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ToughWrangler 07-05-2013 01:00 PM

is Jeep Wrangler good for Long drives
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.

Thank you

t.gill68 07-05-2013 01:04 PM

Just took my 2012 round trip from IN to TN with about a six hour rest between trips and couldnt have asked for a better ride. (approx. 600 miles in 2 days)

Neral22 07-05-2013 01:05 PM

Ive driven mine all over and comfort is good. No it isn't a Caddy, but if you wanted extreme luxury and comfort, you wouldn't have a Jeep :)

n00g7 07-05-2013 01:07 PM

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Too subjective. Go drive one and see.

Climber07 07-05-2013 01:11 PM

I drive back and forth from Boston to NJ, most weeks, about 490 miles depending on the route I choose. I put about 35k miles/year on my 2011 Unlimited and have no issues or complaints.

I bought the Wrangler for the other parts of my life, but it works just fine for the long drives.

Dozer13JK 07-05-2013 01:13 PM

IMO, yes. Especially if you keep the tire size and lift to nothing too extreme. My JK on 35's is awesome on long highway drives compared to my old TJ that I had on 33's. Feels very truck-like.

ToughWrangler 07-05-2013 01:16 PM

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 :)

ekristfelt 07-05-2013 01:19 PM

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.

Dozer13JK 07-05-2013 01:21 PM

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.

ToughWrangler 07-05-2013 01:23 PM

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.


THW 07-05-2013 01:24 PM

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.

Argent 07-05-2013 01:27 PM

Delivered my friend in North Carolina his 2009 JKU (drove it down from Michigan) rode nice, front seats were comfortable enough - just don't try to sleep in the back seat :P

oOoYTSEJAMoOo 07-05-2013 01:27 PM

I drove from DC to with my wife and two dogs. No problem. Plus I travel the mid Atlantic region for work, all the while behind the shell of my jeep. Love it! Just FYI... I'm 6'3" 230 lbs.

Dozer13JK 07-05-2013 01:32 PM

If you are looking to get the 4 door JKU, comfort in the rear seat isn't going to be much of an issue, especially for a child. It's MUCH better than that of the 2 door JK. I can tell you that much.

ToughWrangler 07-05-2013 02:39 PM

Thank you all ..

Up Hill Bill 07-05-2013 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by ToughWrangler (Post 3930065)
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 ... :rofl:

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! :thumb:

Gethin 07-05-2013 03:29 PM

Previous vehicles my left leg would go numb after a few hours.. Has never happened in the jeep! Very comfortable :) although IRMV

BManz 07-05-2013 04:01 PM

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.

DIXIEDOG 07-05-2013 04:58 PM

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.:redface:

Y-Guy 07-05-2013 05:16 PM

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.

J33P4M3 07-05-2013 05:21 PM

just did a 1200 mile round trip from Chattanooga - Pittsburgh - Chattanooga in my 2013 JKUR... drove very nice... Seats very comfortable on the journey. Drove straight through on the way back home.

jadmt 07-05-2013 06:56 PM

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.

LoveJiuJitsu 07-05-2013 06:57 PM

Drove from Atlanta, GA to Denver, CO with the kids in the back. Was a great drive.

4sight 07-05-2013 07:16 PM

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.

jklarry 07-05-2013 10:12 PM

I have done one trip of 2600 miles and three of 1600 mile in an 09 2dr with 33"s thru mountains, just learn when to turn off the OD. I am good with traveling in my Jeep, the wife...not so much. ;)

Wingsnut72 07-05-2013 10:46 PM

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!

TrueBlueJK 07-05-2013 10:53 PM

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.

2010whitejk 07-05-2013 11:57 PM

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

HillbillyJeeper 07-06-2013 12:10 AM

It is the best vehicle you will ever like being uncomfortable in while getting to know every gas station attendant along you route! Sounds crazy but that's the best explanation I can give you

ItsMeKO3 07-06-2013 07:22 AM


Originally Posted by HillbillyJeeper (Post 3931660)
It is the best vehicle you will ever like being uncomfortable in while getting to know every gas station attendant along you route! Sounds crazy but that's the best explanation I can give you

Lol yup!

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