Originally Posted by sracer
Nice review. Pity that the author felt the need to "explain himself" to the Jeep snobs who would be reading the review. I know it was necessary, just sad.
See the But It's Not Hard-Core section.
When you compare anything
to the Wranglers and it's predecessors, nothing
is hard core unless it's been modified. Why should Jeep build something to knock them off of the iconic pedestal that they've been on for years? For those of us on a more conservative budget and needs, these fill the void that Jeep has been missing out on. Other manufacturers have been eroding on Jeeps SUV market for years, it's time that Jeep starts eroding on theirs, namely AWD. Jeep also goes one better and gives you a 4WD lock mode.
I especially liked the run across the desert with the FD I, for which it is perfectly suited, and then switched to the FD II to go real rock climbing. I do wish that they had taken BOTH on the rock climbing just so that they could fairly compare the two and what the gains were with the FD II package. Really too bad you can't order the "Off-road package" with the skid plates, etc without getting the CVT with crawl ratio. I'm sure that package would be a good combination for a lot of folks. Time to twist your own wrenches. How does that go, righty tighty, lefty loosy?
Regardless, it's a great read! Hat's off to Rock Crawler.