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JGC RWD vs 4WD?

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I am new to this forum and thinking about getting a 2014 JGC but there are so many options its been hard to decide. I live in the mountains of NC now but will be moving to the beach at some point in inthe next year or so. Currently we get snow occasionally at best a few times a year. When we move to the beach we may be loading/unloading a small boat or jet skis with the JGC.

I have been back and forth on the V6 vs V8 as well as the RWD vs the 4WD. I had deciced to go with the V6 w/4WD but then started 2nd guessing the real need for 4WD after reading the RWD does fine in snow.

Can anyone with real life experience give me some advice?

Being a guy I would like the V8 w/4WD but my wife is going to be driving it mostly and of course the V6 gets better mileage....

Thoughts/suggestions?
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:10 PM
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then started 2nd guessing the real need for 4WD after reading the RWD does fine in snow.
how deep is that snow and where did you read that?
When equipped with the same tires, AWD/4WD >>> RWD !
You many have read about a RWD Jeep with dedicated snow tires doing fine in 2 inches of snow that was melting... On the other hand I heard that RWD cars excel in soft sand at the beach and/or on steep ramps when loading/unloading a small boat or jet skis.

Get yourself a V6 Laredo - essentially an AWD Jeep. Skip the trims offering a low range gearbox and/or off-road packages and you will have the added safety and security of AWD you desire and the fuel economy you need.
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I have a V6 AWD and love it.. Never gotten stuck in anything and love the feel of the ride.. Go all in with the AWD
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

lol, yes it did say with snow tires....

I don't think the wife will go with the Laredo since she wants the nicer wheels and leather seats. Guess I'm looking for a compromise with the extras and the capabilities.

Suggestions on best package for some capabilities/extras looks wise that is below 40 grand?
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

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how deep is that snow and where did you read that?
When equipped with the same tires, AWD/4WD >>> RWD !
You many have read about a RWD Jeep with dedicated snow tires doing fine in 2 inches of snow that was melting... On the other hand I heard that RWD cars excel in soft sand at the beach and/or on steep ramps when loading/unloading a small boat or jet skis.

Get yourself a V6 Laredo - essentially an AWD Jeep. Skip the trims offering a low range gearbox and/or off-road packages and you will have the added safety and security of AWD you desire and the fuel economy you need.
Just FYI I used to run a E30325i with a LSD that was track prepped with 4 winter tires and the only thing that stopped me was the depth of snow. About 10 inches depending on the type of snow was all we could get through. Remember AWD and 4wd dont help you brake or turn. And you can exceed the capabilities of even the best electronic nannies.

I dont think the ORAI or ORAII package has that big effect on mpgs.

Get waht you want. Its the driver not the vehicle.
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

@Kenny..I did not know there was an AWD option? Sorry if I sound dumb here but I really am with the GC's and all the options.

Right not looking at this Jeep w4WD. Seems like a good price for the Jeep.

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Well AWD/4x4 is what I am referring to.. I know the GK from 11-13 had a Laredo x package.. Better radio leather ect.. But that price you have is pretty good just make sure that it's the real price.. A lot of times that's with all incentives applied which most of us won't Be able to get..
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So your right no AWD.. Just 4x4 is the way to go!
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

Get her the V6 with 4WD. I've had SUVs with RWD and have not been happy with them. My '12 has 5 driving modes and I dial to snow when it rains hard. My wife has a small sedan with AWD and she loves how it handles solidly in the rain.

Living in NC there is a huge variation in weather and terrain and my Jeep can take me anywhere in this great state regardless of the weather. Don't foget how hard it rains here, especially on the coast. And you'll need 4WD to drive on the beach. Or do some black water canoeing and you'll be parking in loose sand at trail heads.

Also 4WD loses very little value when it comes time to trade in.
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

There is no AWD option for the GC. Just 2WD and full time 4WD.

The way I'd look at it:
How much is upgrading to 4WD going to cost?

There's the initial cost and the operating cost. The initial cost can be a little pricy at close to $2000. If you sell the vehicle, you should be able to recoup some of that initial cost depending on how old the vehicle is.

The extra operating cost really isn't that bad at around $100/yr. as the 4WD system takes a 1mpg penalty over the 2WD system. At 12,000mi @ $3/gal equals $94/yr. That's not bad considering the added safety and convenience that 4WD offers.

As far as choosing the V6 vs the V8, well that's been heavily debated here. I was initially going to get the V8 before I test drove the V6. The power and accretion from the V6 is surprising. Now if you're going to do some heavy towing, I'd go with the V8.
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

heelz, get the 4x4. Truly, I consider the GC to be AWD, as it's full time 4wd, which by definition means AWD to me. Just semantics I suppose.

Anyway, you'll appreciate it the first time you get on a algae coated boat ramp. Plus, your wife, and your family, will be safer, IMHO, with AWD.

When my wife rolls out in her 4wd, with good tires, I always feel more secure about it.

While NO amount of tires, or any 4wd system is a free pass to exceed the envelope of safety, it will stack more of the odds in your favor. IMHO, of course.
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Re: JGC RWD vs 4WD?

Thank you very much for the replies. I am feeling better about choosing the V6 with the 4WD. You are right Yadkin, in NC you may run into anything from the Mountains to the Coast....since I will be in both areas, the 4WD makes sense. Will probably not use it but 10% of the time but I will be glad I have it that 10% of the time....
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