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Old 06-24-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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Choosing between the JKU vs JK...

For those of you who do not have a family, what made you choose the JK Unlimited over the regular JK? Was it worth the added cost?

I am very close to ordering a 2014. I was originally looking at a JK, but the more I look around, the Unlimited is beginning to grow on me.

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Old 06-24-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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I'm kind of in the same boat. My first JK was a 2-door and with the back seats out, storage never seemed to be an issue. Considering I may have a family in the next few years, I keep looking at the JKU for my next Wrangler as they are growing on me.

Hopefully we can get some opinions in here without it turning into a flame war.

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Old 06-24-2013, 01:15 PM   #3
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IIRC resale value will be higher for the unlimited, but then again so is the upfront cost.
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Be careful. If you buy a JKU the next thing you know you'll be pulling up to a soccer field with rug-rats in the backseat. I like my JK but the JKU does have more storage space and a longer wheel base.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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I am a single guy with no kids and I choose the Unlimited because of the extra room. I go camping and fishing a lot which helped make my decision. I go up to my cabin a lot also, so it's nice being able to fold down the back seat and use all that room. Also, the 4-doors rides better because of the longer wheel base.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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IIRC resale value will be higher for the unlimited, but then again so is the upfront cost.
I got the JKU because I have a family...but now that I have one I think even when the kids are gone it's what I will still have. I love all the extra storage I got. Downsides are I have to do more three point turns when wheeling and it's easier to get high centered. I do love the look of both the two door and four door equally. Guess it's more about personal preference.
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Be careful. If you buy a JKU the next thing you know you'll be pulling up to a soccer field with rug-rats in the backseat. I like my JK but the JKU does have more storage space and a longer wheel base.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:26 PM   #8
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If I had a kiddo or planned to in the near future I would have pick up an unlimited. The lady and I see the 2dr JKR we got as a form of birth control.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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I own a JK Rubicon and my wife has a JKU Sahara. I have the unique position of constantly switching from both. My opinion is the JKU has more benefits overall. First big plus is cargo room. Unless your pulling the rear seat out of the JK, your cargo room is limited to a small duffle bag. Even after pulling out the seat your just a tad bit more than the JKU WITH its rear seat in place. If you need more room in a JKU, the seats fold flat, no need to remove the seat bench.

Second, is crosswind drift. the shorter JK gets tossed around much more easier and frequently. Wether its just a gust of wind from a truck passing you or just wind, the JK is a challenge to keep straight. I recently upgraded my steering stabilizer to help counter this and its helped, but still not at the level of a heavier and longer JKU.

Third, if your offroading the JKU has a longer wheel base that helps with stability in off-camber situations. The JK gets squirrly at certain angles. Another annoying thing with the JK is climbing in/out of the back seat. Its not a problem for young kids, but adults will curse you, especially if they are slightly heavier.

As for the advantages with a JK, its lighter, has much better turning radius, handles better (if theres no wind ), better gas mileage (if the gearing is the same when compared to a JKU), when offroading the JK has a better break-over angle and can handle tighter trails much better than the JKU.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:46 PM   #10
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If I had a kiddo or planned to in the near future I would have pick up an unlimited. The lady and I see the 2dr JKR we got as a form of birth control.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #11
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The way we see it... the pull out method works. Whenever we think about having a kid.. we just pull out the JKR
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If I had a kiddo or planned to in the near future I would have pick up an unlimited. The lady and I see the 2dr JKR we got as a form of birth control.
This may have swayed the OPs vote 100 fold.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #13
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The way we see it... the pull out method works. Whenever we think about having a kid.. we just pull out the JKR


I am engaged to be married in October, and though I don't have any kids on the horizon for a few years (hopefully), I purchased the JKU for that reason. With starting a family and all coming up, plus eveyone who wants a ride (can you blame them?) the extra room is nice.

I know some do not like the look of the JKU or even think its blasphemous, but I think it still undeniably a Jeep and a damn good one
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #14
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I agree with what Matador said regarding wind and the JK swaying. Wife and I have no kids and we test drove both the JK and JKU for a day each to see which one we preferred. The JKU handled much better on the highway and we both noticed that it seemed more sturdy. When taking curves on a rural highway the JK seemed to "lean" a bit more whereas the JKU handled the same curves like a champ.

Storage in the JKU is a great bonus and resale will be a lot higher. Plus if you do ever have kids, you'll have more space in the JKU without having to trade the JK in and losing a small amount of money. Trust me, putting a car seat into a JK is a pain in the rear and getting a kid out is even worse.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:42 PM   #15
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I didn't buy the school bus one because the factory back up alarm would disturb my neighbors since I go to work really early most days. On top of that, my driveway is only about 40 feet long, so the turning radius would be a problem.



(I'm only kidding. My young 'uns are grown. My fat dog fits in the JK. My wife may buy a JKU next year but is currently looking at some "luxury" type SUV things. I showed her the MSRP on a JKU Rubicon to make her think it's luxury. We'll see if it works!!! She's my 2nd so she can buy whatever the hell she wants.)
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #16
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I went with a '13 JKU Sport and couldn't be happier. It fits my wife and 9 year old daughter comfortably and it actually replaced our last family vehicle (a 2010 Infiniti G37). Doesn't have the same bells and whistles but its just so fun to drive! I would only get a JK if i was single and has no plans of having kids, otherwise a JKU is needed.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:20 PM   #17
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I bought the JKU after going to dealer to buy JK. The JKU drove much better with the same lift and 35's. It has way more room for my dog. I'm very happy I bought a stock one and built how I wanted it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:21 PM   #18
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I have a family (wife and 2 girls) and I picked the JK. I love the look, ride, etc. The kids actually liked the 2 door more than the 4 door as well. Find what YOU like and get it. The Gobi low profile rack makes up for the storage space too.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:32 PM   #19
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Both got their positive and negative points. 4 Doors do certain stuff better than 2 doors and 2 doors do certain stuff better than 4 doors.

We bought a 2 door and love it. No kids but 2 big dogs. I do love the space of the 4 door but not the looks of it. To each their own. At the end it is your life and your money, buy the one you like.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:03 PM   #20
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I was thinking about getting 2 door long ago but ever since Unlimited is available no other option for me, family/shopping/travel with tons of cra. I came from Grand Cherokee world where space is compatible to Unlimited and it is tough to shrink for less.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #21
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I have a 2012 Sahara Unlimited, for me the Unlimited has several advantages over the Limited. First I tow the Jeep behind my Motorhome so the extra space comes in handy when being used as a tow vehicle. The extra space is used to carry supplies, also when out exploring we can carry all our stuff, cameras, coolers, fishing poles, food, dogs, etc. My wife likes to gather things she finds along the way rocks, wood, and all sorts of other things. Also still very good off road. Much better on road, I also drive the Jeep fairly often as a daily driver, much nicer than Limited.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:00 PM   #22
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i don't own on yet, but within next month i will be ordering a 2014 JKU. i like the JKU the for the simple fact it has alot more cargo room in it, and imo i think it looks better then the 2 door JK. I'm 29 single no kids unless i count my 3 yr old pit mix. so as others say its really just based on your personal preference.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #23
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I went with the Unlimited because I hunt a lot with beagles....after I loaded my dogs there wouldn't be room for anything else in a 2 door model so it had to be the soccer mom cruiser for me.


It's still far more nimble than the 12' F150 Super Cab I traded for the Wrangler....the Ford rode great and had tons of power with it's Ecoboost but it didn't turn around so well on tote roads.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:35 PM   #24
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Unless you're single and will be for a while, the JKU is just more practical. I do hunting and camping a lot so I need plenty of room for guns and cargo. But you'll be more happy with whichever one you decide for yourself. But in the end, they're both jeeps!
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #25
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I'm single, but have numerous nieces and nephews, and wanted the extra space for hiking, camping, and lugging around camera gear for my job. I looked at both, 2-dr and 4-dr, initially, and the the 4 ultimately better fit the mods I wanted to do, and the way I wanted to use my Jeep.

Kinda nice to be able to throw a bike in the back, if I need to.
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Even though there is only 2 of us now that the kids are gone, I love our JKU. My wife and I sometimes see a dirt road and we just want to see where it goes. We carry a tent, chairs, cooler, a bucket with all the tools I need for going off road, and all my camera gear and it all fits, even without putting the back seats down. We never know where we might be and we have an option of setting up the tent and staying the night. We also like to go target shooting and I built some nice stands. Because the seats go down, I can put them in the Jeep. I used to have a CJ7 and remember how I could barely put most of my bags in the Jeep after grocery shopping. I love the shorter turning radius of the 2 doors but the JKU diffently drives better on and off the road.
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JK, appearance, with 255 tires stock from the Factory, it looks great! Has retained some of the original very popular Wrangler look. But some MODS will make it look even better!
Excellent turning radius, second to none. Better fuel economy and more power, verses the heavier JKU. Less up front cost.
Takes up less room when parking.

Negatives, getting into the rear seat is next to impossible, just horrible. You can remove the rear seat, but there is still not much hauling capacity internally.

JKU, rides better, has more hauling and towing capacity. The rear seat is easier to get into. This is a Wrangler designed for a large family with children, it's probably Jeeps Marketing answer to the Hummer and some of the other 4 DR models.

Negatives, appearance, when delivered from the factory, it looks like something used in a Funeral procession called a Hurst! To get a good look out of it, you need to put some air under the belly, with some 35s. But it still lacks some of the old original Wrangler appearance.
Some loss of power and fuel economy, because of the additional weight.
More up front costs.

If I had a large family, then I would purchase the JKU, but since mine are all grown up, the JK does everything and more than I need..................
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Well, my Wife and I road tested a 2013 JKR Unlimited and almost bought it because of the hauling capacity. But we chose to purchase the JKR 2 DR, because to us the 4 Dr just didn't give us the Jeep look that we were a custom too. Our prior one was a TJ.
I think that Old Doggers description of a Hurst is right on target. I have seen some lifted with 35s that look pretty good, but we just wanted to keep ours the way it was delivered from the Factory so we love our Black JKR and wouldn't want anything else.

My suggestion to you is road test them both a couple of times and then make your own decision as to what is best for your family.
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Its a tough decision no one can make for you.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:23 AM   #30
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Just go drive them for a day and do your errands/daily routines. Then see which one fits your needs best. Some dealers will let you borrow a Wrangler for the day to see if it fits your lifestyle.

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