The first Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models (2004-2006)were 2-Doors only!
Is the 2007-on Wrangler Unlimited JK just your average SUV?
I don't think so Tim! Jeep has done it again. I ask you this: What has 4-doors; is a kick to drive; looks awesome; and, can go through the most primitive roads/trails?...An ABRAMS TANK... of course!
Okay, sure a tank can be all that and then some (although I don't know how many doors an "Abrams" has) but I'm really referring to the Unlimited Wranglers anyway.
Note: The Unlimited originally came in 2-door models (2004-2006) and can now be had in 4-door versions only, with optional 2-wheel drive as well as the customary 4x4 rigs.
The 4x4 models seem to balance the issue of compromised on-pavement and off road functionality.
What do I mean by that?
Well the Wrangler Unlimited has improved street manners, and most of the off road capabilities of its shorter wheel-based cousin...affectionately known as just the "Wrangler".
2007 Wrangler Unlimited JK
The standard Wrangler sports a 95.4 inch wheelbase, while the Wrangler Unlimited stretches to 116.0 inches.
While that doesn't seem like a lot of difference in length, the longer wheelbase translates into more cargo and/or passenger space which the short Wrangler sorely lacks.
However, you must remember that the shorter Wrangler leans more toward the off road side of design while the longer Unlimited is more of a compromise.
Also, it's worthy to note that the 4x4 Wrangler Unlimited along with the standard Wrangler sports the Jeep Trail Rated Badge of honor which means that it was designed to perform well in 5 off-road categories including:
articulation (no..this does not mean the Jeep must be able to speak clearly...it basically refers to how well it stays connected to the ground and functions in extreme contorted ways off-road)
water fording (nothing to do with Fords!)
Greg's 2009 Wrangler JK Unlimited...(Click photo for more!)
Prices for the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited range from a little over $25,000 for the base model to a hefty $36,000+ with all the bells and whistles (options).