• (4.4) 30 reviews
  • MSRP: $12,246–$28,914
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17
  • Engine: 202-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Standard V-6
  • Standard 4WD
  • Available heavy-duty offroad suspension
  • Available long-wheelbase Unlimited version

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Reviews

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

4.4

Average based on 30 reviews

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Excellent recreational vehicle

by TFreeze from on October 31, 2017

Extremely fun to drive for recreational purposes but may not be so great for every day use. Jeep Wranglers will go just about anywhere you want and it is very rare to ever see them stuck - they are u... Read Full Review

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

unlimietdmo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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