Had a CJ-7 from back in the day and there is no comparison. This Jeep corners better than my car. True, the engine shifts a bit more than one would want and the milage is quite poor, but one purchases a Jeep for other reasons. Love the flexibility of the freedom top. No issues with water leakage.
Handling quality is superb. Sound system crisp and clean. Dash layout very ergonomic. Engine quiet.
More power in the engine. A 5th gear in the automatic. Better back seat (luckily I don't have to sit back there). Provide U Connect feature (blue tooth). The center console could be higher (elbow high). Handles built in to pull oneself into back cabin.