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2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Review: Too Expensive to Roughhouse In?

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, interior
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2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, interior

An average fuel consumption of...
Jeep's official price tag is also accompanied by the average fuel consumption calculated by RNC (Natural Resources Canada) and that is 16.5L/100 km - a difficult statistic to reach in reality. In fact, I hovered around 21 or 22L/100 km, a result due to the many kilometers I've driven in urban areas. Well OK, also , the beastly sound of the Rubicon 392 pushed me - on more than one occasion - to make the vehicle purr as it should with accelerations worthy or almost of a muscle car.

In any case, this consumption result should surprise no one, especially not big-car enthusiasts. You have to be gentle with the right pedal to match the official fuel consumption ratings.

Too expensive to put it in the mud?
With all the hardware grafted onto the toughest 4x4 in the Jeep lineup, the Rubicon 392 is equipped to stay up late. Clearly, this version is as well-equipped as a "regular" Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, if not better than the latter thanks to its raised suspension or larger tires, but with a total price tag of over $114,000 before prep fees and taxes, it's only natural to hesitate before taking this high-powered American car into a mud puddle or over a road full of sharp rocks.

There's also the "collectible" aspect that comes into play here. It's the same kind of reasoning if I were given a Mercedes-AMG G 63 to drive. I'm well aware of the capabilities of the German 4x4, but the price of the latter would certainly make me hesitate before I set out on a rough road.

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, front grille
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2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, front grille

We like

The infernal look
The throaty sound
Increased off-road capabilities

We like less

The price(!)
The fuel consumption
A Jeep Wrangler interior despite the asking price

The competition

Ford Bronco Raptor
Land Rover Defender V8
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, Rubicon badging
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2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, Rubicon badging