“Good luck driving that Jeep Wrangler for 13 hours,” my editor told me in a sarcastic tone. Considering the time I’ve spent behind the wheel of the Wrangler Rubicon and its Gladiator pickup truck sibling, I knew what he was referring to. The loud, bouncy Jeep Wrangler is not the most comfortable SUV—and driving from Moab, Utah, to Los Angeles is something not everyone is up for.
Well, maybe not everyone at MotorTrend. You see, not only do we get to drive all sorts of cars during the year, we also get to choose the vehicles we’d like to take on a road trip. Most of the time, we pick those that are comfortable, ride nice, and are roomy. And while the Wrangler Rubicon doesn’t really fit that criteria, anything that gets me out of the house these days is a good idea—especially when it’s the 470-hp Wrangler 392. Are we spoiled? You betcha!
Like we said in our 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 First Drive story, this Wrangler is a different kind of beast. And we’re not just talking about the 470-hp, 470 lb-ft 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that launches the 392 from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds or completes the quarter mile in less than 13 seconds, per our own instrumented testing. There’s also the glorious sound that this engine makes when you step on the throttle and the Hydro Guide induction system that engineers had to create in order to allow this Wrangler to cross rivers. Moreover, there are the substantial changes that engineers made to the chassis, making the 392 the most capable Wrangler to date. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.