What’s the difference between the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited? The difference is how many friends you can bring along for the ride. The Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door version of this veteran off-roader. Think of it kind of like the crew cab for a pickup truck, but this one is all Jeep. Some Wrangler trims only come in the Unlimited configuration. And some Unlimited trim levels can add the Altitude sub-trim level. That’s a lot to take in, but we’ll walk you through it in this preview and model guide of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
Trim Level Tour
There are only three trim levels for the 2020 Wrangler Unlimited: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. That’s pretty easy to grasp. The Wrangler Sahara is exclusively Unlimited while you can find the two others in the two-door configuration if that’s more your speed. The only complication is that you can also add the Altitude moniker to the Sport and Sahara trims. Still with us? The Altitude just means you have additional features. Think of it as a cool feature package, if that helps.
So, starting with the Wrangler Sport, you get alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sun visors. Those basic features can be augmented with the Sport Altitude “package,” adding 18-inch wheels, heavy-duty brakes and suspension, hardtop, and rear window defroster and washer.
Step up to the Sahara and you get everything from the previous trim, plus a power top, full-time 4x4 system, and 18-inch wheels with fender flares. Adding the Altitude to this trim level and you also get the hardtop, rear window washer and defroster, leather upholstery, and leather-wrapped shifter.
Finally, the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon adds to the mix 17-inch wheels, special tires, heavy-duty axles with shorter gearing, 4-to-1 low-range gearing, electronic front and rear lockable differentials, electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar, rock rails, and upgraded cloth upholstery. Needless to say, the Rubicon is the best overall, especially for off-roading.
Why Get the Unlimited Configuration?
This is definitely a personal choice, but you can think of the utility of having an extra pair of doors. For one thing, if you’ve ever been in the back of a two-door Jeep or pickup, you know that exit and entry are a bit tricky. It involves moving the front seats out of the way and stepping and sliding into the back seats. If those back seats are for dogs or kids, it’s especially tricky and time-consuming getting them safely settled. Adults will enjoy the freedom to open their own door, thank you very much, and not waiting for others to exit the Jeep before they can. It’s definitely up to you, but the Unlimited might just be worth taking a look.