In light of the emmasculation of U.S.-market "trucks" over the last 20 years, Popular Mechanics has published a list of the 10 Best Off-Road Vehicles You Can Buy Right Now. In their words,
Vehicles have gone soft lately as SUVs and pickups have prioritized fuel economy and comfort over all-out off-road capability. For most buyers, that's a good thing. But plenty of truck buyers still enjoy a romp in the mud, and these 10 rides are for them.Naturally, as the pinnacle of off-the-dealer's-lot vehicular capability, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is found at the top of their list:
When a collection of hardcore off-road-duty parts came together in the TJ version of the Jeep Wrangler in 2003, it was as if every four-wheeler’s dream list of components had been built into Jeep’s most capable platform. And for more than a decade since, the Wrangler Rubicon has been the benchmark 4WD SUV.From the article, it sounds as if the new Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition is a continuation of the 10th Anniversary Rubicon, with its upgraded bumpers, red tow hooks, and blacked-out trim.
Today’s Rubicon package adds hardware such as Dana 44 axles, a 4:1 transfer case for easy slow-speed crawling, and a swaybar disconnect system to free up the suspension when the Jeep needs additional suspension flex on the toughest trails.