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15 vs 16

Seriously considering 15 or 16 wk2 to replace my 08 laredo and just can't decide. I have test driven two of each. I thought I wanted 16 but the build quality didn't feel as good as the 15. Also just felt the 15s drove better. I really dislike the shifter on the 15 but am sure I can get used to it. Also don't care for the starting/stop on 16 but I know there is a button to turn off. Btw looking to get v6. Any insight or opinions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-05-2016, 03:35 PM
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Re: 15 vs 16

Get both, one for you and one for the miss, and then everybody is happy, thats my humble suggestion...
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Re: 15 vs 16

Well thank you for the suggestion but I am the miss. Im sure you guys aren't used to females being on the forum lol. I've loved my 08 but am about ready for a new one. My hubby is happy with his f150 and 2 new ones not in the budget right now. 😁
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15 vs 16

2015 all the way! Shutting off that start stop feature every single time you get in the car would drive me nuts!

The shifter is a little wonky but you will get used to it and hopefully the upcoming software fix for the shifter that will be released will take care of that.

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Re: 15 vs 16

My '15 V6 has been great. The other day I was next to a Cherokee in traffic and it was hilarious hearing it keep starting lol. I'm not sure I could deal with it, but never tried so can't say anything other than it was really weird hearing a car starting all the time on the road.
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Re: 15 vs 16

I would do 2016 EcoDiesel. You have the good shifter and no start-stop feature. Boom!
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Re: 15 vs 16

I just went to a 2016 from a 2015 and I must say there is a big difference in performance. The transmission in the 2016 with the updated Pentastar engine is SO much better than the 2015. The electronic power steering in the 2016 is also a noticeable and better experience than the 2015 with the old non electronic. Also, keep in mind that the 2016 will have a better experience with UConnect since they made noticiable differences between the 2015 and 2016 speed wise. The uconnect in my 2016 is much faster booting up and I haven't had one issue with it. Also, it is rumored that the 2016 models will get carplay (hasn't been advertised but it was mentioned in a video with info on new uconnect features). The start/stop feature also isn't really that annoying. I have become used to it and I have surprisingly noticed that I don't need to fill up as often as I used to.
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Re: 15 vs 16

Get a Hemi.


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I just went to a 2016 from a 2015 and I must say there is a big difference in performance. The transmission in the 2016 with the updated Pentastar engine is SO much better than the 2015. The electronic power steering in the 2016 is also a noticeable and better experience than the 2015 with the old non electronic. Also, keep in mind that the 2016 will have a better experience with UConnect since they made noticiable differences between the 2015 and 2016 speed wise. The uconnect in my 2016 is much faster booting up and I haven't had one issue with it. Also, it is rumored that the 2016 models will get carplay (hasn't been advertised but it was mentioned in a video with info on new uconnect features). The start/stop feature also isn't really that annoying. I have become used to it and I have surprisingly noticed that I don't need to fill up as often as I used to.
Am I wrong in saying that 2015 V6 is also electric steering?!? It's a 5hp difference, I wish I could believe you that it is a big difference in performance, but I just don't see how that could be. I mean surely some of that has to be in your mind to justify going from a 2015 to a 2016 for whatever reasons. Now you got me wanting to test drive one to see.
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Am I wrong in saying that 2015 V6 is also electric steering?!? It's a 5hp difference, I wish I could believe you that it is a big difference in performance, but I just don't see how that could be. I mean surely some of that has to be in your mind to justify going from a 2015 to a 2016 for whatever reasons. Now you got me wanting to test drive one to see.

The electric power steering is all new for 2016. Before, the Pentastar V6 was electric 'assist'. It's claimed that the 2016 has 15% more low end power. Which is good because when I floor it, my 15 is a dog from a stand still.
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The electric power steering is all new for 2016. Before, the Pentastar V6 was electric 'assist'. It's claimed that the 2016 has 15% more low end power. Which is good because when I floor it, my 15 is a dog from a stand still.
Yeah I mean they aren't much off the line, heck even the V8 isn't spectacular from a stop.
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Re: 15 vs 16

Keep in mind that 2016 is a shortened model year. Production on 2017's begins in June and likely on lots in July-ish. That means you could possibly just wait and get a 2017 if you wanted, or a even better deal on 2015/2016.

As for your core question, the 2015 is getting a shifter recall that will add some new nannies (louder warning and some kind of mechanism that puts the vehicle in park if you open the door while in neutral). While that sounds reasonable I once had to push my 2005 into a parking lot when the battery went dead (with all the electronics they won't stay running when the battery goes) and I wonder how you could do that if shifts it into park when you open the door. On the other hand, there are some good deals to be had on 2015.

The 2016 gets the new pentastar that has a few more ponies, but more noticeably more torque at a lower point in the curve. It is also the first year and first application of the newly redesigned engine. There will likely be a few gremlins that will need to be chased down. It also has the more mechanical style shifter, and a slightly updated head unit (more processor and ram for snappier behavior).

There are no bad choices, good luck!
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