That looks to have been a good trip. I too just bought my JLUR diesel a couple months ago here in Oregon and was able to spend a week in central and eastern Oregon following some of the Oregon Outback Discovery route. We towed a small trailer with RTT and got an average of 24.7MPG during our adventure. I used to have a Land Rover Defender 90 for 18 years and this new Rubi is so much more of an off road vehicle that’s totally comfortable to drive. Thanks for sharing your adventure.TLDR; I went on a 1,200mi road trip and the Jeep was nearly flawless.
This JL is my first Wrangler after having owned a long list of VWs and Audis. I was ready for a Jeep two years ago, but decided the JL would be worth the wait. Finally picked up a 2-door last July and have been looking for reasons to drive it every chance I get. That said, it largely sits during the week and begs for weekend trips.
Since July, I’ve only added 950 total miles to the odometer. Last week, I went on a 1,200mi road trip from NorCal to Central Oregon and back. Here’s my quick report.
- Gas mileage was way better than I anticipated; according to the onboard, I managed 23 to 25mpg with mostly 65mph highway driving.
- Overall driving comfort was really quite good; I added the Mtn Offroad dead pedal before leaving, but the seating position and seat quality left me feeling remarkably fresh after hundreds of miles between stops.
- Despite relatively loose steering feel, highway manners were generally great and with easy lane tracking and stability, rain or shine.
- The 8-speed auto was just fabulous; I’ve always driven manuals before the Jeep, and I’m completely sold on the quality of this auto.
- After having pulled out the rear seats before the trip, utility and storage was off-the-charts fantastic for such a small vehicle.
- The windshield is a bug magnet and collects debris like no other vehicle I’ve ever owned. Make sure you keep your wiper fluid full on those long trips!
- The updated iOS / CarPlay with Google Maps was great, but the default volume for navigation guidance is simply too loud.
- I picked up a couple small rock chips on the front of the rear fenders; seems like it’s just bound to happen with the front tires throwing things up and back.
All-in-all, I’m an even bigger fan of this JL after putting some solid road trip miles on her. I can’t wait for the next excursion!
Couple of pics below.
Jeep @ Tumalo Falls
Jeep on some random forest road
Jeep @ Smith Rock
Jeep @ Paulina