Ah, so I'm sorry I missed all this chatter. I ended up going to Chrysler's proving grounds in Chelsea and riding some of their trails in the back for a story I'm doing. I don't (yet) own my own Jeep, but I do test drives for work so I have been offroading a bit. I did the Land Rover off roading school in North Carolina, and take Jeeps out whenever I get a chance.
Today I was out in the 2013 Wrangler Sahara and the 2013 Rubicon 50th anniversary edition. Was a heck of a lot of fun. I'm saving up my pennies so I can get my own Wrangler some day soon.
This is the one I was test driving -- I will post my review if y'all are interested once it's up: