I was trying to figure out why I love my Jeep so much after getting so much pressure from the wife to get a 4x4 pickup with all the luxury options. I mean its kinda small on the interior for me, hard to keep clean, has zip down plastic windows that scratch if you breathe on them, etc. So after posting in another area, I realized its a good cross between a motorcycle and a truck. But then I thought more about it. I thought about the vehicles I loved the most in my life and here is how they compare.
1) Had a 1986 Quadracer and loved offroading with it. Just fire it up in the driveway, head down the dirt roacd I lived on and explored the area around our house. The way I offroad is similiar to how I ran my Quad except slower, and no jumps or powerslides. With the short wheelbase, the Jeep zips around kinda like a quad more than a car.
2) Owned 4 streetbikes. 2 HD, 1 Suzuki and one Honda. Loved my Dynaglide the best, the torque was great as was the sound of open pipes when you opened the throttle. Best part was being in the open wind. I get that with my Jeep, without getting cramps in my hips after a few hours riding and less chance of getting run over because someone didnt see you.
3) Had an '86 Mustang GT with T-Tops and an 1989 Camaro 5.0 with T-Tops as well. I get about the same room as those cars, more open air riding, and more looks checking out my Rubi than I got in those cars. AND without the need to run 120 in town racing the guy next to you or having to squat down to fit into the car. Besides, from what I have read, the new 3.6 is close to a 15 second 1/4 mile, as quick as both of those cars....
4) Had a Ram 1500 pickup. Could haul almost anything I needed with it or a trailer if I wanted. Was high enough off the ground for me to get into easily. Never got the trailer or hauled enough to justify needing the big truck except for the fact I liked it and it was comfortable enough for road trips for me and my kids. I can pull a smaller trailer with the Jeep if I ever buy one, and with the back seat out and the hitch cargo carrier, I can carry enough for most things I would do - more than a car could.
I wouldn't mind a few more creature comforts (Uconnect, 430RBZ, heated seats, hard top/hard top for winter or extended road trips) but I can add all of those items as I need them. I will not heavily modify a rig I am making payments on (resale value) nor will I heavily wheel it till it becomes a secondary vehicle. But for now my Rubicon does everything I could ask of it. It basically is the BEST of the favorite vehicles I have owned all in one package.