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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

All my previous Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles have had the V8 Hemi option. In anticipation of steadily increasing fuel costs at the pump I elected to purchase my 2011 JGC Overland with the V6 and all the options including the Adaptive Cruise Control and Panoramic Roof. Most of my driving is around town with an annual long trip (3200 Km each way). After a year and a half with the V6 I am convinced that I made the right decision relative to my driving profile. I believe that one should start with the V6 option and then list the factors which favor the V8 option to see which factors fall in line with your driving profile.
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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

the v6 is just boring compared to the v8 IMO. I drove both and the v6 felt like every other boring suv on the market. The Hemi makes this suv stand out.

Like some other posters, I could care less about the up front money or gas mileage or the fact that the Hemi is an old school motor that won't be around much longer. The sound is better, the feel of the vehicle is better with the v8, and the power is better.
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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

Truly depends on use of the vehicle, your IQ, social circle and where you live. Do you want option of burning e85? Will you tow stuff? Will you hit the drag strip? Are you a well healed educated treehugger? Soccer dad?

V6 is substantially better balanced in handling department compared to big boring and lumbering V8. V6 has lighter steering and dances through turns much better than the wallowing front end heavy v8. This has been noted in several profesional reviews of the two models as well. V8 is nearly 400 lbs heavier than most V6's which isnt good if you want to tread lightly! Another win for the nature freindly v6.

You can pretend to be eco concious with clean corn juice burning v6 too! No smog belching dino burning V8 for me please. Now I can drive my SUV to Lake Tahoe with keep the lake blue sticker on and not feel like a hipocrit.

All that extra weight and torque of antiquated V8 hemi puts extra strain on mechnicals as well. Heavier brakes and rotors mean more force when wheels bounce around wearing shocks out more quickly wearing bushings out faster too.

V6 has plenty of power. I drive in mountains everyday and the truck has no issue moving with traffic at pretty liesurely RPM. Clearly it will kick down more than the big V8 but its not terrible. ANd that "more fun" expereince of V8 comes with a price tag. Push that throttle and its sucking greenbacks out of the sole of your shoe. Thats no fun when your worried about your weeks pay getting extracted everytime you want to have "fun". Most V8 drivers I see on roads today are guys drivng 53 MPH in slow lane. They are almost as bad a Prius drivers! LOL!

Fuel economy. Take note that you will hear people say V8's get great mileage. In practice there aint no way the V8 with same driver and terrain is going to get close to v6 MPG in a 5.7 liter V8 even with cylinder cut technology. That v6 3.6 is very torquey and if you drive reasonably it doesnt shift much. I keep my V6 planted in ECO mode whenever on flats and it returns 24 mpg plus. Of course there are some v8 owners who have sniffed fairly dust who think they have done this and are using creative math to determine MPG. ...Anything is possible on the internet! But if your butt is in a real truck your going to see sub 15 MPG usually in a V8 even with gimiky cylinder cutting technology. And when gas hits $6 a gallon who will want a V8? Not me! Ethonol wont likely follow extreme petrol prices once they get that high. Hemi V8's will make great coffee tables when we get there.

The Penthousestar is newer sexy gen motor with fewer moving parts and its a much easier motor to gain access to in the engine compartment. Pop the hoods of both and you will see.

Jeep also has sprinkled unicorn powder on all v6's which clearly make them majic compared to Hemi V8's. P

Good looking women also appreciate smarter purchase decision and will be attracted to you knowing you will spend more money on them than your gas hog Hemi. Of course if you want to get out of paying for your dates dinner just get a V8 and park it near the window and just point to it. She will understand.

You want a fun drag racer or a race car? Buy a race car. Not a pretender 5000 lb SUV with a swishy detuned 5.7 liter V8! ....Ugghhh!

...Figured we needed a truly biased v6 opinion here!
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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

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Truly depends on use of the vehicle, your IQ, social circle and where you live. Do you want option of burning e85? Will you tow stuff? Will you hit the drag strip? Are you a well healed educated treehugger? Soccer dad?

V6 is substantially better balanced in handling department compared to big boring and lumbering V8. V6 has lighter steering and dances through turns much better than the wallowing front end heavy v8. This has been noted in several profesional reviews of the two models as well. V8 is nearly 400 lbs heavier than most V6's which isnt good if you want to tread lightly! Another win for the nature freindly v6.

You can pretend to be eco concious with clean corn juice burning v6 too! No smog belching dino burning V8 for me please. Now I can drive my SUV to Lake Tahoe with keep the lake blue sticker on and not feel like a hipocrit.

All that extra weight and torque of antiquated V8 hemi puts extra strain on mechnicals as well. Heavier brakes and rotors mean more force when wheels bounce around wearing shocks out more quickly wearing bushings out faster too.

V6 has plenty of power. I drive in mountains everyday and the truck has no issue moving with traffic at pretty liesurely RPM. Clearly it will kick down more than the big V8 but its not terrible. ANd that "more fun" expereince of V8 comes with a price tag. Push that throttle and its sucking greenbacks out of the sole of your shoe. Thats no fun when your worried about your weeks pay getting extracted everytime you want to have "fun". Most V8 drivers I see on roads today are guys drivng 53 MPH in slow lane. They are almost as bad a Prius drivers! LOL!

Fuel economy. Take note that you will hear people say V8's get great mileage. In practice there aint no way the V8 with same driver and terrain is going to get close to v6 MPG in a 5.7 liter V8 even with cylinder cut technology. That v6 3.6 is very torquey and if you drive reasonably it doesnt shift much. I keep my V6 planted in ECO mode whenever on flats and it returns 24 mpg plus. Of course there are some v8 owners who have sniffed fairly dust who think they have done this and are using creative math to determine MPG. ...Anything is possible on the internet! But if your butt is in a real truck your going to see sub 15 MPG usually in a V8 even with gimiky cylinder cutting technology. And when gas hits $6 a gallon who will want a V8? Not me! Ethonol wont likely follow extreme petrol prices once they get that high. Hemi V8's will make great coffee tables when we get there.

The Penthousestar is newer sexy gen motor with fewer moving parts and its a much easier motor to gain access to in the engine compartment. Pop the hoods of both and you will see.

Jeep also has sprinkled unicorn powder on all v6's which clearly make them majic compared to Hemi V8's. P

Good looking women also appreciate smarter purchase decision and will be attracted to you knowing you will spend more money on them than your gas hog Hemi. Of course if you want to get out of paying for your dates dinner just get a V8 and park it near the window and just point to it. She will understand.

You want a fun drag racer or a race car? Buy a race car. Not a pretender 5000 lb SUV with a swishy detuned 5.7 liter V8! ....Ugghhh!

...Figured we needed a truly biased v6 opinion here!
hahahaah - that's pretty funny.

nice post
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:18 PM
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Just returned from a round trip highway trip in the V6. Average speed around 70...MPG...about 22. Not babying it, but not driving it like a monster either, all flat roads, two people and luggage.

SO...anybody who says they get 22+ on the highway with the Hemi is either lying, or is driving like a granny.
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My first post... Was looking to purchase a 2012 wk2 Laredo or limited not to sure yet.. My main dilemma is whether to purchase the v6 or go with the v8? I know it's mostly preference and I'm leading towards the v8.. But from your guys' experience/research what seems to be the better bet? Less problems? Better resale value? Is the v6 too underpowered? Is the v8 too good not to get?



Thanks in advance.. And trust me everyone's input will be greatly appreciated...
Loving my V6. I average about 21mpg and I do a lot of mountain driving. Nice flat torque curve, plenty of power to pass on two lanes.
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Just returned from a round trip highway trip in the V6. Average speed around 70...MPG...about 22. Not babying it, but not driving it like a monster either, all flat roads, two people and luggage.

SO...anybody who says they get 22+ on the highway with the Hemi is either lying, or is driving like a granny.
I drove my Hemi JGC from Pittsburgh to the OBX with a loaded down vehicle with a hitch rack carrying ~100Lbs. of stuff, 3 kids, etc... and got 20 MPG on the highway.

I drove from Pittsburgh to Alabama, then from there to the Smokey mountains in Tennessee, then back to Pittsburgh with 3 kids, gear, no hitch rack, and got 21MPG. I keep up with traffic and usually never drop below 70 on the highway. There is always a few bursts to 90 or 100 to pass and get the adrenaline flowing also.

The big v8 is effortless on the highway and the MDS makes a big difference.
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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

I would buy 20...but these people saying they're getting 25 etc are full of shit.

The V6 is pretty effortless on the highway too, I've had it upwards of 100 passing and never lacked for power. Sure the V8 will have more power, but to characterize the V6 as lacking performance or driving enjoyment is totally untrue.
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The big v8 is effortless on the highway and the MDS makes a big difference.
I kind of disagree that MDS makes a big difference. Im sure the WK2 Hemi is a little better, but when I had my 05 Limited Hemi, MDS was a complete joke. If MDS makes such a big difference, then it would be scary to see what kind of mpg numbers that thing would pull without MDS
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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

24mpg imperial = 20mpg US
Could be they are form over seas.
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I would buy 20...but these people saying they're getting 25 etc are full of shit.

The V6 is pretty effortless on the highway too, I've had it upwards of 100 passing and never lacked for power. Sure the V8 will have more power, but to characterize the V6 as lacking performance or driving enjoyment is totally untrue.
For me, the v6 is a joke. I could possible see 25 on a flat level ground, no wind, and empty except for the driver. And something pushing it.

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I kind of disagree that MDS makes a big difference. Im sure the WK2 Hemi is a little better, but when I had my 05 Limited Hemi, MDS was a complete joke. If MDS makes such a big difference, then it would be scary to see what kind of mpg numbers that thing would pull without MDS
It doesn't matter how scary it is without it, it has it and works well. I have not tried to take a long trip with the MDS off, maybe I will try it one day to see what the difference is.
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Re: Advice needed.. V6 or V8?

Just drove to the Smokey Mountains (NC). Average on the EVIC was 24.5, didn't do the math yet, but I m guessing around 23 mpg, not bad for 70 mph in the V6. For reference this was a loaded down 4x4 Overland.
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