Recently I had the opportunity to test drive the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary edition. I have to say this was my first time ever being in a Jeep Wrangler, I have driven the Grand Cherokee but the Jeep has always been a car that I have always wanted to drive.
Jeep Wrangler History
The Jeep Wrangler is a series of compact and mid-size four-wheel drive off-road SUVs manufactured by Jeep since 1986, and currently in its fourth generation. The Wrangler JL, the most recent generation, was unveiled in late-2017 and is produced at Jeep’s Toledo Complex.
The Wrangler is a direct progression from the World War II Jeep, through the CJ (Civilian Jeeps) produced by Willys, Kaiser-Jeep, and American Motors Corporation (AMC) from the mid-1940s through the 1980s. Although neither AMC nor Chrysler (after its purchase of AMC in 1987) has claimed that the Wrangler was a direct descendant of the original military model.
The Jeep Wrangler has evolved quite a bit over the years. It has since become a popular off-road SUV. Some notable changes include the addition of more amenities and technology, improved engine performance, and various design updates. However, the Wrangler has maintained its iconic look and rugged capabilities throughout its evolution.
New for the 20th Anniversary Edition
It is available in two models, the 4xe plug-in hybrid which I drove, and the V8-powered 392. Both models come with a number of unique features that set them apart from other Wranglers, including:
- A redesigned seven-slot grille
- Beadlock-capable wheels
- An 83-piece tool kit
- A triple-hoop grille guard
- Steel bumpers
- A half-inch suspension lift
- 20th Anniversary decals
In addition to these exterior features, the 20th Anniversary models also come with a number of unique interior features, including:
- Red and black leather seats
- Cherry red seat belt straps
- A red leather-wrapped instrument panel support
- A 20th Anniversary shift knob
The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary is a limited-edition model, so if you’re interested in one, you’ll need to act fast. They start at $71,380 for the 4xe and $92,690 for the 392.
Here are some of the specific new features that are available on the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary:
- Redesigned seven-slot grille: The redesigned seven-slot grille is a unique feature that sets the 20th Anniversary models apart from other Wranglers. It is finished in black, which gives the Wrangler a more aggressive look.
- Beadlock-capable wheels: The beadlock-capable wheels are another unique feature that is available on the 20th Anniversary models. These wheels allow you to run lower tire pressures, which can improve your off-road performance.
- 83-piece tool kit: The 83-piece tool kit is a handy feature that can come in handy when you are out on the trail. It includes a variety of tools that can be used to fix minor problems or make repairs.
- Triple-hoop grille guard: The triple-hoop grille guard is a stylish and functional feature that can help to protect your Wrangler from damage. It is made of steel and is designed to withstand the rigors of off-road driving.
- Steel bumpers: The steel bumpers are another durable feature that can help to protect your Wrangler from damage. They are made of high-strength steel and are designed to withstand the rigors of off-road driving.
- Half-inch suspension lift: The half-inch suspension lift gives the Wrangler a more aggressive stance and improves its off-road capability. It also increases ground clearance, which can help to prevent the Wrangler from bottoming out on obstacles.
- 20th Anniversary decals: The 20th Anniversary decals are a stylish way to show off your love for the Wrangler. They are available in a variety of colors and can be applied to the exterior of the Wrangler.
Great for Families
After driving the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon’s 20th Anniversary I think it’s a great choice for families for a number of reasons. First, it is a very capable off-road vehicle, which means that you can take it on all sorts of adventures with your family we did a little bit of trail riding close to where we live. Second, it is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room for everyone to stretch out even our furry little girl. Third, it comes with a number of safety features that will help to keep you and your family safe on the road. Finally, it is stylish and rugged, making it a great choice for families who want a vehicle that stands out from the crowd.
Here are my top reasons why the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary is great for families:
- Off-road capability: The Wrangler Rubicon is one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market. It has a number of features that make it well-suited for exploring the great outdoors, including four-wheel drive, locking differentials, and a raised suspension. This means that you can take your family on all sorts of adventures, from camping trips to rock crawling. Here in Florida, I would be using it for driving on the beach or for mudding.
- Spacious interior: There is plenty of room for everyone to stretch out. The four-door model has seating for up to five people which is great for our family, and the two-door model has seating for four. There is also plenty of cargo space, to put in your furry friends or everyday groceries.
- Safety features: As a parent, I always look at the safety features a vehicle offers that will help keep me and my family safe on the road. The Wrangler Rubicon features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control. It also has a number of optional safety features, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
- Style and ruggedness: You will also still get that stylish and rugged vehicle that will turn heads wherever you go. It has a classic Jeep design that is also built to last, so you can be sure that it will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.
Overall, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon’s 20th Anniversary is a great choice for families who are looking for a capable, spacious, safe, and stylish off-road vehicle.