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Old 07-07-2011, 06:52 PM   #1
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I am interested in getting a new 2012 wrangler but I was hoping for some advice first.

A lot of times that I tell someone that I am looking at a jeep wrangler I get some horror stories about how rough, loud, and uncomfortable they are. However with the new revised interior in 2011 the jeep looks as if it can be a quiet and comfortable ride.

Basically I am just looking for people's opinions on the 2011 wrangler as far as comfort. Has it come a long way? Is it loud with the soft top? How would it compare to a grand Cherokee for example? I just feel as if I'm missing something. If the wrangler was as comfortable as a cherokee for example (which I think the 2011's look like they are) why wouldn't everyone just get a wrangler. It can do so many more things.

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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I'd go test drive a 2011 and see what you think.

In my opinion, my 2010 is great. Very comfortable to drive for hours at a time. Soft top is quiet enough that I can have cell phone conversations.

Is it like a Lexus? Of course not. But does it doesn't beat you up and leave you exhausted either.

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The Wrangler has come a very long way in terms of comfort and quietness. It is not quite on par with the Grand Cherokee though. Take a 2011 with the soft top for a test ride and see for yourself. If possible take it on the highway. I was supprised how quiet my 2010 was, compared to the 1990 I used to have.
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the wrangler is a off road jeep and rides like one, the grand Cherokee is a suv and a very nice one that has nice smooth highway tires and air rid suspention, if your looking for comfort i dont hink you'll find it in a JK or JKU. sorry to bust your bubble,
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Coming from a 2006 tj to a 2011 JKU I was extremely surprised with the difference. The ride was much smoother and the soft top was much much more quiet. Can you hear road noise? Yes. Do I have to raise my voice to talk? Not at all.
Are there other vehicles out there that are almost or just as capable off road as the jeep that are more comfortable and quiet? Absolutely. But try and take those doors and tops off!!
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I came from a g35 coupe and expected the jeep to be very loud. I am extremely impressed with how quiet the ride is in my jk. (although mine is stock suspension and tires)
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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I came from a g35 coupe and expected the jeep to be very loud. I am extremely impressed with how quiet the ride is in my jk. (although mine is stock suspension and tires)
Yeah I'm coming from a 3 series coupe and the reason I want to get rid of it is because it's not rugged or big enough. What kind of wrangler did you go with? Do you have the soft top or hard top?
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It does not ride like the Cherokee. It is loud and rough and perfect! Drive one and you'll understand. The only thing that changed in 2011 was the interior. Different dash and steering wheel.
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Yeah I'm coming from a 3 series coupe and the reason I want to get rid of it is because it's not rugged or big enough. What kind of wrangler did you go with? Do you have the soft top or hard top?
I was the same and can't be happier with the decision. Mines a 2011 jku with the soft top. Also I am a first time jeep owner.
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It does not ride like the Cherokee. It is loud and rough and perfect! Drive one and you'll understand. The only thing that changed in 2011 was the interior. Different dash and steering wheel.
x2. Wranglers are not like any other vehicle out there... Drive one, then drive a Cherokee, then drive the Wrangler again with the top down and at least one passenger...

We took mine on a 2.5hr road trip topless last weekend... It was awesome, but conversation is nearly impossible, so don't buy one if you like to talk while you're driving on the highway topless....
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x2. Wranglers are not like any other vehicle out there... Drive one, then drive a Cherokee, then drive the Wrangler again with the top down and at least one passenger...

We took mine on a 2.5hr road trip topless last weekend... It was awesome, but conversation is nearly impossible, so don't buy one if you like to talk while you're driving on the highway topless....
Another huge plus for topless, doorless trips with the wife.
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I came from a 2wd Ram quad cab, I have a 2 door Wrangler hardtop now. The seats in the Jeep are not as comfortable as the Ram's, but not uncomfortable by any means. The suspension feels about the same as the truck did, softer in front with more travel but more firm in the rear. The biggest difference is the wheelbase which took some time to get used to, still want to do a three point turn to park at the store just to make sure I remember how. Road noise is worst when the freedom tops are off and back half on, then with top on and windows down. I drove an hour with top off on the freeway at 75 mph and just had to raise my voice a bit but was pleasant drive. The biggest difference is a Wrangler is just FUN to drive in so many ways.
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the wrangler is a off road jeep and rides like one, the grand Cherokee is a suv and a very nice one that has nice smooth highway tires and air rid suspention, if your looking for comfort i dont hink you'll find it in a JK or JKU. sorry to bust your bubble,
You will absolutely find comfort in a JK or JKU. It will not be as quiet and plush as a Grand Cherokee or other SUV, but the 2011 has very reasonable highway manners.

Highway noise is louder than a GC, with the hard or soft top, but it is within reason, and well worth the tradeoff of a removable top and doors.

The hard top is quieter than the soft top, too, so if you can swing the dual top option in your budget, you'll like having both.

I have no problem talking hands free on the blue tooth voice connect, with a lift kit and big tires.
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LaTuFu, remember not all people are the same size, im 6-1, 320 pounds . so my jku is just an ok vehicle, and i do love it. i made my statement on my size, my legs are cramped , my size 13.5 feet are cramped, my ass kills me after 4 hours. BUT i still love the jeep.
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LaTuFu, remember not all people are the same size, im 6-1, 320 pounds . so my jku is just an ok vehicle, and i do love it. i made my statement on my size, my legs are cramped , my size 13.5 feet are cramped, my ass kills me after 4 hours. BUT i still love the jeep.
A fair point, I give ya that. But that means anything shy of a Kenworth or Peterbuilt is going to fit the "not comfortable" definition for you.
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My only other Jeep was a 94 Grand Cherokee. Our new JKU hard top rides and drives as well as our old ZJ, and the interior is almost as nice. I was shocked at how well the JKU drives and handles and the interior blew me away. It's light years ahead of the old CJ's and YJ's!
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I agree with the comments above. I have a 2 door Rubi which is my daily driver, and I find the ride to be pretty comfortable. I also drive my mom's Lexus SUV from time to time, and I would say it is a night and day difference from the Wrangler. I'd put the Grand Cherokee in a similar category as the Lexus.

The SUV accelerates like a car, handles road bumps like a car, and is quiet like a car. On the other hand the Wrangler does not accelerate quickly, shakes and bounces over very bumpy roads, and is not as quiet. All of this is relative though, and I have no problem whatsoever driving the Wrangler every day and even taking it on longer road trips. The fun factor of the Wrangler more than compensates for the sacrifices in road manners.
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A fair point, I give ya that. But that means anything shy of a Kenworth or Peterbuilt is going to fit the "not comfortable" definition for you.
nan, F350, chevy sliverado and town cars work good
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I like to be giggled as I go down the road. No other car that I have driven gives me the same feeling as my jeep. I can't quite describe it but it somehow adds to the fun of driving it. Stiffer than a passenger car or SUV, but not as firm as my YJ. The YJ is like a buck board compared to the JK and REALLY excites me to drive it. Especially with the top and doors off. But, I can see that as a daily driver the YJ may wear on you. Point being is that you won't really know how you will feel about it until you get in and drive one. Be a pest at the dealer and drive it a whole bunch until you get a feeling for it. That should help drive your decision.
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the wife and I test drove both a hardtop and softop 2011 before making the call to wait & buy a 2012.

Took them both on the same drive, and up to 65 mph. We both thought there were pretty quiet. Easy to have conversation, even with someone in the back seat. I didnt really notice any difference between the soft and hard tops, except there was a wind whistling comming from the top rt front corner of the softtop. The salesman said the top probrably wasnt seated right, so I suspect that could be adjusted out.

I own a BMW E46 3 series, and a Duramax. They wont ride like the beamer, but in all honesty its not much louder than my car. I was suprised, when we did the test drive.. The last jeep i was in was an older CJ, 15 years ago, and that thing was noisy and rode like cr@p. The new ones are far and above a better riding vehicle, based off my 30 minute ride in one..
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You want loud and uncomfortable, drive my 89 YJ. The 10 Rubi we have is like driving an old American luxury car compared to that. Do a test drive and you'll see.
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