2015 Jeep Wrangler 4X4 Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock (1086)


This week we’re looking at the 2015 Jeep Wrangler 4X4 Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock. This is a no-nonsense work horse and for most of us it is a special purpose vehicle that won’t be used for commuting long distances. Fuel is back up to $4 bucks a gallon and no matter why you think it is, it is, and at the rate of consumption of the expensive stuff I wouldn’t personally want to use it as a daily commuter. 50 MPG sounds a whole lot better than 18 mpg and those are out there.

But again I have to remind myself that this IS a “Special Use Vehicle” and we have to buy the best car, truck, or bus to do the job it will be needed for. So if I want to drive in the diamond lane to get a little relief from the parking lots they call freeways that alone is enough for some to buy a Prius or similar higher mileage car. For the conditions in Los Angeles you either do that or alter your travel or job hours. Me, I try to travel after nine and before four. I’m looking more and more at fuel cell cars but ignoring all electric. Hybrids are ok, but there are lots of normally aspirated internal combustion engine cars that are far less expensive to buy. Cheaper small high mileage economical commuters make a lot of sense to me.

So back to my Jeep. When I want to have fun off road Jeeps are the hot ticket. The Wrangler, for me, also makes a statement that you are a no-nonsense, rough and tumble guy or gal who lives life with gusto and passion. It says on your time off you are rock climbing, or living on the edge in the outback somewhere – anywhere. And if this is your thing you have to go on a Jeep Jamboree adventure. You will never regret it.

jeep loversThere are 28 venues around the country and you can sign up at https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/tripsregister/

General Information:

Parts from the US / Canada 70%, Engine & Transmission – United States. It is assembled inToledo, Ohio, USA. Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Renegade and Wrangler.

Handling & Performance:

For the life of me I cannot figure why Jeep hasn’t been able to achieve better fuel economy from these great off road vehicles. On the other hand I love to drive them and always feel I can go anywhere, literally. When I attended a Jeep Jamboree in Massachusetts I gained a confidence these things can go ‘just about’ anywhere. Like a cat we climbed over boulders and traversed muddy rivers reaching up to the grill and sloshing over to the windshield. Amazing.



Classic Jeep continues to reign as the Grand Daddy of all SUV’s in my opinion. It has retained the same look and relative feel for 75 years.


Fit and Finish:

It’s a Jeep, but it fits well together and gives that rugged feeling a Jeep should.



Competitive in class.


Conveniences and comfort:

This 4-door is much roomier and has more features than found on the 2-door Wrangler of course. But it is still, of necessity, more basic than other SUV’s that do not pretend to be serious off road contenders.


In fact I rather expected hand crank windows because the doors can be removed for an even more open road experience. But don’t be troubled – this Wrangler does have power windows.


Consumer Recommendation:

If you haven’t ever considered a Jeep you should take one on a test drive.


Recognized Competition:                                                                                                          

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited $27-40,000, Dodge Journey $25-31,000, Nissan Xterra $26-32,000, Ford Escape $27-31,000.

Good News:

One of a kind vehicle for one of a kind driver. Great off road fun and it’s made in America.

Bad News:                                   

Poor fuel economy.

Standard Equipment:   

3.6 liter 285 HP V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, seating for 5, 405 mile range, 4:1 part time 4-wheel drive, Tru Lok front and rear differential, electronic front sway bar disconnect, rear stabilizer bar, heavy duty front and rear axles, Rock Rails, transfer case skid plate, fuel tank skid plate, front airbags, stability control, 4-wheel disc brakes, traction control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, trailer sway damping, theft deterrent system security alarm, tire pressure monitor, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, steering wheel mounted audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel, tilt steering column, Uconnect AM/FM CD/MP3, 8-speakers, audio jack input for mobile devices, Sirius XM satellite radio.

Gas Stats:

$3.97 / Gal avg. May 11, 2015


For more information.


16 City and 21 Highway MPG



MSRP $35,395.

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