So in what was surely one of the more interesting trades my local Jeep dealer has seen in recent months, we traded in my wife's 2011 Stone White/Lt. Frost Beige Limited V6 for my new 2012 Stone White/Lt. Frost Beige Limited V8.
The '11 was originally bought for my wife (who didn't really care about the Hemi or the Lux Pkg.), but we switched cars over the summer and she started driving my 2011 Maxima. I loved most things about the Jeep, but I wasn't the biggest fan of the Pentastar. Ours was an early-build truck (we bought it in 9/10), so we've been down the whole TSB, reflash, etc. route several times over. I had also gotten used to the heated steering wheel, cooled seat and weather info. in the Maxima, so I was definitely missing those things in the Jeep. After hearing enough of my griping, my wife woke up on Sunday morning and said "lets go look at Jeeps".
The only differences on the '12 are the Hemi, the Lux Pkg and the RHR radio instead of the RER. Oh, and the '12 has a dedicated front license plate bracket instead of just holes in the bumper
. One drive and I was hooked. As a former GC SRT8 owner, I could definitely appreciate the Hemi's added sense of urgency over that of the Pentastar. The dealer gave us a good price on our trade, especially considering that the driver's side front fender was literally crumpled in from a nasty shopping cart impact that my wife claims to know nothing about
. Sticker on the new truck was $45,265. We got it for $40,069 before TTL. We also kept things such as our slush mats, cargo mat, chrome foglight bezels and wheel locks.
So far I couldn't be happier. I briefly considered other trucks, as our family now includes a newborn and an 11 year-old, but nothing in this price point really compares to the Jeep in my mind. The only compromise is on space compared to vehicles like the Pilot, Explorer and Acadia. But none of those combine real 4WD and the features of the Jeep. I can't bring myself to go the minivan route, so a rooftop cargo box will have to suffice if-necessary