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Old 03-18-2015, 08:36 AM
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2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

Next month my wife and I have decided we're going to be purchasing a new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I would prefer to get the 5.7 HEMI over the Penstar V-6. We want to keep the cost to the mid $30K level if possible.

The problem is availability. V-6's are everywhere. HEMI's.... Not so much. I'm finding when I search dealer inventory here, (Phoenix, Az. area) it's about 40 to 1 V-6's over HEMI's. And when you do find a HEMI, they're usually the higher end models like the Overland or Summit. I don't want all that high priced crap. All I'm looking for is a Limited or a Laredo 2WD with a HEMI and a leather interior. (The cloth looks a bit cheap). I've seen what I want in the mid $30K range, but they're very hard to find. And usually not in the color we want, (red exterior with beige leather interior).

My question is has anyone driven Grand Cherokees with both engines? Is there much difference in performance between the V-6 and the HEMI? I haven't purchased a new vehicle in many years, and I know the newer engines perform much better than the ones manufactured 20 years ago.

I'm not saying I couldn't live with a V-6, I just don't want to regret it 6 months down the road. I would rather not have to order it.

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

So my sister has the V-6 and I have the V-8. By no means is it a huge difference but I can definitely tell when I use her GC. Both engines are extremely capable but the V8 easily puts a grin on my face everyday. We get comparable mpgs as well, but she does beat me by a mpg or two. In my opinion for how the V8 drives I'm not going to worry about 2 mpgs.

I found a 2014 JGC limited V8 with very low miles. Check the used ones if new is tough to find. Used wasn't the easiest either. Good luck either way you will love the GC.


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Next month my wife and I have decided we're going to be purchasing a new 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I would prefer to get the 5.7 HEMI over the Penstar V-6. We want to keep the cost to the mid $30K level if possible.

The problem is availability. V-6's are everywhere. HEMI's.... Not so much. I'm finding when I search dealer inventory here, (Phoenix, Az. area) it's about 40 to 1 V-6's over HEMI's. And when you do find a HEMI, they're usually the higher end models like the Overland or Summit. I don't want all that high priced crap. All I'm looking for is a Limited or a Laredo 2WD with a HEMI and a leather interior. (The cloth looks a bit cheap). I've seen what I want in the mid $30K range, but they're very hard to find. And usually not in the color we want, (red exterior with beige leather interior).

My question is has anyone driven Grand Cherokees with both engines? Is there much difference in performance between the V-6 and the HEMI? I haven't purchased a new vehicle in many years, and I know the newer engines perform much better than the ones manufactured 20 years ago.

I'm not saying I couldn't live with a V-6, I just don't want to regret it 6 months down the road. I would rather not have to order it.
The question is do you plan on doing any modification? What is you purpose of using her? Well I will get a V-8 but I will have to get a 4X4. The only reason why I say that is because you never know when you will go off road and go camping and things like that. I have front will drive suv and boy I had a hard time getting out the snow. I will try 2012 to 2015. The difference between these years are safety features, slight interior and exterior changes. Carmax has alot of jeeps with low mileage for good prices. I bought one new car in my life time, i just can't do it again due to too much negative equity. If you want the power go with the V-8 but if you are concerned with gas don't go with a suv.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

V8's are hard to come by out here too. We found a '12 Laredo with leather, a few Overlands and then the '13 Trailhawk that we bought. I think you should go and drive both versions, even if the V8 is one to two years old. You'll learn some by reading but more from driving.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

V8 is not available on any Laredo trim level. V8 is available as an option on the Limited. The Hemi generally only sells to folks who have towing needs or prefer the performance...why? Fuel economy. The vast majority of the 1200 JGCs that come off the line daily are V6 Pentastar equipped. That's why dealer inventories are lower.

You can always special order a Limited with the V8 if you want that engine choice...4-6 weeks delivery time is average.

My test drive back in 2012 was on a V6 equipped Summit and even then with the older 6 speed transmission, it was pretty impressive. (I'm not a heavy foot driver) The ONLY reason I bought the Hemi was for towing needs. Otherwise, I'd also have the V6. (or the EcoDiesel which wasn't available when I was buying)
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

I drove both and decided on the V6. My 14 with the new ZF transmission is rated to tow 6200lbs and I needed a vehicle that could tow my 3000lb (empty) trailer. Fully loaded should weigh in around 4500lbs.

My round trip to work is 50miles and that will take up the majority of my driving so the gas I don't burn over a V8 will add up to a lot over a year.

The Hemi had more jump off the line but the the V6 felt great and delivered enough jump to put a smile on my face. It's extra fun in Sport mode when you use a heavy foot.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

Here in Southern California it was even hard to find a V8 in the higher trims. I ended up having to order my 2015 Overland V8 to get exactly what I wanted. And personally, I never even considered the V6; nor did I look at anything other then a 4x4.

BEST advice is for YOU to Drive both and then decide for yourself.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

In all honesty this vehicle will never go off the pavement. We live in the desert, and it will never see snow. I hate camping. If there is a hotel within 100 miles, I'll be in it. So realistically, I have zero use for a 4WD. I like having the extra power and torque a V-8 offers, so that's why I'm leaning heavily towards it.

As I mentioned, I don't buy new vehicles that often. I'm 62 and retired, and don't drive all that much, so I don't care about fuel economy. Unless this new Grand Cherokee gets demolished or stolen, it could very well be the last vehicle I buy. I would like to think I'll live long enough to wear it out, but that's not being realistic. By the time that happens, I probably won't be able to drive anymore.

My last 2 new cars were 1991's, and I'm still driving both. A 1991 Ford F-150 with a 5.0 V-8, and a 1991 Mustang LX 5.0 V-8. When I bought the truck new I wanted the 5.7 Ford 351 V-8. But the dealer didn't have any, and I let him talk me into the 5.0. BIG MISTAKE! He told me there wasn't much difference in performance, and all I would get is way worse fuel mileage. I believed him.

I've regretted it ever since. My F-150 can't get out of it's own way. 6 months after I bought it, my neighbors son purchased the exact same truck with the 5.7. It ran circles around my 5.0. I should have listened to my instincts. I don't want to make the same mistake twice. That's why I want to talk to people who have driven both.
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I think you should go ahead and order the vehicle you want. If you're not worried about the gas mileage, get the V8 and enjoy it!
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

Maybe you did this ... but if not ...

Build what you want on Jeep.com. Expand the search area. If you find one, see if your local dealer can get it for you.

Otherwise, order what you want, particularly if you don't replace vehicles too often. No sense letting a couple of months of waiting give you years of regret.

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In all honesty this vehicle will never go off the pavement. We live in the desert, and it will never see snow. I hate camping. If there is a hotel within 100 miles, I'll be in it. So realistically, I have zero use for a 4WD. I like having the extra power and torque a V-8 offers, so that's why I'm leaning heavily towards it.

As I mentioned, I don't buy new vehicles that often. I'm 62 and retired, and don't drive all that much, so I don't care about fuel economy. Unless this new Grand Cherokee gets demolished or stolen, it could very well be the last vehicle I buy. I would like to think I'll live long enough to wear it out, but that's not being realistic. By the time that happens, I probably won't be able to drive anymore.

My last 2 new cars were 1991's, and I'm still driving both. A 1991 Ford F-150 with a 5.0 V-8, and a 1991 Mustang LX 5.0 V-8. When I bought the truck new I wanted the 5.7 Ford 351 V-8. But the dealer didn't have any, and I let him talk me into the 5.0. BIG MISTAKE! He told me there wasn't much difference in performance, and all I would get is way worse fuel mileage. I believed him.

I've regretted it ever since. My F-150 can't get out of it's own way. 6 months after I bought it, my neighbors son purchased the exact same truck with the 5.7. It ran circles around my 5.0. I should have listened to my instincts. I don't want to make the same mistake twice. That's why I want to talk to people who have driven both.
I have a 6.4 hemi so i have all the fun in the world but that will be going over what you willing to pay so 5.7 it is.
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Re: 2015 Grand Cherokee - V-8 Or V-6 ??

If you are really looking for performance, go for the HEMI.

I can assure you though that the difference in consumption will be greater than '1-2 MPG' as somebody suggested earlier.

For me, going with the V6 was a no-brainer. I have nothing to tow and if performance would have been my most important feature, I wouldn't have gone for an SUV in the first place.

The (low) fuel-consumption on the V6 is just awesome and if I want to have some fun, I put it in 'S' and get the same performance as on a <MY14 HEMI.
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