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Old 12-06-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Moab Edition is Petersen's 4x4 of the Year

So Petersen's 4-Wheel and Off-Road has named the Moab Edition as their 2013 4x4 of the Year. The competition was pretty mediocre...strange that the only other candidates were also Chrysler products. In the article, they say the Moab Edition is less capable and more expensive than the Rubicon. So why bother? If you truly want a Moab capable Jeep, the Rubicon seems like the more logical choice.

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Surely they've named the Rubicon before? They were probably just looking to feature something different.

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Surely they've named the Rubicon before? They were probably just looking to feature something different.
Yes...the Rubicon has been named before. But I'd put a lot more faith in comparisons that pitted the Wrangler against relatively similar vehicles like the Toyota FJ, Landrover, or even the Unimog. This test was against a Dodge pickup and the Grand Cherokee. But maybe their goal was to compare the different classes of 4WD vehicles.
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They send out the request to all manufacturers, then test what is "given" to them. Guess they don't care about 4wd's anymore, just battery operated crap.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:09 PM   #5
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There clearly isn't much competition for a Wrangler. When they have to start breaking them down by trim level, you know the playing field is thin.

What is next...the super Jeep shoot out where they simply line-up a bunch of Wranglers in different trim?

Sport S vs Sahara vs Rubicon vs Arctic vs Altitude vs Freedom Edition vs 10th Anv?
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There clearly isn't much competition for a Wrangler. When they have to start breaking them down by trim level, you know the playing field is thin.

What is next...the super Jeep shoot out where they simply line-up a bunch of Wranglers in different trim?

Sport S vs Sahara vs Rubicon vs Arctic vs Altitude vs Freedom Edition vs 10th Anv?
Right. There are some big trucks--the Power Wagons and the Raptor, IIRC--that offer lockers and the like, but realistically I'd expect most would agree the present Wrangler Rubicon is the best new, mass produced, offroad vehicle available in the United States by a healthy margin. Not much for these magazines to compare these days.

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