For years and years, Jeep has created some of the best off-road vehicles on the market. They acknowledge that their job is to create rugged and durable vehicles, and have more or less always delivered. The one model that has become a staple for the company and that has always been a mainstay for Jeep is the Wrangler. Its designed for abuse off of the road, and is still classy enough to be driven by even the most high-end of drivers. This is why we were excited to try out Jeeps brand new 2013 Wrangler Rubicon.
From the outside, the custom Jeep Wrangler Rubicon looks just like it ever did. While most companies are always on the move redesigning their models, Jeep knows that the Wrangler needs no redesign or extensive touching-up. Of course, the Wrangler has gone been given a few more curves here and there since its original military use vehicles, but that is just to keep up with the times. Thankfully, I have always loved the look of the Wrangler and this 2013 Wrangler Rubicon is no exception. Our 2-door 4×4 was finished in Gecko Pearl, a bright green shade that could be considered obnoxious by some, but it was eccentric’ and eye-catching to me. In all honesty, I really can’t say much about the exterior about this vehicle. If you have seen a Wrangler before, you’ve seen just about all of them. There are some exceptions, but in this case, it looks like a Wrangler.
One word described the interior: functional. Its not luxurious, its not high-tech, its just functional. But who really wants a fancy interior in their Wrangler? This vehicle was meant to be abused and used, so there is no sense in dolling it up. I can’t really say much about the interior, though. It has an AC, radio with Uconnect, seats, a steering wheel, and some useful navigation gauges. Are the seats comfortable? Sure. Are they as comfy as a luxury SUV? Of course not.
Where the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon shines is when its driving. We took the it over some little hills and ditches to see how it performed, but unfortunately we didn’t have an off-road course at hand. But from what we could tell, this vehicle lives up to the Jeep legacy. Its powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that works with a 4:1 Rock-Trac Part-Time 4WD system. Of course, a decent engine and 4WD system aren’t a whole lot if you don’t have some beefy tires, like say some 17-Inch x 7.5-Inch wheels and LT255/75R17 BSW off-road tires. These tires are what really give the Rubicon a rugged look. But these tires aren’t for looks, they are for off-roading. Thanks to these wheels, we were able to get through a couple of tight ditches and maintain traction dirt covered roads.
All in all, I had a good time with the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Was I blown away by it? Not at all, but that isn’t what Jeep is about. Its a functional vehicle that is willing to take you wherever you want . However, with a base price of $30,595, I would expect a little more.