The Wrangler and its 4-door sibling, the Wrangler Unlimited, come in four trim levels for 2013, all with a 3.6L V6 engine. The engine makes 202 hp at 5200 rpm and 237 lb-ft of torque. All Wrangler models have a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, while a 5-speed automatic is optional.
All Wrangler models also come with electronic stability control, a full-size spare tire and shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive; the Sahara and Rubicon models add traction control. All models also share new Dana solid front axles and heavy-duty rear axles, ensuring that the Wrangler will keep moving over obstacles that would stop other off-roaders.
Every 2013 Wrangler's interior features cloth-wrapped bucket seats with driver height-adjustment, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, temperature and compass gauge, cruise control and an anti-theft engine immobilizer.
The Sahara trim receives heated power mirrors, power windows and remote keyless entry. The suspension is a heavy-duty type and the wheels are 18-inch aluminum. A standard 3-piece hard top is also included that comes with a rear wiper, defroster and tinted windows.
The Arctic Wrangler gets performance suspension, 17-inch semi-gloss aluminum wheels, a 3-piece body-colored hard top, fender flares, side steps, deep-tinted windows and a chrome and leather-wrapped shift knob.
The Rubicon is the Wrangler's factory off-road model. Mechanically, the Rubicon is fitted with Tru-Lok front and rear axles, Dana heavy-duty axles, an electronic sway bar disconnect and 4:1 Rock-Trac 4-wheel drive system. Inside and out, the Rubicon is fairly subdued, and the interior is intended to be more functional than luxurious, with cloth seat trim and a basic AM/FM/CD stereo.
The options list however, is broad enough to configure Wranglers any way the buyer wants, ranging from a 30GB media center stereo that includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation and a USB port, Katzkin 2-tone leather seats, remote start and a trailering upgrade package.
For the past three years, I've competed in the Rebelle Rally: a grueling, week-long, off-road competition in the California and Nevada desert. You don't get to use phones, GPS or any modern technology. Instead, you make your way to different checkpoints using a map, a compass, some rulers and a lot of skill.
You also get to run the Rebelle Rally in the off-road vehicle of your choice. And after trucks, I finally -- finally! -- took home the first-place finish behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.twice in pickup
The Rebelle Rally is just for the ladies. I recognize there's some controversy here, but founder Emily Miller wanted to create a place where women could get valuable off-road time without the implied pressures of competing against men.
The Good The 2019 Jeep Wrangler in Rubicon trim has the best off-road capability in the class.
The Bad The soft top is not dust-proof and the front seats lack storage. Towing capacity is only 3,500 pounds.
The Bottom Line If you want a vehicle that's made for the dirt, and is convertible to boot, you can't beat the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
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