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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

Personally, I think I would be content with a Limited, but I would have to hold out for Lux package (if not for the better headlights alone, the audio and other stuff are a bonus - love the vented seats) and QL/off road package - the Overland makes it easier to find a used one with those options.

Stuff that you probably wouldn't miss if you didn't know better - the Limited is already nicely equipped.


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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

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Overland. The V6 is actually quite snappy and if you drive that far every day, you'll appreciate getting 21-24mpg. I love the air ride suspension of the Overland too.
On an open highway, the hemi in eco mode can touch 21, so that advantage isn't that big. Unless you believe there is some major disruption in oil supply where we return to $4 gas, the cost difference isn't there much either--although the hemi wants midgrade.


The hemi does have arguably the better transmission--being the original ZF used in powerful eurolux sedans. You may or may not care for reasonably steady speed cruises.

Haven't paid attention to any resale value differences between the two engines or an Overland vs loaded Limited if that is important to you might want to poke around a bit.

I'd see if you can do a weekend test drive in both to see which floats your boat more.
If you appear serious, that shouldn't be that hard to arrange.
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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

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It's certainly going to be a personal preference for the trade-offs - I'd recommend driving both to make the comparison yourself - the forum isn't going to sway your own butt dyno or whether the seat piping and leather dash will change your world.


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The V6 has 'enough' power for day to day. When looking, I had my heart set on a RRS and drove both the NA V8 and Supercharged - the power is definitely addictive, but could have been a lot more expensive (purchase price + speeding tickets)


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You don't have to USE that power all the time. Admittedly it is very easy with the hemi to get into the 80mph range before you really notice you may be a tad fast on anything but western freeways. Not weaving in traffic tends to avoid more tickets than sheer speed unless you are the only guy passing the radar/lidar/vascar location and the officer is bored.
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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

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On an open highway, the hemi in eco mode can touch 21, so that advantage isn't that big. Unless you believe there is some major disruption in oil supply where we return to $4 gas, the cost difference isn't there much either--although the hemi wants midgrade.


The hemi does have arguably the better transmission--being the original ZF used in powerful eurolux sedans. You may or may not care for reasonably steady speed cruises.

Haven't paid attention to any resale value differences between the two engines or an Overland vs loaded Limited if that is important to you might want to poke around a bit.

I'd see if you can do a weekend test drive in both to see which floats your boat more.
If you appear serious, that shouldn't be that hard to arrange.

Really good advice. I'd love to drive each for a day or two during the week to check out the drive to work and general comfort. The challenge I have is that I'll have to go through some logistical hoops associated with the VW buy-back so I'll need to drop it off at VW, wait three days for the money to be deposited into my account and then purchase another car. I think if I explain my situation to the sales person that they'll understand that it may be a couple days/weeks before I buy anything but that I want to make up my mind on what I want.
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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

The Hemi Grand Cherokee is not that fast of a vehicle, infact most newer V6 SUVs are as fast or faster than a V8 Grand Cherokee. The V8 vs V6 in the Grand Cherokee is always a big debate. Power differences aren't huge, but noticeable. Fuel economy isn't crazy different, but noticeable. I have owned both and I see 100-150 extra miles per tank which for sure adds up. For me personally the V6 does everything the V8 did with exception to the great engine tone inside the cabin. The V6 interior cabin noise is more quiet.
To answer the original question I would without a doubt take the Overland....the looks alone seal that deal. No way could I do all that exterior black textured plastic stuff.
As mentioned you might want to avoid an early built 2014 (2013 build date). The V6 tranny issues are real and I'm dealing with some things right now on my 2015 V6.
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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

Test drive both , then decide which you prefer I had both 2014 v6 and 2015 V8 there is definitely a difference in power especially torque


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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

You will love the Quadra Lift suspension settings, the HID headlights, the better radio, the vented and heated seats, the leather, the select-terrain, the more upscale (as opposed to agricultural) feel of the Overland. Maybe the overland even has the active cruise control.

That being said, I have a Limited optioned out as an Overland because I would not be happy with a base Limited.

And those who over-sell you the V8, remember, they over-sell it. An SUV is not for traffic light races (unless you have an SVR or an SRT). The V8 has more tuning potential but in base configuration, the acceleration difference between them is around 1 second. If a second is that important in a commuter car, some priorities are wrong...
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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

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You will love the Quadra Lift suspension settings, the HID headlights, the better radio, the vented and heated seats, the leather, the select-terrain, the more upscale (as opposed to agricultural) feel of the Overland. Maybe the overland even has the active cruise control.

That being said, I have a Limited optioned out as an Overland because I would not be happy with a base Limited.

And those who over-sell you the V8, remember, they over-sell it. An SUV is not for traffic light races (unless you have an SVR or an SRT). The V8 has more tuning potential but in base configuration, the acceleration difference between them is around 1 second. If a second is that important in a commuter car, some priorities are wrong...
After all these years it would appear that some V6 owners still take a Hemi owners perspective on the differences between the two as a personal insult..! Bottom line is its a different experience driving the Hemi, earth shattering? No, but different and there are several major differences between the two whether you want to admit it or not, some people prefer Lux items over mechanical output and that's fine. I wasn't bashing the V6, I think its an incredible engine as well, I just think the Hemi performs effortlessly what the V6 can do under a bit of stress.
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Re: 2014 V6 Overland or 2014 V8 Limited

V8 Limited with the luxury package (gets you rain sensing wipers, HID, ventilated seats etc).

Agree that the mileage difference isn't that enormous all things considered, and the V6 is 'enough'...on flat land...no passengers...no towing. Sure you can go 4 up to the mountains with luggage OR a trailer and the V6...you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery if you do.
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Love my Limited with the Hemi, Quadra Lift, and QuadraDrive. Had to order it this way as dealers prefer to sell these options on higher trims = more profit.
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V8 Limited with the luxury package (gets you rain sensing wipers, HID, ventilated seats etc).

Agree that the mileage difference isn't that enormous all things considered, and the V6 is 'enough'...on flat land...no passengers...no towing. Sure you can go 4 up to the mountains with luggage OR a trailer and the V6...you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery if you do.

Been there, done that, and clocked 25 mpg also. Never felt it needed more power in the Rockies. The ooomf that I would have desired would only be available by forced induction.
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The HK system was only on Summit and SRT on 2014.


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