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2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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$10,002 — $26,046 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Offroad capability
  • Exterior styling remains true to heritage
  • Convenience features
  • Standard electronic stability system

The Bad

  • Highway comfort
  • Rugged but basic interior
  • Configurable roof panels cumbersome to install

What to Know

about the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Standard V-6
  • Standard 4WD
  • Available heavy-duty offroad suspension
  • Available long-wheelbase Unlimited version

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
This off-roader emphasizes rock crawling over highway comfort, and when it comes to hardcore trailblazing, it’s rarely matched. Trim levels include the base X, midlevel Sahara and Rubicon. Competitors include the Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser. The Wrangler was redesigned for 2007.

New for 2009
All models now get standard Hill Start Assist, which temporarily maintains brake pressure after pedal release to prevent rollback.

Exterior
An available three-panel hardtop has removable sections above the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. Regular cab models are 162.9 inches long and 73.7 inches wide. An extended-wheelbase model (named Unlimited) adds two more doors and 20.6 inches to the Wrangler’s wheelbase. The side doors, available as full or half-size, are removable, and the windshield can be folded down for those who like to catch bugs in their teeth.

  • 16-inch steel wheels (base X)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Rubicon)
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Sahara)
  • Standard removable doors
  • Standard fold-down windshield
  • Standard full-size matching spare tire mounted on rear gate

Interior
The thin-spoke steering wheel has a circular hub, and a vertical center control panel features a high-mounted radio with circular air vents underneath.

Total passenger volume measures 102.9 cubic feet in the regular-length Wrangler and 103.9 cubic feet in the Unlimited. The rear seats fold, leaving a maximum of 56.5 cubic feet of cargo volume in the regular-...

Vehicle Overview
This off-roader emphasizes rock crawling over highway comfort, and when it comes to hardcore trailblazing, it’s rarely matched. Trim levels include the base X, midlevel Sahara and Rubicon. Competitors include the Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser. The Wrangler was redesigned for 2007.

New for 2009
All models now get standard Hill Start Assist, which temporarily maintains brake pressure after pedal release to prevent rollback.

Exterior
An available three-panel hardtop has removable sections above the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. Regular cab models are 162.9 inches long and 73.7 inches wide. An extended-wheelbase model (named Unlimited) adds two more doors and 20.6 inches to the Wrangler’s wheelbase. The side doors, available as full or half-size, are removable, and the windshield can be folded down for those who like to catch bugs in their teeth.

  • 16-inch steel wheels (base X)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Rubicon)
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Sahara)
  • Standard removable doors
  • Standard fold-down windshield
  • Standard full-size matching spare tire mounted on rear gate

Interior
The thin-spoke steering wheel has a circular hub, and a vertical center control panel features a high-mounted radio with circular air vents underneath.

Total passenger volume measures 102.9 cubic feet in the regular-length Wrangler and 103.9 cubic feet in the Unlimited. The rear seats fold, leaving a maximum of 56.5 cubic feet of cargo volume in the regular-length Wrangler and 83 cubic feet in the Unlimited. Lockable storage spaces include the center console and a compartment integrated into the rear load floor. For 2009, a drop-in bin and some nets were added to the center stack for increased storage.

  • Available vinyl, cloth or stain-resistant cloth seating
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard speed control (optional on base X model)
  • Optional power windows and locks (standard on Sahara Unlimited and Rubicon Unlimited)
  • Optional 368-watt sound system
  • Optional voice-activated navigation and/or audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands, 30GB hard drive and satellite radio)

Under the Hood
A 3.8-liter V-6 is the sole drivetrain for the Wrangler. Offroad mainstays include a non-independent suspension (solid front and rear axles) and a part-time four-wheel-drive system with available dual locking differentials.

Other offroad features include underbody skid plates, an available tow package and an available electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar for increased ground clearance. The Wrangler X uses a standard four-wheel-drive system incorporating a two-speed transfer case for part-time use. Jeeps with 17-inch wheels add monotube shock absorbers in place of the X’s twin-tube setup, and Wrangler Rubicons get a four-wheel-drive transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio plus heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, each with a locking differential.

  • 202-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 with 237 pounds-feet of torque (Wrangler)
  • 205-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 with 240 pounds-feet of torque (Wrangler Unlimited)
  • Available part-time or full-time four-wheel drive
  • Two-wheel-drive Unlimited versions available
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard four-wheel disc brakes with vented front and solid rear discs

Safety
The Wrangler has a standard electronic stability system with Chrysler’s new rollover mitigation technology, which can pulse individual brakes in an attempt to prevent impending rollovers. Side-impact airbags are optional for the front seats. Side curtain airbags aren’t offered.

  • Standard front airbags, optional side-impact airbags
  • Standard electronic stability control with rollover mitigation
  • Standard brake assist
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt
  • Standard all-speed traction control
  • Standard antilock braking system with on- and offroad calibrations

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
51 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

Shake rattle roll

by Jade Austin from Kyle,TX on November 6, 2019

It’s a tight fit inside. The doors are up against you and no comfortable Arm rest like most cars. And no arm rest on the right side. Since doors and roof come off, design is different from other cars.... Read full review

(4.0)

One of a kind

by PhilMartin from Bakersfield ca on November 5, 2019

I have driven and beat a lot of vehicles over last 40 years. The wrangler has been the most amazing vehicle. My next vehicle will be a Ram truck Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Wrangler Unlimited received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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