Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jan 11, 2012
Outside Magazine

THE SELL: The ultimate off-road machine. THE TEST: With huge knobby tires, beefy shocks, ultra-high (10.6 inches) ground clearance, and robust skid plates, the Rubicon excels on the kinds of roads that would thrash your average citified SUV. The catch, of course, is the quality of the ride—bombing down a washboard Rocky Mountain forest road was still a bone-rattling experience. What has changed is the engine. With help from the five-speed automatic transmission, the new 3.6-liter, 285-hp V6 boosts fuel efficiency by 2 mpg over last year’s model. THE VERDICT: A 2-mpg improvement might not seem like much, but it translates into going 20 miles deeper into the middle of nowhere—and back—in the same time-tested terrain buster. 17 mpg city/21 hwy

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