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First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

I've put about 4000 miles on my 2016 V6 Overland and I decided to list what I thought were the best features. Hands down, the number one feature is the new 3.6 L VVT engine.

Full disclosure, I test drove the ecodiesel and decided against that platform. I liked the V6 but had reservations about the ESS. I never had a chance to test drive a 5.7L Hemi V8, but decided against that choice because of fuel efficiency and because I don't do much towing. I emphasize the fact that I don't need heavy towing capacity-I think that would change my recommendation.

Before purchase I did my due diligence. I was concerned that I might be making the wrong choice because of the avid fans of the V8. Those reservations have been quickly dispelled. The acceleration is quick and the added torque at the low end is easily appreciated. At highway speeds I feel no lack of power when I need it. Coupled with the second best feature of the Overland, the transmission, driving has been responsive and smooth.

ESS takes getting used to. I have not disabled it, and as others have said, unless you have a lead foot, you really don't notice it after time.

So I give #1 and #2 to the engine and transmission. #3 goes to the Quadra Lift air suspension. I've used this off road and the added ground clearance is awesome. With highway driving in the aero mode or street driving the vehicle is smooth and solid.

If I had a negative, I do wish those owners who hate ESS could permanently disable the feature rather than at each start up.

If you're on the fence between a V6 and V8 I think you owe it to yourself to test drive both. I think you'll be impressed with the new Pentastar V6.

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Old 07-07-2016, 10:52 AM
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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

Good review thanks for sharing. I have owned both and they are both great and serve their purpose very well. For my driving the V6 was the correct choice for me. When I had my Summit V8 sometimes I felt a little guilty driving a big V8 with no one else ever in my car and just doing my little 13 mile commute to work getting 16mpg. Great engine, great tranny, but the V6 was the choice for me and now I'm averaging over 20mpg. On the exact same commutes between the two engines I get about 100-150 more miles PER tank in the V6....that adds up! I also never felt like I was in a situation where I needed more power. Love my 2015 Overland High Altitude. Oh and with that said its in the shop right now getting a tranny valve body replaced because it developed a harsh 2-3 shift at 4,100 miles lol. Does this ONLY when tranny temp below 130 degrees so really only for the first few miles after a cold start. A benefit to the V8 is that one does not suffer from the V6 tranny issues. When the V6 tranny works correctly, I actually like how it shifts better than my V8 8spd. Since I didn't need the V8 for things like towing or offroading, I will say for my driving what the V8 really has that the V6 doesn't is that great engine sound!! The V8 just has the perfect interior purrr that is music to the ears!! However, one thing that is nice about the V6 is the cabin is definitely more quiet during acceleration and was noticeable right away at how quiet it is which is also nice.
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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

I agree. The new 3.6 is a huge improvement over the 3.6 in my 2011. The new 3.6 has a nice note to it, I can imagine with a CAI it would sound even more aggressive. I have only used the sport mode a few times, but I feel like its more than what I need. The new 3.6 has plenty of pickup and the 8 speed is awesome. I went over Tiago Pass in Yosemite, near 10'000 feet and I was passing people with ease. The car did great, little concerned about the trans temp being around 215 but from reading the threads it seems this transmission runs hot. Even at 10'000 feet I had plenty of pick up. Great car!

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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

The current V6 engine is very good.

But I went with the V8 and couldn't be happier (well... the SRT V8 would make me happier... but... ).

I traded in a 2005 V8 Toyota 4Runner in part because they dropped the V8 option. I have no plans on going backwards or downward in terms of engines. But I'm happy other folks are okay with their choices.

BTW, I don't tow anything either. But I do haul; haul @$$ that is.
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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

Why did you decide against the EcoDiesel platform? Cost?
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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

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Why did you decide against the EcoDiesel platform? Cost?
Primarily yes. It was hard to justify the upgrade cost of the engine vs gas prices. Again, it might have made more sense if I was hauling on a regular basis.

I liked the engine so it would have been my second choice.
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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

Yeah, I agree. The cost is a turn off and will not even recoup the corresponding fuel savings over the cost of the engine until around 4-5 years. So unless the intention is to keep it for a long time or truly a workhorse, it doesn't encourage more people to buy.

I wonder how many diesel engines could really be sold if Jeep offered it for free or at a more palatable price.
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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

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I wonder how many diesel engines could really be sold if Jeep offered it for free or at a more palatable price.

And offered it in the Laredo.


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Re: First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

Personally I think Jeep doesn't care how many diesels they sale - the price bump is just prohibitive especially in "diesel skeptical" US market - they have to know that. Having diesel though lets them put 29 mpg in ads and also helps with mpg average for the model lineup. All about politics ... I think.


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First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

What RPM Do you see at 60mph or 65mph with the pentastar?

Always wondered about that since the rear axle is geared quite high vs V8 or Diesel.
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First impressions of 2016 3.6L Pentastar

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I agree. The new 3.6 is a huge improvement over the 3.6 in my 2011.
Not really. In fact, due to ESS it might be a downgrade lol the 8 speed w/ 3.6 is a huge improvement over your 2011.
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Is this the same V6 as in the 2014 or has it been further refined/ improved for 2016? Any further refinements for 2017?
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