standard, while this becomes an option that is now included in the extra-cost Technology Group on lower trims. Some 4xe-specific changes include a blue pad print added to all PHEVs' wheels, blue tow hooks added to the Sahara 4xe, and new 20-inch wheels and exterior mirrors on the High Altitude 4xe. The Xtreme Recon package is now available on the Willys and Rubicon trims and includes 17-inch wheels with 35-inch all-terrain tires, a 4.56:1 rear axle, brake upgrades, blacked-out exterior trim, a 1.5-inch suspension lift, and various other changes. Finally, all trims now get an N95 cabin-air filter and Silver Zenith replaces last year's Billet Silver paint color.

Pros and Cons

  • Unmistakable design
  • One of the best off-roaders
  • Multiple trims and customization options
  • Cool removable doors and roof
  • Simple and fast infotainment system
  • PHEV models available
  • New Ford Bronco is a major threat
  • Plenty of road noise
  • Cargo space falls short of the best
  • Expensive upper trims
  • Few standard driver safety aids

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
Willys Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
Sport Altitude
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
Sport S
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
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2022 Wrangler Unlimited Exterior

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  • 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
  • Curb Weight 4,167.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Snazzberry Pearlcoat, Build Out: 01/17/2022 +$295
  • Snazzberry Pearlcoat, w/o ST3,STC, Build Out: 01/17/2022, w/STC,ST3, Built Out: 01/17/2022 +$295
  • Black Clearcoat +$395
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat +$395
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$395
  • High Velocity Clearcoat +$395
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$395
  • Limited Edition Tuscadero Pearlcoat, Build Out: 01/06/2022 +$395
  • Sarge Green Clearcoat +$395
  • Silver Zynith Clearcoat +$395
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$395
  • Limited Edition Gobi Clearcoat +$495
  • Bright White Clearcoat

2022 Wrangler Unlimited Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.6L V6 24V VVT eTorque UPG I, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

The body-on-frame construction is a Jeep Wrangler hallmark and endows the SUV with superb off-road capability but exposes some flaws in day-to-day driving, which may disappoint anyone used to more pinned-down crossovers. While the ride is reasonably composed, there is an underlying firmness and, when coupled with a susceptibility to crosswinds and plenty of road noise - especially in versions not equipped with the hardtop - it can prove tiring. That being said, the current Wrangler is quieter than previous generations, and, of course, near-silent in electric mode on the 4xe. Mid-corner bumps can throw off the chassis, while the handling via the electro-hydraulic power steering lacks the finesse found in more car-like crossovers. Then again, the powerful engines and smooth automatic gearbox do contribute towards reasonably unruffled progress.

Off-road, the Wrangler shines and remains one of the most accomplished SUVs for sale. It's ridiculously easy to plow through muddy trails and up steep inclines, and this applies even to less hardcore versions of the Wrangler and the PHEV. Excellent approach/departure angles and plenty of ground clearance help the Wrangler effortlessly deal with rough terrain. For the more serious adventure junkies, the Rubicon's heavy-duty front/rear axles, 4:1 low-range gear ratios, and 33-inch tires make it even more capable, not to mention the incredible off-road abilities provided by the Xtreme Recon package that adds chunky tires, massive ground clearance, an even lower 4.56:1 axle ratio, and a long list of other off-road upgrades for the truly adventurous. For the last word in low-speed rock crawling, the 4.88:1 axle ratio available on the V6 gas Rubicon provides a glacial 100:1 crawler ratio for the trickiest terrain.

2022 Wrangler Unlimited Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 42.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 41.7 in

2022 Wrangler Unlimited Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Wrangler Unlimited Safety and Reliability


  • 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:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited A Good SUV?

It's difficult to talk about the Jeep Wrangler without mentioning the not-so-subtle elephant in the room that is the Ford Bronco. Both cater to almost exactly the same kind of buyer and have almost exactly the same starting price, but the Bronco is a brand-new product, whereas the Jeep has begun to show its age in some aspects. For instance, it is severely lacking in terms of standard safety tech and the interior will feel too basic for some customers for daily use. That said, the Wrangler Unlimited is still a massively capable off-road SUV. Its ability to make the driver feel like a hero over harsh terrain remains astonishing, and while some will find its back-to-basics nature out of touch with the latest SUVs, others will love it for exactly the same reason. The Jeep's variety of power plants all offer enough power for the task at hand and the broad lineup now has something to suit everyone, even the eco-conscious. Although the Bronco will undoubtedly steal sales from it, the Wrangler still has lots of heart and ability.

2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited285 hp17/23 mpg$35,195
Jeep Wrangler 285 hp17/25 mpg$31,195
Toyota 4Runner 270 hp16/19 mpg$37,815

2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vs Jeep Wrangler

The smaller, two-door Jeep Wrangler maintains the rugged off-road abilities of the Unlimited but is better suited to single people or perhaps couples without the need to carry extra passengers or cargo. With a starting price of $29,725, the two-door Wrangler undercuts the equivalent Wrangler Unlimited by $3,500. For this saving, the two-door Wrangler can only seat four occupants (three at the back is a big ask) and has just 12.9 cubic feet of trunk space behind the back seats, falling far short of the Unlimited's 31.7 cubes. There are other significant advantages in the Unlimited's favor. While the two-door also offers the V6 and turbo-four engine options, only the Unlimited has access to the excellent EcoDiesel. The shorter wheelbase of the Wrangler also has a negative effect on its driving dynamics. Most of the upper trims, such as the Sahara and Sahara Altitude, are only compatible with the Unlimited. Despite its higher price, the Wrangler Unlimited is our choice.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited vs Toyota 4Runner

The enduring Toyota 4Runner, just like the Wrangler Unlimited, is a rugged off-road SUV that makes no apologies for the fact that it isn't the most comfortable or agile tool for navigating cramped city streets. The 4Runner begins at $37,305, so it's a bit pricier than the cheapest versions of the Wrangler. For 2021, Toyota made a few changes to the tough TRD Pro model which received revised 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass shocks. Although the Wrangler is quicker, the 4Runner's V6 allows it to tow 5,000 pounds, which is 1,500 lbs up on the Jeep's figure. However, the Wrangler Unlimited has superior approach/departure angles and over an inch of added ground clearance, so it has the edge when the going gets tough. Parents will be happier with the Toyota, which is much better equipped with standard safety technologies that are only optional on the Jeep. We'd go with the 4Runner if a combination of daily commutes and occasional weekend adventures is the brief, but the Wrangler Unlimited if off-roading is a priority.

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