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Why the Jeep Comanche Is the Best Autocross Truck Money Can Buy

Who wants to show up at the autocross in yet another boring, predictable Miata? It’s the safe, expected choice. But there’s another early-’90s platform that’s perfect for the autocross and the canyon road. We’re talking, of course, about the Jeep Cherokee-based Comanche pickup truck.

That’s what Mr. Regular suggests. Because when AMC endeavored to turn the XJ Cherokee’s boxy-wagon body into a short-cab pickup truck, the beleaguered automaker inadvertently made perhaps the most cargo-capable autocrosser ever built. A 4.0-liter Jeep that can handle? You bet your unibody. Here’s the recipe to make your own.

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Illustration by David Grimshaw


Bob Sorokanich is the Online News Editor for Road & Track. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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