The Best 4x4 SUV For Rock-Climbing - 2012 Jeep Wrangler
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler - when ordered in the Rubicon trim level - is the best 4wd SUV out there for hopping from one rock to another. Named after the famed Rubicon trail, which is one of the most demanding environments for any off-road vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes with a host of gear that is intended to help make short work of a field of boulders. The Rubicon's front sway-bar can be remotely detached from inside the cabin for increased articulation, Dana 44 axles sit front and rear for extra strength, and a special Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system with an ultra-low 4:0:1 gear ratio means that the Wrangler can put its power down as precisely as it needs to. Throw in a 285 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, full-length rock rails, and the choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and it's clear to see why the Wrangler Rubicon leads the rock-climbing pack.