2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock: Tastes the Wet Snow of the Rockies [Video Review]

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition takes a time-tested off-road vehicle and adds a few sprinkles of luxury and comfort. It’s still a short wheel-base Jeep, but you also get heated and leather trimmed seats and most convenience features you will find in many luxurious SUVs.

The Rubicon is still powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 and produces 285 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm. This one is equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission. The engine, transmission, and 4.10 axle gears are matched very well for good on-road acceleration and cruising. Naturally, the low-range transfer case, disconnecting sway bar, and locking axles combine for stellar off-road capability. This is what the Wrangler and Jeep are known for.


The Hard Rock edition makes most of the optional equipment that you get on the Rubicon and makes it standard. It also adds features like the enhanced message center with tire-pressure monitoring display, power windows with one-touch down feature, and silver interior accents.

On the highway, this two-door Jeep can be a little bouncy, but it’s far improved other Jeeps of yore.

It’s EPA rated at 17 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, and 18 MPG combined. We saw 20.4 MPG with highway driving and 19.4 MPG in mixed driving. The Rubicon Hard Rock edition is $39,255 as tested.

Watch this fun TFLcar off-road review of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock.