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2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

The Wrangler Unlimited doesn't compromise its off-road ability, which limits its suitability for on-road use. Poor mileage means you don't want to commute in this Jeep, unless you work at the top of a craggy peak.

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Jeep stretched the Wrangler, adding rear doors for easier access to the back seat and calling it 'Unlimited'.
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Although it's a 2007 model year, it retains Jeep's classic seven-bar grille. Plastic bumper covers and fenders handle minor scrapes and bumps better than metal.
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Parts of the top can be removed with the optional Freedom Top, making a sunroof.
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The 3.8-liter V-6 produces good torque (240 ft-lbs), but gas mileage is very poor. We observed less than 14mpg.
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Although it has a longer wheelbase than the standard Wrangler, we found it very capable in serious off-road situations.
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The standard tires on the Rubicon edition are 32 inch MTRs on 17 inch wheels.
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To open the back, you have to swing out the gate, then left the rear window. Cargo space is ample.
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The rear seats are much nicer than in the standard Wrangler, although there isn't a lot of leg room.
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There is a lot of plastic over the dashboard and door interiors, but it's all rugged and can be wiped off easily.
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On-road handling is mixed--the knobby tires give the Jeep a skittery feeling in corners, but roll mitigation and a sway bar help it lean in.
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An electronic compass built into the speedometer is a nice touch.
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Just like past Wranglers, you have an extra shifter for two-wheel-drive high, four-wheel-drive high, or four-wheel-drive low. The axle lock and sway bar disconnect can be activated with the touch of a button.
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The stereo has quite a few options for such a rugged vehicle. But you can also option this up with the MyGig navigation system and music server.
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The 10 inch Infinity subwoofer in the cargo area gives music a nice thump.
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Mid-range speakers are mounted on the sound bar as well as in the dashboard.
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Satellite radio is easy to navigate, even with the rudimentary display.
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Likewise, you can navigate MP3 CDs easily with the two-line radio display.

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