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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
Build date: 1/2014 (waited for the kinks to be worked out)
Black with frost interior.
17,000 miles
Location: Northeast, USA

This review is primarily for those interested in becoming owners or looking for "long term wrap ups".

I couldn't be much happier with my purchase.

Ride:
Smooth, plush, quiet. IMO V6 is plenty powerful unless you tow alot.

Interior:
Still looks great. I bought "Jeep" black floor mats to go with the light interior. To my surprise, they look fine. A previous owner stated somewhere that they even "man it up" a little bit. I agree.

I really like the Pano sunroof. I typically only vent it, but the shade is almost always 100% open. The UConnect rates about a 7/10 for me. For phone calls and text messages it was pretty helpful - although I could never receive or send group messages. The streaming features were OK I guess. I'm in my 40s so take that with a grain of salt. The rear seats fold very easily and nicely, and having the hooks in the cargo area are a plus (both sides and floor).

The dash/controls was a steep learning curve for me. This is my first "high tech" vehicle so I suppose it took longer for me. Still not in favor of the soft button heated/vented seats. It is annoying enough for me to do it every time, and having "guests" in the car makes it even more annoying for both of us. The heated steering wheel is simply great. I don't care, you can have my man card, I'm not giving the heated wheel back!

Stereo system; well, its got bass, that's for sure! Too much though. I had to turn off the "surround sound" and raise my mid and high levels on the EQ just to make music audible. At higher volumes things tend to even out, so if you play loud music you'll be fine.

Exterior:
The paint seems to be holding up well. Tough to tell really as this winter has seen a very dirty car that I refuse to wash unless it is above 32. That has been all of 4 days in the past 2 months. Other than the minivan looking rear end on this thing, I really enjoy the looks of the vehicle. Its nice to know you spent a ton of money on something you can appreciate aesthetically instead of having buyer's remorse when you look out the window.

The side dimming mirrors (both sides) are a really nice feature. When riding in our other car I can really tell the difference. I keep forgetting I don't have a gas cap, even after a year. The 4WD system has been completely great all winter. I have never worried a bit. I even tried to purposely park in some high snow banks just to test it out. Nothing. Just plug and play, out you go. Rear view camera is nice and necessary, IMO.

Headlights just look cool, face it.

Auto headlights; I like 'em. Wish they'd turn off sooner around corners with oncoming cars, maybe that is an adjustment? Auto wipers; turned them off for winter. Had them on but I'm on the fence about them. They work. Meh.

Tow hitch was something I wanted, glad I got the factory with all the benefits of auto-leveling and the air suspension. It has really come in handy with my 5 year old and shorter riders as well. Seems silly, but that little bit really does make a difference.

As a side note, I replaced my stock grill with the Summit chrome inserts. It gives the Overland a nice upgrade, although at first I felt a little icky about it.


Overall:
I really, really like this thing! I feel great driving it as it is as luxurious as it is capable. Gas mileage is fine with me, I average around 20 - 22 mixed. Remote start by key fob has a great range, I think I estimated around 200 yards one night! I have had minimal issue with my Jeep. I know there have been some horror stories out there, which was one of the reasons I waited a bit to purchase. Ironically, my small issues started when I received my first service - the dealership quickly fixed the problem, as in that day.


On the down side, my 1 yr free UConnect just expired. I could care less except for the hands free text messaging. I am NOT about to spend $20/month on this. $3.99/month would be fair in my book. Free with the vehicle even better. This is not a $25,000 vehicle, make me feel like I spent my money wisely Chrysler!

I'm certain I have forgotten a lot of things, but I know when I was searching for my Jeep I scoured the boards searching for reviews so I thought I would post mine for any potential new owners.

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Old 03-11-2015, 06:10 PM
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Nice write up. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Good write up.


I think my Limited sounded a little better over time.
I set it all "flat" with surround on.


Overland does not sound quite as good yet. Hope it improves too.


I'd give Uconnect 8+/10 I think you'd agree if you saw the competition.


My Auto Highbeams are just awesome. I could not react faster than it does.
My wife loves that I have them because she's always bugging to shut them off.


I'll be curious how the Automatic Lights Coming on does. Winter is not so bad because it's Dark coming home and bright going in.


I like how tidy the radio control area is with less buttons. It's a trade off.
I looked at some GM SUV and it must have like 60 buttons around the radio.
It just looks so stupid.


If it would be any button to a move to a physical, it would be the heated seat button though.


That's the only feature I want too is Voice Text back. And that should not even need a cell service !!
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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

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I'd give Uconnect 8+/10 I think you'd agree if you saw the competition.
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I like how tidy the radio control area is with less buttons. It's a trade off.
I looked at some GM SUV and it must have like 60 buttons around the radio.
It just looks so stupid.
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That's the only feature I want too is Voice Text back. And that should not even need a cell service !!
Ha, I was looking at the Ford Explorer as well. When the salesman tried to impress me with the Sync (or whatever it is called) it was nothing but trouble. I assured him it probably worked just fine most of the time. I was more impressed by UConnect, that is for sure.

Voice Reply Texting should be part of the selling point of this vehicle. Period. Oh well, someone else will find a work around and make money instead I suppose. I've been investigating some apps lately for hands free texting; when the research is done I'll post something up.

Still, my Overland makes me smile
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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Guys,
Hands free text messaging should be working without paying for U-connect. Or at least is still working fine on my jeep. I am about 15 months with my Overland and when I pair my Android phone with the jeep i can view incoming messages on the screen and reply back hands free. I like the line at the end of the message: Send by my Jeep
I love the Jeep too. Only thing I would change is to move favorites button on the SAT radio lower or make it bigger. It is so skinny and so close to the top of the screen sometimes is hard to press it. Streaming music from the phone via Bluetooth works great and there is no need to pay for 3G app's on the U-connect. Wish Summit audio system was available on the Overland..... Stock fortera tires are not so great in the winter. When I drive my 04' Overland with Nokian's I can really feel the difference.
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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

I owned a 2011 explorer for 3.5 years and let me verify that SYNC was terrible. Multiple recalls. Never worked well. Poor voice recognition. Slow. The Bluetooth didn't work at all the first year or so until I switched dealerships for the warranty work.


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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

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Hands free text messaging should be working without paying for U-connect. Or at least is still working fine on my jeep. I am about 15 months with my Overland and when I pair my Android phone with the jeep i can view incoming messages on the screen and reply back hands free. I like the line at the end of the message: Sent by my Jeep
I'll have to try again I guess, but I'm pretty certain I received a "pay us now" notification when I tried. I did just switch out phones so maybe that is the problem, everything sort of happened at once. I'd be way happy if I still had that function.
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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Nice writeup! My situation has been well documented before but I'll say it again. I am one of those who purchased a very early 2014 Overland and it crapped out so badly that I traded it for the X5 (long story for another time). Kept the X5 for about 1.5 years and just leased (two years) the 2015 Overland (same colors as yours) with tech package last month. Given the floor mats are tan they get dirty, quickly! Well, I called Jeep the other day. They looked up my account and saw that I owned five previous Jeeps so they offered to pay for the all season floor mats and another set of stock floor mats! Only $200 but still scored! And yes, I did order them in black - especially, knowing full-well that I'll be leasing a 2017 with black or darker interior next time around. One thing I do like about the light frost is the contrast piping around the seats, where as the black interior matches the black piping. I will say, my "2014 crapper" had the indigo blue interior with the white piping and l Looooooooved that!! I'm with everybody else on the soft buttons for the seats and the wheel. So far, about 1200 miles in and not one recall or problem. Build date is November 2014 and the vehicle is stable in every way. Really thrilled I came back to Jeep! I’m hearing rumors on here that Jeep will option the HK stereo system in the Overland later this Spring. I haven’t seen any official news release so I’m not sure if it’s just chatter. Anyway, glad you’re having good luck with your 2014.


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I just passed a year with my 2014 Overland Hemi. Just over 15,000 miles and zero issues. Only recall I had done was the visor wiring. Love this thing!


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Hands free text messaging should be working without paying for U-connect. Or at least is still working fine on my jeep. I am about 15 months with my Overland and when I pair my Android phone with the jeep i can view incoming messages on the screen and reply back hands free.
You must be slipping through the Cracks.

It will Receive Text to Voice Ok and you can Reply using Canned Messages.

But the Reply with Voice Option goes away when the UConnect Subscription Ends.

It's possible mine went away after an Update and I often Factory Reset after an Update. And I could not reset it up.

And I also got some message buried deep that you need to pay for the service to get it.

So if you still have it and like it. Don't fiddle with it as you may lose it.

You should not need the subscription for the Streaming Apps through your phone either. The only thing the Subscription should be needed for is WIFI Hotspot (which I think is separate fee). And the Remote Start/Status over the Web. Everything else should be between the Radio and your Phones Data Plan. But they lump it in.

If they just charged say a single $100.00 for a year I might get it. But the psychology of monthly service fee is a turn off. I think we all try to "manage" our monthly fees because they can get out of control easily (automatic increases etc.).

If they lumped it into the car say at half the rate and the average ownership length (4 years). They would have tons of subscribers. Say $200.00 built into price. Probably make tons of money and justify more in improving it. So few people sign up now they can't justify investing in improvements much.
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Re: 1 Year Review 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland

Fantastic write up!
I recently got a 2015 Overland (Granite Crystal) and so far (2 months and 1700 miles) I love it. I DID have an issue with the Jeep not recognizing my 2 key FOBs recently and I had to get it towed to the shop. (Nosing the FOB into the push to start wouldn't work) They claimed that both FOBs went bad and replaced them. It works now, but time will tell.
As for the Vehicle, yes, real buttons for the heated seats and steering wheel would have been a better way to go. Also, how about an off button for the radio? It seems weird not to have one. The voice activated controls on the steering wheel are not in the best spot either, as I am left handed and I hit them by accident whenever I make a right turn. The rear camera gets dirty very easily also.
I have found that the drivability is much better with the eco mode off. With it on, it just upshifts way too early, and downshifts way too late. Sport mode is a bit aggressive for around town, but when motoring through traffic it is the way to go.
Reference my issue with the key FOBs, there should be a manual way to override it, such as a code that you can type into the Uconnect system in case you lose your keys or something.
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