So we did a cross country road trip, 7 of us in my 2016 Black bear. NC to AZ. Was awesome. I can honestly say, it was a blast. Yeah crowded, yeah we got a whole mess of looks from the number of people in the Jeep. But we got to run some trails in Sedona which were awesome, cross the Mississippi, got buzzed by some dude doing crop dusting along I40 in Arkansas, saw some HUGE windmills in Texas. Driving through the painted desert at night with the top down was unbelievable, the sky was brilliant. The views were better than I expected and my stock JKU rocked it all the way. We hit 118 degrees in Pheonix (did not know the thermometer when that high) where the JKU A/C pretty much gave me the middle finger, rode up to 8,500 (that's high for us East coast folk). When done, we turned around the next week and did the same rig from NC to Buffalo, NY.
So my JKU has now been in 15 states, 3 time zones, gone from sea level to 8500 ft, operated at -10F to 118 F. Cannot wait for a couple years when we do the road trip to Montana. Seeing the country that way, is just awesome. I cannot think of another vehicle I would rather be in. Sure our Expedition might be more comfortable but getting offroad, taking the top and doors off, really being part of the trip not riding in a luxury tube cut off from it, WAY better.