Highway driving over hundreds of kilometers was easy, it has plenty of power, both adaptive cruise control and ‘normal’ cruise control, an intuitive infotainment system and simple climate control.
There was plenty of room for the passengers in the back and adequate storage for a fridge in the rear and all our gear. The kids did play a trick on me by turning on the heated seats and steering wheel – I thought that I was having hot flushes and male menopause had commenced – a terrible feature for summer, but perfect for winter high-country adventures.
The Rubicon performed well on the farm, no complaints, however, I am hesitant to throw a bale of hay in the back, so a trailer, or possibly the new Jeep Gladiator ute will provide for a more practical working vehicle.
It is clear that the Rubicon is versatile and a lot of fun. Whatever the weather or the terrain it proves to add a new level of passenger enjoyment - strapping surfboards or a canoe to the bars on a summer’s day or turning the car into a targa on an unexpected sunny winter’s day. And then you can fold the seats to transport bulky goods and fit all the kids, their school bags and the shopping during the week. Frankly, it does all that a family car and a hardcore 4x4 will do – and it adds real fun to everyday life. Plus, it is a very sensible way to have a mid-life crisis – forget the kids, take the roof off and go cruising with your partner...it will put a smile on your face.
Special thanks goes to Cameron, Lynn, Lanta, Lachie and Ben Clark of Clark Ultrasound Services, and my daughters Isabella, Lily and Sophia for making the trip so much fun.
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