2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Limited in the Backseat
October 05, 2007
Before I make my comment about our long-term Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's backseat, let me lay out my credentials. A family member of mine has owned 3 previous-gen Wranglers (first a Sahara w/ roll-down windows, then an X with zip-down windows, then a standard-wheelbase Rubicon). Whenever I've gone to visit him, I've invariably done some time in the backseat.
Suffice it to say that it's never been a comfortable experience.
But here's what I find curious. My relative's Rubicon had a 93.4-inch wheelbase. Our Sahara Unlimited has a 116-inch wheelbase. Yet aside from a little extra legroom and improved access via its rear doors, our long-termer's backseat is no more comfortable. It still has an unnaturally upright seat back and a short bench with minimal thigh support. And every time the driver goes around a corner, I'm grasping at the roof frame for stability.
Clearly, this Jeep isn't a backseat kind of vehicle any way you size it. I don't think the Unlimited is worth the extra money (about $2,500) over the regular version (which now has a 95.4-inch WB, by the way).
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor