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Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude V6..

If you had a 5.7L V8 Overland and went to a V6 Altitude, how do you feel about the change? Do you miss any of the features you lost? Would you do it again if you had the decision to do over? Or are you happy with the switch?

Anyone else just with an opinion is welcome to comment as well.


I have a 2012 Overland V8 (45000 miles and pristine condition) and am seriously considering a 2015 Altitude III V6.

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Old 10-14-2015, 09:31 PM
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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

If you decide the options of the Overland are important, but really like the Altitude styling, don't forget they now offer the High Altitude which is Altitude styling based off the Overland/Summit. Great package, but obviously a different price range than the standard Laredo based Altitude.
I haven't gone from higher end to base, but personally, I would need all the stuff from the Overland/Summit. That's what attracted me to the vehicle in the first place. The Overland+ models are so well equipped for the price.
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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

First priority is styling for me. I prefer the Altitude and Overland exterior to the Summit and High Altitude. I'm fine with the Overland price. I just can't decide if the added standard features on the Overland are worth the price or not.


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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

I would hate life dropping from an Overland to an Altitude because of all the missing features.

A friend of mine wanted an altitude for the styling, ended up with a Limited for the features. Then was kicking himself for not getting an Overland after riding in my Summit. He would have been miserable in the Altitude. But he did just put all the black accents on his Limited to replace the chrome.
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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

I test drove a couple '12 and '13 Overland V8s before I bought my '14 Limited V6 a few months ago in May.

From a power perspective, I honestly didn't notice much of a difference. The V8 had a little stronger pull but the '14 V6 8 speed transmission really helps.

I think your decision needs to be based on what interior & tech features are the most important to you (since you obviously prefer the exterior style of the Altitude). For me, I didn't care about the air suspension (just another thing to go wrong, imo) or the ACC (I don't use cruise control) and I greatly preferred the 8.4 Nav so the '14 made more sense. However, leather and sunroof are mandatory in every car I buy (personal preference) so that lead me to start looking at Limiteds with Lux II since that got me all the features I wanted without paying for ones I didn't care as much about (as nice as they may be).

For you, remember that the Altitude is based on an entry level model so you'll need to look for one that has the extra features you may want (like a backup camera, tow pkg, sunroof, etc). You'll also need to assess how much towing you do and how you feel about doing that with the V6. You should definitely test drive a couple and see what you think. I didn't notice much of a difference for 'around town' driving but my sample size is very very small. Also, you'll need to decide if the select terrain is important to you. The best answer may turn out to just blacking out your Overland. All this is highly subjective and comes down to your personal preferences.

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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

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I test drove a couple '12 and '13 Overland V8s before I bought my '14 Limited V6 a few months ago in May.

From a power perspective, I honestly didn't notice much of a difference. The V8 had a little stronger pull but the '14 V6 8 speed transmission really helps.

I think your decision needs to be based on what interior & tech features are the most important to you (since you obviously prefer the exterior style of the Altitude). For me, I didn't care about the air suspension (just another thing to go wrong, imo) or the ACC (I don't use cruise control) and I greatly preferred the 8.4 Nav so the '14 made more sense. However, leather and sunroof are mandatory in every car I buy (personal preference) so that lead me to start looking at Limiteds with Lux II since that got me all the features I wanted without paying for ones I didn't care as much about (as nice as they may be).

For you, remember that the Altitude is based on an entry level model so you'll need to look for one that has the extra features you may want (like a backup camera, tow pkg, sunroof, etc). You'll also need to assess how much towing you do and how you feel about doing that with the V6. You should definitely test drive a couple and see what you think. I didn't notice much of a difference for 'around town' driving but my sample size is very very small. Also, you'll need to decide if the select terrain is important to you. The best answer may turn out to just blacking out your Overland. All this is highly subjective and comes down to your personal preferences.

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I did partially black out (grille, JEEP emblem, mirrors, side doors, and rear brow) on my Overland actually. Thanks for your very helpful post. It makes sense to me to give the Altitude a chance now. It will depend on what I think of the looks of the interior for the most part and how I feel about losing things like autodimming exterior mirrors, ventilated seats, and select terrain, and then V8 to V6 as well. I basically just want a nice looking vehicle with lower fascias painted brilliant black but don't want to keep putting money into mine when it's going down in value and not going to increase the value of it, plus I think I'd like a black interior more (I have beige, but it's the Overland beige with nappa leather and leather dash and dark beige carpet so not sure a black Altitude interior will be more pleasing, just maybe the color but maybe not. I'll stop in at the dealer soon and take a look and a test drive. I do like the front end of the Altitude and Overland, maybe the Overland even a little more. I like the Overland headlights much more too.
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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

I went from a 12 Hemi Laredo with Quadra Trac II, leveling kit, big tires etc to my 15 Altitude. Which now is 2.5 RRO Lift, tires, etc etc.

I thought id miss 4lo and select terrain...but I really dont. I dont miss the HEMI AT ALL!

Im very happy with the swap. There are reasons I like both, but im very very happy in the 15



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The other thing to consider is that both engines are practically completely different with the new 8spd starting in 2014+. I previously had a 2012 Overland V6 and couldn't stand the V6 with that 5spd tranny. One of the worst setups....never shifted when I would have wanted it to, and always seemed to put it in the wrong gear at the wrong time. I now own a 2014 V8 and it's incredible! I didn't consider the V6 so I never had the opportunity to try the V6 mated with the 8spd, but I have heard it's MUCH better than the 11-13 V6 setup. For me personally, the V8 and 8spd was a no brainer and my Jeep will never tow anything or see anything but smooth pavement. It's just so much fun!
I recommend trying both, or even the diesel of fuel economy is a priority. If how much you spend is flexible, consider the High Altitude. It's the best of both worlds and seems to offer everything you want based on your description in the original post.
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Thank you for the responses.

OK, today I took the afternoon off work and headed up to the dealer 25 miles north of the city that has an Overland, Altitude, and High Altitude all in brilliant black. I spent 3 hours there looking and test driving these 3 vehicles. I didn't buy today, still undecided. Learned a lot and here are my thoughts.

First, I looked at the exteriors and interiors of all three. I test drove an Altitude V6, High Altitude V6, and a High Altitude V8, and I sat in an Overland with black interior as well. I like the interiors on all 3. I love the High Altitude interior with the black stitching and silver bezels. I liked the Altitude interior as well. The Overland interior was very nice, however I much prefer the silver bezels in the other two, and wasn't sure about the white stitching, it's nice though. I like the Overland crest in the back of the front seats and the wood steering wheel, although I like the all leather steering wheels as well.

Exterior styling. I love the front of the Overland. I very much like the front of the High Altitude especially the headlights and when the LEDs are on and just the fact they're HID on the HA and Overland. I thought I would like the Altitude front the most but the other two actually looked better today, could be the way the sun was in the sky this afternoon, it's hard to distinguish the front of the Altitude because it's all black, I'm used to this look though because I blacked out my 2012 Overland. The vehicles were all dirty, as I was leaving the mobile car wash was making the rounds. The salesman did offer to send the Jeeps through the car wash when we first started looking however I didn't take him up on that very nice offer.

Test drive #1: Altitude V6 with tow package so it had the rear load leveling shocks. Very smooth shifting and very smooth suspension. I was actually most impressed with this, which suprised me.

Test drive #2: High Altitude V6. Similar to the Altitude V6, I couldn't really tell a difference, the highway was very smooth though so don't know how either would be on not as nice of a road.

Test drive #3. High Altitude Hemi 5.7L V8. I could feel the shifts on this one, however I'm used to my 6 speed 5.7L V8 so maybe the 8 speed test drive I gave a little too much gas. I love the sound of the Hemi and the acceleration though.

Wheels. I don't really like black wheels, although maybe they could grow on me. If I get an HA I would likely get pvd black chrome SRT Replica Spider Monkey wheels. If I get an Overland I would either get pvd chrome 2013 style Overland wheels or have the 2015 Overland wheels mineral gray pockets powder coated gloss black and clear coated. If I get the Altitude I would probably get pvd chrome 2013 style Overland wheels.


Final thoughts. I liked the HA more than I thought I would. I liked the fender flares, SRT side skirts, front and rear bumpers and fascias, and black chrome parts. I still like the Overland front the most, but the interior on the HA, the black hid headlights, front park sensors are a strong draw. The leather dash and walnut wood in the Overland and HA look very nice. One more thing, the 2015 shifter. I asked the salesman to show me how it works before I went on the first test drive. It worked perfectly every time I used it while he was explaining it and I was shifting it. This was with my foot on the brake. Later I was about to test drive and when I first went to put it in reverse, I was missing the gear several times, I blame this on not thinking about how it works and not having much experience with the feel of it. I do like it just fine though.

The 19 speaker Harmon Kardon stereo system is outstanding, that is another strong selling feature. Also, the ability to get the blind spot monitoring in the side mirrors would be very nice, I don't have that feature on my Overland and could see it being very helpful.

Finally, I know I like having snow mode and using the air suspension on mine, but worry about the air suspension failing over time, not that it would necessarily fail, just that if it did the cost is so much and I don't want to spend the money for the cost of an extended warranty either. If it ever did fail, I'd probably just trade in for a new one in the distant future, if they don't screw up the looks of the next gen Grand Cherokee.
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Re: Anyone that has gone from a 2011 - '13 Overland 5.7L V8 to a 2014 - '15 Altitude

Great write up! It's nice to hear your opinion on back to back to back test drives on all those models.

Based on reading everything you said, I personally see you in the High Altitude V8. It's absolutely the best of everything you said you wanted/liked. Also, when you mentioned black chrome SRT wheels on it that would just look incredible, especially with all the black chrome parts on it. It's probably how it should have come from the factory.
Keep us up to date on what you decide or if you need anymore opinions.
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Great write up! It's nice to hear your opinion on back to back to back test drives on all those models.

Based on reading everything you said, I personally see you in the High Altitude V8. It's absolutely the best of everything you said you wanted/liked. Also, when you mentioned black chrome SRT wheels on it that would just look incredible, especially with all the black chrome parts on it. It's probably how it should have come from the factory.
Keep us up to date on what you decide or if you need anymore opinions.

I always agree with you lol I would go with the HA V8 as well
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I am now leaning toward a High Altitude V8 with 19 speaker Harmon Kardon! Will probably wait to order a 2016.

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