Re: 2011 Engine Options
So, I drove the V8 hemi tonight after work. Yes, even the far, far away southwest town of San Diego now has a few of these at dealer lots.
I got a call from our dealer this afternoon to tell me that ONE was on its way down from Irvine. It turned out to be a blueberry Laredo 4x2 with the grey interior. Amazingly, although I got to the dealership about 3 hours after it arrived, they were writing up paper on it and by now, it is gone to the first buyer.
Also of note, the dealership tried to get a 5k market adjustment (lift) on the price! Just like you, I told him I wouldn't pay it - I'll wait a few weeks thank you very much..
Anyway, regarding the engine, I noticed that upon starting it up, the exhaust note is quieter than my 2001 Jeep which has the 4.7 V8. Power off the line was a bit weak. It definitely built up, but like others have observed, the power off the line was uninspired. I did not get to drive the V6 so I can't compare.
We did not drive off road but had a bad road to drive on which demonstrated the solid chassis. Very solid feel. Also noted how quick the steering was. Not a lumbering drive, much more lively.
I am going to wait to see the Overland before I make a purchase decision.