Jeep has added yet another award to its long list of achievement – its special edition 2013 Wrangler Moab was named the winner of the coveted “4×4 of the Year” for 2013 Award from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine . While the Wrangler Moab is packed with Jeep’s top notch off roading technology, and is geared specifically toward serious off roaders, it was also built for occupants to ride in comfort and ease. Step into this Wrangler’s cabin and you will find character, comfort, and distinction. The Wrangler Moab Edition offers new and improved ambient lighting, as well as floor console cup holder lighting for both front and rear occupants. Available as an option is a Garmin navigation system that keeps you on track and a Uconnect Voice Command with a 40 GB hard drive. The Moab Edition comes standard with the Connectivity Group includes the premium EVIC system. This technology gives the driver temperature and trip display with average fuel economy, distance to empty or elapsed time information as well as individual tire pressures. Black leather heated seats with Black stitching are found in the Moab Edition Wrangler, along with Gray accents on the vent rings and front / rear door grab handles.
So now we know the Moab Edition is packed with modern technology and comfort features…but can it perform? This is one Jeep that was built to handle its namesake, the famed Moab trail. So yes, it can perform. The V6 Pentastar engine was designed to conquer the terrain found on any type of trail, with a revised throttle body; high-mounted, rear-facing alternator; a serpentine belt that stays clear of mud and water, and a unique exhaust. The Moab puts out 260 lb-ft of torque for the low-end grunt. Off road components included on the Moab are a Dana 44 solid, heavy-duty rear axle and the industry-proven Command-Trac 4WD system, which of course is Trail Rated. An instrument panel-mounted rocker switch engages the rear differential and “locks” power.
We recently swung buy a Chicago car dealer named Feeny Autos to check out this very special Jeep. If you are the type to want others to know just what you are driving, don’t worry, this Wrangler makes it clear that it is the special edition Moab. This starts with a Mopar power-dome hood that makes room for its Pentastar V6. Exclusive low-gloss black Moab decals are displayed on either side of the power-dome hood, and an upgraded Sunrider Soft Top with dust repellant and new Lift Assist feature (for the Unlimited only) come standard. While there are many choices for someone looking for an off road vehicle, Jeep stands apart. Many of their vehicles, including the Wrangler Moab, have a special off road capability designation, termed ‘Trail Rated’. What exactly does being Trail Rated mean? According to Jeep it means the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. To become Trail Rated vehicles must pass a series of grueling tests designed to prove off-road performance on the world’s most demanding terrain. Testing includes traction on untamed, slippery roads and on steep grades. Considering how the Wrangler Moab is built, we are guessing it passed the Trail Rated testing with flying colors.