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For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

Hey all, I am guessing there are other threads like this - so I apologize if redundant..

My story - I just picked up my new HA with a Hemi. I actually wasn't anticipating going with the 8, but my wife chimed in.. She insisted that the new rig be able to tow a small horse trailer. She wanted the 8 (and she didnt really have to twist my arm )

Now that I have it, I have no complaints. Love the sound and highway pickup. We will see how I feel about the mileage, but after 250 miles, I am averaging around 15 per (Although so far most driving has been city)

I wanted to know from others out there in Jeep Land - why they ended up choosing the Hemi over the 6?

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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

In my opinion it's a heavy vehicle better to have a stronger engine to move it around , the pentastar isn't bad but it works hard


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Old 03-06-2016, 11:29 AM
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

I would much rather have HP over MPG. And if you drive like grandma, you can easily achieve over 17 mpg. But with all that power, it's tough to keep your foot out of it
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

I chose the Hemi for the power. I came from a Nissan Altima V6. The GC weighs about 1800 pounds more than the Altima, with roughly the same amount of power. I initially intended on getting the V6, but I changed my mind after a test drive. The V6 felt very underpowered to me, especially compared to the Altima. Some people are content with the V6 and that's great for them. When you get to a point in your life where you can afford a $50k vehicle, gas mileage isn't really a big concern anymore. I wanted more power more than gas mileage, so I went with the Hemi. I get about 17 mpg mixed city/highway/commuting, and about 21 mpg on longer road trips.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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In my opinion it's a heavy vehicle better to have a stronger engine to move it around , the pentastar isn't bad but it works hard

The Pentastar doesn't work hard at all... it has a surprising amount of power in such a heavy vehicle. If you find yourself regularly towing more than a small trailer or boat then yes, you'd be better off with the hemi or diesel.
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Hey all, I am guessing there are other threads like this - so I apologize if redundant..

My story - I just picked up my new HA with a Hemi. I actually wasn't anticipating going with the 8, but my wife chimed in.. She insisted that the new rig be able to tow a small horse trailer. She wanted the 8 (and she didnt really have to twist my arm )

Now that I have it, I have no complaints. Love the sound and highway pickup. We will see how I feel about the mileage, but after 250 miles, I am averaging around 15 per (Although so far most driving has been city)

I wanted to know from others out there in Jeep Land - why they ended up choosing the Hemi over the 6?
It will losen up a little but dont expect huge mileage gains. Mileage is going to be all over the map depending on who is driving and your situation, i get about 18 mixed on the v8. If you search around on here the general real world mixed mileage difference between the 6 and the 8 is not that much for the 2014-15s. The 16s promise to be a little better at increasing the gap some. I personnelly never considered the 6 i wanted something that moved around a little better for the heavy weight of this vehicle. I didnt care about mileage not that theres much to care about with the low cost of fuel these days. The up front cost of the v8 is really the biggest consideration is the extra $3200 or what ever it is worth the extra cost worth it to someone. I have been driving a 2014 v8 with the 8spd for three years now and it really is a great combination, its very effortless smooth acceleration. I would not describe it as fast but its great to drive and handles the weight of the vehicle well.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

I chose the V8 for the same reason as your spouse...a small horse trailer...



During the warm months, I average about 16 mpg in general rural driving and get 20-22 on the highway, depending on terrain and distance. During the colder months, I average about 14 mpg in general rural driving and 19-20 highway. But I have a light foot...
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

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I chose the V8 for the same reason as your spouse...a small horse trailer...



During the warm months, I average about 16 mpg in general rural driving and get 20-22 on the highway, depending on terrain and distance. During the colder months, I average about 14 mpg in general rural driving and 19-20 highway. But I have a light foot...
Nice. Thats probably exactly the trailer the wife will be pulling.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

I got the Hemi in my '16 for a couple reasons. I wanted somethjng different after 2 Pentastars and occasionally the V6 in my '14 has struggled to keep up. Usually only when I have to stomp on it on the highway, which is half my driving. The V6 is nice and I've had no big complaints...buuutttt I wanted more oomph this time around
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These threads always get kind of interesting. Having owned both, I can say I do like them both for different reasons. First off, someone above said that the V6 works too much. Absolutely not true. IMO my V6 seems to move this thing as easily as my 2014 Hemi did.
It is true the Hemi has more power, however you don't necessarily feel it all in everyday driving. Maybe the extra low end torque is noticeable at low speeds, however at WOT I honestly feel that my V6 is almost as quick as my Hemi. Certainly not different enough that I can easily claim one or the other is significantly faster. For towing without a doubt the Hemi would be preferred there is no argument with that.
For everyday driving the Hemi feels heavier and like a big vehicle. One of the big reasons I have been so thrilled with my new V6 is it feels and handles more car like.
The Hemi sounds just great though and I do miss that.
Mpg wise, the advertised numbers are pretty accurate and what you can expect between the two. Since I am now into my 4th tank in my 2015 V6 and having logged all fillups using fuelly, I am beginning to see the true differences between the two. My average over 6400 miles in my 2014 Summit V8 was 16.4mpg far suburban miles. No highway, but also no harsh city. Best recorded tank was 17.7mpg, worst was 14.7 when new. First tank in the V6 already had me up at 18mpg in the dead of winter. I'm expecting fairly measurable differences between the two, and the benefit of using regular in the 6 where as Hemi recommend mid grade...but not required.
Basically to sum it up they are both great engines and do what they were designed to do well.
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I chose the HEMI for the simple
mindset of. It's better to have and not need then to need and not have.
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Re: For those who drive a Hemi 5.7

Well, I traded in my mildly modified 2001 Ford F150 Lightning ⚡ on my 2013 JGC. I looked until I found a Hemi and 2WD. The extra torque potential over the V6 is just a light foot press away. I love seeing the tach needle shoot up and over to the right.

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