Re: Is there a comparison repoort that includes Grand Cherokee?
I agree, but having driven jeep since 2003, I simply add WK2 into the consideration bag along with the others that are ML350 and X5. I thought about 4Runner and Pathfinder, possibly the new Explorer, but if I am really going to change to another vehicle, I would prefer that it is a luxurious one with a nice name tag. I really like X5 but the shape I like it in comes with a hefty price tag. Just the appearance package that makes it worth looking at (plain base looks really plain and weak) costs $6000. Add a few chrome, you need to spend over $55k for it. Base at $47.
Fully loaded maxed out Summit costs $47k. So either a base X5 or full Summit. If I were to get a WK2, it wouldn't necessarily need Summit. Overland with a few add-ons at $44k would be enough. Especially I would like to avoid the air suspension. Not only it is brand new, also something I don't need.
X5 does not have low range. I assume it is the same X-Drive they put on sedans. A lot people like it, but having low range on a jeep was awesome. Just knowing it was there was a confidence booster. Those same people argue that you really don't need low range since nobody would wheel the X5, but then why did ML-350 add it? When you get 4-Matic you automatically get a low range. I don't know how low it is as far as added torque and gear ratio, but at least it is there.
So, yeah, I am in the market for a new SUV, and I am in fact comparing X5 to WK2.
I just drove a WK2 last weekend for a few miles, I didn't feel like at home, but then again with all new vehicle that's the feeling you will get unless you get to keep it for a few days. The steering was not really as responsive as my KJ (or '09 WK) and it felt out of touch with the pavement. Again, this is all in comparison to my KJ, which has excellent steering and very responsive throttle, even after 80k miles. If I can rent a WK2 to drive for a few days, I would love to do that. How much can you tell from a short test drive, anyway.