I bought a 2010 Natural Green Pearl JK Sport S in May 2010. It's my daily driver and i've put almost 57000 miles on it and so far it's treated me very well, but I recently drove a 2013 JKUS in the hilly US Virgin Islands and fell in love with it. It's like an entirely different car. The entire is so much nicer than my 2010 and I actually felt power when putting the pedal to the floor.
Even though I owe about 7000 left over the next 21 months on my current auto loan, I'm seriously considering upgrading to the JKU. Since it will be my main car for the next ten years or so, I believe that I can really use the increased space, more stable ride, marginally better gas mileage, and nicer interior.
First off, is the upgrade from the 2010 to the 2014 worth it? Right now, I'm leaning towards yes considering the value of my current JK and the relatively small amount I still owe.
Second, living in NJ, there is not too much rock crawling. However, the difference in the Sport S I want (invoice: 32733) and the Rubicon (invoice: 36,186) I would want is about 3500 bucks. At the moment, I sort of regret buying a 2-door JK Sport S with barely any features as i'm looking at the JKU Sport S and Rubicon. I really like the look of the Rubicon and wouldn't upgrade the suspension/tires until after my stock tires wore down, but I feel like if I got the Sport S, that I would want to buy new rims (maybe used rubicon rims) and m/t tires. Will I regret purchasing a JKU Sport S instead of spending the extra dough on the Rubicon? I'm not even considering the Sahara because I really don't think its worth the premium compared to the Sport S.
Lots of threads like this, bottom line - it's your money. Go to KBB and NADA, get an idea what your trade-in value is. Do Tread Lightly or USAA, get an idea what the bottom-line prices on the new ones are. Then, go BACK to KBB and NADA and get an idea what the resale down the road will be on the new ones you are considering.
Then look at your financing options to get a sense of what interest will cost you. If you really want to nail down the costs, get an updated insurance quote too. Then look at how much you drive and get a sense of what 1 or 2 additional MPG will do for you.
Oh, don't forget that if you want to mod that Sport the resale on the mods will be very little compared to the factory Rubi equipment.
I did all of the above and bought a '13 JKUR. Very happy. But hey, it's my money
The upgrades got me back into a Wrangler. I was going to pass up the entire JK lineup while raising a family. Test drove a JKU few years back and I just wasn't sold. Time came we needed something a tad bigger, love of Jeeps got me back to the dealer and the changes were enough to get me to take one home. As someone who has owned a 2.5L wrangler and a 4.0L wrangler I can say the 3.6 is my favorite so far, and the power upgrade is very noticeable and I appreciate the modern day conveniences. The fact you say keep it for 10 years make it an easier choice if you can afford it. The JKU is the "heavy lifter" of our family now.
hah. Thanks. I don't have a family yet, but I like to surf/kitesurf and I carry tons of gear with me. It's difficult to fit much of anything in my JK. It's difficult even coercing my dog into my current JK to take her for a walk.
I drove a 2000 TJ for 8 years as my DD/only car. In '08 I bought a small car so the Jeep was my No. 2, but decided I needed a truck as my No. 2, so sold the Jeep and bought a pickup. At the time I was pretty well "done" with Wranglers in my mind, felt that it had some good points, but was mostly pretty impractical as either a sole car or a DD, primarily due to insufficient cargo space, poor fuel-economy, and unstable handling on icy/snowpacked roads which are the standard bill-of-fare around here from November - April.
Fast forward to 2013, the Wrangler has been gone for 5 years, I still have the regular car and the 4wd truck, and am feeling pretty well wheeled, no complaints, it's all pretty good. But I miss the Jeep and am seeing the new JKUs running about and thinking "I wish they'd had those in '07, I might have looked into one." Test drove a JKUR and a week later sold the car to a friend and bought it. Mileage is decent, not what my car gave me but way better than the TJ. Cargo capacity is excellent. Handling on snow/ice? Time will tell, but I suspect that the longer wheel-base and VSC system will make a huge difference in that department. And the JK is really plush compared to the TJ.
As others have said, you make the call based on your needs and finances, just like any of us do when we buy any new (to us) vehicle. But I find the JKUR to be a really great DD, and it's also a Jeep with lots of amenities. Win win!!
I agree I had an 03 rubicon and traded for an 07 jkur ( had to have a four door ) And then back to a 06 ljr because the 07 ( same as a 2010 ) was a slug. Test drove a 2103 jkur 10 th and bought it. There is a world of difference in the two, it is actually fun to drive. And yes I have a excellent condition 95 Sahara when I am feeling old school but I just do not get that feeling as much with my 2013. If you can afford it you WILL be happy!
I just got home from the dealer, traded my '12 JKUR for an Anvil 2014 JKUR. I put 52,700 miles on my '12, and the dealer gave me a more than fair trade in price (Also, in Ohio you skip sales tax on the value of a trade, so a dealer trade can save you $$ over a private transaction).
The '13s or '14s are more refined than the 2010s (power, smoothness, interior) so it's not a good idea to test drive one as you might end up buying one.
Since the dealer will give you about the same deal on a 2014 as a 2013, so I'd move towards with an eye towards resale. The trade and new purchase are 2 transactions, so get a good deal on the new one (around 9-10% off MSRP), then get a fair deal on a trade.
Have fun shopping.
'14 Anvil JKUR (sold the '12 at 52K miles)
'13 unlimited stripped sport (red one)
'13 JKU sport (blue one)
'10 Unlimited sport (other red one)
'08 Unlimited X (green one)
You can do it! I agree. 2014 far superior to 2010. Did you wheel the 2010? If not, you aren't likely to start now. Go for the sport with take off Rubi gear (springs, shocks, wheel, tires) for about $1400.