The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are available in three models (Wrangler X, Sahara, and Rubicon), and all models have the same engine (a 202-horsepower, 3.8L V6) with either a six-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic.
The Wrangler still has solid axles, rugged recirculating-ball steering, removable doors with exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield, and removable soft tops, yet it has modern safety features like seat-mounted side air bags, ESP stability control, and four-wheel anti-lock braking.
As in previous years, the Wrangler is available in many different configurations, appearances, and equipment levels, and can be everything from a reasonably comfortable road cruiser to a serious rock crawler. Most Wranglers have four-wheel drive, though the Unlimited model is available with two-wheel drive.
The Wrangler's off-road ability has actually improved, with increased ground clearance and better wheel articulation than before, Dana axles, new electric axle lockers, and an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar, called the active sway bar system (ASBS). Wrangler X and Sahara models get the second-generation version of Jeep's Command-Trac system, a part-time 4WD system with two-speed transfer case. A limited-slip differential is available. The especially rugged Rubicon model gets a Rock-Trac transfer case with a crawler 4.0:1 low range, along with front and rear axle lockers, Dana 44 axles, and serious 32-inch B.F. Goodrich off-road tires.
The interior is considerably roomier than before, and more convenience features are available. Options now include power windows and locks, a full-screen navigation system, and a 368-watt, seven-speaker sound system with Sirius satellite radio.
Several top arrangements are available, including a three-piece Freedom Top hardtop that can be removed and installed by one person, and a Sunrider soft top that includes a folded-back, 52-by-30-inch "sunroof" position in addition to the top-down position.