Time to revive the thread. I test drove the Overland this weekend, both the V6 and Hemi. First of all, the quality is very nice, just the smell of leather makes the truck feel more expensive than it is. First I drove the V6, dealer gave me the keys and told to come back whenever I am done (no pressure by the way, turned out to be a great salesman, no BS no usual dealer crap). So I spent about 15 minutes playing with all the functions before taking off. As most of you have said, the buttons, switches and materials surrounding you in the cockpit are high quality. I finally put the thing in D and hit the gas. For the truck of this size the V6 is suitable, its not fast or slow its just perfect, its very smooth too. To those who say that it isn't fast enough you need to remember its not a sports car. I drove about 2 miles on a highway and decided to make a turn to drive around on local streets. Brakes were little soft for my taste and I also felt some body roll when turning, but its the characteristics of a truck, once again this is not a sports car. The Jeep is very quiet, and comfortable, has plenty of room for anything a common family might need.
After that I decided to try the HEMI. I took the Laredo V8 since they didn't have any other V8's on the lot. Interior was little different but again very surprised by the quality ( in a good way). As soon as pulled out of the dealer parking i floored the gas and felt the difference in power, again nothing crazy but smooth acceleration, and then the shaking began
I think i experienced the problem as many users here, shaking under WOT. I ignored the issue since I wasn't about to buy that truck anyway. After few miles of driving I sat down with the dealer who again was very cool, knowledgable and gave me a great price on the V6 Overland without even haggling. The V6 would be the engine of my choice, for my city driving the engine felt great and had enough power to pull the weight.
And here is the punch line...As much as I love the Jeep, I think its a very nice vehicle, I really have nothing bad to say about it, I will go as far as ignore the vibration in the HEMI, but unfortunately this car is not for me. I did not feel comfortable driving it, and I am not talking about being comfortable sitting in the seat, I mean driving such a big car in general. I am sure I would get used to it after a while, but thats not what I am looking for. I am used to driving sedans that are quick and somewhat light compared to the jeep that is heavy and bulky. Again, I love the Jeep and I would recommend it to anyone that had a SUV before and is looking for something new.
Thanks everyone for your time, this forum is great and I hope you guys enjoy your Jeep.
I am getting the Infiniti FX by the way.