With its rear doors and an additional 1.6 inches of rear legroom, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited seems like it’s the family-friendly version of the smaller Jeep Wrangler. However, the Wrangler Unlimited’s looks are deceiving. The Unlimited’s bottom backseat cushion was nearly too short to properly fit our rear-facing infant seat’s base; at least 80 percent of any car-seat base should be on the seat cushion.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three car seats nearly fit.
What We Like
- The Wrangler Unlimited has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats; in both seats, the anchors closest to the middle seat sit just inside the seat cushions, while the outer anchors (nearest the doors) are exposed. Three tether anchors are easily found at the base of the seatbacks.
- Both the rear- and forward-facing convertibles installed easily into the Wrangler Unlimited.
What We Don’t
- To fit the rear-facing infant seat, we had to move the front passenger seat forward a couple of inches. The 5-foot-8 tester’s knees were a half-inch from touching the glove box. With the rear-facing convertible, we also had to adjust the front passenger seat forward; the tester had about an inch of space between her knees and the glove box. The Wrangler Unlimited’s upright dash design allowed our tester more knee room than normally found in cars.
- The rear head restraints for the outboard seats are large and fixed in place. When the seats are folded forward, the head restraints are hinged so they move backward, but there’s no way to adjust them when the seat is in the upright position. The fixed head restraint pushed the forward-facing convertible forward on the bottom seat cushion, but not enough to impact the car seat’s installation.
- The seat belt buckles caused problems with our booster seat installation. The floppy buckle kept falling behind the booster seat base, which will cause big problems for a child trying to buckle up on his or her own.