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FCA unveiled the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show. Here's our first look at the Rubicon model. Rubicon is the most purpose-built of the Wrangler lineup. For 2018 this icon will feature a lighter body-on-frame platform and better fuel economy. For more coverage of the 2017 LA Auto Show head over to https://www.autoblog.com/la-auto-show/

Quick Spin

Ice skates are spectacular on frozen water, yet they are dreadful everyday footwear. I consider the Jeep Wrangler equally as specialized.

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Difficult as it may be, the reality of the matter is that there are a lot of vehicles in the United States that can make it through the daunting stretch of dirt, rocks and elevation changes that is the Rubicon Trail. That said, there isn't a single production vehicle available today that can navigate the off-road playground with as much aplomb as the Jeep Wrangler.

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable off-roading vehicles on the planet, and Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road has taken notice. The Wrangler Rubicon has been named 4X4 of the Year by the magazine, beating the Dodge Ram Power Wagon for the honor.

First Drive

Since 1985 (and since 1990 as a non-profit group), Tread Lightly! has been teaching its members to treat their surroundings with respect while traveling off the beaten path. Apparently, people using the famous Rubicon Trail in Northern California haven't been treading lightly enough, as the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered that both El Dorado County and the Forest Service take the lead in cleaning up the trail.

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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