Ever since its introduction in World War II, the Jeep, or the Willys as it was known back then, has been synonymous for American rough-and-tumble four-wheel-drive off-roading.
Basically, if you wanna get off-road, the Jeep is your jam.
And today I get to test my metal out in the wilds of Michigan with the 2016 Jeep Wrangler.
But not just any Wrangler, this is the Rubicon.
And it's got enough goodies to make off-road dreams supreme.
What I really like about the Rubicon is that it comes stocked with BFG mud terrain tires.
This is a great off-road tire.
It's been proven from Baja all the way to Africa.
It's gonna give you a lot of great performance off-road, and it doesn't give up Too much on the road.
But these guys come stocked with 40 pounds of air so I'm gonna let out just a little bit of air, go down to about 28 pounds.
It's gonna spread my tire out, give me a little bit of a bigger foot print for even more traction.
One of my chief complains about the Jeep is that it's very difficult, at least in the hard top, to bring the outside in.
The **** on top have no fewer than eight latches and I need to use a star wrench to get the door off.
Okay, I got all my bolts off, I'm going to take my door off.
Here we go.
My God, okay, I got it!
You might notice that the mirror's on the door!
And while I really like off roading, without any doors I kinda wanna off road with mirrors so I think I might go to an aftermarket shop and get new mirrors.
My gosh, this is heavy.
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes with a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine.
And that's good for 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
A six-speed manual is standard, but I've got the five-speed automatic.
Now, word on the street is that we are going to get a diesel Wrangler sometime soon, but Have yet to be officially confirmed by my sources.
They already have a diesel in Europe, so my guess is it's coming.
So the Wrangler Rubicon has one thing that makes for an awesome off-road vehicle Okay actually it's got two, no it's got three, four, all right, it's got a whole bunch of things.
And the first thing is something that all Wranglers have.
And that's a solid front and rear axle, and these in the Rubicon are Dana 44s.
So they're bigger and they're gonna allow for more articulation than an independent setup is gonna allow for.
[SOUND] The second thing it has is a 4:1 low gear,Which means my driveshaft is going to turn four times for every one wheel of revolution.
That's going to get me a lot of low end torque and paired 4:10 axle gears.
Man, it just means I am going to have so much control when I'm crawling.
I've also got front and rear lockers, so I can lock the front wheels together and the rear wheels together.
So they'll always spinning at the same time, and that is great for off-road.
Plus I've a disconnecting front sway bar, so that will give me even more articulate.
Now when you add to that over 42 degrees of an approach angle and a departure angle of over 32 degrees plus 10 inches of ground clearance.
I mean the Rubicon just by the specs only is very, very capable.
But here's the thing, you might find yourselves getting a little cocky and maybe over estimating your abilities which I might have done earlier today.
So remember, it's a Rubicon but Still, not invincible.
Something so better for modified vehicles.
Think you there are a few things I dont like about the Rubicon.
I've talked about the mirrors and I talked the top but you can't really tore with this vehicle.
It only takes 3500 pounds and [UNKNOWN] that's enough to maybe tore a light weight trailer in my race car But the enclosed trailer, forget it.
It's never going to happen.
Also, there's no backup camera and this whole interface here is just super old and dated.
It took me multiple steps to pair my phone.
The GPS graphics are like Really really fuzzy.
It's kind of like working with an Atari from the 1980s, just bad and in need of an update.
Now I do have these larger BFG mudtrains and I saw them do good things to your gas mileage while you're on the pavement.
Right now, I'm only averaging 15 miles per gallon.
Now speaking of the pavement, it drives like a jeep, right?
It's a little floaty on the road, it's a little rough around the edges frankly, I love it.
It you want to drive something smooth, go get a Lexus.
So what's the competition for a Jeep?
All right, well think about it, this is a convertible SUV with a solid front and rear axle, is there anything else on the market that competes directly?
Sure there's a lot of trucks out there like a Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado but those have all got independent front suspension.
Maybe you could bring in Land Rover but those are independent suspension all the way around so, really, there's just nothing like a Jeep.
[SOUND] The Jeep Rubicon starts at $36,495 but with all of my options which Frankly, the only thing I'm interested in is the four ten axle ratio.
With everything I've got, $47 thousand in the bag, that's right $47 thousand for a Jeep.
But you know, despite all it's quirks, I really want a jeep.
I just love the feeling of freedom that I get form it and I feel so crazily independent.
Maybe even overly independent when I drive one of these things.
Plus, when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'm gonna be a survivor, just me and my Jeep driving off into the sunset.