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2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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$32,400 — $73,500 MSRP
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SUV
5 Seats
14-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Impressive off-road capability
  • Traditional Jeep styling
  • Decent on-road handling
  • Range of powertrains
  • Easy to remove top, doors and windshield
  • Power-sliding top available

The Bad

  • Expensive base price
  • Rougher ride than rivals
  • Tops of gauges obscured by dash
  • Fuel economy
  • LED headlights not standard
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • New plug-in hybrid 4xe model available
  • Gas or diesel engines
  • Four- or five-seat convertible SUV
  • Four-wheel drive standard
  • Removable top, doors and windshield
  • Two- and four-door Unlimited models

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2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

The Wrangler is Jeep’s wildly popular 4×4. It’s available as a two- or four-door SUV, the latter known as the Wrangler Unlimited. The two-door model has room for four people, while the Unlimited version seats five. 

A standard 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine pairs with a six-speed manual transmission; an eight-speed automatic is available. There’s also an optional 270-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 295 pounds-feet of torque; it pairs with the eight-speed automatic. A turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 that works with an eight-speed automatic is also available for the Wrangler Unlimited. Finally, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that makes 375 hp and offers around 25 miles of all-electric range is new for 2021. 

Four-wheel drive is standard, and the Rubicon trim level features upgraded mechanicals for serious off-roading. Wrangler competitors include the Land Rover Defender, Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What’s New on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

Jeep has broadened the Wrangler’s powertrain lineup with a newly available plug-in hybrid drivetrain, found in the 4xe model. Featuring a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, a 17-kilowatt-hour battery pack and an eight-speed automatic transmission, Jeep says the Wrangler 4xe is still fully capable off-road. 

Other Wrangler updates include an available forward-facing camera on models with the 8.4-inch touchscreen, plus new 80th Anniversary and Islander models with unique features and trim. Rubicon models gain Off-Road Plus, which adjusts throttle, transmission and traction-control settings.

What Features in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Folding soft-top
  • Push-button start
  • Cloth seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control

Available features include: 

  • Power locks, windows and mirrors
  • LED headlights
  • Three-piece hard top
  • Remote start
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel 
  • Alpine premium stereo
  • 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Blind spot warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking

2021 Jeep Wrangler Vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: How Do They Compare?

The Wrangler and 4Runner are legends among fans of off-roading, but there are some major differences between these two SUVs. To start, the Wrangler is available in two- and four-door form, while the 4Runner is only available as a four-door SUV. With four- and six-cylinder engines, along with diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the Wrangler also offers more choices under the hood; the 4Runner’s sole engine is a 270-hp V-6. The 4Runner can seat up to seven with an available third row, and it does offer a rear-wheel-drive version if you don’t plan on venturing off-road. In terms of ride and handling, these SUVs are fairly evenly matched, but both are less comfortable and don’t handle as well as similarly sized SUVs. 

Should I Buy the 2021 Jeep Wrangler?

The Wrangler is a back-to-basics SUV, but that doesn’t mean it comes cheaply. The base two-door model lacks creature comforts like standard power windows and power locks, but still starts around $30,000 — and the Wrangler Unlimited is even pricier. For your money, you’ll get a rugged 4×4 that’s fun to drive, has an iconic look and is extremely capable off-road. Better still, the latest Wrangler is better behaved than its predecessor on paved roads. 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
44 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Nice car but the purchase was horrible experience

by JSH from Corona CA on June 5, 2021

I love the car. It took me a long time to find one with the sky one-touch top. I should of been happy to finally have the car I’ve wanted but the experience the dealership ruined it for me. Read full review

(5.0)

So fun to drive. Just got back from Nebraska to s.

by Scott from Denver from Wheat Ridge on May 16, 2021

So much fun to drive. Tried 4 wheeling right after I got it in October but couldn’t due to fire restrictions, then it snowed. Can’t wait to take it out this summer and see what it can do Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
marginal
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jeep

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Free Scheduled Maintenance

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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