Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Model

This version offers more room for passengers and cargo

Introduced late in the 2004 model year in Sport trim, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited added the Rubicon trim to the Unlimited model in 2005. Overall, those who enjoy taking their Jeep Wranglers off-road will appreciate having even more room inside for passengers and cargo with the Unlimited model.

Here's a look at the Unlimited features:

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Versatility

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The Unlimited has the same overall width and height as the short-wheelbase Wrangler; the difference comes in the length.

Fifteen inches have been added to the overall length of the Unlimited, making it more versatile than the standard, short-wheelbase Jeep Wrangler.

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Cargo Space

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With 13 more inches of floor space behind the rear seat, the Unlimited has double the cargo capacity of the short-wheelbase Wrangler.

Twice as much space to store your stuff means you can take twice as much gear with you on your drive and be gone twice as long, whether you're headed down the highway or off the beaten path.

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Passenger Comfort

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Rear-seat legroom has increased from 35 to 36.7 inches. Also, because of the longer wheelbase, the hardtop now provides more headroom to rear-seat passengers, 41.1 inches compared with 39.5 inches in the short-wheelbase model.

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Ride Quality and Handling

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The Unlimited is "Trail Rated," capable of handling most obstacles you're likely to encounter, aided by: 

  • 20-degree breakover angle
  • Quadra-Coil suspension
  • Command-Trac four-wheel drive transfer case
  • Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential
  • 15-inch aluminum wheels with 30-inch Goodyear Wrangler GSA tires
  • High-pressure gas shocks

The Unlimited also features a Dana 30 front axle and heavy-duty Dana 44 solid rear axle, which help to maintain contact with whatever terrain you tackle.

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Rooftop Options

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Both hardtop and soft top versions of the Wrangler Unlimited are offered. The hardtop comes with larger, deep-tinted rear windows, a rear defroster, and a rear window wiper and washer.

The Sunrider soft top option includes a sunroof feature in addition to the full top-down ability. By folding the soft top back completely over the driver and front passenger, you create a 45-by-23-inch sunroof opening that is larger than the typical glass sunroof.

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Quiet Ride

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The Unlimited offers more refined on-road comfort and quietness due to its longer 103-inch wheelbase. It's 10 inches longer than the short-wheelbase Jeep Wrangler; the additional 5 inches behind the rear wheels enhances on-road comfort and off-road capability.

According to Jeep, the addition of more carpeting in the cargo area, better dashboard padding, and sound dampening under the hood makes the Unlimited 30% quieter than the original Wrangler.

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Safety Features

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The Unlimited comes with "next-generation" dual frontal airbags, front disc and rear drum brakes, 3-point seat belts in all positions, and child seat tether anchors.

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Towing Capacity

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The Wrangler Unlimited has a towing capability of 3,500 pounds, 1,500 pounds more than the standard Wrangler.

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Parts and Accessories

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Perhaps the best news for Jeep Unlimited owners: Most parts and accessories made for 1997-2005 Jeep Wranglers also fit the 2004-2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited model.

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In a Class of Its Own

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It has no real competitors.

No other vehicle can match the open-air ride of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, giving you the excitement of driving with the top down, the doors off, and the windshield down on the trails or on the highway.