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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

What is it? Ten years as the toughest Jeep made, the Wrangler Rubicon continues to go where other SUVs fear to tread. How tough is tough? This top-level Wrangler is fitted with electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a “Rock-Trac” transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 axle ratio front and rear is also standard, as are Tru-Lok locking differentials. The company claims that these rock crawlers, when fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, have a crawl ratio of 73.1:1 that makes this stock Wrangler one of the most unstoppable off-road vehicles ever.

The standard powertrains motors along with the division’s familiar 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available. You can choose between two- and four-door models (or technically no doors, since they’re removable).

What is new or notable? Steel winch-ready bumpers with removable end caps, increased ground clearance, new rock rails, and BF Goodrich KM2 off-road tires. This special edition also gets unique 17-inch wheels, "10th Anniversary" badges, red leather seats, and various trim bits that set it apart from more commonplace Jeeps.

CR’s take: Despite the ultra-low score the Wrangler typically gets in our tests, this Jeep sells in big numbers and remains hugely popular. We can’t imagine that the big dog Rubicon—with its hard-core suspension and rugged tires—will make the on-road ride and handling any more civilized. But that’s not the point. Be ready to shell out big bucks for the privilege, though, as a tarted-up Wrangler quickly approach a $40,000 price tag.

When will it be available? Spring 2013.

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