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Old 09-04-2013, 08:53 AM
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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

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I felt guilty for a long time even owning an SUV. My old GC would get 21 MPG on the highway on a good day. It always seemed to average 19 MPG. Which was not bad. 4.0L Select Trac II (I think it was, 2WD, Part Time 4WD, Full Time 4WD and 4 Lo).

I put off buying an SUV for a long time because I was looking for something the same size, with the same towing capability with a step up on MPG.

I kept looking at the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. But it was so damn ugly/plain and pretty damn expensive.

I hated the prior generation GC's (round lights). Ugly. Terrible MPG, friend had one and then dumped it.

The new Jeep was growing on me. But so much bigger than I really needed/wanted. The old one was the perfect size. Why waste gas on a larger SUV I don't need.

When the new 8 Speed Transmission was announced, that was enough for me to pull the trigger. I was temped by the diesel too.

The diesel was too expensive and not that many more MPG's for the cost. The added Urine and poor initial reviews always turned me away. Not to mention Diesel is usually $0.50 more a gallon. It just didn't make economic sense.

I reluctantly got the 3.6L.

I'm blown away.

I did a 120 mile strip and averaged 28 MPG !!!

I'm still on that same trip and added another 80 miles of City Driving (suburbs) and I'm still averaging 24.5 MPG. And that is with it out of ECO Mode.

I'm just blown away that I can have this larger, heavier SUV. And have the optional Sport mode and Paddle shifters and get pretty damn good MPG when I behave behind the wheel.

Someone in another thread said they averaged 15 MPG. You have a lead foot or something is broken.

By the way I do have a few extra pounds in the tires.

The truck isn't even broken in yet.

I've yet to pull my 4500LB boat in sand, that will be the final test. My old Jeep pulled it out easy. Many other SUV's (neighbors in the same setup with lighter boats failed with their SUV's). Possibly this weekend.
My 2012, V6 GC has now a odometer reading of 43000 km (26000 miles), my best highway mileage was this summer with 28.5 mph on the highway. City driving in traffic, my best when driven gently is around 23mpg. When pushed very hard I still get about 22 mpg combined. you're right, considering it is a large heavy vehicle....
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:14 AM
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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

First tank came in at 22.2 mpg overall. We live in the Sierra foothills and pretty much everywhere we go entails going up or down.

Trip to Berkeley, CA and home on 2nd fill up recorded 25.6 mpg, and that was with the return trip climbing from sea level to our home at 2178 ft.
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One thing I just noticed on our recent trip to Anaheim from San Diego is that cruise control helped a lot with getting a higher mpg. I think it was due to the cruise control being able to precisely modulate the throttle to achieve the desired speed.

Someone disagree?
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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

Nope I realized the same thing on my 5.7. Alas as good as my highway mileage is, my city mileage is proving to be just the opposite.
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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

I hope to break 30 MPG one of these days.

This was Full Tank, Mud Flaps, Roof Racks, Cargo Area full, Wife, 2 Dogs and Me. No AC. Was in Cruise with ECO On.

It was 29.3 for a while until I hit a string of hills close to my destination.

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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

I am sure the diesel would be more awesome - fuel efficiency wise - BUT that car would have been 400 lbs heavier and 4000 $ more expensive. Only negatives. And in Chicagoland, this summer diesel pushed 3.90-4.00 whereas gasoline was never higher. Now, heading into winter, gasoline will continue to drop and the diesel to cost more. The math was just not in favor of the diesel, short term or long term and I would buy the V6 again, even now.

I've done true off-roading with the car (probably I am the only idiot in North America who willingly put scratches on his $45,000 rig after just 4 months, going through the bushes) and I've done true long distance driving (4000 miles round trip out west). The V6 impressed me with the fuel efficiency, the willingness to accelerate the tank and its efforts off-roading. If towing is not needed or ocassional, I remain of the opinion that the V6 is the better choice for an all-rounder.

That being said, I still think Jeep should get rid of the 5.7 V8 and just supercharge the V6. I would probably buy that one. Or...in time, supercharge it myself.
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That being said, I still think Jeep should get rid of the 5.7 V8 and just supercharge the V6. I would probably buy that one. Or...in time, supercharge it myself.
I don't think your reasoning against the diesel will hold true. You are comparing a comparatively underpowered v6 (torque, drivability, towing) when the v8 is the one to compare with the CRD.

The fact that you want a supercharger to beef up the v6 confuses me because any advantage the v6 has (economy, lower cost) are gone once supercharged. Furthermore, the long term durability of the lightweight low torque v6 will be compromised. It will cost every bit of $4000 to add a supercharger and you will end up with no warranty, poor mileage, less reliability....and it kills any argument against the hemi or CRD.

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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

My V6 is as fast or faster than my old 2008 MDX and gets better mileage on regular gas. That said I wanted the diesel for the better towing knowing the Diesel would most likely be slower than the other 2 engines, but doing the math on 15k a year I would need to drive the Diesel for 15 years just to break even I just don't keep vehicles that long and my new v6 overland pulls my 4000lbs trailer with no problem. Plus I got 27mpg on my last trip without the trailer of course. Hemi v8 sound very very cool but I can't live with the horrible gas mileage, my sister in her JGC v8 gets 12-13mpg driving around I get 20.
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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

I just had my first oil change done at the dealership (freebie), and I paid the extra $15 to get synthetic instead of conventional oil. Pennzoil was the stuff they used.

Unfortunatly I've seen my mileage drop 1 to 2 mpg...I'm wondering if they put the right weight oil in? 5w30 is what the 2014 V6 calls for, right?

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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

i know the 2014 v6 has better mpg than the 2011 v6 did.. on a good week ALL local/city driving, it would say 12.1 mpg. Now, its usually in the mid 14's - I know thats not great compared to plenty of other vehicles, but with my heavy foot Im happy lol.

No long trips planned till next summer, then it should be 700 miles... will really see how she does.
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I just had my first oil change done at the dealership (freebie), and I paid the extra $15 to get synthetic instead of conventional oil. Pennzoil was the stuff they used.

Unfortunatly I've seen my mileage drop 1 to 2 mpg...I'm wondering if they put the right weight oil in? 5w30 is what the 2014 V6 calls for, right?

If your weather has been anything like mine then that could account for it. Low 40s in the morning etc. Also, not sure if the NE has started changing over to winter gas as that could also be the cause.
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Re: I'm blown away by the MPG on the 2014 3.6L

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I just had my first oil change done at the dealership (freebie), and I paid the extra $15 to get synthetic instead of conventional oil. Pennzoil was the stuff they used.

Unfortunatly I've seen my mileage drop 1 to 2 mpg...I'm wondering if they put the right weight oil in? 5w30 is what the 2014 V6 calls for, right?

5w-20 for the V6.. My dealer upcharged me $25 so don't feel bad still cheaper than I could do myself. I didn't notice any change in mileage when I got mine done.
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