We love the Jeep Wrangler. The new JL is an improvement over the JK in almost every area possible. The latest-generation Wrangler rides better, is more comfortable, quieter, and just plain nicer than its predecessor. And, it is still competent on the trail. That said, we still would be happy with a JK as both are solid platforms.

We have prayed for Jeep to do the right thing and stick a V8 into the Wrangler for years. But for now, we are stuck with the somewhat homely 3.6L V6 in the JK or JL. A more complicated 2.0L four-cylinder turbo is available in the JL, but it has no track record. Both engines are adequate, but not exactly awe-inspiring. Add a bunch of weight to your Jeep in the form of bumpers, armors, and big tires and that adequate power turns into downright pokey.

One of the easiest ways to get more power from the Jeep is with a programmer. The new Superchips Flashpaq adds up to 29 more horsepower and an additional 37 lb-ft of torque. But the Flashpaq goes way beyond just adding more power. With it, a whole host of items can be disabled included TPMS and that annoying auto start/stop. Trouble codes can be read and cleared, and the Rubicon’s lockers can be controlled in high range. The Flashpaq’s tuning is optimized for crawling, towing, economy, and performance. Shifting has also been improved with less downshifting on the highway. Jeeps from the JK all the way back to the TJ are covered with the Flashpaq 3874. The newer Flashpaq 3876 is for the Jeep Wrangler JL and does require a PCM swap, but Superchips has made that a hassle-free process.