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Used Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The Jeep Wrangler has always been a popular vehicle from this beloved manufacturer. For the past few decades, the Wrangler has been an important part of Jeep's business model, as it offers drivers a dependable off-road automobile. This has been the case for many years, meaning you can purchase a pre-owned Wrangler and save money yet receive a vehicle with similar capabilities to some of Jeep's newer offerings. The Wrangler has also been offered in some stellar trim levels over the years, particularly the off-road-focused Rubicon. Named for the famous Rubicon Trail, where Jeep conducts a lot of its off-road testing, this trim has been a part of the lineup for several years, which means you should have no trouble finding a used Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

A closeup shows the side Jeep Wrangler badging on a red 2020 used Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What Makes it Special?

What makes the Rubicon special is the enhancements that Jeep has made over the base model. While the Wrangler is an excellent vehicle for a multitude of reasons, and every Wrangler is capable of serious off-roading, the Rubicon takes it a step further. For example, a 2019 Wrangler Rubicon includes an enhanced Rock-Trac 4x4 system and a specially tuned suspension designed for off-roading, among other enhancements. The Wrangler Rubicon also maintains a level of appreciation among Jeep fans as it has stood the test of time and has been a continuous recommendation for off-roading enthusiasts since its launch back in 2003.

Because the Wrangler Rubicon has been around for so long, you'll have no shortage of options when shopping for yours. However, the Wrangler Rubicon has seen some tremendous enhancements made throughout the years, as the Wrangler itself has gone through several generational leaps ever since the Rubicon was first introduced to the market. Since then, fans of the Rubicon have consistently been treated to some stellar automobiles, with newer models boasting a host of modern amenities, while older models still retain their ability to achieve ample performance, both on and off the road. If you are looking to go anywhere in an iconic vehicle that can trace its roots back to the Second World War, then a used Jeep Wrangler Rubicon should be at the top of your list.

The Wrangler was initially released during a time in the automotive industry when most manufacturers were experimenting with releasing new models, some of which would fade into obscurity, while others would continue to be developed into the industry that we all know today. Drivers first got their hands on the Wrangler starting in 1987, about a decade and a half before the Rubicon became a reality. This gave the Wrangler time to cement itself in the market as the go-to choice for Jeep fans and gave Jeep time to figure out exactly what features were most sought-after in high-performance off-road rigs.

A blue 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with no roof is climbing over rocks.

The Evolution

The Wrangler Rubicon was first introduced into the Wrangler's lineup in 2003 and has remained a fixture of the lineup ever since. When it comes to performance, there are several ways the Rubicon manages to differentiate itself from its standard counterparts. You'll usually find a Wrangler Rubicon with larger wheels for better ground clearance, front and rear locking differentials to improve off-road traction, and the aforementioned enhanced suspension. The Rubicon also includes some unique styling elements that make it stand out from other Wrangler models, including its trademark red tow hooks. Every element of the Rubicon is both bold and functional.

When the redesigned JK-generation Wrangler hit the market in 2007, several other additions came over to the Rubicon as well. Features such as four doors instead of the two that were the standard up until this point would become an available option within the Wrangler's lineup. Engine updates would also translate over to the popular Rubicon models. A prime example of this is with the 2012 Wrangler, which upgraded its powertrain to a smaller, yet more powerful 3.6L V6 that produced 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This would remain the sole powertrain of the Wrangler, including the Rubicon, until Jeep would make another leap in performance with the 2018 JL-generation Wrangler.

This new generation of the Wrangler changed things up drastically, and this time drivers could choose between a duo of available powertrains rather than just one. These new powertrains included a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder that produced 268 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the same 3.6L V6 engine made a return. This power, combined with the Rubicon's generous supply of off-roading features, cemented the Wrangler Rubicon's reputation as one of the very best off-roading vehicles around. With a low crawl ratio and front and rear locking differentials, you can guarantee you'll have continuous traction on the trail and won't find yourself getting stuck on tough rocks and hills.

A red 2019 used Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is driving on a dirt trail in the mountains.

Continuous Legacy

For the next few years, the Wrangler Rubicon continued to be one of the most popular Jeep trims of all time. The automotive industry is always innovating, and manufacturers compete with one another to earn the trust of the consumer. However, with the Wrangler Rubicon continuously harnessing the very best that an off-roading vehicle has to offer, enthusiasts already know who they can trust, and that's Jeep. Today, the Wrangler continues to improve, with new features, new technology, and new powertrains.

The 2020 Wrangler was the first time that a trio of available powertrains was made available, with a turbodiesel V6 being added to the mix. The Rubicon received another significant boost in performance in 2021 with a highly performant V8 HEMI 392 that produced an incredible 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This increase in performance helped the newly launched Rubicon 392 become the most capable Rubicon up until that point. With enhancements to the Rubicon's suspension along with 2-inch shocks and a refined braking system, the Rubicon 392 earned its place as the best Rubicon to date. Additionally, the Rubicon has received various tech-oriented features that allowed the driver to monitor their vehicle's performance while on the trail, and additional cameras to keep watch on obstacles in front of you.

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