1. They definitely feel different. I wouldn’t even compare the two in terms of road manners. The Sahara with its Bridgestone Dueler ATs feels much more like a car than the 392 does. With that said, the 392 is going to be the primary vehicle for camping and towing our Turtleback trailer all across the country. If you’re considering a Jeep, you’re already sacrificing on road manners versus something like the new grand Cherokee with air suspension. The new two row grand Cherokee Trailhawk is actually quite an interesting SUV. If I was deciding between anything other than a Rubicon, I would probably go with a new grand Cherokee Trailhawk. To answer your question about the suspension, it’s quite comfortable on the 392, but as I mentioned the Sahara feels much more like a car than my 392 does.You're exactly the guy I was hoping I would find on here......lol.
Fun factor: there is no doubt I will love the V8 and probable feel that I'm driving a muscle car on stilts.
Here are main questions I'm hoping you can elaborate on:
1. Driving dynamics on road if I'm doing long road trips. For example, outside of taking trips on weekends 3 hours to phoenix a fair amount, I may want to drive it across AZ into so-cal to visit family when I don't feel like flying. How would you compare them comfort wise? Do the fox shocks on the 392 actually make it as or more comfortable than your Sahara altitude?
2. The 392 comes with full time 4wd, but the Sahara can be equipped with the Selec Trac option as well. How would you say each would do in snow/bad roads? This will be an issue for me during the winter time.
3. My daily commute is super short (just under a mile each way). Therefore, the eco diesel isn't an option. The turbo 4 is what I would get if I got the Sahara altitude. I'm guessing you have this engine.......how do you like for DD?
4. Finally, off road wise........I don't feel I even need to ask this. the 392 is going to give me way more confidence wherever I take it c/w with the Sahara altitude (sans mods). How has your 392 done off road so far?
2. That’s a good question. When we actually purchased the Sahara I was kicking myself for not going with the Selec-trac option as the wife and I snowboard. I took the Sahara up to big bear multiple times this season. The snow was deep enough and hardly any visible pavement that keeping it in 4H was no issue whatsoever. Once you get used to using the transfer case shifter, it’s really not that big of a deal. With that said, if you’re going to order one and you decide to choose a Sahara, just go with selec-trac as it will favor driving in mixed conditions.
3. We have the 3.6 with eTorque on the Sahara. No issues with the engine whatsoever after almost one year of ownership. I quite like it but I’ve never test driven the 2.0 turbo. My daily commute round-trip from my house to the office is about 3 miles. That ruled out the diesel for me as well. I thought about the 4xe, but it just didn’t excite me.
4. I was shocked. The differences between my wife’s Sahara and my 392 off-road were night and day. I’m sure if I had owned a Rubicon before I would not have been as surprised, but it was that noticeable of a difference. It really makes me want to get out there and test the limits of my vehicle. Really, a 392 on paper doesn’t make any sense but there’s not a moment that passes where I regret the purchase. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.