x2...our LJ has been up to ventura and back with no issues at all.Beowulf said:Ok, this is all going to come down to personal preference. Over the years I have driven across country in a CJ7(w/MT's), TJ Rubicon, LJ Rubicon, Maxima, and Volvo V50. Yes, the two cars were more sound proof and got much better gas mileage. However, when I did it in my CJ7 I was alone so conversation was not necessary. The only thing I missed with the CJ7 was cruise control. From driving a CJ7 for years the TJ Rubicon felt like a car and the LJ rubicon even more car like. I would have absolutely no reservations about taking the LJ on a pure road trip to Napa instead of the Volvo. Even the wife thinks we should road trip in the LJ.
For your purpose the new JK platform is even more quiet and smoother on road. Plus, it is still capable off-road even if it is not the Rubicon Platform. To me the most important aspect is finding the vehicle that suits what you like and will need. Even thought the LJ is perfect for me and family, I know others find them loud and rough riding.
Good luck in your search,
I'm not sure what you want in a vehicle but we test drove and researched the Unlimited, FJ, and X-terra for several months before buying and there is no way unless you would be buying a Rubicon that you will sniff the price of those two compared to the Jeep. For what we wanted the Toy and Nissan were at least 3k more and usually 4-5k. The Nissan has a surprisingly tight rear seat entry at the sactifice of some more cargo space, didn't like that with our two daughters at all. and the FJ has a much smaller cargo, and you can't see out of it to save your life (hopefully not literally). And you couldn't get one for less than 30k with any options.mauricio_28 said:Yah, my query is about the 2-door JK, not the Unlimited. Obviously, the Unlimited is more firmly planted on the tarmac due to a longer wheelbase. For me, the Unlimited crosses a line beyond which the Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD or the Nissan X-terra Off-road begin to make more sense due to equal price coupled with stronger engines. For me, the 2-door JK makes sense primarily from a value perspective.