Just got back from a 5 hour round trip in the new Overland for a Christmas visit with my Mom.
Now that we have a few miles on it, here's a few observations about my new GC;
- no squeaks, rattles or other quality issues to date. It still feels very tight.
- no leaks found when hand or automatic washing the Jeep.
- a very comfortable ride in the front seats. Lots of adjustments and lumbar support.
- the back seats are firm, but the seats are heated and the backs recline to make them a little more comfortable on long trips.
- the cabin is extremely quiet on the highway.
- the variable height air suspension has a parking feature that lowers the vehicle for ease of entry and exit (for a certain female member of our family
- very stable on the road, even in wind gusts. The air suspension automatically lowers at highway speed for better aerodynamics and stability. I have 18" winter wheels and tires on it now. Although I don't have any complaints with the winter wheels & tires, as expected the handling is even better with the 20" summer tires.
Also, we haven't had much snow yet to really try out the 4-wheel drive, but it does handle very well on wet & slippery pavement. I've always been impressed with Jeep's 4-wheel drive systems, so I expect I won't be disappointed with this one.
- although not a muscle car, the 5.7L V8 has good acceleration for passing and power to easily maintain highway speeds (at or above the limit
- having driven a car as a daily driver for almost 5 years, driving a 'truck' again takes a little getting used to, e.g. acceleration and cornering.
- firm back seats.
- poor fuel economy with the 5.7L HEMI. Right now the mileage is not as good as my 6.1L Charger. I like having the extra power of the V8, but I did expect the fuel economy to be better with the variable displacement engine. The Jeep is a lot heavier and the engine hasn't really been broken in yet, so hopefully the economy will improve when I get more miles on it. On the plus side, it uses regular grade (89) fuel instead of the Charger's premium fuel.
Summarizing, after almost a month of driving, I'm still very happy with the Jeep and really have no regrets. The manufacturing & material quality, sound proofing, and general drivability are much improved over my previous Jeep GC's. I just wish the automakers would design self-cleaning vehicles.