The "you have other cars" argument is pretty poor. He's not a single guy. He has a family. Having 47 other cars doesn't help when you want to take the family on a Moab adventure in the Jeep. Unless he is getting the Jeep to have fun all on his own, the 4 door is the right choice. 2 doors are definitely NOT more fun on the road. As a parent, I would also feel a lot less secure knowing my kid is driving around a twitchy 2 door rather than a stable 4 door.
Your examples are valid, however, baiting will not be tolerated.
Sorry... just having a little fun Obviously 4-doors have their mertis. Plenty of them and that's why the out sell the 2-doors. I certainly hope none of the unlimited owners out there would get mad. Any more than I would if one of them said that buying a 4-door is a "no brainer"...
There is no doubt that the 2-door is more nimble. I used to love my Y2K Sport for running around town in any weather, it was easy to fit into parking spots and parallel parking was a snap because I had real good location awareness with all four corners of the vehicle. I could sometimes pull into within mere inches of another vehicle and know exactly where a given corner was in relation to the other car. I will be curious to see if the Unlimited will be as 'easy' in that respect.
It's not a sports car. Nimble isnt a characteristic thats useful for a Jeep. If you said the short wheelbase makes it easier to make it over certain obstacles (the same pro becomes a con with other obstacles) and a tighter turn radius, then your point would be there.
Another vote for the 2-door. All the good looking 4-doors have a lift and 35" tires. If they don't, they look like a scool bus. I'm sorry but while the Unlimited can be made to look like a Jeep, without the mods, it's a station wagon.
As for the 2-door...
1... It's the kids that have to climb in the back, not you. They're kids. If they gripe about having to climb in the Jeep, just say.... "ok, we'll take the car". They'll climb in.
Also, just a note...the 2-door rear seat is actually more comfortable to ride in than the 4-door seat. Lots of complaints about the rear seat in the 4-door.
2... While the ride might not be as "civilized" on the highway, the nimble slow speed and off road handling is superior to the unlimited. That light, quick steering and tight turning radious , while not as comfortable at speed on the highway, is a delite off road. Off road is where you really appreciate the short wheelbase.
You already have "cars". So do I and I enjoy having something else that doesn't feel like driving a car. The Unlimited is a car......!
Just want to make it clear so the OP gets a real picture. The 2 door is not superior offroad than an unlimited. There are certain instances where a 2door will have an advantage, but there are just as many where it will be a disadvantage. At best, I would agree that they are equal offroad (although I think the 4 door is superior offroad because a longer wheelbase is advantageous more often than it is a disadvantage.) If you are going to make statements like this (and you have every right to), back them up. I like two doors. If I bought another Jeep as a toy, I'd get a 2 door to park along side my 4 door. However, like everything else I have done with my Jeep, I have been honest with myself and the end result is a rig that does exactly what I need it to do. Many people on this site (and Jeepers in general) are not honest with themselves and end up building rigs that they secretly hate, but show off to others. People in NYC rolling on 37s are an example. There is nothing for a 1500 mile radius of NYC that requires anything about stock rubicon wheels/tires, but people still put them on, because it looks cool, nevermind the fact that they are getting crappy mileage, a crappy road ride, and added expense of everything that has to do with 37s. Now, I fully support someone's decision to spend their own money whatever way they see fit, but with wranglers the most important thing to building a proper rig is honesty. A 6" long arm and 40s isn't necessary if you live in Miami. Having said all that, the OP really needs to examine his situation and HONESTLY make the right decision, or we will have yet another "I made a mistake thread."
Definitely get the 4 door...i have 3 kids..so much easier for them to get in or out..as far as color..your choice..buy instead of lease....they hold their value...I have 2012 sport of the lot...the great thing about jeep is adding mods to it which i did...you will see..good luck