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Road & Track has a name of which to be proud, but it doesn’t let that limit the testing environments it uses. Writer Zach Bowman did the right thing and took the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X to the trails of Tennessee’s Windrock Park.

The vehicle, which starts at $34,595, was well-prepared, to say the least. Jeep outfitted it with e-locking diffs, a sway bar that can be disconnected, and a 4:1 transfer case. It even had steel rock sliders, off-road bumpers and removable end caps to accommodate larger tires. The stock 255/75/R17 BFGoodrich KM2 rubber got high marks for its grip and ability to get easily through mud and sand. Chrysler’s 285-hp 3.6-liter V6 was equally well-received for its power reserves. That, combined with 4.10 gearing, made for a “good and quick” rock crawler.

Although Bowman knocked the hardcore seven-slat rig for its painted 17-inch aluminum wheels’ vulnerability to scratches, and its odd inclusion of heated leather seats, he stated, “Each time I approach an obstacle I see as problematic, the Rubicon makes an easy show of it. Large boulders, deep crevasses in the clay, and slick mud hills are made easy with grip and lockers.”

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