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2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

Hi guys,

i just ordered my 2014 GC overland 3.6L a few weeks ago... now i'm wondering maybe 5.7 V8 is a better choose... be honest, i'm not a crazy off road guy... at least not yet so far... but even that, still thinking if a 3.6L v6 is powerful enough as a daily driving?

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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

For me, using the '14 GC Limited 4x4 as a daily driver, the 3.6L is plenty. Fuel mileage is pretty decent and when I need to go, it goes. Plenty of power on tap when I need to get around some retard driving in the fast lane, doing 10 under the speed limit and talking/texting on their damn phone.

Unless you absolutely need the power from the Hemi, I'd stick with the 3.6L. If nothing else, test drive one and judge for yourself.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

thanks Sh0rtBus, i've tested to drive a 3.6L b4 i placed the order, but i didn't try a 5.7 V8, so really have no idea about how powerful it is. i read some thread somewhere says compare to the 5.7L V8, 3.6L seems just like a toy... wondering is it real? that big different?...
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

I never test drive the 5.7 myself, so couldn't tell you. Sounds like that's what you need to do, though.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

For me v6 is plenty but if I didn't care about the extra cost of fuel, I would have got the v8. I drive 15k-20k a year. V6 makes sense for me.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

You really just have to drive it for yourself and decide (turn off ECO on both). I first drove the 5.7 and was sold but i was originally considering the 3.6 but since i don't have to commute and really wanted the extra power of the Hemi, it was a no brainer for me. Some have said they felt little to no difference between the 3.6 and the 5.7 but there is a 70hp and 130lb/tq difference between the two and i felt it!

The 5.7 makes the jeep feel more nimble and sportier which is exactly what i wanted. If i had to commute everyday stuck in traffic i would go with the 3.6.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

I drove both before ordering mine. The best way I can describe the difference is that it changes the way the vehicle feels, in terms of size and weight - and not in the way you'd necessarily expect.

The 6 felt like I was driving a sizable SUV (akin to the old full-sized Broncos I grew up in), while the 8 seemed to make the vehicle feel smaller, due to the ease of movement from the extra power. In fact, I made the comment to the salesman that the 6 felt "more like a truck," and he said he has heard that before.

Obviously the 8 is a larger and heavier engine, but it really does change the way the vehicle as a whole is perceived during driving.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

so did u feel any other difference between the V6 and the V8 regardless powertrain? noise level as an example.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

If you have toys to tow, get the V8. Otherwise, with the 8-speed tranny, the V6 should be good enough. At least, here in the mountains, I do not feel the need for a V8 on Jeep and I have a vehicle w/ V8 (so I know what I am missing if at all. )

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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

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so did u feel any other difference between the V6 and the V8 regardless powertrain? noise level as an example.
The stock air box and exhaust do a really good job of keeping the V8's engine noise to a minimum, almost to a fault - the only way I could get the "thrum" you expect from an 8 was to really put the hammer down on the highway. Cabin noise during regular driving was almost identical between the two. My wife was standing outside the vehicle when I started the 8, and said it sounded louder at idle - but I couldn't tell the difference inside.

Acceleration was quite different, and that's what I meant when I said the 8 "felt smaller." Passing and climbing power was virtually effortless with the bigger engine, while the same maneuvers with the 6 (I drove the exact same test-drive route, which included a busy highway) required more throttle and higher RPMs, and felt like more "work" for lack of a better word. Not that the 6 was struggling by any means, it just needed to be pushed noticeably harder to do the same things.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

What Vermont JGC14 said. Tested both. The V8 is fun if you do not mind the gas mileage.
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Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

My Wife and I test drove both the V6 and V8 Hemi - and took them both on a 15-mile half-hour test drive with NO Salesman in the back seat.<O</O

When I asked her which she liked better, she said after driving both how can you possible ask me that question - she said just ask any guy if he would rather have 6" or 8" ?!?
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In both cases the 6 will get the job done but in both cases the 8 will leave a bigger smile on your face after you get there !!
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So, needless to say......I ordered the V8 Hemi the next day and pick it up next week !!

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Go Drive Them Both and Decide !!
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