Test drive Sahara vs Rubicon in Ontario Canada

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Hi All,
Finally the JLU has arrived in Ontario, and I got a chance to take both the Rubicon and Sahara for a test drive.

My observation:

1. the Rubicon seems it has a rougher suspension and bounces more on street bumps vs the Sahara much smoother ride.
2. the gears on the Rubicon are louder and lower I am assuming due to the lower gear ratio, so it sounds louder and bit slower compared to the zahran where the gear shift is much smother and the acceleration is kind of faster and smoother as well
3. The rubicon had cloth seats, so the rear seat doesn't have the middle cup holders fold option, but the Sahara With leather seats has it. I am not sure if this has to do with the leather vs cloth package, or Sahara vs Rubicon?
4. The rubicon rides higher for sure, due to bigger tires, the door entry thought from the edge to the ground for both Sahara and Rubicon seems very close within 1 cm or so
5. There was a sport parked next to the Rubicon, and I noticed the fenders and the fender front light of the sport, are smaller compared to the Sahara and Rubicon, the whole fender is also noticeably thinner including the light..
6. The dual top comes with premium soft top
7.teh Sahara is easier to climb in obviously due to the side steps, when compared with Rubicon, (no sidesteps)

It definitely worth paying the extra 3-4K for the Rubicon(specially the looks and performance options) , but it is on the account of the comfort of the ride. It just something to think over!!!


Any comments and feedback on the above is always welcomed.

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Interesting thanks. I know for sure in the next week or so....
 
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Thanks! Would have loved some good rubicon cloth interior pics.... I haven’t found any decent real life photos of them.
 

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Gus thanks for sharing. Good stuff.

It looks like Rubicon clothe option doesn't have red stitching on top of dash or center arm rest. Or door arm rests (which we knew). At least the center arm rest doesn't have white stitching like the build a jeep and some pre production jeeps.
 
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Gus thanks for sharing. Good stuff.

It looks like Rubicon clothe option doesn't have red stitching on top of dash or center arm rest. Or door arm rests (which we knew). At least the center arm rest doesn't have white stitching like the build a jeep and some pre production jeeps.
Good observation. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Were you able to get them to highway speeds? One of the biggest complaints I had with my 2 door JK was it didn't seem to really like going more than 65 and even then I looked drink with it tracking. I know it's not a highway cruiser but I'm hoping it's a bit better when I get out on the windy 75mph highways.
 
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Were you able to get them to highway speeds? One of the biggest complaints I had with my 2 door JK was it didn't seem to really like going more than 65 and even then I looked drink with it tracking. I know it's not a highway cruiser but I'm hoping it's a bit better when I get out on the windy 75mph highways.
noI didn't, will try next time.
 

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Were you able to get them to highway speeds? One of the biggest complaints I had with my 2 door JK was it didn't seem to really like going more than 65 and even then I looked drink with it tracking. I know it's not a highway cruiser but I'm hoping it's a bit better when I get out on the windy 75mph highways.
I had the same issues with my 2dr at speed. The 4dr's always felt much more stable at 60+mph with their longer wheel base, but nowhere near any "cars" I've owned.
 

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How did the electronic start stop feel. Was it smooth to or jerky. In my wife’s BMW X3 it is very jerky. Drives me crazy.
 
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Were you able to get them to highway speeds? One of the biggest complaints I had with my 2 door JK was it didn't seem to really like going more than 65 and even then I looked drink with it tracking. I know it's not a highway cruiser but I'm hoping it's a bit better when I get out on the windy 75mph highways.
Are you talking about the rubicon in specific or Wrangler in general ?
 
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How did the electronic start stop feel. Was it smooth to or jerky. In my wife’s BMW X3 it is very jerky. Drives me crazy.
It felt ok didn’t really pay much attention to it.
 

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