My wife and I took our new (to us) 2014 JKU Sahara from the DFW area to Houston and back this weekend to graduate our youngest daughter from college.
The Jeep is a good road trip car. It's comfortable, tracks well, and is relatively quiet. Things get a little noisy heading into strong headwinds, and the uninsulated hard top picks up the sound of rain like no other vehicle I've owned, but even really, really hard rain never gets too loud.
I hate the 3:21 gears around town but on the freeway they make for a very long-legged ride. With the cruise control set at 80 just about all the way down I-45 (the speed limit is 75) the engine is turning 2300 RPM and I got overall gas mileage of 20.3. Which is not bad for pushing a brick at 80 mph.
My only issue: At one point when Mrs. Z was driving, I unbuckled to turn around in my seat to fish something out of the back seat, and inadvertently bumped the gear shift lever not once, but twice, with my knee and when I got turned around and buckled in I realized that funny noise was the engine turning 5000 rpm at 75 mph.
No harm done, it couldn't have been more than 30 seconds worth. But still something to watch out for.
Heavy rain, no leaks and the brakes got a couple of panic stop tests and performed well.
I still can't figure out why Consumer Reports has such a bone up its ass about Wranglers. It works just fine for me!