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Old 12-07-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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2012 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Captures Four Wheeler of the Year Award

The new 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon – the most capable production vehicle on the planet – has been named "Four Wheeler of the Year" by Four Wheeler magazine. The award is given annually by the editors of the opinion-leading off-road enthusiast magazine.

"The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon owned nearly all aspects of off-road testing during our annual "Four Wheeler of the Year' competition," said Four Wheeler Editor John Cappa. "The grueling 1,000-mile trek put each contending vehicle through its paces in several on- and off-road environments, including high-speed graded roads, jagged rocks, shifting sand dunes, and more. The universal do-all capability of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon allowed it to outperform the other competing 4x4s, making it our 2012 Four Wheeler of the Year award winner."
To qualify for the competition, entries had to be entirely new or have substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year. Testing was conducted over more than a thousand miles on a variety of terrain, including pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks and mud, at elevations ranging from sea level to more than 9,000 feet.
"By earning the respected "Four Wheeler of the Year' award, consumers – and particularly the most die-hard off-road enthusiasts – can be assured that the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has established an even higher level of unmatched capability," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are delighted the influential editors of "Four Wheeler' magazine have recognized Wrangler's new level of capability, along with its improved power, torque and fuel efficiency."
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon "Four Wheeler of the Year" award comes a year after the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the premium icon of the brand – captured the award, and less than two years after the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was named the Best 4x4 vehicle of the 2000-2009 decade by Four Wheeler magazine.The "Four Wheeler of the Year" award is the latest in a list of awards the new 2012 Jeep Wrangler has received since its introduction in September. Other recent Wrangler accolades include:
  • 4x4 of the Year, Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine
  • Mid-size SUV of Texas, Texas Auto Writers Association
  • Best Value Off-Road, Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) award
  • Hottest 4x4 SUV, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) award
  • ALG Residual Value Award – Best Compact Utility Vehicle
  • Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com Best Resale Value Award, Compact Utility Vehicle
  • Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com Best Resale Value Award, Top-10 Cars
For the 2011 calendar year, Jeep Wrangler sales are up 29 percent in the U.S. November marked Wrangler's sixth consecutive year-over-year monthly sales record.

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Hilldweller is going to cry when he reads that article. It was up against the PW.

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I still can't understand why Chrysler is trumping about the "improved fuel efficiency" like they are. Sure 1 MPG better is technically an improvement, but so laughably small that it seems disingenuous to beat that drum like they are.

Kudos on the HP/torque improvements though. They are indeed worth bragging about.

Just my 2 cents.
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Hilldweller is going to cry when he reads that article. It was up against the PW.
Incorrect. The Wrangler won Four Wheeler of the Year and the Power Wagon won Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year. The Wrangler, did however, beat out the Power Wagon in Petersen's 4WOR test.

And the fuel economy went up from 15/19 to 17/21 on the label. It is a big deal for the a vehicle with the aerodynamics of a barn.

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I am not incorrect. I have the magazine right in front of me. The two were up against each other and they chose the Wrangler as the winner.
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I still can't understand why Chrysler is trumping about the "improved fuel efficiency" like they are. Sure 1 MPG better is technically an improvement, but so laughably small that it seems disingenuous to beat that drum like they are.

Kudos on the HP/torque improvements though. They are indeed worth bragging about.

Just my 2 cents.
Sure the net MPG increase is about 1 average. When you take into account that they increased power by 40% and still managed to provide slightly increased MPG I think that's maybe a better way to look at it.
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Sure the net MPG increase is about 1 average. When you take into account that they increased power by 40% and still managed to provide slightly increased MPG I think that's maybe a better way to look at it.
Precisely!
That was a huge, HUGE increase in power. To get that kind of increase AND an extra 2mpgs... is nothing but impressive engineering.
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I am not incorrect. I have the magazine right in front of me. The two were up against each other and they chose the Wrangler as the winner.
Considering I wrote the stories in Four Wheeler, I am pretty sure I know what I am talking about. If the Wrangler beat out the Power Wagon in a two truck test, you are not looking at Four Wheeler, but rather Petersen's 4Wheel & Offroad.

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Considering I wrote the stories in Four Wheeler, I am pretty sure I know what I am talking about. If the Wrangler beat out the Power Wagon in a two truck test, you are not looking at Four Wheeler, but rather Petersen's 4Wheel & Offroad.

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That is EXACTLY what I'm looking at. I assumed that was the magazine he was referring to since that issue arrived the same day as his post. Now, reading the actual words, I see he was referring to that other "rag". (jk, I subscribe to that one as well) My whole point was to poke fun at Hildweller, who traded his JK for a PW.
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....geez.....there's people PAID to do that kinda testing stuff???

where do I sign up?...................
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Here is my review of the '12 (I have been in charge of building up our 'Con Artist Unlimited since '07, and I am the editor of the JK Garage magazine, so I know JKs pretty well).

2012 Jeep Wrangler 3.6 - Four Wheeler Magazine

Anyway, I like the '12 so much I went out and bought my own.

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The story is finally up on our website:

2012 Four Wheeler Of The Year - Four Wheeler Magazine

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Ive owned my 2012 rubicon unlimited for about 14 months now and i love it. Ive put it through my own "i bought it to use it" testing and its surprised me and my fellow offroad buddies in stock form. Ive had it rock crawling and hill climbing here in AZ, in the sand dunes in glamis cali, mudding and drag racing in ohio, and with it about to turn 33k miles needless to say alot of road time... and there is nothing that has let me down yet.
But yeah there is huge improvements with the '12 over the prior 07-11 jk's starting with the 3.6ltr v6 compaired to the 3.8ltr minvan engine... the 3.8 has about 200hp and gets like 15/19 mpg, where as the 3.6 gets 285hp and label says 19/21 but ive got 25mpg in 6th gear, cruise set at 55mph top and doors on which is impressive for the areodynamics of a brick... plus its a aluminum block and i assume the 3.8 is not, which will help with handeling and brakeing just to name a few. Its very fun to drive, feels and handels like a sports car on the road, the 3.6 really wakes up after 3000rpm's with the VVT. cant wait to do some simple mods like a performance exhaust and intake, should easily be around 310-330hp and sound badass lol.
About the only other thing i really like and noticed is different is the interior styling and quality of materials used compaired to the prior years. it just feels more soild and higher quality of materials used for the dash and componets compaired to the cheap plastics and such used in the earlier JK's...
I base these judgements on my dad owning a 2009 sahara 2dr, granted the offroad capabilitys wouldnt even compair, but the performance and interior is night and day, and he agrees with me, even though he hates to admit that his 25 year old son has the better jeep lol.
The only thing i dislike besides the payment is the belly will hang up on rocks and the top of ruts, luckily there is stock skid plates, but if you pick your line wisely you can usually get through it, but this will easily be fixed when i do a teraflex long arm and tires possibly as soon as this summer.
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the 3.6ltr v6 compaired to the 3.8ltr minvan engine.
Newsflash!...The 3.6 Pentatick is a minivan engine too.
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It is now lol... it's also available in just about everything mopar offers (rolls eyes) I'm pretty sure the 3.8 was taken from the caravan... But that's just what I've read in JP magazine so what do I know being a "newb" and all...

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