2012 vs 2014 WK2
Hi Everyone - This is my first post but I have been reading others here for quite some time.
I just traded in my Silver 2012 WK2 Limited for a Billet Silver 2014 Limited and I wanted to share my thoughts on the upgrade.
What I lost: Xenon headlamps, rain sensing wipers, and panorama sunroof.
What I gained: 8.4inch screen, LCD Speedometer, 20 inch wheels, heated steering wheel, Dual exhaust (just looks better), and 8 speed transmission. New Styling
Up until the day I picked up my new ride I was having second thoughts, I just wasn't sold on the new front end and was concerned about the items I was losing. Fast forward a week and I could not be happier with my decision. The 8 speed makes this a completely different ride. My MPG have actually dipped because I am constantly driving this thing in Sport (Which actually makes a notable difference) or with the paddle shifters. The transmission is very smooth and I feel as if I have a completely different engine under the hood. The 20 inch wheels make an impact in handling as well, bumps are transferred much more easily but it's a worthwhile trade off for the gains in handling. Now to the new screens, I like them, they give the Jeep a much more luxurious feel but they would not be enough on their own to make me execute on this trade. I was hesitant to lose the "wood" trim from my 2012 for the black "wood" trim on the 2014 but after a week I am getting used to it, this thing is sleek and everyone that gets in it says the same...sleek. Without a doubt, what I miss most is the xenon headlamps, what a drastic difference. I could have waited for a billet silver with the LUX 2 package but this deal was too good to pass up and I got most of what I wanted.
In short, before I picked up the 2014 I thought I might regret the change. Now, I can assure you I would never consider going back to the 2012. And for those concerned about the new front end....make the jump the 2014 and days later you'll be in love and your concerns will have dissipated.
For context, I traded in my Lease with 14 months left in on the new one. 1st payment only and my monthly payment dropped by $1. All in all, very happy with my decision. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the jump, happy to help.