First, thanks everyone for the comments. As for the light interior, I've had light greys and tans before and was able to keep them looking good. This is a bit lighter, so maybe a little more work. I checked Elmo's website, they produce the leather. The same time leather is used in commercial applications, so hopefully I will be able to handle it.
I do like it even better in person than in pictures.
In the 100+ miles I've driven so far I really can't say there are any major handling differences. I did set my A/C for 68 degrees and it worked without me fiddling around. That's a major plus.
Overall I feel confident in this one enough that I bought a 5/60 ESP. This is my fifth car in 11 years. First impression is that it's a keeper.
Originally Posted by overlanding
What was your previous GC specifically, Bill? Can you give us some impressions? Specially to the HarmonKardon, steering, suspension, and road noise.
Is it Ivory or bright white?
After getting it dirty today I had to wash all the grit off from the NWR. What I found is that the fit and finish is much better. The trim around the door windows seem to be a better quality, or at least it's been treated better.
The paint is the Ivory Tri-Coat. I've had white tri-coat from other manufacturers and find the 'sparkle' is more subdued on the Jeep. The flakes, or chips, or whatever they are called in the paint are much smaller. I like it.
The HK sound is very good. I'm not an audiophile, but it is more than I imagined or will ever need.
I've tried the steering in normal and sport so far. I like the sport, but at less than 200 miles, that could change. My Ford had electric steering with the auto park and all that, so it's not new to me.
The suspension feels like I remember my last Jeep, a '14 Overland also with a Hemi. It had ORII so 18" wheels.
Road noise is there, but I don't need to blast the radio to drown it out. The surprise was on the dirt/gravel roads in the wildlife refuge today. The road noise was a load grumbling sound. It was louder than my Escape and if I remember louder than my Overland. I had an Acura MDX that was loud over these same roads. Just one of those things I guess.
I was backing into a field of high grass today and thought I hit something. Actually the Jeep thought I was going to hit something, so hit the brakes. Scared the you know what out of me.