The Sahara model is the top-line Jeep Wrangler in terms
of standard comfort features. If you want a 4x4 Wrangler
that lets you experience a nice, pleasant ride on the paved
streets, this is probably the model you should consider.
However, if you want the meanest thing Jeep can put out,
it's time to step up to the Rubicon.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon debuted last year, and it will
continue into 2004 in limited capacity. The reason for this
is because the Rubicon is not your ordinary Wrangler. It
is designed for severely difficult off-road sessions, the
kind that put weekend warriors to shame. This model isn't
a plaything; it is intended for the hard-core only.
The 2004 Jeep Wrangler is offered in five trims: SE, X,
Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. SE, X and Sport models are covered
This year, the Rubicon gets a standard CD player, which
was already part of the loaded Sahara's package.
The other features that set the 2004 Sahara model apart
are air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel,
cruise control, a full-length floor console, an outside-temperature
indicator, a theft-deterrent system and deep-tinted rear
The 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon uses 31-inch tires with a
rough tread pattern that wraps around the sidewall for added
traction. The tires also include a three-ply sidewall and
advanced silica compound for excellent durability and puncture
resistance. With them, the Rubicon has an extra half-inch
of ground clearance.
Some of the other design cues that set the Rubicon apart
include heavy gauge diamond-plate sill guards, 16-inch five-spoke
aluminum wheels and a "Rubicon" badge on each
side of the hood.
Both the Sahara and Rubicon use a 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder
engine with 190 horsepower at 4600 rpm and 235 lb-ft of
torque at 3200 rpm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic
transmissions are available with both engines.
From there, the 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon takes off. It
has locking front and rear differentials, front and rear
Dana model 44 axles, four-wheel disc brakes and a 4:1 low-range
Because the Rubicon will be asked to maneuver around tough
terrain, it needs maximum power and control in short bursts.
The transfer case with 4:1 low range is the perfect remedy.
It slows vehicle speed to give the driver more control and
increases the amount of torque available at the wheels.
Safety and Security
Standard safety features include next-generation airbags,
a driver's side constant force retractor, self-adjusting
low-tension three-point belts and height-adjustable shoulder
belts. Antilock brakes are optional.