Mango Tango Pearlcoat; Dual Top Group ($1,625 -- includes easy-folding soft top, Freedom Top three-piece modular hardtop, freedom roof panel storage bag, rear window defroster, rear window washer and wipers); Media Center 430N ($1,035 -- includes AM/FM stereo, single-disc CD/DVD player, CD/MP3 playback, 30GB hard disk drive, audio jack input for mobile devices, navigation system with GPS, 6.5-inch touchscreen display monitor, remote USB port); Quick Order Package 24R ($825 -- includes vehicle with standard equipment, four-speed automatic transmission, tip start, transmission skid plate); Two-Tone Leather-Trimmed Seats ($700 -- includes two-tone leather-trimmed seats. Driver height adjuster, front seat back map pocket, heated front seats); Supplemental Front Side Airbags ($490); Connectivity Group ($385 -- includes leather-wrapped steering wheel. Remote USB port, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, vehicle information center); Trailer Tow Group ($270 -- includes Class 2 receiver hitch with four-pin connector wiring, trailer sway damping); Heated Front Seats ($250); Remote Start System ($200); Air-Conditioning With Automatic Temperature Control ($155 -- includes air-conditioning with automatic temperature control, air filtration)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
3,778cc (231 cu-in)
Pushrod, two valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
202 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
237 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 2.84, II = 1.57, III = 1, IV = 0.69, R = 2.21, Final: 2.57
Wow does this feel like an antique. Four-speed? Seriously? Each gear takes an eternity that's got a raspy soundtrack. Upshifts are rather harsh, then revs drop way out of power band. I'll say this, however; it's very consistent (and slow). Allows pedal overlap, but it didn't help.
Aside from the fact there's very little rubber on the pavement (with such large lugs) the ABS manages to keep the Jeep straight and reasonably fade-free. Lots of dive, but that's expected.
Skid pad: An utterly pointless waste of fuel and tires. The stability control barely allows this Jeep to go around in a circle. Slalom: Similarly futile due to ultra-conservative ESC. It's a fish out of water -- like taking a Porsche 911 GT2 up the Rubicon Trail.