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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

V6 no regrets. Coming from a Suburban and acceleration is on par with it. V6 suits my needs and couldn't justify the V8 since I have a truck for towing. But now I am tempted to trade in the truck for a WK2 with a V8 since the wife drives the overland
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:22 AM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I believe i have posted a few times early on in this thread as I debated between the v6 and 8 for many months and I can say after 5months of owning the V6, I am still very happy and have no regrets. I'm now getting 17-18mpg city and 25-26mpg consistently on hwy. THere's enough power there when needed around town espeically if driven in sport mode....hemi like power, no, but IMO, the HEMI doesn't blow the doors off of it either.

Again, no regrets and it's not like the underpowered 4.0L and 3.7L from the previous grands. It actually feels on par with the 06 WK 4.7 V8 i previously owned.


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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

So i'm thinking of getting the hemi, and my commute is around 26 miles total per day. It is about 90% highway on the way to work and then traffic lights on the way home (i take a different way home). It is never bumper to bumper for me. Mostly cruising along in the morning and basic stoplights (big distance between lights) going home. I think if I can get at least 13 mpg per fill-up, I'll get the v8. I see some people on here are getting less than 13. What do you guys think ? Will I get less, more?
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

If your commute is 90% higway then I would think you would average closer to 20 mpg's with the Hemi. For the way home you should still see in the mid teens, especially after the engine gets broken in. My V6 has steadily been getting better (warmer weather is probably a factor) with my 90% highway commute. Started out at around 23 and last fill up was 25.3 calculating it myself. Evic said I was getting 26 but it is usually off a mile or so per gallon.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:08 PM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I just moved over from an Expedition with a 5.4L V8 to a Grand Cherokee with the Pentastar V6. Granted the Ford was a lot heavier vehicle. I drive a lot of miles, much of it on mountain roads and I need the power and passing capability, and the V6 does what I need it to do with plenty to spare.

I am very much enjoying the extra $100/ month in gas savings going into my 401k plan.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I don't really think the decision to get a V8 or V6 should be based just in mpg's. It's somewhat about the driver and their attitude or driving style. You can really make a case either way for these motors. If you, like me, drive with a medium to heavy foot around town, cruise at 85 "with the pack" , Have to get from point A to point B without any thoughts to "saving gas" and like to drive alot, as I use it for business as well, the V6 is the way to go. Then there are those that like to drive "slower", or "lightly", careful to save at the pump, understanding and enjoying those moments of V8 throttle and the costs they are imposing on themselves with the pressure applied to the gas pedal, the V8 is the way to go. Of course there are those that want the V8, don't care about saving gas, money or have any cares to, and all the others that exist in between. There are of course other circumstances and good reasons for both. I think this thread lives because we all want 400 hp/ 400 tq 0-60 in about 5 seconds and get 26 city and 35 hwy.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

This is one of the first vehicles I have ever bought (always had 4wd trucks/SUV's) where the V6 actually gets better mpg's in the real world when compared to the V8 and does it with ample enough power. In the past most v6's got the same as the V8's but with lousy power because they just didn't produce enough ponys to move a large vehicle around. I just came from a 2004 Tacoma with the 3.4 V6 that averaged 19.5 mpg in a 3500 pound truck with average power. I have only filled the Jeep up 5 times now but I am inching towards an average of 24.5 mpg.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I was always about the Hemi and more performance in general. Funny enough, I ended up getting rhe V6 in my new 2012 Overland I bought a couple weeks ago. I have no regrets. For some reason it seems like the overall driving experience is improving if that makes sense. The first 100 miles or so it seemed like the truck was learning stuff, now the tranny shifts at perfect times and overall feels great. Power is not as issue since I only drive on roads and never tow. Power seems plenty sufficient and im still on my first tank of gas since new after almost two weeks!!! Right now the computer says 19.0 mpg. Im impressed!

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Old 03-26-2012, 09:32 AM
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I got the same thing with the first 100 miles, the tranny "learning" my driving style. 290HP with a nice flat torque curve is more than enough to move this vehicle. My only issue so far is that at 60 to 65mph, 5th gear, moderate load like a 5% uphill grade the engine will vibrate and resonate a bit, not terrible, but not as silky smooth as usual.
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

When I was first looking at the Overland I was dead set on the 6, then I test drove it...then test the drove 8. Mind blown...
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Re: V-6 or V-8, regrets?

I can't say I really regret getting the 5.7L. When I want the power it's there, and I like it. However, it has been quite an adjustment in MPG. My commute has 0% highway and lots of lights and stop signs. According to the EVIC, after driving it several ways and varying my route I can get a best of 13.1 MPG driving slower than my mother. Driving aggressive I've been around 10.4. Most of time I'm getting around 11.7. Sport mode helps. It's been a little different than the 28-36 I got from my previous car.
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I can't say I really regret getting the 5.7L. When I want the power it's there, and I like it. However, it has been quite an adjustment in MPG. My commute has 0% highway and lots of lights and stop signs. According to the EVIC, after driving it several ways and varying my route I can get a best of 13.1 MPG driving slower than my mother. Driving aggressive I've been around 10.4. Most of time I'm getting around 11.7. Sport mode helps. It's been a little different than the 28-36 I got from my previous car.
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