Mar 19, 2012
Reviewed By Marc Emerson
Price as Tested $38,550, 3.6-L Pentastar V6 24-Valve VVT Engine, 5-Speed Automatic W5A580 Transmission, Connectivity Group, Black 3-Piece Hard Top, Media Center 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV
Likes

Fits the archetype of what an off-road vehicle should look like. Looks tough, has an abundance of clearance to scale big rocks, and large treaded tires give plenty of grip. Fuel Tank Skid Plate Shield and Transfer Case Skid Plate Shield offer peace of mind on rocky trails.  Visibility is great. Seats are comfortable, even on long trips. Audio and menu controls on leather-wrapped steering wheel feel comfortable, and natural. Inifinity’s 7-Speaker Sound System (including subwoofer) gives plenty of kick, and the Song/Artist Alert on the Sirius/XM radio is a nice feature that will alert you when an artist or song that you have added as a favorite is playing on another SiriusXM station.

Dislikes

Has the aerodynamics of a brick, so don’t expect good gas mileage, even on the highway. The dash will display “ECO” when you’re driving in an economical way, but that didn’t seem to make much difference in MPG. EPA estimated mileage for the highway is 21 MPG, but when I drove it through Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, I averaged around 17 MPG. At around 72″ tall, it’s massive, and the lack of a step, or side runner of any sort, means it’s hard to get into. Must drive with two hands, as wind and bumps in the road sway you off course.

Verdict

A great choice for off-roading adventures. But it’s likely too much if you plan on staying in town most of the time. If you’re after rugged looks and trail abilities in your daily driver, with enough room for the family and lots of comfort features, the Rubicon is probably the Jeep for you.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 285 hp
Torque 260 lb-ft
EPA Mileage 16 city/21 hwy

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