Originally Posted by mofeen
Haha. I drive a WK2 Overland, but 45K luxury SUV? I would certainly not call it that. 45K is not much these days. I mean a fully optioned Edge is near the same price and certainly not luxury. You have to have realistic expectations of the vehicle.
Jeep has been pretty clear about their target market here. Don't forget that the Summit can be optioned pretty close to or above $50k.
Read any article about Marchionne's vision for Jeep. They aren't going after Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander buyers, although they may get them. They are very clearly trying to compete with the Land Rover's, MB ML's, and maybe even the MDX's of the world. I think the body of this car looks pretty similar to a X5. It certainly doesn't look like a Nissan Pathfinder or Chevy Tahoe. What do the lines and stance of this vehicle say about its target market?
But assuming you are right about $45k not being considered luxury territory and we even throw a Ford Edge into the mix, this Hemi drivetrain is much rougher around the edges than that or any of the vehicles I mentioned above. Other parts of the Jeep package, the "luxury" items, might be better. But the basic drivetrain refinement just isn't there. If this was a Kia Sorrento I might not be surprised to discover some odd quirks after months of driving. But even in that platform I would probably expect far less rough patches than this car has.
You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. In this case, the car looks beautiful and does A LOT of things right. But Chrysler screwed up on the basics. In 2011 there is no excuse for an automatic transmission vehicle to have jerky shifts, surge or chug down the road, or feel like the front and rear axles can't work together in harmony. So taking the argument about "luxury" out of the equation the premise still stands. It's ridiculous that MANY people have noticed these "design characteristics" and had to complain about them.
For a vehicle platform that reportedly saw 4 million miles of real world testing prior to its launch, you would think SOMEONE would have noticed this. I would still love to know how many of those miles were performed on the Hemi platform. I for one am pretty pissed at Chrysler for their position on this matter and their design philosophy. If I had known the true driving characteristics of this car I would have never bought it. But if their cars aren't designed to show their true colors for 1,000 - 2,000 miles how could I have been the wiser? If passengers notice the odd behavior of what is seemingly a pretty expensive vehicle, something is wrong. I feel like I have been duped by Chrysler.