Discovering the 2024 Jeep High Tide
In a world buzzing with Ford Bronco excitement, the Jeep Wrangler quietly makes waves with its 2024 release of the High Tide edition. While it may not boast the fame of the Rubicon 392, the 2024Wrangler High Tide offers a unique taste of the aftermarket lifestyle right off the dealer's lot. Let's explore what sets this model apart and why it's making a splash.
The High Tide Package:
Built on Jeep's Wrangler Unlimited Sport model, the High Tide doesn't feature the locking differentials or disconnecting anti-roll bar found in other Wrangler powertrains. However, it compensates with the Xtreme Recon package, including 35-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 tires, a 1.5-inch suspension lift, and a limited-slip differential. The High Tide is all about making a statement, and the initial 500 "Beach" models signal its aspirations – a vehicle designed for beach drives and maybe even beachside adventures.
Beyond the performance upgrades, the High Tide offers a choice between the standard rigid overhead "Freedom panels" of its three-piece body-color hardtop or the Sunrider Flip-Top. The latter is a bolt-in fabric section that can be manually opened or closed in seconds, providing a unique open-air driving experience. The windshield, reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass, addresses the Wrangler's vulnerability to rock chips and cracks, offering improved durability.
On and Off the Road:
The lifted suspension gives the High Tide a Tonka-truck presence, but its stiff ride is noticeable, especially on the highway. With a track four inches wider than a standard Wrangler Sport and 2.5 inches broader than a Rubicon, the High Tide feels stable in corners, albeit a bit less nimble. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the Xtreme Recon package's optimization for mud, deep water, and sand, allowing the Wrangler to conquer terrains with ease.
Performance and Pricing:
The High Tide's 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers a 7.7-second sprint to 60 mph. However, its stopping distance from 70 mph is on the longer side, emphasizing the influence of its knobby tires. Opting for the High Tide package comes at a cost – an additional $11,895 to the Wrangler Unlimited Sport's base price of $35,640, plus $4,000 for the required eight-speed automatic and 3.6-liter eTorque V-6 engine. While the price may seem steep, it's a reasonable investment considering the comparable expenses of aftermarket modifications.
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler High Tide may not be the talk of the town like the Ford Bronco, but it's carving its own niche in the off-road and beach-driving scene. With a blend of unique features, rugged capabilities, and a touch of aftermarket flair, the High Tide offers enthusiasts a factory-developed option that stands out in a sea of off-road vehicles. So, if you're dreaming of driving to the beach or tackling challenging terrains, the High Tide is ready to make waves.