Missed the Rubi, so we bought another. '09 to '13 comparison
My wife and I bought a Stone White two-door Rubicon in '09. It was fairly well loaded up with most options other than the nav. We both loved it and between the two of us we put more miles on it than any of our other vehicles. Last fall we needed a four-door that my mom could get into so we traded it in on a Grand Cherokee. We've missed it ever since, so we just bought a Bright White 2013 two-door Rubicon. I've always been a sports car guy, but the Wranglers are so much fun in such a variety of situations.
Obviously a lot has changed between the '09 and the '13. The Jeep engineers have been busy and improved on an already great vehicle.
The new interior is very nice and includes fixes for all of the items that we addressed on the old one. They added some storage on the center of the dash above the radio where we had put an aftermarket piece. They also put in a proper armrest on the center console eliminating the need for the extender we put in the '09. We had installed a set of the 2010 sun visors on our old one because they included mirrors (for my wife). We had also swapped to a 2010 soft top to get the easier sunrider function. Both features remain in the 2013. On the '09 my wife hated how hard the headrests were and I complained that there wasn't a proper armrest on the doors, both of which were addressed in the new interior. The many detail touches like the Jeep logos and figures in the window glazing and cupholder and the top hardware storage in the rear are all great too.
The new engine and transmission is welcomed as well. The old engine was fine, but not great. The Pentastar is plenty strong for a Wrangler and the couple extra mpg will be welcomed.
The new Premium cloth soft top is quite nice. Feels and looks great. It's a lot blacker than the vinyl top, and the finished lining on the interior looks a lot better. Seems to be a bit quieter too.
I knew that they enlarged the windows on the hard top, which is a welcomed improvement, but I didn't realize that they also widened the rear window on the soft top. The new arrangement seems to seal a bit better.
I've already ordered all of the misc. parts that we put on our '09 that we still want. The factory stye side steps, factory sill protectors, Rigrip handles, and a powered hidden antenna and Trail Rated badge to fill the antenna mount hole.
It's kinda funny seeing the new one in the garage as it just seems like we have an old friend back. We're looking forward to a whole lot of fun and adventure with the new one.