I've written about the 2013 10th Anniversary Rubicon Edition of the Jeep Wrangler JK before, but more and more information keeps coming out on this world's-best factory-equipped 4x4. Truck Trend Magazine has published perhaps the most in-depth review of this new special-edition Jeep in their April 2013 issue. You can find it reprinted here on their website along with a huge collection of high-resolution photos of the Rubicon on the Rubicon.
Truck Trend's author Trevor Reed was definitely impressed with the Jeep's capabilities, as well as the majesty of the Rubicon Trail. He wrote:
The jeep named for the off-roading heaven known as the rubicon trail is getting ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Back in 2003, it seemed impossible that a company would be willing to take the chance on building a special edition for rock-crawling with a 4.0:1 low-range transfer case and locking axles. Jeep took that leap of faith, and it's been a success ever since.
To celebrate a decade of fulfilling factory-built fun, Jeep is building a special 10th Anniversary Edition of its Rubicon models. In addition to all the standard features that made it a hit, such as the ultra low-range gearbox, electronic locking front and rear solid axles, and electronic front anti-roll bar disconnect, the special edition comes with additional items that are both functional and fashionable.
Editors were impressed that the Rubicons' offroad abilities surpassed even their high expectations:
The constant obstacles of the Rubicon Trail are no joke, but thanks to spotting help from trail guides associated with Jeep Jamboree USA, and the capability inherent in the low-geared Jeeps, the drama was limited to the scraping of skidplates and rock sliders with some clunks -- not surprising -- as the trucks dropped off rocks while we plodded along the trail.. . .
The four-doors may have had a more challenging time than our short Jeep, but no one got stuck, broke parts, or caused damage to body panels. The expected scratches on some of the trucks' plastic fender flares were about the only changes other than a coating of trail dust at the end of the day.
But what surprised them most was its on-road refinement, given its focused intent on offroad abilities:
It was a lot smoother than one might expect from a dual solid-axle truck that performed off-road acrobatics earlier that same day. You might assume a truck with live axles front and rear and large chunky tires would be a handful at highway speeds, but Jeep has done a great job of tuning the suspension. The Jeep Rubicon's powerful engine and predictable handling make it a comfortable daily driver that can get you to the trail and back -- and the 10th Anniversary Rubicon lets you do it in a unique style you can't get with any other model.