I got my new 2011 Overland on Monday afternoon. Only have 85 miles on it so far...but wanted to comment on a few things of interest.
1. Like so many other reviews I am quite impressed with the ride and the fit and finish and overall quality. Everything works...so far...so good.
2. Adaptive Cruise and Blind Spot montior. The blind spot monitor triangle lights each time a vehicle gets into the left or right blind spot. Not a huge area....and sometimes I wish it were larger (not sure if you could "set" the area) but I am learning to like it ALLOT. Put on your blinker....and the beeper further warns me. So, far the Adaptive Cruise seems like the best thing since sliced bread. Slows and brakes my vehicle to shadow the lead vehicle. I am uncertain what will happen with a stopped vehicle....but it sure slows mine down dramatically when following another up to a stop sign. I have not yet had the guts to let it take me to a stop in this situation. Seems just a bit dicey...and I have not yet read the material on the ACC. From my experiences so far...I would buy it again in a heartbeat. AND....my lower insurance premium will likely save me a good portion of its cost.
3. Ball Hitch. Compared to other SUV's I have driven, this one is going to require a much bigger drop in the ball mount. In the pic it shows my old 2" drop vs another 4" drop required to hook the trailer (compared to my old Acadia). I think this is a bit excessive and weakens my heavy duty towing set up IMO. Anyone else bought a ball mount with this kinda drop yet? The back up camera is gonna be slick for hooking up.
4. I wish the JGC had more center counsil, glove box room, and micl storage areas. I pack lots of gadgets and while this vehicle is "OK"....it doesn't compare to my last vehicle (the Acadia).....and I think they coulda done better. I keep searching for small areas to tuck my odds and ends. Currently I am considering some kind of plastic tub to slip under the rear seats for storing my stuff. (Maybe some velcro on the bottoms ?)
5. I had to get to a shed that had not been plowed out. The snow was not that difficult to drive through....but I had to get through a snow-packed windrow. I raised the vehicle to full height and it was pretty slick going through an otherwise big snow bank.
Contrary to what I read on the Michelin 18" latitudes....I think they seem to grip just fine for my purposes.
Pics below.....I LIKE my new ride ALOT (and love the Hemi).