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2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe: The desert-running PHEV

Think a plug-in hybrid can't get you off the beaten path? The Wrangler Rubicon 4xe is just as capable as its gas-powered sibling.

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Emme Hall
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The Wrangler 4xe is a plug-in hybrid off-roader.

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My steed here is the trusty Rubicon 4xe, with all the ground clearance, approach angle and locking differentials as a standard Rubi.

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A 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine is paired with two electric motors and a 17-kWh battery to produce a total power output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. 

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The Jeep's total EV range is 21 miles and it can be charged in 2 hours from a Level 2 charger.

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There are some cool pages in the Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system that helps drivers keep track of hybrid usage.

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You can drive the 4xe in pure EV, hybrid or eSave mode.

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The Rubicon 4xe can tow 3,500 pounds, but I had to remove the spare tire to get my trailer hitched up.

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Total trailer weight here is 2,500 pounds or so. The 4xe pulled cleanly up a 8% grade hill and accelerated just fine to 55 mph on the highway. 

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Jeep has plans to install Level 2 chargers on 56 off-road trails in the next year or so. 

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe starts at an even $55,000 including $1,495 for destination. That's a staggering $10,100 premium over a standard Rubicon. 

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