Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited? It’s a Jeep thing.

March 3rd, 2017 by

Jeep Wrangler / Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Jeep is a world renowned brand.  Established in 1941, Jeep has evolved over the years to provide several different models.  However, possibly their most iconic vehicle model is the Jeep Wrangler.  Although the look of the Jeep Wrangler has remained very similar over the years, they have been able to successfully enhance the design and evolve the Jeep Wrangler to be more modern.  One major enhancement would be the evolution of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.  Which stands to pose the question:  What are the differences between Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?  Are there exterior differences? Are there interior differences?  Today we will be comparing 2017 models of the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Both, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, have 9 models to choose from:

1.) Rubicon Hard Rock Limited Edition
2.) Winter Limited Edition
3.) 75th Anniversary Limited Edition
4.) Rubicon
5.) Sahara
6.) Freedom Limited Edition
7.) Willys Wheeler Limited Edition
8.) Sport S
9.) Sport

For more information on the 9 different models, you can directly navigate to Jeeps webpage on both the: 2017 Jeep Wrangler model choices and 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited model choices.

Exterior Differences

Let’s have a closer look at the core differences between the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.  Right off the start it is very noticeable to see that the Jeep Wrangler is only a 2-door Wrangler; where-as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, is a 4-door Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is one powerful freedom machine.  Its Trail Rated® status, 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine, Command-Trac® and Rock-Trac® 4×4 Systems are just a few of the reasons why Wrangler capability is a force to be reckoned with.


2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

With its fender flares, iconic seven-slot grille and removable doors and top, the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited is stylishly capable and fun to drive.  For an upscale premium appearance, choose the available body-color Freedom Top® hardtop option on the Sahara and Rubicon models.

Wrangler Unlimited

Aside from the obvious length and size difference between the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the extent of differences has not really changed much when it comes to the exterior.  Although, trying to take a hard top off a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited by yourself may be a bit of struggle.  If you are looking to go topless often this summer, we would suggest installing a hoist in your garage, combined with door hangers (as shown below).

Top Hoist and Door Hangers

We found this automatic top Lange Originals® Power Hoist-a-Top® & Door Hanger Combo for 07′-17′ Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK for around $475.00 on Quadratec’s website.  This will not only save you the hassle of having to call your friends up to help take the top off, but it will also save you time and space.  Ask any Jeep Wrangler fanatic, this is highly recommended.  However, if you aren’t looking to spend that much for a hoist, there are several alternatives for DIY projects that are substantially more cost effective that we were able to find on the internet.  Watch here as a guy built his own hoist for $22 using ratchet straps and 2×4’s.  For more information about how to handle a hard top or soft top for your Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited contact one of our product specialists at Sorg Dodge.  We would be glad to assist you with any questions you may have now or in the future.

Interior Differences

As we transition from the exterior to the interior, you will begin to see a theme that there are very subtle differences between the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.  To be completely honest, there really isn’t too much of a difference at all, aside from the size of the cab and chassis.  None-the-less, we will cover over the exciting interior features that Jeep has to offer for the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Interior

Premium Sedoso/Jeep® Hex Cloth seats in black are standard on Wrangler Sport and hold you comfortably in place on bumpy rides.

Jeep Wrangler Interior

The 2017 Jeep® Wrangler boasts a comfortable interior.  You’ll enjoy seats upholstered in premium Sedoso cloth or available McKinley leather trim with embroidered stitching.  You’ll also get the benefit of available heated front seats, illuminated cup holders and more.


2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Interior

Same with the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport comes standard with premium Sedoso/Jeep® Hex Cloth seats.


Along with the premium Hex cloth seats, you can help make those cold days a little easier to bear with Jeeps available option of heated front driver and passenger seats for both the Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep® Wrangler unlimited.  Overall, it’s a pretty unique experience having such comfortable seating designed for highway cruising or trail riding, your choice.

Stereo System

As far as stereo options go, both the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offer 4 standard options to choose from: Radio 430N, Radio 430, Radio 130S, and Radio 130.

Jeep Wrangler Stereo

For an added bonus, you can upgrade the sound system in your Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to an Alpine® premium sound system.  The Available nine-speaker Alpine® All-Weather Premium Sound System features four 6.5-inch speakers, four weather-resistant tweeters and an all-weather subwoofer for deep bass beats.  You can also stay connected to your stereo with the audio input jack that lets you connect your own devices and access playlists over the Uconnect® system.  Use the controls on the steering wheel to skip or repeat songs, raise or lower the volume and browse the available entertainment options.


2017 Jeep Wrangler

Expanding upon the interior, both the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited allow for ample storage space.  The Jeep Wrangler has fold and tumble seats that give the Wrangler plenty of storage space, while a storage bin under the rear cargo area provides secure, easy-to-access storage for almost anything you want to bring along.


2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

As for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, it has fold flat seats in the back, for which, you can give yourself plenty of storage space for some of the best adventuring capabilities possible that require a lot of accessories.  Whether it’s camping gear or sporting equipment, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited lets you bring along the things you need to make your trip truly memorable.



The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are certainly two very unique vehicles.  If you hadn’t noticed throughout the article, it’s pretty apparent that the similarities far outweigh the differences amongst the two.  As a matter of fact, it really comes down to how many people you plan to haul and how much storage space you prefer with your new Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited.  Now do all the features that come with the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited seem to be overly luxurious, maybe/maybe not.  However, one of the biggest appeals to the Wrangler series is the ability to customize your vehicle to your own style.  Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s have one of the largest aftermarket selections in the auto industry which really appeals to the masses in this day-in-age.  In a time where everyone is looking to be different, there is no better vehicle than the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to allow for one to have their own unique appearance.  What better way to make a statement and leave an impression than Jeeps: 2017 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited series.  Not to mention you can finally join in on the Jeep wave culture.  Truly a vehicle that goes far beyond the vehicle itself.  Cause let’s face it, ‘It’s a Jeep Thing’.  Join the Jeep family today with a Jeep Wrangler or a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited of your own.  If you need assistance in finding the right Jeep for you, contact Sorg Dodge today for all of your jeep inquires, needs, parts and/or service.  Now go out there and live your adventure with your Jeep Wrangler or Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.  Happy Jeeping all.


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History of Jeep


Quadratec website


Quadratec Hoist Combo


YouTube DIY Hoist

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