Originally Posted by Willx
You are correct, I have no foolproof evidence of durability. I am basing that comment on past experience with CDJ Platforms launched since the Fiat take over in comparision to other platforms (mainly North American).
btw, I only posted the CVT comment because of the "know stuff too" comment nothing intended by it other than someone opening themselves up to a joke in a conversation.
Anyway, depending on your location the first front wheel drives will be landing soon and you can check it out. If you are familiar with Equinox/Terrain, especially on highway driving I encourage you to test drive and compare.
I personally would like your take on them, as I am only guessing you are familiar with the latter.
I owned a previous gen Equinox but have only driven the new one briefly. It was worlds better than my 08 though. Mostly I have been a Dodge truck guy with the 1 Equinox and 2 Silverado's thrown in when I had a brief foray with GM( same family that owned the Chrysler dealer ). My Patriot is my 1st Jeep.
If I hadn't got sick and had to stop working I would still be driving a HEMI Ram for sure. Now that things have changed I have to watch the pennies. MPG as well as payments matter. But, I also need some abilities out of my vehicle. The Patriot has done what I need for a reasonable cost. The new Cherokee, if I can get one for a price I will be willing to pay, looks like a good option for me. Better MPG( it appears anyway ), more power, more features, etc... It is all going to come down to that payment though.
I am not putting the new Equinox/Terrain up as some kind of super vehicle either btw. I just want to wait to see the new Cherokee before getting carried away talking about it. You have an advantage over most of us though in that you have driven one. Knowing that now I take what you say more to heart. Durability though can only be shown with time.
When one shows up at my local dealer I will check it out and let you know.