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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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The beginning of the Power Wheels brand harkens back to 1984 when Kransco, a San Francisco-based toy company, acquired Pines of America. Two years later the division was re-named Power Wheels and by 1990 it was selling over one million vehicles per year.
In 1994, Power Wheels was acquired by Mattel and the rest, as they say, is history.
Currently, Power Wheels sells a line of smaller electric trikes, quads and 4-wheeled models, plus its main line of vehicles that include Lightning McQueen, the smart fortwo coupe, Cadillac Escalade and Hybrid Escalade, Ford Mustang, Ford F-150 and F-150 Raptor as well as seven versions of the Jeep Wrangler that include our test vehicle, the Barbie Jammin' Jeep
Taking a cue from GM's late but hardly lamented Saturn division, the Jammin Jeep features plastic body panels with a molded-in color. Unfortunately, the finish on Barbie's favorite off-roader is even poorer than that of the much-maligned Saturns. Believe me when I tell you that no amount of rubbing compound will ever result in anything other than the dull semi-gloss finish that all new-from-the-box Jammin' Jeeps display.
Other exterior features are equally disappointing. To begin with, neither the headlights nor the taillights work. Ditto the twin roll bar-mounted driving lights.
Finally, two things should be pointed out. Number one, both front and rear bumpers appear to be totally inadequate should a collision of any force occur. Secondly, if this is an electric vehicle, why does Power Wheels find it necessary to include a gas cap and, furthermore, locate it on the rear bumper, of all places?
The interior finish of the Jammin' Jeep is, if anything, even more of a disappointment than the outside.
The same dull pink surfaces abound and while it appears as though there is a full complement of instruments, the instrumentation on the "dashboard" turns out to be nothing more than an adhesive sticker.
Working features turn out to be limited to the steering wheel, the ergonomic nightmare of a gear and speed selector lever located under and between the front seats, and the metal accelerator pedal located on the floor between the driver and passenger.
The ignition key is non-functional, while the CB-type microphone should be, since keying it up results in the emitting of nothing more than a series of buzzes and simulated engine noises.
In addition to the aforementioned ergonomic issues, the seat cushions, with a depth of 6 inches, are both uncomfortable and totally inadequate as is the miniscule 14 inches of leg room and 19.5 inches of hip room -- total -- for both driver and passenger.
Although the Power Wheels Jeep features no trim levels, it is available in a total of seven different iterations. Other than the Monster Traction with oversized wheels, all have roughly the same specifications -- 25.5 inches wide, 35 inches high, 45.5 inches in length, ground clearance of 8.5 inches and front and rear tracks of 25.5 inches.
Our Barbie model featured a two-speed transmission with reverse.
It normally takes anywhere from three or four days to a week of driving to form an opinion about a vehicle's dynamic characteristics. In the case of the Jammin Jeep, however, this process took less than ten minutes.
A litany of issues was topped by the Jammin' Jeep's vague steering. Acceleration was also exacerbated by the fact that, due to the cabin's poor ergonomics, we found it necessary to zip tie a metal extension rod to the accelerator pedal as we were unable to reach it in the normal fashion due to the lack of leg room.
Drivers are also forced to select a gear by feel, since the lever cannot be seen and there is no repeater function that transmits this information to the dashboard instrumentation sticker.
In addition to jerky acceleration, once underway the Jammin Jeep offers little in the way of road feedback, while its high center of gravity, no doubt exacerbated by the fact that everyone here exceeded its 130 pound weight limit, hardly engendered any sense of stability.
Power Wheels pricing starts at $260 for a Wrangler Rubicon and tops out at $430 for a fully-equipped Jeep Hurricane with Monster Traction. Our flat pink Power Wheels Barbie Jammin Jeep had an MSRP of $265.
If you're looking around for an affordable off-road vehicle, and especially if you live in a state with a colder climate (the Jammin Jeep has no top and no heater), you'd be better off looking elsewhere for safe and reliable transportation.