Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Is Not for the Open Road – WSJ.com

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2013 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon Dan Neil/The Street Journal

I SAY THIS nothing but love: The Jeep Unlimited Rubicon is pretty on asphalt.

The Jeep Wrangler, immortal off-road, is more to drive on road: So says Seat columnist Dan Neil, who the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on the News Hub.

Also, a virtually square frontal (73.9 inches wide by inches high), a flat and a rectangular profile, the Wrangler is subject to all kinds of fun and unfamiliar effects on the highway.

Hey, That is surprisingly, um, lively. even. Actually, the Rubicon requires more moment-to-moment down the road than about any other new light

By design, of course. Everything makes the Jeep Wrangler off road—narrow track, high clearance, leggy suspension, chassis, bouncy-house tires—also it more peculiar to drive on This is doubly true of the series, equipped with the hard-core off-roading package: Dana 44 axles with locking; a heavy-duty transfer with a wall-crawling 4:1 low-gear an electronically disconnecting front bar that allows you to increase articulation when you’re over fire hydrants.

And all of that is armored up with the package’s rock rails, bumpers, awesome red tow hooks, steel skid plates and blacksmithing. Which way to the front,

The Rubicon is essentially a factory car, a turnkey rock-crawling and it is capable of amazing things. I my 6-year-old girls off-roading in it and thought it was better than World.

“ All SUV’s are tippy, and the is the SUV-iest of them all. ”

But it is a victim of its own overcapacity in one, range of application. All SUV’s are and the Rubicon is the SUV-iest of them And I think Wrangler trucks can on being so gonzo only to the backstopping of a little bit of silicon and board, as of 2012 federally on all new cars and light trucks: stability control (ESC).

The current-generation Wrangler series, the JK which made its debut in includes the four-door Unlimited that has been an absolute for the company. The factory, in Toledo, is running near capacity. is a legacy design, with roots (short-coupled, body-on-frame solid axles, removable reaching back to the Willys of World War II.

These are attributes make Wrangler a product of one.

Jeep would that Wrangler has come a way in drivability and amenities, and that is In part to improve the on-road the JK generation’s track was widened than 3 inches, which had the of lowering the vehicle’s center of and increasing roll stability, all equal.

In 2011 Jeep the hog-iron 3.8-liter straight-six and replaced it with the cleaner, efficient Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, with a five-speed automatic, a step up for the vehicle’s acceleration and

Car and Driver clocked a 2012 Rubicon at 7.6 seconds, 0-60 compared with the 11.5 of anguished torpor from the old model. Our test Jeep was enough in a straight line.

is actually a long list of refinements, quietly made, one-touch power windows and (remember, you can remove the doors), seats, Bluetooth and optional system with a 40-gigabyte drive and navagation touch

But under all that, the Unlimited is still a long-wheelbase agricultural a tractor with clear sitting on four of the most tires on the original-equipment market. a pothole just right bounce the tire and set off a series of body-pumping oscillations.

It isn’t but it is, well, special.

And, as as it may seem, a majority of SUV buyers—even a of Rubicon buyers—will never them any farther off-road a carwash. Off-road? I just 45 grand for it.

Safety is a of the gravest concern for auto so I want to take this seriously. Automobiles are much than they were a ago. Smart air bags, air bags (beltbags), optimized and crush structures, better pedestrian-safe design, smart better lighting, rear on and on.

Soon radar-and-optics-based driver-assist such as automatic lane side-object detection, adaptive cruise control and forward detection and mitigation, will be Safety really is the revolution at our

And the most lifesaving technology of as well as one of the cheapest, has been

ESC detects incipient loss of control—skidding and spinning out, for attempts to correct it by selectively the anti-lock brakes at one or more in the blink of an eye and, if necessary, engine power. ESC piggybacks on anti-lock and traction-control hardware.

The Institute for Highway Safety in 2006 that ESC reduces the of fatal single-vehicle rollover by about 80 percent.

Vehicle is very much on the minds of makers. Stability control standard equipment on all Wranglers in with electronic roll overlay of the ESC system that accelerometers to monitor chassis rates—phased in since.

In sports cars, stability-control are often regarded as the fun police, and the thing you want to do at a track is turn it down, or off. It the Rubicon—and those nutty BF tires—to teach me to love ESC With ESC now part of the regulatory for all new vehicles, engineers and designers more of a margin for error which they can responsibly ever faster and more road vehicles.

Whether talking about the Rubicon or an Porsche, ESC makes the inherently reasonably stable.

I never put the into any kind of high-speed maneuver to test the ESC, but I felt better knowing the was on duty.

I felt even knowing that if some kid a wheel off the shoulder in this he’d have some assistance to gather it back up.

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