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off- and on-highway driving tests. Also see the Camp Wamp
coverage...These videos can be set at 1080P quality and full-screen
selected an optimal, all-around test environment for the new 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
model...The round trip route began east of Reno, Nevada, and led to 'Camp Wamp' at CCYC/Camp Nejedly. Two
hundred miles of combined interstate and higher-altitude, mountain secondary highways contrasted the
off-pavement trails winding to Hawley Lake. Our destination: a summer wilderness camp for children with
disabilities. We would film HD video at Camp
Wamp, then assist with the kids' transportation from the camp to a waiting
charter bus at Graeagle.
The designated dirt roads and trails into the camp require a 4WD vehicle with higher
ground clearance and, preferably, a low-range transfer case for speed control...The Wrangler Rubicon edition
offers locking Dana 44 axles front and rear plus 32" diameter mud-terrain traction tires. With its
Rock-Trac® 4:1 low range ratio transfer case, the stock Wrangler
Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 readily matches the magazine's specially trail-prepped XJ Cherokee. The Cherokee
participated with the Camp Wamp transportation
volunteers in 2010.
Jeep JK Wrangler's 4WD traction is so efficient that the weight and balance of our Rubicon Unlimited did not
require locking up the axles on these trails. In 4WD low range mode, with unlocked axles, this Jeep provided
solid traction without any wheelspin or slippage. Of course, more severe trails like the Rubicon, Fordyce or
Sierra Trek can require use of lockers—always a sensible option for hardcore four-wheeling. Lockers can
minimize impact on the environment.
Wrangler Unlimited's longer wheelbase of 116" does require a different driving technique off-pavement. While
tight access is better with the 95.4" wheelbase two-door model, the Unlimited's benefits include greater
on-highway stability, desirable cargo space and added passenger comfort. Add to that the stellar sound system,
highly efficient heating and air conditioning, plus the Garmin navigation tools, and our spacious Unlimited
hardtop test vehicle made the entire trip more comfortable—and uniquely dust-free with the windows rolled
In this HD video, the new Jeep JK
Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 has a unique assignment: helping 4WDvolunteers transport kids with disabilities from a 'Camp Wamp' summer camp session.
See the Wrangler perform on Sierra dirttrails and twisty
can be set for 1080P quality and full-screen viewing.)
On- and off-highway, the JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited's wide track width is a dramatic handling
improvement. The effect is distinct center-of-gravity gains and improved control—especially with this
vehicle's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Ride quality meets the concerns and expectations of
modern Jeep owners. The cab is quiet and rattle-free.
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sticker for this 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 test vehicle!
Zoom-in for details and features, including the lengthy list of standard and optional equipment, the
itemized retail pricing, the warranty coverage and the U.S. EPA estimated fuel mileage ratings for the
Hours of riding on a 4WD trail proved the integrity of the seats and their bolsters. Once oriented to the
unique controls, we found the ergonomics outstanding. Note: For maximum driving satisfaction, always
read your owner's manual for details on a Jeep® vehicle's
Overall, the 2012 JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited offers exceptional on- and off-highway performance. The
manual locking differentials and dashboard-operated front sway bar disconnect system deliver traction and
axle articulation for challenging off-pavement use. As with the original TJ Wrangler Rubicon edition
(2003-2006), this JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is rugged and tough trail ready off the showroom
floor.For all but the most extreme use (like large rock crawling), this package should not
require aftermarket chassis, tire, axle or powertrain upgrades.
Given the cost and time delays associated with 4x4 modifications, the stock Rubicon package is the quickest
way to "trail-ready". Unless you plan to rock crawl over large boulders or vertical walls, the Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon's platform returns more bang for the buck than any other option package in the
off-pavement 4WD vehicle market.
The 2012 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 provides a dramatically
improved performance platform with the 3.6L Pentastar
engine and the new A580 transmission option.
The vehicle'son- and off-highway handling feels planted
and predictable while occupant safety and comfort make this the best Jeep utility model to
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 test vehicle has
standard features and options that rank as
'World Class' level for an SUV model. The overall package and this kind of content is
extraordinary for a multipurpose on- and off-highway vehicle in this price range...See your local
Jeep® dealership and experience a test drive in the Wrangler
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