The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392’s Biggest Drawback Doesn’t Matter

Don’t expect the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 to have a good fuel economy. The most powerful Wrangler ever is also incredibly thirsty. But on a positive note, the V8 Jeep Wrangler showed up at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab for people to finally drive. 

Does the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 have a good fuel economy? 

No, not really. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 gets an EPA estimated 13 mpg in the city, 17 mpg on the highway, and 14 mpg combined. It’s not the best option for those who want to save on fuel. 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 driving on a bridge
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 | Jeep

But according to Auto Blog, this isn’t a dealbreaker. They had an exceptional experience when testing the new Rubicon 392 at the Easter Jeep safari (ESJ) in Moab. Also, for comparison’s sake, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler gets an EPA estimated 22 mpg and 29 mpg on the highway. 

If you want to go off-roading quietly, consider the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe. It gets an EPA estimated electric range of 22 miles before gas kicks in. It should also go for about 370 miles before needing a fill-up. 

How does the 2021 Rubicon 392 perform? 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 with 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe has 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, so it’s a bit of an upgrade compared to the hybrid. 

With the Rubicon 392, you can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. This is 40% faster than the V6 Wrangler. There’s no trouble with the peppy acceleration when it comes to passing people on the highway or in the sand. 

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Its equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and provides smooth, effortless shifts without any lag. It comes with responsive paddle shifters for a more engaging experience. But due to the layout, it can be easy to accidentally press the wrong button. 

Also, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a different four-wheel-drive system. The Selec-Trac full-time system with an active transfer case and a 2.72 low–range gear ratio operates in 4WD auto instead of 2WD most of the time. 

The 4WD auto mode constantly sends power to each of the wheels. The 392 also has a revised transmission torque converter lockup control and the same 48:1 crawl ratio that other automatic Rubicon models have. 

What equipment does the Rubicon 392 have? 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 has beefy off-roading upgrades, including Dana 44 front and rear axles with thicker axle tubes. It also has Tru-Lock electronic locking differentials and tuned high-performance Fox aluminum monotube shocks that do an excellent job at absorbing impacts. 

You get the same electronic sway bar disconnect that’s found in other Wranglers too. The Rubicon 392 can ford water up to 32.5-inches deep and has 10.3-inches of ground clearance. It’s half an inch shorter than other Rubicons. 

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 off-roading in sand
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 | Jeep

It provided a superior off-roading experience with selectable Off-Road modes for specific terrain conditions. The rear axle can be locked at high speeds in 4WD high. 

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 crawled over rocks and played in the sand with comfort and ease. Despite having a high starting price of about $74,995 and a low fuel economy, it’s hard to find anything to complain about.