Smooth, quiet ride

But most people won't get out into the wild with the Unlimited and they'll enjoy it just the same on the highway. Jeep added a few acoustic improvements to make the ride quieter, though those are difficult tests when the roof down.

The ride, however, is surprisingly smooth on the highway. The 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough power on any surface. The gas mileage is nothing great ? though considering the Unlimited's abilities, it's pretty good at 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. Scale a mountain and it's likely to be a little worse.

But where the Unlimited lives, mileage is not the most important feature. There is a reason there are three skid plates on this Jeep rocks can do all kinds of damage to the transfer case, gas tank and transmission oil pan.

The Rubicon model I tested, which includes a two-speed transfer case and front and rear axle lockers, electronic sway bar disconnect and 32-inch off-road tires, should only be bought by someone who intends to ride on a lot of roads less traveled.

The front lockers turn this vehicle into a bulldozer, ready to climb through almost anything. (Really, few people "need" this kind of capability, though Jeep will sell you one just in case you think you "need" one.)

Really, though, Jeep says something few other vehicles can. It projects a lifestyle. Few vehicles can be identified by their brand name as easily as the Jeep Wrangler.

People who know nothing about cars or trucks know a Jeep and could pick one out in a parking lot long before they remember the Lexus RX400h is the hybrid version. Many little boys are known to have a Jeep gene, which tests their ability to try and break every toy they own.

And the Unlimited manages to add two doors and still keep all of its iconic looks without sacrificing its abilities. Those big round headlights, the seven slotted grille, the big wheels and high ride all remain.

The Unlimited can do nearly anything a two-door Wrangler can manage.

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