Originally Posted by XLR8R
really? interesting... whats so different on the '14
that makes you prefer that one?
Well, speaking for myself....
I too prefer the "meaner / tougher" look of crossovers / SUVs...but for me, I think the '14 looks better in this regard (though just from the front). From the rear, neither one does much for me...but at least the '14s tail lights are distinctive without being "hit you over the head" glaring.
I will most likely be looking at a Citadel V-6. From the Jeep GC reviews I've read, the 8 speed makes a world of difference with the V-6.
Front grill...I may give the edge to the '13 when looking at the Citadel trim. I believe the '14s grill is 100% chrome crosshair on 100% chrome mesh. Whereas the '13s grill (I think) has some black behind the cross-hair. Generally, I would prefer to not have 100% chrome everything on the grill.
Wheels...maybe I'm not an "enthusiast", because I generally tend to just stick with the factory wheels. The '13 wheels on the Citadel trim look like hideous hunks of shiny plastic. If I bought a '13 citadel, then it would be one of the rare times I would feel "forced" to replace the wheels. The '14s look to be much improved and something I could live with pending seeing them in person. (I saw the '14 Durango at the NY Auto show, but they had 22s on them...)
Gauges: I much prefer the '14's 7" customizable center TFT over the 13s layout. Same with the center stack / navigation.
Shift knob: Here I would probably prefer the '13 layout over the '14. I don't mind the concept of the electronic knob, but in a "family hauler", if you're going to use a knob...take it off the center console and utilize the new found space on the console for extra storage. Put the knob on the dash (like the RAM trucks).
Having the paddle shifters on the steering wheel is also not ideal for me, because shifting while making turns can be cumbersome...so I generally prefer to have a shift lever on the console. (It's also where I tend to like to rest my hand while driving.) Then again, my current family hauler is a '02 Pontiac Montana minivan with the shifter on the steering column and no manual shifting capability what-so-ever.
So anything will be a vast improvement.
That's the one place where I think they made the wrong decisions with the '14...they not only went with a shift knob and paddle shifters, but they left the knob on the console just to add insult to injury.
In the end, while there are some things I prefer about the '13...overall I much prefer the '14. (Not having yet driven a '14 of course...)