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Old 01-21-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Sport vs Sahara vs Rubicon Poll

It sure is cold and snowy in Connecticut tonight. Good time to talk about Jeeps!

Some like Sport, some like Sahara, some like Rubicon. Pretty short and sweet question here, what's your favorite 2014 factory Jeep base model?

Sport
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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I'm from mass and Just picked up a 2012 sport...don't really have experience with the other models, but the things a boss in the snow..so much fun! I had an 89 YJ back in high school, and they have come so far..what're you drivin on man?

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Why is this a thread? My guess would be that someone's favorite 2014 model is the one they just purchased, or are about to purchase.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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Also from Connecticut. I'd really rather be outside playing in the white stuff -- in the Jeep, of course -- but alas!

We just bought a Rubicon. Planning to retire to Arizona in a few months and I vote Rubi if you're into offroad rock travel.

I think for Connecticut, the Sahara is probably your best bet if you want any level of "luxury". If you just want something to take "off road", then get a Sport.
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I purchased my 2014 Unlimited Sport S not so much because I preferred it over a Sahara or Rubicon but mostly because it was priced right for me. I think if money had not been an issue, I would have purchased the Rubicon in Anvil as opposed to my Sport in Anvil but I do not have any regrets. I spent $30k for my Sport S and the Rubicon was $44k so I have about $14k to catch up over time

I am not sure I would have purchased a Sahara though as the extra $6k that they were priced at did not seem to get me much more.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:12 PM   #6
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I would buy a Sahara as a daily driver, grocery getter

And a Rubicon as the "offroad only" specific jeep
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:47 PM   #7
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Why is this a thread? My guess would be that someone's favorite 2014 model is the one they just purchased, or are about to purchase.
Not a lot of choices here. This is akin to "What model Jeep do you own?"

I guess it's better than "Why is my 2014 Jeep so plush?" Real Jeeps blow over at 80 MPH and rattle your teeth loose.
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I am on my fourth Wrangler and second Rubicon. My 2010 Rubicon earned it's stripes while up elk hunting this year. The Rubicon low gear ration crawl is something to behold on a steep mountain with nasty terrain. Rubicon for me.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:49 PM   #9
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For the modder only:

Sahara = Creature comforts, over the Sport. Everything that was on the Rubi as stock will be replaced anyway. Why throw away a $100 part, when you can throw away a $50 part (not actual values, just an illustration).

Anyone who is keeping close to stock and not handy:

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I drive a Sport S so have enough bells and whistles for my taste. It was either the Rubicon or the Sport when I was looking and the decision came down to "Price Point" and "Use". Someone once did a comparo between the Sport and the Rubicon and decided the Rubi held its value better and was therefore the better buy. Those numbers did not work for me. I felt the $14K could be used somewhere else in my life. The other part is use. I go offroad once or twice a year in a major way so the Sport just fit my needs better. I do see a lot of Rubi's that appear to be on road only which seems to be a waste. A Wrangler, no matter what the trim level, is an awesome off road machine. Like tools, you select the one that is going to work for you the best for the task at hand.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:43 AM   #11
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I'm on my 3rd jeep. I had a TJ Sport traded it after a month, got a TJ Rubicon loved it but got stolen last September. Got a JK Rubicon. Granted I don't go off-roading as much as I should I will never get any model other than a Rubicon. I'm not settling for anything less when I can get the Rubicon.
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I have a 2013 Billet Silver JKU, guess that falls under Sport, but has a few upticks in interior and exterior trimmings. Put a TF leveling kit, 285/70R17's GY Duratracs, and Spidertrax 1.5 wheel spacers using my stock wheels. For me, it's perfect for what I do. Occasional snow and ice, trips through the mountains a few times a year, occasional Louisiana floods, crappy New Orleans roads, which simulate rock crawlin' or off-roading, and I plan on towing a small 5x8 enclosed motorcycle trailer too. Might even upgrade the shocks soon.
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I belong to a wheeling club and these guys have been at this for 40 years they no every trick there is. I talked with them about everything before buying my jeep.
It all depends on what you intend to do with your jeep and the type of wheeling you'll be doing. We wheel threw the woods, up steep hills, threw tight turns, threw streams and some sand. Places that you will need to be able to turn your jeep and be able to maintain your speed in 4 hi.
For that reason I bought a wrangler sport and had both the front and rear differentials changed to Eaton trutrac's.
Now listen I don't want anyone yelling at me because they didn't read this right. Rubicon don't do very well where we go wheeling because to use there front locker they are going to slow and have steering problems. Our Rubicon guys ride with someone else when we are woods wheeling.Rubicons are rock climbing monsters.
It all comes down to what your using your jeep for.
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Was going to purchase a Sport, however they did not have the color I wanted and they had a Sahara in the right color. The price was real good,they were probably ready to move a Jeep. I do like the 18" wheels that come on the Sahara. The wife liked the Sahara better so that made it easier.
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Rubicon don't do very well where we go wheeling because to use there front locker they are going to slow and have steering problems. Our Rubicon guys ride with someone else when we are woods wheeling.
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I belong to a wheeling club and these guys have been at this for 40 years they no every trick there is. I talked with them about everything before buying my jeep.
It all depends on what you intend to do with your jeep and the type of wheeling you'll be doing. We wheel threw the woods, up steep hills, threw tight turns, threw streams and some sand. Places that you will need to be able to turn your jeep and be able to maintain your speed in 4 hi.
For that reason I bought a wrangler sport and had both the front and rear differentials changed to Eaton trutrac's.
Now listen I don't want anyone yelling at me because they didn't read this right. Rubicon don't do very well where we go wheeling because to use there front locker they are going to slow and have steering problems. Our Rubicon guys ride with someone else when we are woods wheeling.Rubicons are rock climbing monsters.
It all comes down to what your using your jeep for.




you guys must be hauling ass threw these woods. dakar style

seriously tho. if you are in 4hi speeds you dont need lockers.

and why does 3.21 or 3.71 ratio do you any better than a 4.1 ratio when "climbing steep hills" or "driving threw sand"

im just gonna go ahead and say it. your buddies are dumb and you drank the koolaid.
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For me it came down to supplemental side air bags, larger wheels (I don't plan to swap them out), limited slip differential, and seriously the electrical outlet too (very handy for radio control hobby). Oh yeah, the hydro blue grabbed me. So Sahara it is (Polar).

I'll take leather over cloth any day of the week too, but if they offered a non cloth, non leather, seat option they'd have sold me. Remove the carpet too...
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For me it came down to pricing, I got a nearly base sport model for $22000 out the door, the lowest priced Rubicon at the time would have been $33,000+. I could afford it but couldn't justify the price difference to go Rubicon. If I was somewhere with rocks I could have justified it but in western Alberta it's nearly all bush trail rides for me where are rubicons advantages are minimal
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Mine is an X. I didn't see that choice.
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Rubi for me... and after I built it the way I wanted, 3:73, supplemental side airs, NAV with UConnect and all, it's as nice as any Sahara out there. The only dif in my interior and a Sahara is the name stitching on the leather seats.... and of course lockers and sway discos. I really don't understand trying to justify the price difference either if you can afford it.... let's be honest, there is very little that is practical about a Jeep Wrangler.
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I'm on my 5th Jeep, 3rd new JK. Both of the previous JK's were base sports. I always wanted a Rubicon but did not want to spend the money on one. Well this time I bought real late in the 2013 model year and the difference in a 2014 sport and a 2013 Rubicon was only $8000 so I bought it. Do I need a rubicon HELL NO!!! but I sure did want one. Now I have no regrets, never heard someone say boy sure wish I didn't have these pesky locker things. I started out a car guy and I never heard anyone say boy I wish I had not bought the 454 SS 4 speed Chevelle the base was so much cheaper. What we buy is directly related to what we can afford, so I say buy the best you can afford. In the end they are all Jeeps and will put a permanent smile on your face so just buy one and Jeep on.....
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For me it came down to pricing, I got a nearly base sport model for $22000 out the door, the lowest priced Rubicon at the time would have been $33,000+. I could afford it but couldn't justify the price difference to go Rubicon. If I was somewhere with rocks I could have justified it but in western Alberta it's nearly all bush trail rides for me where are rubicons advantages are minimal
my rubi was 28.5 brand new.
completely worth it
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my rubi was 28.5 brand new.
completely worth it
I'm in Canada, and bought in September 2012 the 2012's were done and 2013's were a two month wait. My truck had been stolen and totaled so I needed a vehicle Asap. Unfortunately I had to choose from remaining dealer stock....
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I bought a Rubicon. I don't know if or when I will ever use the off-road features.

I didn't get the Sahara because I wanted unpainted fenders. I didn't get the sport because I wanted some of the more "luxury" features. I also like the slightly higher stance and meatier tires on the Rubicon.

Yes, I could have maybe saved some money aftermarket. But, I'm VERY good at convincing myself to not spend my money. If I didn't do it all at once, I would have never done it.
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I usually get the "top of the line" on whatever vehicle I purchase. I went back and forth between getting a Rubicon or the Sport that I pick up tomorrow. I got the Sport equipped exactly how I wanted it and it came in about $5k less than a "base" Rubicon. I can justify anything so that wasn't the issue. My Jeep will see off-road rarely and will be equally as capable as a Rubicon in the worst weather that Mother Nature throws my way on the road.

At the same price, obviously, the Rubicon is a no brainer and while $5k doesn't break the bank I have other hobbies where that money can be better spent.
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I went with the Sahara because of creature comfort. Never go off roading but we do get snow and my Jeep does a great job with that. Love the look, it's totally stock like the day I purchased it. Pulls my 17' bass boat, and gets the groceries.
Having said all that; We all buy our Jeeps for what we want them to do. I am sure we all have our favorites.
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The sport was fine with me. I never thought, when I was driving the old 70s cj, I'd have a jeep with a rear defroster (or any defroster that worked), power windows, a radio, and heated mirrors.
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Rubi for me... and after I built it the way I wanted, 3:73, supplemental side airs, NAV with UConnect and all, it's as nice as any Sahara out there. The only dif in my interior and a Sahara is the name stitching on the leather seats.... and of course lockers and sway discos. I really don't understand trying to justify the price difference either if you can afford it.... let's be honest, there is very little that is practical about a Jeep Wrangler.
I disagree. There's many practical aspects of a Jeep wrangler depending on who you are. It's size is the biggest one, we frequently use atv trails here to access sand dunes and to cut across to other trails, the narrower body width, short wheelbase and small turning circle are a huge advantage. With the rear seat out there's plenty of room for camping and hunting gear and the fuel mileage when set up correctly really isn't bad when comparing it to anything with similar capabilities
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The Sport and the Sport S are not the same animals, and you left out the X, which is no longer made, but there were a lot sold when they did. (Obviously not enough to *keep* the around, though, heh, heh, heh...)
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The Sport and the Sport S are not the same animals, and you left out the X, which is no longer made, but there were a lot sold when they did. (Obviously not enough to *keep* the around, though, heh, heh, heh...)
There is no "Sport S". The "S" is simply an option package. The X was simply renamed the Sport, so to say that it is "no longer made" is not quite accurate. I happened to mention the X in my reply simply because I think this entire thread is ridiculous.

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