Joined recently, and last week I ordered a '14 Summit / V8 / Black exterior, brown interior, from a Toronto dealer. Hoping for March delivery, since this is when I get back to our home in Toronto from San Miguel de Allende, MX, which is where we spend the winter.
My current drive is a 2012 Mercedes ML350, which is a terrific car, but wrong for Mexico, where we live for six months each year. A Mercedes stands out too much here, especially one with foreign plates. Even though where we live in central Mexico is very safe, in small towns and villages a Benz just sends the wrong message. (The local police here drive black Grand Cherokees, so all I need to do is get a large "Police" door sticker to blend in and keep the thieves away
Also, as a landscape, nature and travel photographer I find myself needing a Grand Cherokee's variable height suspension and better off-road traction. While not the Rubicon Trail, some rural roads in the Mexican back country can go for a couple of years without being graded, and so are a challenge for the ML350 and almost impossible for an ordinary car. (The locals mostly drive jacked-up trucks
). In Eastern Canada I only have to deal with mud in the summers, and the ML350 handles that OK, though not brilliantly.
Also, since I drive back and forth between Mexico and Canada (3300 km each way) a great highway ride is important for me, so when I saw what the '14 Summit had to offer I couldn't resist.
Oh yes - the Jeep warranty covers me in the Canada as well as Mexico, which the Benz doesn't. It doesn't even have Mexico maps in the GPS, which of course the GC does.
One final thought. A 2013 ML450 similarly equipped to the '14 Summit would be almost $75,000, and that's a lot of dough whether in $CDN or $US. Forget what it would cost in pesos.