Hidden Jeep Wrangler Features - Key, Locks, Bonnet & More

Added: 29 September 2021

White Jeep Wrangler parked on beach

Jeeps are some of the most popular cars on the planet. They offer a wide range of features and potential for customization to suit any driver's needs. The Jeep Wrangler is one of the more popular models, with its rugged design and an array of hidden features that make it perfect for off-road driving.

The Boot and Bonnet

You can open the boot with a key or by using the release handle. If unlocked, you should not apply the brake pedal because this could make it harder to close if your hand is beneath it when closing. The bonnet has two latches, but only one is necessary for proper closure. You should use an up and down motion on both sides of each latch before unlatching them to avoid catching any clothing in between them as they open. The hood is heavy, so make sure nobody closes it when you’ve got your arm inside.

Switches and Locks

There are a few switches that you will not find in your average car. The horn is one of them, but Jeep has thought about this and put the horn on the steering wheel, so it’s easy to reach while driving.

There are also two-door lock buttons under each handle that allow you to unlock one of the doors instead of all four from inside - perfect for quickly grabbing something from the back seat. If parked up on a hill or even just in an awkward spot for locking your car manually, then the central door lock will come in handy. Finally, there is one button that locks all four doors and another that allows you to unlock them all at once - this does make getting out of the vehicle much easier for kids.

Key (Turning On and off Remotely)

Does a Jeep Wrangler come with keyless entry? Yes, the keyless entry system on the new Jeep Wrangler allows you to lock and unlock your car with a remote. You can use the same technology for turning on or off the vehicle if equipped with an electronic starter kit. Also, not all cars have this feature, so make sure that yours does before buying one. This also means that unlike in some other cars where the doors simply won’t open when locked remotely, in most Jeeps, anyone can access them using another set of keys even without opening them from within.

Another one of the Jeep Wrangler key features is the key’s size. The original keys are so tiny that they can easily get lost, especially if you keep them in a purse or another bag with many other items. If this has happened to you more than once, then there is some good news for you. You don’t need your car key fob anymore as all new Jeeps come equipped with an electronic device that allows tracking down the missing one using the GPS installed onboard.

Some models also offer electronically opening doors and boot lids, making entering even easier since there is no need to open anything manually. This might seem insignificant, but it can become a real lifesaver with bad weather conditions.

Keyless entry is a great way to get into your Jeep. After all, you can’t break in because it doesn’t have traditional locks. Multiple key fobs control the car from afar, and there is also an app for this. A remote start function lets you turn on the engine, so the vehicle heats up before starting on a cold day or cools down after being outside in high temperatures. You will want to make sure these Jeep Wrangler features work with your specific Wrangler model because not everything works with older models due to their age or lack of compatibility.

Hard Key That Unlocks

The Jeep Wrangler comes with a hard key, which means no buttons. You can unlock all the doors and the bonnet by inserting this key in one of three locks on each door or lever on the bonnet. To release it, you need to use your left hand while holding down an unlock button for at least two seconds.  You also need to turn the key in the lock.

The key is only necessary for manually locking the vehicle. If you push on, it will unlock all doors and open up the bonnet instead of just one door or lever on the Jeep Wrangler bonnet.  The Wrangler also has a child lock that you can activate by pushing down two buttons at once near each rear side window. This makes sure children cannot accidentally let themselves out while playing in your car without supervision.

Indicators and Doors Accessories

The Jeep Wrangler provides its drivers with several indicators and accessories, such as:

Indicators - The model offers two types: round and rectangular. They are on the front side panels next to the headlight assembly or between it and the windshield post. You can choose whether you want them run by battery power or directly connected to the vehicle's electrical system (12 V). Their brightness is adjustable using switches, which also controls their flashing rate automatically depending on how dark it gets outside thanks to built-in light sensors or set according to individual preferences when buying new vehicles. There are three colours available — amber, green and white — but only in selected versions (elements C, D and H).

As for the door accessories, these also run on battery power. The driver can adjust the position of the mirror with a knob placed on its side, which can determine how much light it reflects. Adjustment must take place before using them for something else. You need to know where they were positioned when buying new vehicles since there isn't any way to change this later.

The door handles include an accessory located at their end called “U” or a universal lock button. It allows entry to the vehicle even without keys. If you're not paying attention, it might seem like nothing is there at all. You can find this on most Wrangler models, but one of its versions (element M) doesn't have this feature available.

Programming a Jeep Key

The Jeep has a critical system that unlocks the locks, bonnet and engine bay. To access these features, you need to have programmed your unique keys. If you lose a key or lock it inside of one of the storage compartments, then there are ways around this so that you can still drive your car.

Start Stop Button

The start stop button on the Jeep Wrangler is a great safety feature that you can quickly use to shut down the engine if in an emergency. By pressing and holding this button, it will turn off your car immediately without waiting for any of the shutdown procedures that usually happen with driving cars. This allows drivers time they might need in times of panic or emergencies to save their lives.

What Holders Are in the Boot, and Why Are These Needed

Many people who drive a Jeep Wrangler for the first time wonder what all of these holders and compartments in their boots are. Some may think they’re completely useless and only serve to make it more challenging to stack things inside, but this couldn't be further from the truth. With proper installation and use, most of these hidden features can come in handy when you need them. Some holders found in the boot include the tire pressure gauge holder, the first aid kit holder and even a spot for your dog’s water bowl.

This might not sound very useful at first glance, but if you ever get stranded on the side of the road with no cell phone reception or without any access to clean drinking water, then these features are lifesavers. In addition, they can hold items that might be necessary for an emergency or any time you need to travel for an extended time.

What USB Ports Does the Jeep Wrangler Have, and Where Are These Located?

The Wrangler has two USB ports - one located in the central console and another below the climate controls. The first port can accommodate a USB drive or an Apple device with a 30-pin connector, while you can use the second for charging devices such as smartphones.

Where Is the Jeep Key Fob Holder Located, and How Do You Access

It is in the driver's door, and most Jeep Wrangler owners know about it. To access it, open the door, move the steering wheel up and then down. The panel holder is right there on top of your dashboard. The best place to put it when you are driving around town or off-roading is in that same compartment, so it's easily accessible at any time.


Jeep Wranglers have many hidden features that might not jump out at you while test driving the vehicle. It's easy to see some of them on display, but it will take a couple of weeks or months before they become second nature and things you don't even think about anymore. They're little traits that add up after time. So, if you are thinking of purchasing a new Jeep Wrangler, keep this list in mind so that your vehicle feels like a second home.

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