Hi folks, I am planning to buy 2013 Jeep Wrangler , 4 door with hard top. How comfortable are long drives. I will be driving trips of 400 miles and above once in every 3 months . Comfort is more important for me than the fuel economy. Please suggest.
I test drove few miles on city streets and Freeway and loved it. Only thing I am researching currently about it is the long drive comfort as I never had a chance to rent the vehicle. As long as it wont have any unforeseen issues driving long distances, I should be ready to buy it .
* of course I am not looking for Caddy Comfort
Absolutely, I have had my 2012 JKU Sport 3 months and drove it back and forth from Orange Beach 600 fun miles 3 times and while not like my wife's Lexus I was very pleased with the ride.
75-80MPH the whole way:-)
Get used to cleaning the windshield at each gas up. Also I am getting @20 miles per gallon.
You should be fine. Is it the "best" vehicle for long distance drives? Absolutely not, but it isn't a neck breaker or anything like that. These Jeeps have come a long way in recent years. Road manners in JK's are far superior compared to CJ's, YJ's, and even TJ's.
'13 Dozer JK Sport
'98 Stone White TJ Sport (Sold)
I take my 2013 on long drives (3-5 hours) pretty regularly, and find it to be perfectly comfortable. That said, I agree with the previous poster who said this issue is too subjective. Personally I find "comfortable" luxury cars like BMWs and my wife's Volvo XC90 to be pretty uncomfortable. I miss old fashioned bench seats in pickup trucks- in my opinion it doesn't get any comfier that that. But obviously my opinion is on the minority, because most people find the opposite to be true.
How is the comfort for the passengers in the back row. Usually when i drive from SF to LA, I Would have my 1 year old son in the car seat.
A young kid in a good car seat isn't going to know that the rear seat backs are a little to upright for comfort on a long drive. Adults... well, as long as it's not you, what do you care.... keeps the ride moochers away ...
On your drives on I5, where you're probably used to going 80 or so, the JKU isn't going to like that much, especially gas wise... Might be sort of OK if you get 3.21 axles. But, there's always more gas at Buttonwillow!
I confess that I don't think I've been over about 65 in the two years I've been driving my JKU. I like going about 60 on the highway.... Something about driving a Wrangler just seems to slow folks down and enjoy the ride more..... But, on I5 that means you'll pretty much be in the truck lane. No biggy, enjoy your Jeep!
2012 JKU Rubicon
I use my GC for long drives (4+ hrs) but I have been on a pavement road trip for 5+hrs in my 2dr JK and felt it was very comfortable. I'd rather take my Hemi WK2 GC for long distance cruising at "plus" speeds because it's MPG is better, it's noticeably quieter and doesn't get blown around at all by trucks or cross-wind. It is all subjective but find riding upright in a Wrangler more comfortable than a low slung E-class Benz and I've made that comparison frequently enough to be sure.
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I'm not as big of a fan of them for long rides...they are comfortable enough to do it but it's not a comfy ride..... In comparison to say a Tahoe or Expedition it's not comfy at all.....if you compare it to an old Dodge Omni I'd say it's pretty good.
I just did a whirlwind drive to Boise and back, racking up 287 miles each way in our JKU, a couple days before I was heading to Lake Wenatchee about 350 miles round trip. Was it as comfortable as my old Chevy Avalanche, Cadillac Catera or even my F150? Not really but it wasn't bad at all. I never got out and felt stiff or sore. Only only in my Jeep do people stop to chat about the Jeep, hard to compare the fun factor. For the ride to Boise I put the hard top on, for the Lake trip I had the Bikini top on. The ride quality is what you would expect from a Jeep. If I were making that drive weekly I wouldn't pick the Jeep, but 4 times a year I wouldn't hesitate to drive my Jeep.
I just did two 750 mile days and squeezed in between the 750 mile drive was a lot of hours on the trails and no issues for driver or front passenger, the rear seats are not as comfortable. 2013 jku traveled between 75-80mph (Missoula to Moab). For me driving the JKU is more comfortable then my wife's 2009 Accord.
I drove my 1990 Wrangler from NY to CA (and back). That was no picnic. Back then the seats were rough, non-reclining. It was a 4-banger w/ no AC to boot.
I'm thankful for the strides they've made in creature comfort as I am a few months from a NY to NV trip in my JKU. Like others have said, it's not a Caddy, but I'm sure the ride will beat my YJ.
2013 JKU - Commando Green
2004 TJ Rubicon - Bright Silver Metallic
1990 YJ - Graphic Red
Oh yes! We just took a sight seeing trip to nw Nebraska, sw South Dakota, and Wyoming. I have to say its the perfect travel vehicle. Over about 2500 miles through all terrain types I had no issues. I absolutely love this jeep! Gas mileage was also good. Averaged around 18.5!
I honestly think tire selection will dictate ride comfort more than anything, I just switched to the BFG mud terrains from the stock Sahara wheels and tires and I can see how a very long drive could get slightly annoying after awhile, but I still love the ride. I guess it's personal preference at the end of the day.
I drive my 2010 all over southern california all the time and I love it. My friends hate all the noise between the tires and wind but to me thats what I love about my jeep. Plus if your not in a hurry you can usually find a little dirt to play in along the way