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If you need a backseat or significant cargo space, you'll be happier with the Unlimited, but don’t expect much softness or comfort here in any case.
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rear seat access requires some gymnastics and should never be attempted in a ball gown
Winding Road

the groaning coming from the weak-sauce 202-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 is extremely unpleasant
Car and Driver

Getting in calls for extra effort, and the Unlimited's rear doorways are narrow.
MSN Autos

The seats feel like you're sitting on frozen foam, the head rest is reminiscent of a concrete pillow...and the ride appeals to the most masochistic among us.

The 2011 Wrangler is offered in two different body styles (Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited) and three different trims (Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon). Wrangler Unlimited models add 20.6 inches of wheelbase (116 inches), giving them the most cargo space ever in a Wrangler, and a larger rear-seat design.

While that extra backseat space in the Unlimited will be much appreciated, don't expect a lot of comfort anywhere in the Wrangler. Front seats are merely adequate, and all the seating has a rather firm, flatly padded feel (perhaps under the assumption that it might get wet). Ride quality is on the firm side, and quite busy, with nearly all minor road imperfections making their way inside. Standard Wrangler models are somewhat more bouncy, though, due to their shorter wheelbase. At highway speeds, the Wrangler is still one of the noisiest vehicles on the market, although for 2011 Jeep has aimed at improving the situation with more acoustical treatment.

When you don't mind a little turbulence and wind in your hair, with the top removed (and even in some low-speed cases, the windshield folded down) the Wrangler can hit the spot, bringing the sensations of a convertible in a very capable off-roader—it's the only four-door convertible SUV.

The removable tops are one of Jeep's best features; though they allow lots of road noise in the cabin, they can completely open the cabin of both the two- and four-door models, turning a hardtop Jeep into a convertible SUV. Last year Jeep improved its soft top design, and for 2011 the Sahara gets a new body-color hardtop. 


If you need a backseat or significant cargo space, you'll be happier with the Unlimited, but don’t expect much softness or comfort here in any case.

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