Originally Posted by jgc4ever
Dan, Do you think the gloss black wood trim the 2011 Overland Summit had or the black open-pore wood trim the 2014 Summit (black interior) has looks better? (if you picture both with a black interior leather)
Hmmmmmm...... the 2014 Summit wood definitely has a warmer more luxurious feel and tone to it no question about it (the steering wheel is gloss of course).
I really did like the 2011 Black Olive Ash Burl with, if I recall correctly, had a hint of silver powder in it to highlight the burl of the wood. It looked best in really bright sunlight as you could then see the detail. In normal or dim light, the Summit wood really didn't look that much different than the Laredo fake plastic "wood". 2014 open pore wood is distinctive and everyone that gets in goes to touch it.
In the end, they are two different animals. The 2014 aims for an earthy high-end luxury feel while the 2011 with the saddle and black wood was distinctive styling. I like them both but no question the Grand Canyon Jeep Brown interior is a step up from the 2011 New Saddle.
The 2014 Summit black interior is also great but was just too much black for me with all the other stuff in there being black. Whereas the brown is more unique and goes nice with the copper accents and all the other black stuff (controls, vents and tons of other things black). Love the brown interior (much more than I thought I would). I am 1000% happy with my choice.
I guess to answer your question, the open pore wood looks better than the gloss.
Hope that helps!