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2011 Jeep Wrangler

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2011 Jeep Wrangler Review

An ideal choice for off-road enthusiasts who recognize the Wrangler’s rich history of off-road excellence.

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In 2011, Jeep celebrates its 70th anniversary. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler remains a favorite of hardcore four-wheel drive, off-road enthusiasts. But Jeep isn’t satisfied for the Wrangler to remain as it was; it has been upgraded throughout for the 2011 model year.

The Jeep Wrangler’s free-wheeling, wind in your face driving experience has thrilled drivers for decades. Its 10.2-inch ground clearance ensures that it’ll be able to handle difficult terrain you may encounter in your off-road outings. Whether you are climbing hills or fording streams, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler has the performance and suspension to get you to your destination. If you’re riding through town, or motoring on the highway, the Jeep Wrangler will get you there, too. Road noise can be a problem at high speeds due to the soft top, though.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door convertible SUV, four-door convertible SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Wrangler Sport, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Jeep Wrangler Sahara, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

What's New

For 2011 the Wrangler gets a new interior that makes use of better materials and better acoustic insulation. It’s also been outfitted with larger rear windows and new available features that include power mirrors, automatic climate control, heated seats, and a USB audio port. Other features such as stability control, trailer stability control, and start assist have also become standard.


Standard equipment on the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport two-door includes skid plates, 16-inch steel wheels with all-terrain tires, a rear-mounted spare tire, variable intermittent wipers, a removable soft top, and a rear slid-hinged door. The Sahara Sport has standard 18-inch painted alloy wheels and P255/70R18 tires, running boards, and chrome exterior trim. The Rubicon comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels and LT255/75R17 tires, along with dusk-sensing headlights.


The interior of the Wrangler Sport is meant to get dirty and is easily washed with a hose. The two-door model seats four; the Unlimited can seat five. The Unlimited also offers 46.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in its upright position. It can carry your gear if you’ve planned a weekend getaway. If the rear seat is folded down, the Unlimited has a maximum cargo capacity of 86 cubic feet. The Unlimited has an optional three-piece modular hardtop (called the Freedom Top) if you are concerned about keeping your cargo secure, but you’ll need to store it if you want to ride sans top.

Standard equipment on the 2011 Wrangler Sport two-door includes a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth interior, a folding rear seatback, cruise control, manual rear-seat easy entry, power steering, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, and a 66-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers.

The Unlimited Sport features air-conditioning, a 22.5-gallon fuel tank, a split-folding rear seatback, metal half-doors with locks, deep tint sunscreen windows, and an Infinity AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with seven speakers.

The Rubicon comes equipped with air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The full range of 2011 Jeep Wranglers comes equipped with a standard 3.8-liter, V-6 engine and six-speed manual transmission, except the Unlimited Sport RHD, which uses a four-speed automatic transmission. The Unlimited also offers optional rear drive. The base Sport has a familiar silhouette and uses part-time four-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2011 Wrangler is about as capable as they come in off-road situations. However it also feels surprisingly nimble for driving around. Unfortunately, the engine lacks guts on the highway and gets poor fuel economy.

Standard equipment on the 2011 Wrangler Sport two-door includes manual hi-lo gear selection, automatic locking hubs, rear locking differential, a brake hill holder, solid live axle front and rear suspensions, and front and rear stabilizer bars. The Rubicon comes equipped with manual lo-hi gear selection and front and rear locking differential.


Standard safety features for the 2011 Jeep Wrangler include anti-lock brakes, stability control, and hill start assist. Front-seat side airbags are optional on the base Sport. Without optional side airbags, the Wrangler earns the lowest rating of ""Poor"" in side-impact tests conducted by the IIHS.

Standard equipment on the 2011 Wrangler Sport two-door includes four-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc and solid rear drum brakes, fog lights, stability control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, and tire pressure monitoring.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Wrangler: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Classic rugged Jeep image
  • Surprisingly easy to drive around town
  • Available with either two or four doors
  • Convertible top

You Won't Like

  • Engine lacks gusto
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Noisy interior
  • Braking distance is too long
  • Poor side-impact crashworthiness
  • Zippered windows create security issues

Sum Up

An ideal choice for off-road enthusiasts who recognize the Wrangler’s rich history of off-road excellence.

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