Originally Posted by Cody86
can any one explain the main differences between... sport, x, rubicon, sahara, unlimited, ect... on the websites there are so many diff models im not sure what each one is "for"
"X" means base model, and they changed the designation to "sport" for '10 it means the same thing, bare bones plain 'ol Jeep.
"unlimited" is the longer wheel base 4 door, except for the early TJ unlimiteds wihich were just stretched 2 doors. In any case it denotes a long wheel base (long for a Jeep that is)
"Rubicon" is the factory off road optimized model (better suspension, sway bar disconnects, stuff like that)
"Sahara" is the "street edition" - larger wheels, and fenders (and hard top on the new '11 models) that match the body color
"islander" and "mountain" are basically just appearance packages.
Sahara and X/Sport come in normal or unlimited, and all others are short 2 door only (I think there were Unlimited Rubi's for a year though... '05 or '06 maybe)
When you go back to YJ/CJ eras, all of it changes... These are TJ/JK designations mostly, but there's a little overlap, and there are a whole slew of "special editions" out there.
They are all "for" off roading really. Differences are more personal taste than anything practical
ANY Jeep, even stock, will get you to 99% of the places you wanna go. (with the exception of 2WD Jeeps... beware! there are brand new Jeeps driving around missing important parts in em...)