While most new (and used) car buyers are content with driving their beautifully equipped factory spec vehicle, there is a rare breed of automotive enthusiasts who love to personalize their car. Myself included. These individuals span from those who like to make minor upgrades that almost seem factory like, to individuals who fully trick out their vehicles so the model is barely recognizable.
The king of aftermarket parts and accessories (at least in the FCA world) is Mopar. Their heritage dates back to the 1930s; this makes them one of the oldest automotive accessories companies in the world. While the parts sold for Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge vehicles are technically OEM, Mopar offers enhancements with the enthusiasm of an aftermarket performance company. Essentially taking great vehicles and helping their customers turn the volume up to 100. The kicker is that because these are OEM parts, I was told that it does not void your vehicles original bumper to bumper warranty. So if you drive a late model FCA vehicle, it is really the only way to go.
To showcase how extreme Mopar can go, on rare occasions they will team up with their brother and sister companies to make a truly unique creation – a Halo Car if you will. That is the case with the vehicle I am reviewing today, dubbed the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Mopar Edition.
The two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was already the best off road vehicle you can buy. It comes from the factory with heavy duty front and rear axles for rock crawling, front and rear locking differentials for mudding, a two-speed transfer case (high and low gear ranges), and 33 inch tires with thick treads. It also seemingly more rugged than its base model siblings. By the way, the latest Jeep Wrangler, the JL series, is also the best Wrangler to drive on the street. The ride quality is better and it feels more stable at high speeds.
On the vehicle I am testing, Mopar added a number of goodies. To start it has an electric wench to help you tow your buddy’s truck out of the mud when he gets it stuck. Six ultra bright headlights were added for night time off-road excisions in the country with your girl friend. And for getting in and out of the vehicle with ease (and for fun), Mopar replaced the traditional automatic windowed doors with skeleton doors. They are essentially a couple bars on the middle and bottom of the door frame so you can feel a cool breeze running throughout the cabin. I wouldn’t recommend them if you have kids or pets in the vehicle, because they can fall out, but they are a ton of fun to use. Plus safer than removing the doors altogether.
The surprising thing is that this red tricked-out Jeep got more attention driving down the road than the Ferrari 488 GTB I was driving the week prior. I got thumbs up left and right from both fellow Jeep drivers and kids sitting in the back of their Mom’s minivan.
Additionally the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Mopar Edition is one of the most fun cars I have driven all year. It has been a blast cruising around town listening the my favorite tunes with the wind blowing through my hair. If I lived out in the country and could take it off-roading, it would be even better! Driving on the highway with this configuration wasn’t any fun though. It felt like a tornado was inside the car. Taking the top down helped a little, but didn’t solve the issue. Additionally the vehicle I am testing doesn’t have any side mirrors, so changing lanes is a death wish on a crowded highway. Luckily I have been able to take the scenic route for most trips.
Around town and in the wilderness are the clearly the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Mopar Edition’s sweet spots; I highly recommend it as a fun car for the weekend because of its natural features. It is perfect for individuals who want to drive something truly unique but don’t like sports cars.
It has been amazing experiencing the personalization of a Mopar vehicle for the past few days. Now let’s see what you + Mopar can do!