Today we’ll climb inside and check out the newly designed interior on the 2011 Wrangler Rubicon.
The interior of the 2011 Wrangler has been completely updated from the previous year. The new Wrangler comes with new door panel surfaces, armrests, and door pulls that are easier to grasp. And new storage nets on the doors make it more convenient to put wet items after four-wheeling in the mountains. Other new features include omni-directional air vents, and a lockable center console. The center panel controls have been repositioned closer to front seat occupants for easier reach.
Wrangler also gets a new steering wheel with integral cruise and audio controls. The materials used are easy to clean but have more feel and texture than the previous steering wheel. All the instruments are clean and simple and easy to read and are set against a dull black finish. The buttons on the center dash look good and the controls are easy to understand and operate.
The front seats have comfortable high backs and the four-door Unlimited has more room than previous-generation models. Between the seats are two cupholders and a locking center console that’s wide and deep for putting lots of stowable items. There is also a locking glovebox with a grab handle for the passenger to use on bumpy roads or for taking the Jeep high in the Colorado back country where there are no roads at all.
In the rear, the Unlimited offers lots of cargo space with more than 80 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat. The rear seat headrests flip back, so they don’t need to be removed, making it easy to switch between cargo and rear-seat-passenger configurations. The Unlimited can seat three in the back seat comfortably because of the longer wheelbase allowing rear passengers to sit ahead of the rear axle. In two-door models there is less room due to passengers sitting between the wheel wells. The Unlimited offers 1.6 more inches of leg room and 12 inches more hip room than the two-door Wrangler. There’s also a rear compartment storage cover to use when items behind the rear seats need to be concealed from view.
This Wrangle came with the optional Freedom Top 3-piece modular hard top. The hard top features sections that can be easily lifted off and secured behind the rear seat for easy on-and-off storage. The larger section over the rear seat can also be removed but because of its size, will need to be left home.
Come back tomorrow and we’ll take a look at all the available features and options for Denver buyers on the Wrangler Rubicon.