Chassis, suspension and powertrain designed for nearly any road surface; generous cargo room; flexible top and door arrangements; classic style.
Serious wind and road noise; underpowered engine; poor fuel economy.
The past decade has fostered much hand-wringing among Jeep enthusiasts about the brand's evolution. At one end of the model lineup, the Grand Cherokee aims upmarket at Land Rover, and at the other are pavement-friendly models pulled primarily by the (gasp) front wheels.
Jeep fans can be forgiven for thinking the badge that stood for toughness had gone soft trying to cover too many bases. Yet they can take solace in the enduring Wrangler, the brand's anchor. It remains an important vehicle for the company; last year it surpassed the Grand Cherokee as the brand's top seller. Simple transportation with all-terrain capability still sells.
No wonder, then, that a four-door Wrangler is such a good idea. You wonder why it took until 2007 for Jeep to come up with one. After all, Jeep offered four doors on many of its iconic all-roaders like the Wagoneer, not to mention the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon not only opens up more room for five passengers, it makes some concessions to modern-day convenience, including navigation, Bluetooth, a nice audio system, even heated leather seats. And in its steadfast refusal to embrace whimsical styling trends or compromised mobility, the Wrangler Unlimited has actually expanded the unique niche of the traditional Wrangler.
Competitors like the Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser also offer impressive off-road function and are better suited to everyday detail. But the Wrangler beats them both with the scope of its abilities. Quite simply, nothing offers the ability to climb rocks, ford streams, clamber over fallen timber and even ride topless (and doorless) under a jungle canopy quite like the four-door Wrangler Unlimited.
The 3.8-liter V6 in the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited makes 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. It delivers its power lazily, which is fine for off-road traction but pretty frustrating on pavement. Mashing the throttle causes the automatic transmission to downshift and then the V6 zings to 5,000 rpm with a rasp and wail, worsening its already dismal fuel economy of 15 city/19 highway mpg. It's not pleasant mechanical music, lacking the purposeful rumble of the Wrangler's 4.0-liter inline-6 of years ago. And you'll need to keep stabbing that throttle pedal, because the automatic transmission has only four gears with which to sustain forward momentum, so it's easy to find yourself in a limbo of mushy throttle response.
In Edmunds performance testing, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon hauls its 4,575 pounds to 60 mph from a standstill in 11.2 seconds. This is another reason we prefer the Wrangler Unlimited with its standard six-speed manual gearbox, which offers better performance overall than the old-fashioned four-speed automatic at the price of only a little less convenience. Jeeps and manuals go well together anyway, especially if you plan any semi-serious off-roading.
If you do, the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is one of the best-gunned tanks in service. It's built on a boxed body-on-chassis frame with Jeep's toughest axle — the Dana 44 — front and rear, coil springs and gas-filled shocks at all four corners. The Rubicon edition also offers Jeep's best four-wheel-drive system, anchored by a two-speed transfer case with a low-gear ratio that allows the Rubicon to creep up inclines (aided by hill start assist) and pick its way down declines at such low, irresistible speed that you feel as if you're defying gravity.
For swinging around larger obstacles, the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon lets the driver electronically lock the front and rear axles, and also disconnect the front sway bar for greater suspension travel and wheel movement. Not that you'll need all that much more room to move; the Wrangler Unlimited offers 10.2 inches of ground clearance — making it a truck you literally hop into — and a nearly 45-degree approach angle for beginning those steep ascents.
The Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon features four-wheel disc brakes, but it's still a squirrely mass to halt. In Edmunds brake testing, the Wrangler stopped from 60 mph in 138 feet, a longer distance than the Xterra needs. The FJ Cruiser, which weighs 500 pounds less, stops 15 feet shorter.
Getting into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon almost requires climbing ropes and pitons, but once in, you're welcomed by a modern and comfortable environment that includes heated leather seats — an unexpected amenity in a hard-core trail-runner. The elevated seating position lets you survey the moonscape ahead, although you don't worry a bit about what lies ahead.
There's another modern element present in the cabin: noise. Wind noise, road noise, tire noise — the Wrangler Unlimited lets in plenty of it, despite measures by Jeep engineers to quiet things down, such as including plenty of acoustic insulation on the underside of the hood. The Unlimited Rubicon's big BF Goodrich off-road tires certainly contribute to the racket, and they're overkill for use around town. If you need your Jeep daily and your heart is set on the Rubicon's ample outdoor skill set, we'd recommend investing in a separate set of wheels and all-terrain tires.
But ultimately, cats chase mice and Wranglers make noise. Those seeking a quiet Jeep can vindicate the hand-wringers by opting for a Compass or Grand Cherokee.
Fun and freedom of movement form the core of the Wrangler's values, even if this means the freedom to fall out from its sides. Like Wranglers past, the Unlimited Rubicon offers removable doors. A detachable wiring harness enables power windows and locks when doors are installed. But be careful in parking lots and on grades, because the lightweight doors swing freely, since they're restrained only by straps.
The swinging tailgate also requires caution when used in close quarters, and unfortunately needs to be opened for the hardtop's rear hatch window to open and clear the spare tire.
Inside, the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon receives modern coverings and trim materials on the dash, doors and consoles, but the controls are still core Jeep — big thumb switches and knobs, chunky circular vents, thick gear selectors. Contemporary touches also include touchscreen navigation, an Infinity audio system and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. Controls on the back of the steering wheel allow restless index fingers to shuffle through songs and stations and change the volume — which you'll be doing plenty as speeds and road surfaces change.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited offers the optional Freedom Top, a three-piece modular hard shell roof (the Sunrider soft top is standard). The main piece enclosing the rear seat and cargo area requires a few friends to help lift and remove or replace it, but for times when you just want a little sun, one person can easily remove the two split-targa panels covering driver and passenger.
The biggest advantage of a four-door Wrangler, however, is that not only is it easy for rear-seat passengers to climb in and out, but they're also treated like rear-seat passengers. Ample leg- and headroom make backseat passage a comfortable, not just tolerable, arrangement. And although you won't find many cupholders and the door panels offer only small net pockets, the Wrangler Unlimited opens up with more than 80 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded, enough for two people to pack nearly anything needed for adventures in the mountains, sea, or both.
Design/Fit and Finish
Even with a longer wheelbase and four doors, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited still bears all the hallmarks of its predecessors — distinctive wheel arches, square angles, round headlamps and a seven-slot grille. Unlike the Grand Cherokee, which evolved into a softer shape and is only now reverting to stronger shoulders and jowls, there's no mistaking the Wrangler Unlimited's lineage.
The Rubicon's interior leather adds a touch of luxury for those who'll forge no farther than the city's neglected infrastructure, yet appears hardy enough to hold up to the demands of regular off-roaders.
Who should consider this vehicle
If you're looking for a dual-duty vehicle, there are better. The noisy cabin isn't so much of a deal-breaker if you're considering a Wrangler in the first place. But the limited fuel economy will hit you where it hurts most, particularly in mixed driving. That said, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon can make even the urban jungle seem tolerable, and it's ready and able when you need to get off the pavement. It's not the ideal ride for ski adventures and it's not powerful enough for towing, but it makes even a trip to the market feel like an adventure.
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2011 Jeep Wrangler Overview
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M), Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M), and Unlimited Sahara 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M). Wrangler models are available with a 3.8 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 202 hp, depending on engine type. The 2011 Wrangler comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2011 Wrangler comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Save up to $300 on one of 146 used 2011 Jeep Wranglers for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, Virginia with prices as low as $13900 as of Dec 13, 2017, based on data from 18 dealers and 101 consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 2 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for used 2011 Jeep Wrangler trim styles:
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport is priced around $15945 with average odometer reading of 81284 miles.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is priced around $22094 with average odometer reading of 105765 miles.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 70th Anniversary is priced around $25995 with average odometer reading of 86318 miles.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is priced around $21479 with average odometer reading of 58158 miles.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport is priced around $23719 with average odometer reading of 72386 miles.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is priced around $24841 with average odometer reading of 56411 miles.
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Review If you want a Wrangler you know there isn't anything else that will do. I love my 2011 unlimited. The changes that were made to the interior have made a world of difference in the comfort of a daily driver stuck in traffic, but haven't taken anything away from what it can do off road. Be prepared for extra attention when you take the top and doors off. A wide open 4 door gets a lot of appreciative looks at stop lights!! As long as you know what to expect in terms of comfort and performance you will be very happy with a Wrangler. Having kids I highly recommend the Unlimited. Plenty of room for everything. The power is reasonable, mileage is decent for what it is, exterior is iconic!
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2011 jeep wrangler Unlimited Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, regular unleaded 16 combined MPG 15 city MPG/19 highway MPG
2011 jeep wrangler Sport 2dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, regular unleaded 16 combined MPG 15 city MPG/19 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2011 Jeep Wrangler?
Available Jeep Wrangler 2011 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Trims: X, Unlimited X, Unlimited Sport, Sport, SE, Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock, Unlimited Sahara, Unlimited, Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Smoky Mountain, Unlimited Willys Wheeler, Unlimited Winter, Unlimited Rubicon Recon, Unlimited Chief, Unlimited Rubicon, Unlimited 75th Anniversary, 75th Anniversary, Sahara, Unlimited Altitude Edition, Unlimited Backcountry, Unlimited Black Bear, Unlimited Freedom, Freedom Edition, Unlimited 70th Anniversary, Unlimited Sport RHD, Unlimited Sport S, Rubicon, Rubicon Hard Rock, S, Unlimited Freedom Edition, Base, 70th Anniversary, Black Bear, Renegade, Unlimited Big Bear
Exterior Colors: Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Firecracker Red Clear Coat, Anvil Clear Coat, Rhino Clear Coat, Hydro Blue Pearl Coat, Black Clearcoat, Chief Clear Coat, Red Rock Crystal Pearlcoat, Gobi Clear Coat, Tank Clear Coat, Flame Red Clear Coat, Stone White Clearcoat, Xtreme Purple Pear Coat, Steel Blue Metallic Clearcoat, Jeep Green Metallic Clearcoat, Rescue Green Metallic Clearcoat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Natural Green Pearlcoat, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Hypergreen Clear Coat, Light Khaki Metallic Clearcoat, Commando Green, Deep Water Blue Pearlcoat, Sunset Orange Pearl Coat, Baja Yellow Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearlcoat, Flame Red Clearcoat, Moss Green Pearlcoat, Amp'd, Bright White Clearcoat, Dune Clear Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Dozer Clearcoat, Midnight Blue Pearlcoat, Rock Lobster Clear Coat, Sahara Tan Clearcoat, Cosmo Blue Paint, Crush Clearcoat, Detonator Yellow Clearcoat, Gecko Pearl Coat, Copper Brown Pearl Coat, Mango Tango Pearlcoat, Patriot Blue Pearlcoat, Sunburst Orange Pearlcoat, Deep Beryl Green Pearlcoat, Mojave Sand Clear Coat, Flame Red, Solar Yellow Clearcoat, Surf Blue Pearlcoat, Winter Chill Pearlcoat, Dark Charcoal Pearlcoat, Electric Lime Green Pearlcoat, Gecko Pearlcoat, Rugged Brown Pearl Coat, Shale Green Metallic, Shale Green Metallic Clearcoat, Sienna Pearlcoat, Crush Clear Coat, Dozer Clear Coat, Light Graystone Pearlcoat, Steel Blue Pearlcoat, Anvil Clear Coat (Late Availability), Chili Pepper Red Pearlcoat, Flame Red CC/Black ST, Inca Gold Pearl Coat, Patriot Blue Pearl Coat, Solar Yellow CC/Black HT, Bright White, Colorado Red, Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat, Emerald Green Pearl Metallic, Forest Green Pearlcoat, Impact Orange Clearcoat, Intense Blue Pearlcoat, Jewel Blue Pearl Metallic, Lapis Blue, Medium Blue Pearl Metallic, Medium Fern Green Pearlcoat, Navy Blue Metallic, Steel Blue Pearlcoat/Black HT, Stone White, Stone White CC/Dk Tan HT, Xtreme Purple Pearl Coat
Interior Colors: Black leather, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray cloth, Black leather/cloth, Black cloth, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray leather, Black/Dark Saddle leather, Dark Slate Gray, Dark Slate Gray/Medium Slate Gray vinyl, Dark Slate Gray cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki cloth, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki leather, Khaki, Agate, Khaki cloth, Black, Freedom Edition leather/cloth, Black premium leather, Black/Dark Olive leather, Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki vinyl, Black/Dark Olive premium leather, Black/Red premium leather, Black Dark Saddle, Black/Dark Saddle cloth, Camel, Dark Saddle premium leather
Popular Features: Post-collision safety system, Soft Top, Hardtop, Upgraded Engine, AWD/4WD, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Alarm, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Bluetooth, Trip Computer, Towing Hitch, Navigation, USB Inputs, Remote Start, Auto Climate Control, Heated seats, Upgraded Stereo, Leather Seats