JK versus JL: Key differences

    • JK versus JL: Key differences

      Now that I've said goodbye to my 1998 TJ, I've set my sights on a 4-door Wrangler. Where money is definitely a consideration, I have to make the difficult decision on whether to get a used JKU or a new/used JL 4-door (I guess they don't call it a JLU). For those who have knowledge of both, I'd appreciate some comments on the most important and/or useful differences between the two. Keep in mind: 1) I'm interested in a basic trim package (Sport), and 2) I'll do some mods, but I do not intend to do extreme off-roading. Also, can someone comment on the best gear ratio for overall fuel economy with the JL? I see that the 3.73 is not available for the JL Sport trim package with the 3.6L engine.
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    • I can't speak to all of the differences. But I can say this... My wife has a 2014 JKU, and when we were in Sedona, AZ, a couple years ago, we rented a JL and wheeled it all day. She and I both agreed that we liked her JK better. Something about how we both fit into it was different. Sorry, I can't be more specific, but I can tell you I thanked God that evening that we both loved ours over me trying to figure out how to pay for a new one!
    • I have owned neither, but I have spent a bit of time in both, highway, back roads, and trails. the JL is much nicer. it has a great highway ride, the interior is a huge upgrade, and it has room for bigger tires than the JK. if you don't want to mod it a lot, you can fit 35s on it with no suspension work, 37s with a spacer lift. maybe @ConcreteCharlie can chime in. he owned a JKU and now own a JL
    • There are only 3.45 for non Rubicon and they come with 4.10 only. 3.73 is for Diesel only and that's new for 2020.

      JL has aluminum outer knuckles, axle vacuum disconnect like a YJ/Ram has. Better MPG. Stronger ring/pinions. The JL has 8 speed auto vs JK 4 or 5 speed autos. The JL has available heated steering wheel.

      I am huge fan of the 4cyl turbo Rubicon. Huge power from dead stop and highway passing. It takes some getting used to. Plenty of gearing for 35/37" tires.

      Must have options IMO:
      Trailer Tow HD electical, gets you the AUX switch so no need for cluster wiring when adding lights plus the dash is lacking space
      Cold Weather
      Technology group, gets you the 7" radio but also the nicer dash and cluster, the 5" radio only has a volume knob on the radio itself, so dumb
    • deadfeat wrote:

      We are also considering a 4door JK. Wondering what the best years are.

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      Steve, I'm far from an expert on the JK model, but it seems that the earlier years (2007-2011) with the 3.8L motor had too many issues. Jeep seemed to acknowledge that by rolling out the 3.6L motor in 2012. So, I'm inclined to narrow my search for a newer model with the 3.6L motor. Again, I have a lot to learn, but that seems to be the consensus.
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    • JK versus JL: Key differences

      Chief, the Pentastar 3.6 is certainly all the rage with kids these days. Wife wants a drop top and I am planning to get a ZJ Overland. Of course the Scrambler stays too. Also have 2 kids on the verge of driving. We could end up with 5 Jeeps.

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    • deadfeat wrote:

      Chief, the Pentastar 3.6 is certainly all the rage with kids these days. Wife wants a drop top and I am planning to get a ZJ Overland. Of course the Scrambler stays too. Also have 2 kids on the verge of driving. We could end up with 5 Jeeps.

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      Five Jeeps? I predict you'll be starring in a Jeep commercial pretty soon! I'm shifting my search to a late model JKU, preferably white exterior and automatic.
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    • Can someone give me an opinion on this used JL 4-door Sport S model for sale in Texas:

      truecar.com/used-cars-for-sale…38027/2019-jeep-wrangler/

      Note that it does have the 4 cylinder turbo motor. It's a long way to go, but then as a native Texan I could be persuaded to make the trip.
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    • The 3.8 is a dog, the 3.6 is amazing and has a much better trans too. 2012+ only, imo. I won’t buy an older one for Off road only for myself.

      the JL is overall much nicer to ride in. It’s hard for me to even look at a JK after driving a JL.

      Every thing I’ve seen about the hardiness and trail upgrade looks more attractive on a JL. Most of what I’ve drooled over are the differences in the rubicon package between these generations.

      don’t own either, just drive a few times and test drive both at the dealer.
      trailer queen
    • I had a 2012 JKU Sahara, and currently have a 2019 JL Rubicon 2 door.

      the JL is much, much better than the JK. It’s just built better and has a much better ride, imo. I don’t think all of that difference is explained by Rubicon vs Sahara, but maybe some is. I am a huge fan of the JL.