2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Named 2019 SUV of the Year
2019 has just begun, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is already winning. Can’t say we’re surprised after their glorious 2018 review. The hot next-generation 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JL was unveiled last year, and already has a 2019 model out that won “2019 Motor Trend of the Year”. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL won another award recently, specifically for its returning Rubicon trim. Known as the “Trailhawk” of the Wrangler lineup, the Rubicon trims are made to handle tough terrain and off-road mayhem. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is without a doubt the most capable off-road SUV.
FOUR WHEELER “2019 SUV of the Year”
That’s a pretty big title to hold, and so early into the new year. The off-road publication, FOUR WHEELER, is an opinion-based magazine for the 4×4 and off-road truck and SUV enthusiast. However, don’t let this deter their ability to judge a vehicle properly.
Over the course of a single week, the judge panel at FOUR WHEELER conducted a variety of tests that spanned over more than 1,000 miles of varying terrain. This included pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, mud and snow, and moreover, the terrain was also driven at elevations ranging from sea level to more than 9,000 feet. From behind the steering wheel, judges were able to evaluate visibility from the driver seat, four-wheel-drive system selection and performance, tire performance and durability, engine power and cooling, transmission function and cooling, suspension tuning and performance and traction control system function for each off-road contender. The judges also spent time on the road evaluating driving various characteristics, such as handling, ride quality, interior comfort, and feel of control via the steering wheel.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon won out.
“The Wrangler Rubicon is packed full of innovation and technology, fully modernizing the Jeep experience, yet capability, comfort and user-friendliness have only been improved upon…This is one of those rare instances where a company got something so right, you can have your cake and eat it, too. It is a truly modern interpretation of the Wrangler without any dilution to the formula of what a Jeep should be.” – Sean Holman, Group Content Director for FOUR WHEELER.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
What makes the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon trim so special? Exemplifying the automaker’s legendary 4×4 capability, not only is the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon the most-powerful off-road capable vehicle of possibly the entire Jeep lineup, but also the most fuel-efficient. Able to be powered by the all-new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with eTorque technology that features a mild-hybrid system for everyday driving, the Rubicon has power for miles and miles.
Marked with a “Trail Rated” badge, the Rubicon has been tested to handle a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. In addition, the Rubicon comes equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4×4 system, a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, an electronic sway bar disconnect, and standard 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain off-road tires. Trail Rated, indeed.