Thursday, March 1, 2012

Popular Mechanics: Best for Low-Speed Four Wheeling

Popular Mechanics is one of my favorite magazines, and they just published their list of The Best Trucks and SUVs for Every Job.  Their winner for the category of Low-Speed Four Wheeling is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

In their words:
The Wrangler still uses rugged body-on-frame construction and a solid axle at each end of the chassis for serious four-wheel-drive durability. The Rubicon model pushes the chassis to another level with locking differentials and a suite of hardcore parts that transform this machine into arguably the most off-road capable 4WD available today. The Wrangler Rubicon, in both two-door and four-door (Unlimited) guise, can easily crawl over boulders, logs, ditches, and mud holes that would halt most 4WD vehicles. . . .The Wrangler really is the last honest, hose-it-out-when-it's-muddy 4WD vehicle. We hope the formula never changes.
As expected, there are readers who commented on the article "What about the _______?" but the simple truth of the matter is that no other currently-available new vehicle has the off-road abilities of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.  The closest vehicle in off-road ability is the Ram Power Wagon, but its size and weight challenge it in most types of terrain where a Jeep is in its element.  The IFS vehicles from Toyota and Nissan are a far cry from the Wrangler since they lack the strength, gearing, and front differential locker that the Rubicon comes with.

1 comment:

  1. There really isn't anything out there like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Jeep really does own this market. I've seen stock Rubicons go places in Moab that you wouldn't imagine. Actually, you of all people, probably could imagine it.