Ezra DyerCar and Driver
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler High Tide is essentially the Xtreme Recon package plus a collection of choice Mopar upgrades applied to a Wrangler Sport model. It’s a simpler choice than ordering a la carte and one of the more affordable ways to buy a factory Wrangler with 35-inch tires.
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The High Tide’s Xtreme Recon package brings a 1.5-inch suspension lift and 35-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 tires, along with 4.56:1 axle gearing to better work with the tall tires.
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The first 500 High Tide models will be dubbed “Beach,” which gives you a very literal idea of Jeep’s imagined use case for this model.
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The Sunrider Flip-Top replaces the forward section of the body-color hardtop with a fabric panel that’s easy to raise or lower from the front seats, but you still get the Freedom panels, so you can reconfigure your High Tide as a full hardtop whenever you desire.
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The High Tide also gets the Gorilla Glass windshield, a $495 option on other Wranglers and Gladiators.
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The High Tide’s compulsory 285-hp 3.6-liter eTorque V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain shoved it to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which felt plenty quick for a vehicle this tall.
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The Wrangler’s 70-mph braking distance of 211 feet is the same distance we recorded from the almost-10,000-pound GMC Hummer EV.
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Top speed in the High Tide is sensibly limited to 97 mph.
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An upgraded Mopar tailgate hinge reroutes the load path for the spare tire, saving the tailgate itself the agony of supporting a 35-inch tire-and-wheel assembly.
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The High Tide’s effective base price of $51,535 makes it almost the least expensive route to a Wrangler with the Xtreme Recon package. The cheapest route is Xtreme Recon Willys trim, which starts at $45,695.
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The High Tide is available in five colors, including new High Velocity Yellow.
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2022 Jeep Wrangler High Tide
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