2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Standard Engine Type
Available 4×4 System
The Jeep Wrangler is an icon for the Jeep brand. It was the first Jeep vehicle made and it has a long 75-year history. Eventually, Jeep decided to go a little further with the Wrangler design and they created the Wrangler Unlimited. They also added on an extra set of doors to turn it into a four-door SUV. In its 2017 model-year, the Wrangler Unlimited still has that classic Jeep look, but with a little extra space.
All 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited trims have a 4×4 drivetrain, meaning power can be flowing to all four wheels at any given time. The standard and only engine for the lineup is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. This engine features Variable Valve Timing (VVT), which is a process that controls the air/fuel intake/exhaust valves of the engine’s cylinders to optimize horsepower and fuel economy.
The award-winning Pentastar V6 engine generates up to 285-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to VVT, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has a fuel economy of 17/21 mpg city/highway. It can be paired to either a 5-speed automatic transmission (optional) or a 6-speed manual transmission (standard).
There are two available 4×4 systems on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited lineup and both are part-time systems, meaning they only engage when required. The most popular 4×4 system is the Command-Trac “Shift-on-the-Fly” 4×4. This system seamlessly switches between different gear/crawl ratios for rock crawling or flat-towing and it can transfer power to both axles when road conditions require more traction. This 4×4 system can be found on most trims in the lineup.
The two Wrangler Unlimited trims that are equipped with an upgraded 4×4 system are the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and Rubicon Hard Rock. These trims feature the Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a 4:1 crawl ratio. In the world of 4×4 systems, the lower the number the lower the number the more off-roading capability available. A 56:1 might be good for more torque when towing a boat, but 4:1 is great for battling rocky terrain, and that’s why the Rock-Trac is a Trail Rated rock warrior.
It’s clear from the beginning that the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has its focus on being a vehicle for off-roading, so it’s very customizable. A soft top for easy removal comes standard, but there is an option to install a hard top instead. Automatic LED Headlamps are saved for the upper-level trims, whereas the rest get halogen manual headlamps. All trims but the base trim, the Sport, get deep tint sunscreen windows to keep the cabin and its passengers from the intense sun on long day exploring.
A tinted windshield is standard for all trims and power heated mirrors are standard on select trims. For a little styling, 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels are available, depending on the trim, in a variety of styles and tire brands. Up to ten colors are available for the body paint.
Cloth seats are the norm for the Wrangler Unlimited, and select trims have leather seats. Heated front seats are primarily an add-on option, but they are standard on the top three trims. All trims come with a rear 60/40 folding seat for changing seating arrangements or opening up cargo space. Speaking of, a cargo compartment hidden in the floor is a lineup standard, as are cargo tie down loops.
We did say this is vehicle is all about going off-road, and you don’t need a luxurious cabin for that. On select trims is an electronic vehicle information center; it sounds fancy, but everyone has an analog version of this – fuel gauge, speed, engine temp, etc. Automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and leather-wrapped steering wheel are available features.
The standard sound system is an 8-speaker system and buyers have the option to upgrade to an Alpine 9-speaker system with an all-weather subwoofer (standard on Winter and Rubicon Hard Rock trims). GPS Navigation is available on select trims. The real smart move would be to opt in for the connectivity group, opening up Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth (optional or standard throughout the lineup). Otherwise, a regular stereo will be controlling the music, along with steering wheel mounted audio controls.
Safety Features and Warranty
Made to withstand all the off-roading, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited comes with advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, traction and stability control systems, and hill start assist. For some security, a Sentry Key theft deterrent system is the standard; a remote start system and remote keyless entry is available on select trims.
Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.