2015 Ecodiesel First Trip Impressions
I decided to write my first impressions from a trip I finished yesterday, June 13th with my 2015 GC Limited. I guess this is meant for those who are considering the Ecodiesel/GC. I will be honest in my impressions, as I am NOT a flaming Jeep guy, and review them as I see it. This is my first Jeep ever, but I only buy USA cars, being mainly GM and Ford products in the past.
My last few vehicles were all purchased new, to give you a benchmark of where I based the GC upon. I usually buy a car every 5-10 years or so, base on what I needed at the time. What I previously owned were: 2005 Malibu Maxx LS, 2004 Silverado 2500 LS 4x4, 1999 Chev Prism, 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix Coupe.
First off, it took 2 months to get my 2015 GC with Ecodiesel, AV2 Package, Luxury 2 (got this for free by their mistake), CD, and block heater. Being that I had a commitment to drive 555 miles away from home (one way), and the GC came later than I expected, I only got about 100 miles on it before I had to make the trip. I wanted more time to drive it for break in, but I couldn't. The manual said the motor needs no break-in time.
My pre-inspection for the trip found one flaw. Checking the tire pressure, I found that all tires had 47 pound of pressure from the factory, and the sticker said that they should have 33 pounds. I recommend that all GC owners check their air pressure. I had the dealership check the air filter base on the thread written here. The sales man said he told the mechanics about this.
The first leg of the trip was from the Detroit area to the Mackinac Bridge. I found the cabin of the GC VERY quiet, without any wind noise. All I can hear was the noise from the tires. The Ecodiesel could not be heard. Being the low miles I set the cruise at 72 (abt 1800 RPM). When I got to the bridge (abt 300 miles), the GC told me I was getting 32MPG. I later confirmed that the MPG gauge is very accurate on the return trip, unlike my previous Malibu which was 3 MPG generous. The HVAC worked well, but the right vent outlet made my right hand freeze, so I pointed it to the roof to keep my hand warm. I turned on the vented seat, it did cool the seat, and I thought it was refreshing, and I like that feature.
At the bridge, I thought I would refuel, even though I had more than enough fuel to make the 555 mile trip. I stopped into the BP station to refuel. BP has this metal ring on the diesel fuel nozzle, and I couldn't figure out how to get it into the fuel receptacle on the GC. Later, I found other companies use a more standard nozzle. (to this day, I never figured out how to use a BP diesel fuel nozzle. I suspect that our government made them use it. I later re-fueled at BP using the fuel funnel supplied with the GC Whoever thought of this design should be drawn/quartered, and spread to the 4 corners of the earth RANT) The re-fueling is my only compliant of the GC.
The UP of Michigan is all 55 MPH, so I set the cruise to 62. On this 255 mile trek, I hit rain for about 100 miles. I LOVE the rain sensing wipers, they will go full blast, or wait until there is enough water on the windshield. I found the seat firm, and did the "butt wiggle" a few times, but that is to be expected on a 9 hour drive. overall, I do like the seats with my 235 pound a$$. I do re-position the seat and steering wheel for comfort as time goes on. There is a blind spot in the rear view mirror, and need to add a round mirror to is, as I do on all cars.
The UP is mainly 1 lane roads, so I had to pass a LOT of vehicles. I found the Ecodiesel having a frigg'in fast acceleration. When I pushed the throttle to pass, it goes into 7th gear, and things happen quickly. Up to this point, I never had the tack over 3500 rpm. LOTS of torque, and the acceleration rate is really deceiving. I found myself speeding a lot when I was off cruise control.
After the trip. the GC meter said I was getting 34 MPG. At 555 miles, I still had 1/4 tank of fuel left. I was a bit shocked of the MPG's for a 5000 pound vehicle.
At my destination, the road was bumpy, and had to drive less than 15 mph in this area, so the suspension level was at the "entry" lowest level. I felt the suspension bottom out on the hard bumps, but when it went to "normal" level, the suspension firmed up and all was good. Overall, I found the handling in "aero and normal" to be very good for a SUV. Yea, it feels a little top heavy, but the steering felt very precise.
The trip back sucked when I got into the metro area. Lots of backed up traffic. I set the cruise to 63 in the 55mph areas, and 75 in the 70mph areas. I was able to get to 85 in the metro areas.
When I got home, the GC said I was getting 29.5 mpg. When I calculated the miles versus the actual gallons at fill up, I got at 30.55 mpg. Close enough.
Long post, I know. If you have any questions, I will respond.
The more I drive this 2015 GC, the more I like it. The most by far I ever paid for a car. I can't wait to drive it in the snow and off-road. Comfort, economy, and class. By far the best vehicle I have ever had.
The Michelin tires are great on the highway, but others said they suck in mud/snow/rain. Considering rims/tires for winter/off road use.
'15 GC Limited, Diesel, Adventure 2, Luxury 2, CD, Block Heater, Blue/Black.