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Question How well does it ride?

Hey guys I've been crunching some numbers to see what type of vehicle I could purchase and a local dealer has a pretty decent deal on a limited eco diesel.

My question for you is in regards to the air suspension. How much better does it ride compared to the stock suspension on the limited? Is it honestly worth the extra cost?

My DREAM vehcile would be an overland diesel advance tech and ORA2... Pocket book says this is a definate no... All the other vehicles I have drolled over have 'standard' suspensions (dodge charge, ram 1500, jeep cherokee)

Also, it seems like everyone says you can't find a good tire for 20" rims. The limited has them optioned with them... not sure how I feel. I like both the 18" and 20" rims.

I apologize if this has been discussed before, as I'm sure it has (especially the 20" thing), I just can't seem to get the search function to cooperate with me tonight.
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Re: How well does it ride?

I just finished up an evening spent at the dealer driving a 4x2 and a 4x4. Both V6 overland optioned JGC's. My principle reason for doing so was to test the differences in handling between the two suspensions.

It might have been placebo or my mind playing games, but I personally felt the air suspension was much smoothing and handled noticeably better. I am not a current or past owner, just doing my research as well. Hopefully someone else can comment.


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I just finished up an evening spent at the dealer driving a 4x2 and a 4x4. Both V6 overland optioned JGC's. My principle reason for doing so was to test the differences in handling between the two suspensions.

It might have been placebo or my mind playing games, but I personally felt the air suspension was much smoothing and handled noticeably better. I am not a current or past owner, just doing my research as well. Hopefully someone else can comment.


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The local dealer has all my dream (or darn near close enough that with the prices they have listed I would compromise) vehicles in stock.... I really want to go down to test drive a few (overland vs. Limited both gas and v6, cherokee trailhawk, ram 1500 ecodiesel) but I'm afraid it would really make me want one!!!!!!
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Re: How well does it ride?

All I can say is drive them all and make it clear you are doing your research. This is a large purchase that you need to be happy with. They are paid to make a sale and will put pressure on. Take your time and compare each to your needs and do some work on what you are willing to pay. All are excellent choices.


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Re: How well does it ride?

I first owned an early build 2014 GC Limited V6 4x4 with the standard suspension (put almost 10,000 miles on it), handled very well on the street...car like, even in the curves at speed.

I later traded it in for a 2014 GC Overland V6 4x4 (air suspension standard), and I have to say that after putting over 2,000 miles on it, I feel my old Limited with the standard suspension handled better on the road. Sure the air suspension is cool and all...and gives a softer ride over bumps, but when it comes to overall handling on the street, the standard suspension was superior.
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I first owned an early build 2014 GC Limited V6 4x4 with the standard suspension (put almost 10,000 miles on it), handled very well on the street...car like, even in the curves at speed.

I later traded it in for a 2014 GC Overland V6 4x4 (air suspension standard), and I have to say that after putting over 2,000 miles on it, I feel my old Limited with the standard suspension handled better on the road. Sure the air suspension is cool and all...and gives a softer ride over bumps, but when it comes to overall handling on the street, the standard suspension was superior.
If you had to do it all over again would you get an overland or limited? And why. Not just because of the air suspension.
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Re: How well does it ride?

I dunno. That standard suspension is pretty bouncy and rolly for me. Almost more than my 2011 pilot.
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If you had to do it all over again would you get an overland or limited? And why. Not just because of the air suspension.
Even though I feel my 2014 Limited handled a bit better on the street than my current 2014 Overland, I still like my Overland better.

I like my Overland more because of the options it has that my Limited did not:

HIDs, Pano roof, better leather & ventilated seats, better radio (8.4AN), motorized exterior mirrors (w/puddle lights), wood on steering wheel, painted lower trim, chrome tow hooks.

I paid for the following additional options on my Limited:

Tow pkg., sunroof, 20" wheels, and 8.4A radio
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I first owned an early build 2014 GC Limited V6 4x4 with the standard suspension (put almost 10,000 miles on it), handled very well on the street...car like, even in the curves at speed.

I later traded it in for a 2014 GC Overland V6 4x4 (air suspension standard), and I have to say that after putting over 2,000 miles on it, I feel my old Limited with the standard suspension handled better on the road. Sure the air suspension is cool and all...and gives a softer ride over bumps, but when it comes to overall handling on the street, the standard suspension was superior.
I'd definitely suggest testing both the standard and air suspension, preferably in the same series and with the same size tires.

My opinion is exactly backwards, the standard suspension is quite capable, arguably better than the old solid axle GCs by a long shot, but for a variety of driving that includes highly twisty mountain roads [without guard rails], high speed dirt roads, cross country high speed interstates, and occasional really nasty trails, the air suspension beats the standard all hollow.

.... which difference in opinion explains why they offer both.
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Re: How well does it ride?

I have a 2011 with the standard suspension and 18" wheels. Have driven several 2014 Overlands with the air suspension and 20" wheels.

First of all, my 2011 rides great. Around town it can be a little trucky at times, but I've said it many times, it rides incredibly at speed and on the highway. Outside of the Lexus LS, its the most comfortable highway trip vehicle I've ever had. It soaks up miles great.

The air suspension Overlands I've driven seem to ride a little better in town, but on the highway they seem pretty similar to me.

I would drive them both, but if a Limited with the toys you want is more comfortable for you price wise...I wouldn't stress myself to get the air suspension.
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How well does it ride?

I have a 14 Overland before that a 12 limited with standard suspension. The overland is much smoother and planted on road however it's not terrible off-road but still Super stiff over bumps at speed bottoms out here in the desert even going slow through baby whoops ect. My previous experience was a Prerunner truck with 18" of travel so I guess I shouldn't complain right? Also my alignment is never perfect probably due to the cycling of the suspension, I've had it aligned 4 times already at two dealers. It's always the same wheel is straight in off-road mode but 5-6 degrees tilted to the right in sport mode which is where I would want it the most straight lol. Overall I prefer the features of the overland more. Just wish I had a choice of suspension with 4wd.


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Re: How well does it ride?

I think I'll have to go do some test driving.... anybody want to do my farm chores for a day? Lol
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