Whether you are an old member of the jeep community or new addition, Jeep Sahara Vs Rubicon must be an interesting battle for you. That’s because classic pedigree and luxury on one side and the ‘rough and tough’ on the other is an old theme for jeep enthusiasts. Tell you what, it never was decided and never will be. It’s all personal!
This article looks for the pros and cons that each offers. And, then you get to decide what to go for and what to compromise on.
For jeep and off-road enthusiasts, JK Wrangler Sahara is an old confidante.
What makes Sahara a class-pedigree is the age-old standard features it carries. Standard power door locks and windows, deep-tint sunscreen windows, fender flares complementing the body color, all have been summing up to make up a sleek and silky exterior for decades.
The interior is even more classy. Leather-wrapped seats with custom ‘Sahara’ logos and a leather steering wheel provide you a luxury rough SUV ride. For an even more rich driving experience, it also comes with a premium Wrapped Instrument Panel Bezel.
Sahara Wrangler makes your off-road ride rough and muddy outside, classy and luxury inside! The point goes to Sahara Wrangler in Sahara Vs Rubicon!
Four-wheel drive system:
The Sahara Wrangler comes with a Command-Trac Shift-On-The-Fly Part-Time four-wheel-drive system.
This gives you a choice: you can switch to fuel economy when on-road and go off-road by activating 4WD to provide extra traction any time.
Sahara features 18-inch polished wheels with granite crystal pockets for the ultimate class. Heavy and aggressive, but more suitable for roads.
· Hill Start Assist:
This feature allows you to go uphill as smooth as on-road. It activates your brakes while you accelerate uphill.
· Mechanical Specs:
The following mechanical specs provide you a perfect on-road jeep experience, and also allow you to go rocky and off-road but only to some extent.
- Conventional Differential Front and Rear Axles
2. Next Generation Dana 44 Heavy Duty Rear Axle
3. Next Generation Dana 30 Solid Front Axle
73 Front/rear Axle Ratio:
With a 3.73 Front/rear axle ratio, Sahara is ideal for towing loads on flat terrains. And this also saves your dollars spent on fuel.
Sahara Wrangler is cost-effective, especially when compared with Rubicon.
Although fairly compatible with off-roading, all its pros become cons when compared to Rubicon for serious off-road expeditions:
- A low Front/Rear Axle Ratio
- Command-track instead of Rock-track 4 WD system
- Absence of center differential
- low crawl ratio as compared to Rubicon
- Suspension with gas shocks (poor brake performance) instead of performance suspension
(Discussed with Rubicon pros)
Yes, Sahara is cost-effective. But when you customize it for off-roading and crawling over rocks, or for features it does not come with, it may cost you more than you think.
Rubicon enters the game with serious off-road expeditions.
· Rock-Trac 4×4 system
The rock-track 4 Wheel Drive system is the biggest advantage it gives for serious off-roading. It uses the New Venture Gear NV241OR and a 4:1 low gear ratio. This allows you to crawl on rocks by giving more torque at wheels.
Rubicon uses performance suspension to evenly distribute the braking energy.
· 4.10 Front / Rear Axle Ratio
A higher axle ratio provides a huge mechanical edge: it sends more torque to the rear wheels. It is especially beneficial in 4 WD.
· Mechanical pros
Sahara Vs Rubicon calls out loud for mechanical pros and cons:
- Tru-Lok Differential Front and Rear Axles
- Next Generation Dana 44 Heavy Duty Rear Axle
- Next Generation Dana 44 Heavy Duty Front Axle
These features provide better ground clearance and better ride-quality by increasing traction.
· Sway Bar Disconnect System
With the push of a button, you can disconnect the sway bar. Again, an off-road pro.
· Crawl ratio
The Rubicon features an awesome 73.1:1 crawl ratio for better crawling on rocks.
· Hill Start Assist
Rubicon features the same Sahara Hill-start assist to provide you the ultimate uphill experience.
Rubicon can easily handle all types of off-roading with its 17-inch polished gray mineral wheels. They are way beefier than Sahara’s.
· Economical inefficiency
In addition to the fact that it costs more, all the features that benefit 4 WD, especially the front/rear axle ratio, become cons on a paved road. Because you unnecessarily pay the price at the fuel station.
The Final Verdict: Which is better?
The Rubicon has immense pros over Sahara that provide you the ultimate off-road experience. With Rubicon, you don’t have to think twice about planning an adventure. Sahara with its luxury ride experience offers you moderate off-roading. And that also being friendly with your budget as well.
Sahara Vs Rubicon is a battle where you decide the winner!
Go with Rubicon only when serious off-roading and rocky terrains are your things. I will never suggest you spend extra dollars and increase your fuel expenditure if you keep on switching on- and off-road.
Jeep experience comes with both, whether you drive interstate or rocky terrains!