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Old 03-19-2015, 08:36 AM
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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If there was not a market for 2WD Jeeps, they wouldn't still be making them.
I agree. Out here in the desert, the dealers stock quite a few 2WD Grand Cherokees. I have absolutely nothing against 4 WD, it's just in 44 years of driving, I've never needed it. And 22 of those years were in the Chicago metropolitan area through more snowstorms than I care to count. I never once got stuck with 2WD.

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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

I think you answered your own question many posts ago.....
You can afford it, you keep your cars a long time, you want what you want, and it's the time in life to have what you want... Go order it, wait 6 weeks and be happy !
I bought a loaded 4X4 diesel Summit... Did I NEED that? Heck no! Do I tow anything? No... That is what my 2500 RAM diesel is for....
Did I want it? YES...thats all that mattered. It has fulfilled all my expectations even with its recalls ,quirks, and anything the naysayers say about it. I get 30 MPG on vacation trips I take, it has guts off the line, Criuses effortlessly, and I can't put 40.00 a week of fuel in it and I go anywhere I want to go everyday,whatever the weather.
I am retired like you and I don't care about pinching every penny any more, I want what interests me most, weather it make sense to the rest of the world or not.....
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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Actually a second faster 0-60, and almost a full second faster in the 1/4 mile is a pretty impressive boost. Especially when you consider the weight of the Grand Cherokee. Also, it's not the most aerodynamically efficient vehicle on the road.
Almost a full second going from a 6cyl to an 8cyl is pretty unimpressive and not worth the additional costs. That is unless you're towing and not just racing the guy next to you to the next stoplight.
I would bet that a majority of 8cyl owners don't actually utilize the additional horsepower/torque but bought one just to say they have a HEMI.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:34 AM
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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I think you answered your own question many posts ago.....
You can afford it, you keep your cars a long time, you want what you want, and it's the time in life to have what you want... Go order it, wait 6 weeks and be happy !
I bought a loaded 4X4 diesel Summit... Did I NEED that? Heck no! Do I tow anything? No... That is what my 2500 RAM diesel is for....
Did I want it? YES...thats all that mattered. It has fulfilled all my expectations even with its recalls ,quirks, and anything the naysayers say about it. I get 30 MPG on vacation trips I take, it has guts off the line, Criuses effortlessly, and I can't put 40.00 a week of fuel in it and I go anywhere I want to go everyday,whatever the weather.
I am retired like you and I don't care about pinching every penny any more, I want what interests me most, weather it make sense to the rest of the world or not.....
I couldn't agree more.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:30 AM
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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Almost a full second going from a 6cyl to an 8cyl is pretty unimpressive and not worth the additional costs. That is unless you're towing and not just racing the guy next to you to the next stoplight.
I would bet that a majority of 8cyl owners don't actually utilize the additional horsepower/torque but bought one just to say they have a HEMI.
Its all a matter of opinion I am equally unimpressed with an EPA combined difference of 3mpg or a Car and Driver real world test of 1 mpg difference, say its somewhere between 1-3mpg, its all in how you drive them. Buying the hemi to say you have it or to race lol no I could care less what people think that's why I bought a jeep lol, because you buy it for what it is and you want it and not to be seen or noticed, its probably one of the most unpretentious there are. there was never a thought in my mind not to get the v8 the same as there was a never a thought in some peoples mind not to buy the v6. Some want to capture that that couple mpg some want to capture that 1 second there is not a right or wrong answer the only person you have to please is yourself.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

There were a ton of RWD's at one dealer in Arizona. So there is a Market.
And if you keep your cars forever resale value doesn't matter.


I've actually bought two RWD SUV's when I was younger because I wanted the Utility but could not afford the 4WD. A 85 GMC Jimmy (that thing was bare bones didn't even include carpet). And an 94 (I think) Grand Cherokee RWD. It was a choice between a 4x4 Cherokee Stick or a RWD Grand Cherokee. The Grand had Air Bags and the Cherokee didn't. The Cherokee stick was a blast to drive.


I put Blizzaks on in the Winter and added a limited slip. And squeaked by in MA/NH. No problem selling either one even in New England.


Keep in mind that if you do get RWD, it will even be a little more zippy than AWD and even less need for the V8.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

Get the Hemi RWD. Can't go wrong regardless of what others say. Heck, you can even tow more with RWD than the 4x4!!!

On another note, i think its foolish getting a 41k-42k limited when the overland's start at 43k(rwd) with most of the whistles already standard opposed to the limited.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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Get the Hemi RWD. Can't go wrong regardless of what others say. Heck, you can even tow more with RWD than the 4x4!!!

On another note, i think its foolish getting a 41k-42k limited when the overland's start at 43k(rwd) with most of the whistles already standard opposed to the limited.
He's looking at 35k-ish Limited which is possible if you find a 2014 on the lot. But I agree for a 2015 a modestly loaded Limited gets very close to an Overland. A base 2014 Limited is better equipped too.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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With only 250 miles under your belt, how did you determine that Sport mode sucks up the gas? Many have found little difference when leaving it in Sport all the time.

Of course if every time you put it in Sport you go balls to the wall, that will make a difference.


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You can see the fuel mileage in real time and reset it whenever you want. Yes, balls to the wall is a big part of the difference.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

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You can see the fuel mileage in real time and reset it whenever you want. Yes, balls to the wall is a big part of the difference.
I can see a significant difference between MPG on Eco and no Eco, never mind Sport Mode.

You won't see much difference between any of them if your on the highway or staying mostly above 45 MPH or so. But in the city it's pretty significant difference.

I don't notice that much difference in driving between Eco and non Eco in the city, except for the MPG. But I do notice a huge difference in Sport mode. I've never kept it in Sport mode long enough to even know what the MPG is. But I'm sure it can't be good since it shuts off Eco.

I could not get above 17mpg with Eco off in the city. Now I can do 21mpg with it on.

This is on the V6 3.6L.

If you have a lead foot to start with, you probably won't see Sport mode drop that much. Because even in Eco mode it will respond quite well to stomping on it and use all the gas you want.


V8 may be different.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

Just get the V8.
I don't tow I don't go camping but I've tested both and V8 was an easy choice.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

If you're even considering the Hemi...GET THE HEMI! If you end up getting the v6 you'll alway have the thought of "..maybe I should have went with the Hemi.." Dancing through your head! I think if you read through some of the other threads you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who regretted getting the v8 over the v6.

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