|Reviewed By||Tony Piff|
|Price as Tested||$36,050: 3.6-L V6, 24-valve VVT engine, 5-speed automatic, Sport S Package, Connectivity Group, 32-inch tires, slush mats, Freedom Top, side steps, Uconnect CD/DVD/MP3, Alpine Premium Audio|
Goes anywhere, no pavement needed. Rugged, off-road ability is balanced out with high-quality interior touches. Roomy, boxy and airy inside. Lift-off roof and doors compliment iconic Jeep styling.
Substantial road noise and truck-like handling, not that you should be surprised. Disappointing sound from the “Premium” audio system: tinny highs, warbly lows. Seems kind of expensive, considering that you don’t get heated seats or a backup camera.
This is the vehicle that convinced me I need 4wd in my life. As the editorial staff was putting the final touches on the post-Arizona issues of SCM and ACC, the worst winter stormfront in years descended on Portland. From the office, I watched commuters flee at noon. By rush hour, the city was empty. But magazine production rolled on without a hitch, and I never stressed about making it home, making it to the grocery store or picking up the kids. The next morning, the roads were empty and icy, and I enjoyed crunching my way back into town. Do I need 32-inch wheels and 4×4 capability for three days of mild snow every three years? Maybe I do…
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Feb 14, 2014