Bounding wildly over imposing dirt moguls designed to abuse motocross riders, the two-door Jeep feels completely unfazed. The pitch of its V6 engine remains constant, the coil suspension refuses to bottom out, and there isn’t a squeak or rattle from the chassis.
However, it’s a completely different story for the two of us inside the cabin. My son’s head repeatedly brushes the overhead roll bar – thankfully well padded – and my left knee crashes into the door panel with each sudden dip.
Yet I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing than hammering this mud-covered Jeep through a challenging course, son by my side. It’s a proverbial you-can’t-script-better-scenes Kodak Moment.
The 2015 Jeep Wrangler was designed specifically for tortures of this type, and the Willys Wheeler trim level I am driving is further equipped with heavy-duty upgrades to make the task of taking on tough terrain that much easier.