It’s OK to disagree, as we all have different experiences and perceptions. After putting several thousand miles on a rental 4xe, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it behaved when pushing it into turns. Nowhere near sport car like, however was way better than I expected compared to JKU’s and non-4xe JLU’s I had driven in the past.The 4xe battery placement is perfect; at a scale I had 50/50 weight distribution. I've got two customers each with 392 Wranglers and have swapped vehicles with both. Neither they nor I could disagree more; the 4xe handles much better.
Maybe there was a production change in the recent 392s or 4xe? I just returned from SC with a loaded 2000lb trailer and ~200lbs in my '21 Rubi 4xe cargo hold and felt neither tail heavy nor unstable at any speed (25mph to 70mph) on the ~900 mile trip.
After that rental experience, I was still waiting for my 392XR to be delivered and started wondering if the 392XR was going to handle better or worse than the 4xe. So, I reached out to this community for opinions of those who had experience with both vehicles. I received mixed feedback, but the majority of responses said the 392XR actually handled better in the turns than the 4xe. Which, in fact, was my experience as well. Not a drastic difference, but slightly more confident with the 392XR. To be honest, I would have been happy with equally as stable, I just didn’t want to be let down after enjoying the 4xe.
Not sure if the 392’s you drove had the XR package like mine and others who concur with me? My understanding is that it is the XR package that contributes to the tighter handling.
This 392XR is an awesome beast when you want it to be, but very civilized when driven normally. And there is NEVER a shortage of power, no matter what RPM you’re cruising at.
I like the 4xe and had fun when I drove it. It just doesn’t come anywhere close to the 392XR on the fun scale.