Re: 2014 Test Drive Reviews
I test drove a 2014 Summit and 2013 Summit, both with V8s, back-to-back. My local dealership is blowing out the 2013s right now, and was offering the '13 Summit at about 43K, almost 10K below original sticker.
First things first, the new saddle interior on the 13 was totally gorgeous, and I think it was a bad decision not to carry it over into the 14s. It looked light years better than the brown leather in the 14, IMO. That had us leaning toward the 13, all things being equal. However...
The performance of the updated transmission in the 14 just blew me away, and ended up being the deciding factor in going with that model year. I also liked the bigger UConnect screen and the E-shifter (which I know a lot of people don't) in the 14. I would go as far as to say that the 8-speed tranny in the 14 made it feel like a different engine than the one in the 13, even though they are the same.
We ended up going with a 14 Limited and tacking on the V8, ORA II and 8.4U w/nav. Negotiated the price down to 41K, meaning we could have gotten the 13 Summit for only 2K more. But we also weren't fans of most of the additional options added at the Summit trim level; for example, I think daytime LED runners are useless and a little tacky, and the blind-spot notification drove me nuts even during our fairly short test drive. Ventilated seats were the only other feature I would have added, and in fact, I wish Chrysler allowed you to add individual options like that w/o having to pay for a "package" such as Lux II that includes a lot of what you don't want/need.
Test drive itself was fun. Salesman encouraged me to open it up on the highway, and allowed me to goof around with things like backing into a parking space using the back-up camera (never had one of those before) and experiment with the sport mode and manually shifting with the paddles. Seems like the kind of car that sells itself, if the salesman will just stand back and allow it.