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Old 05-12-2017, 10:39 AM
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Jeep as a family vehicle

Kind of a weird question,,,am getting ready to buy a Jeep Unlimited and wanted to know if you guys use these as basically your everyday family vehicle? I understand the obvious,,,ride isn't as good when compared to a car, gas not as good.
I'll be going from a truck to a Jeep. I used the truck for more of a family car then a truck. Just wondering if I go to the Jeep, if I'll regret it or not. Only 4 of us, kids are a little older, 11 and 15. I actually didn't mind the ride at all!!
It also seems to me to have more inside room then the wifes car.
Would love to hear from you guys that in fact use these as ur family vehicle.

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Kind of a weird question,,,am getting ready to buy a Jeep Unlimited and wanted to know if you guys use these as basically your everyday family vehicle? I understand the obvious,,,ride isn't as good when compared to a car, gas not as good.
I'll be going from a truck to a Jeep. I used the truck for more of a family car then a truck. Just wondering if I go to the Jeep, if I'll regret it or not. Only 4 of us, kids are a little older, 11 and 15. I actually didn't mind the ride at all!!
It also seems to me to have more inside room then the wifes car.
Would love to hear from you guys that in fact use these as ur family vehicle.

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I guess that depends on your family...

If you guys like wind in your hair and sunshine then by all means...I think of ours as a "family motorcycle"....Kids love it (18, 16 and 13)....

If you would rather sit inside in the AC and go get a mani/pedi on weekend, buy a Prius....or a 4Runner...
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@mgauger , we're a 2 Jeep family. My wife drives a 2017 Grand Cherokee limited and I drive a 2015 JKU Sahara. My wife refuses to drive anything but a GC. Both vehicles are driven daily. My JKU is my commuter vehicle and I drive it to/from the train station. My kids are 10 and 8, and I use my JKU to shuttle them to different activities after school and on the weekends. I traded in a 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport for the JKU. I loved the Subi, but as my kids got older I wanted something with more room and versatility. It was a great decision and my wife and kids love the JKU. We've used it for several road trips and never heard a complaint. All that being said, only you and your family can decide if a JKU is right for all of you. Take your family to a dealership and go for a test drive. See what all of you like and dislike about the JKU and go from there. Good luck with your decision!!
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Mine is a family hauler. Kids are 3 and 6, both in car seats.
It's a great family vehicle, whether you are filling the carbo area with groceries, heading to the beach, going camping, or just for ice cream. Does well around town with no worries about curbs or high driveways, and also handles torrential rains and flooding roads like a champ. I feel my family is pretty safe in the Jeep and comfortable enough. The utility and adaptable nature of the Jeep makes it a great family hauler, IMO. Even if you never take the top off.
Some here think that unless you take the top off you can't possibly be having any fun. That is quite unfortunate for them.
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Our kids are 2 and 4, they love the Jeep. It's my wife's DD and she shuttles them around in it just fine. We use my truck for long trips or when there are more people going but for just us it's perfect. We all love the 4 door convertible part and going to the beach with it is a blast.
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my 2010 jku was the family truckster. Two kids 6.0 foot + tall wife and I. Took it everywhere. every year for 5 years went to flordia 18 hour drive. No problems. They did like the titan crew cab better but no real complaints. Did this both in hard and soft top. 2" lift with 285 70 17. Little creative on packing depending if you are the type to pack everything including the kitchen sink.

Take the top and doors off the kids will love it. Take them on trails and they will lover it more. at least this work for my daughter. My son was into speed not a fan of top and doors off.
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Yes it is! We love to cruise with the top down and everyone fits in my 2 door. Have a 5x8 trailer to haul behind for everything else. I don't miss my Tundra (tank) as much and very happy to back in a Jeep again.
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Being empty nester, when we hear "family vehicle" we think about other family members who already had jeeps.. We thought we would be left behind.. Not anymore.
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I went from. Ford F-250 crew cab to a JKUWW with 2 kids. My wife already had a JKUR. No issues at all


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Ditto the other sentiments. My kids are 4 and 7, both in highback booster seats. I downgraded (upgraded?) from an older Suburban. Kids love the jeep, and it will do everything most other vehicles will do, with slightly less gas mileage. Wife has a minivan for the extended long trips, but both are our daily drivers. I say go for it!
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My kids would much rather ride in my JKU than the *MILFmobile. (Wife's X5.)

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Appreciate the replys,,,,Would be going from a 15 Ram 2500 crew, which is what we took on trips, so I'm sure the packing will be the only issue we may need to over come!!! Thanks again all,,,I really appreciate it!!
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You won't have any issue at all making a JKU your family vehicle. Your kids, if they were anything like me or the ones in my family will enjoy the top down/doors off and bad-.. feel of the Wrangler. Though, you are likely putting them in debt from the get go as they will have their heart set on getting one when they are older.
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Daily driver for me, unless the wife or daughters steal it. When we're going somewhere as a family everyone just heads for the Jeep. Have a crew cab, Rogue and my daughters cars- but everyone now loves the Jeep. Biting my nails that you can still get a 2 dr JK softtop next August 2018. Then we'll be a two Jeep family.
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My old 2008 JK was my daily driver. With my kids getting bigger (I have a 200lb 18 yr old now) it just wasn't practical as a family car. So, I went and bought a 2017 JKU and couldn't be happier. We have two family cars (my JKU and a 2017 Subaru Forrester XT) and the kids by far prefer the JKU.
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The thing about the Wrangler is that it is the best Swiss Army knife of vehicles.

Is it A good family vehicle? YES
Is it a fun vehicle? YES
Is it good for hauling stuff? YES
Does it have good interior space? YES
Is it good on snow, sand, mud, dirt, wet and dry pavement? YES
Is it good on road? YES
Is it good off road? YES
Is it a good comfortable ride? YES
Does it have a good selection of customizeable aftermarket options? YES
Is it good on gas mileage? YES
Is it available as a convertible? YES

There are many vehicles which are better in individual categories, than the Wrangler but there isn't another vehicle that can do as many things as well in all categories as well as the Wrangler. As well, it's the ONLY available full size 4WD SUV convertible production vehicle available with hard and soft tops on the planet. If none of that interests you, then the Wrangler likely isn't for you. If it does interest you, then buy with confidense. It's a great vehicle capable of doing a lot of good things.
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Works for me. It's fun and kids love it, even my friends kids who think Jeeps are simply toys. Well it is, and we can play all the time we want. If it fits your character then you will make a Jeep work no matter.


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Works for me. It's fun and kids love it, even my friends kids who think Jeeps are simply toys. Well it is, and we can play all the time we want. If it fits your character then you will make a Jeep work no matter.

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I've had my 4dr Jeep before my son was born where he is now 5 y/o, and he is so proud saying to his friends, "My daddy drives a MONSTER TRUCK with huge tires on it", and I'm only rolling on 35's.

So yeah, if you don't prefer your kids enjoying riding with you and bragging about your ride, then the Wrangler might not be for you.
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We all liked my jeep so much that my wife traded her minivan for a JKU of her own. We did wind up buying one of the Tuffy trunks so that we could make more than one stop if we're doing shopping instead of driving on the beach.
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The thing about the Wrangler is that it is the best Swiss Army knife of vehicles.

Is it A good family vehicle? YES
Is it a fun vehicle? YES
Is it good for hauling stuff? YES
Does it have good interior space? YES
Is it good on snow, sand, mud, dirt, wet and dry pavement? YES
Is it good on road? YES
Is it good off road? YES
Is it a good comfortable ride? YES
Does it have a good selection of customizeable aftermarket options? YES
Is it good on gas mileage? YES
Is it available as a convertible? YES

There are many vehicles which are better in individual categories, than the Wrangler but there isn't another vehicle that can do as many things as well in all categories as well as the Wrangler. As well, it's the ONLY available full size 4WD SUV convertible production vehicle available with hard and soft tops on the planet. If none of that interests you, then the Wrangler likely isn't for you. If it does interest you, then buy with confidense. It's a great vehicle capable of doing a lot of good things.

Does it strain you marrage when the wife does not understand why you need black wheels? Yes
Does it up set your wife because she does not understand why your mall crawler needs a 2" lift and 33" tires? Yes.
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Does it strain you marrage when the wife does not understand why you need black wheels? Yes
Does it up set your wife because she does not understand why your mall crawler needs a 2" lift and 33" tires? Yes.
I just don't question my wife when she has an itch to purchase a $600 purse in the color of her choice to accessorize herself and she in return doesn't question me when I have an itch to purchase $600 worth of Jeep mods of the color of my choice to accessorize my Jeep. So that works for me. Wife gets stuff she likes, and justifies my spending in return. However, I doubt that is anything specific to a Jeep.
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have 3 girls 10/8/6. JKU works fine as a DD family hauler. Get a small utility trailer if you plan on doing any major road trips (cheaper then getting full roof rack and cargo box. Make sure you get side steps as well!
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Absolutely a great family vehicle! We just got our JKU and the kids love it (11 and 14), especially with the tops off. We had to pick up one of their friends (also 14) and all she could say was "OMG this is so cool, I wish we had one"... I think the ride is a lot better than it is given credit for. With the Unlimited you not only have a pretty spacious back seat, but a lot of storage space in the back. And you can't beat the fun/cool factor.
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Families, kids and babies are exactly what the Jeep 4-door was designed for.

When my kids were small in the '80's we had a 4-door Isuzu Trooper II that was excellent for kids.

If Jeep had the 4-door back then, I would have bought one in a heartbeat.
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Great family vehicles. Ive got 4 of us and we love it.
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Family of five here ages 7mos, 2y/o, and 8 y/o. Both little ones have the huge pria maxi-cosi and our 8 year old has plenty of space left. The ride is not that bad stock.
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I think it depends on whether you have the rear seat recline kit installed. I would not want to be sitting back there on a 2+ hr drive. Also, it depends on how big your kids are. I think it's OK for 3 smaller kids in the back or 2 larger high school kids. Wouldn't recommend kids (or adults) taller than 6ft tall on long trips, ESPECIALLY without the rear seat recline kit.
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I think it depends on whether you have the rear seat recline kit installed. I would not want to be sitting back there on a 2+ hr drive. Also, it depends on how big your kids are. I think it's OK for 3 smaller kids in the back or 2 larger high school kids. Wouldn't recommend kids (or adults) taller than 6ft tall on long trips, ESPECIALLY without the rear seat recline kit.


+1 on this. The rear seat without the recline kit is very uncomfortable...my kids mentioned in on the first day I had the Jeep...before I knew there was a "recline kit". It's a must have.


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Back seat recline kit? What? How'd I miss knowing those existed!

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