Ride Quality, Suspension, and Brakes Not apples to apples, but I liked how the JK Rubicon rode over the JL Sahara (soccer mom edition - nevertheless - still extremely capable) and JL Sport. The JK Rubicon gave me the best sense of road feel. I am pretty sure that among the trim levels, the Rubicon has the stiffest ride and that the Sahara has the softest. What makes it difficult for me to say for sure is that we are also comparing across generations. The JKs have a smaller wheelbase and track than the JLs, so this could certainly contribute to the better sense of road feel. On the other hand, the JLs had less body roll and felt more planted, likely because of the wider track and supposed minor tweaks to the suspension geometry that resulted in a lower center of gravity. The Sahara's softer ride actually helped it go over bumps easier than the Sport - the Sport has just a bit more rough and jarring. The nice thing is that the Sahara didn't feel under-damped either. There was no excess bounce. I referred the Rubicon damping. My wife preferred the Sahara. We could live with either. The differences are not huge as the Rubicon and Sahara both use the same kind of gas shocks, but maybe with different valving and I am guessing different spring rates. I wonder how long the stock shocks will last. I don't trust FCA putting on parts that will last the life of a car. The really fun thing about the Wrangler is how I can just run over speed bumps without even a care. This capability will definitely come in handy when I get pissed off waiting at the security checkpoints at the exclusive gated neighborhoods. I will just drive OVER the center island and go home. (Yeah, a lot of these retarded gated neighborhoods put in stupid center islands that go on for thousands of feet before the security gates. This can be annoying if I make a wrong turn into one of the queues.) The JK's brakes, at least the stock brakes (or brake pads) kind of suck. No bite. Takes forever to stop. I made the sales guy grab one of the oh-shit handles when I broke late to test the JK's stopping power. I had assumed, wrongly, that the JK would stop like the JL. The difference is significant; however I am sure better brake pads will help tons. Finally, the steering feel equally sucks for both JK and JL. Numb with huge dead zone. It works though, and really isn't any different from that of say a Toyota Sequoia.