The 4-door version of Jeep's venerable Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has a penchant for being king of the hill both literally and figuratively, as an off-road icon that also reigns in terms of low long-term ownership cost. Among the keys to its ability to stay atop the midsize SUV pack are the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's approachable starting price of roughly $28,000 and its remarkable resale value.
Even as more SUV buyers shift toward comfort-oriented sedan-based crossovers, the Jeep Wrangler keeps the formula that has defined it for decades: a tough, truck-like platform and standard off-road hardware including low-range gearing that allow this 4-wheel-drive SUV to venture as far as you dare.
As we state in our 2016 Jeep Wrangler review, "With front and rear solid axles and a body-on-frame layout, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is built with conceptual technology that peaked about 75 years ago; which is precisely why it works so well off-road. The requirements don't change: generous ground clearance, minimal overhangs, capable 4-wheel drive, compliant suspension, rugged construction. All that makes the Wrangler nearly unstoppable off-road."
Though comfort and efficiency remain secondary, today's Wrangler is far more civilized than its ancestors, and the two extra doors and increased length of the Unlimited grant much-improved room for passengers and cargo over the standard version.
While many aspects of owning a Jeep are intangible -- like the community of enthusiasts you become part of and the sheer confidence endowed from commanding a vehicle that can literally climb mountains -- the Wrangler Unlimited's class-leading 5-Year Cost to Own figures are easy to point out and just one more aspect to appreciate.