Should I buy a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara or Rubicon?

What is the difference between the Sahara and Rubicon models for the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?

Aby, Miami

The Rubicon is the ultimate off-road version of the Wrangler Unlimited, so it comes equipped for more serious boulder-bashing than the more lux-oriented Sahara.

For example, the Rubicon has standard locking front and rear differentials, while a limited-slip rear differential is optional on the Sahara. The Rubicon also has a heavy-duty front axle, an electronic disconnect feature for the front stabilizer bar to increase wheel travel and Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system with an ultra-low range that allows crawling up or down steep descents. Sahara comes with Command-Trac four-wheel drive that is off-road capable but not as well suited for rigorous off-roading, such as the Rubicon Trail.


Base prices on 2011 models are $29,945 for the Sahara and $32,745 for the Rubicon (not including the $750 destination charge). Power windows, locks and heated mirrors are standard on the Sahara and optional on the Rubicon.

You can compare all the standard features on the 2011 Wrangler Unlimited models in the Research section.

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Answered by Rick Popely on November 3, 2010 in Jeep , Jeep Wrangler | Permalink

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