Originally Posted by Briant73
Been lurking on this site for a few weeks now and thought I'd finally join and ask people for some guidance/opinions on the 2014 GC.
Currently I'm driving a Highlander that has served me well but am looking to buy a new vehicle and the 2014 GC is on the short list, I test drove a 2013 limited V6 recently and liked it enough to stay interested when the 2014s came out. So far I am thinking either a Limited or Overland with the V6, the hemi sounds awesome but I believe the V6 will keep my mpg similar to what I'm used to with my Highlander. Some questions I have:
How's the reliablility and what should I watch for? My Toyota hasn't been perfect but so far no major issues and it still is solid overall. I like a vehicle that is built well enough that I'm a stranger to the service desk people and also is still solid after a few years because I can't stand rattles and squeaks.
Pano roof - I like this feature a lot, is there any downside to it other than cost?
Quadra-Lift - Is this really a benefit? I don't plan on doing much off roading or anything but this feature sounds like it could be helpful with shorter passengers and also older ones for entry/exit.
Which Sound system - I like listening to music when driving and want a decent sounding system than doesn't seem underpowered.
Best pricing - What tips do people have to get the best out the door price?
Thanks in advance.
I recently bought a GC Summit, top of the line model except for the SRT. v8 Hemi, 4X4 and the newer tranny with tow package.
Stereo is awesome 19 speakers
Quadralift is good, but not sure about how helpful it will be for shorter of older passengers, but it is great for snow or off-roading.
Mine is new so I don't know yet about reliability. I also came from a Toyota which is basically event free, but you pay for that in only so-so features in Toyotas, GC is beautiful and the electronics are amazing, when they work, which mine do but I have read about some probs on this site.
If you don't care too much about the luxury features, I would get a Limited with your preferred seating...but the Overland and Summit are amazing to drive. I'm am sure the Limited is very nice too. I tested the Overland and the stereo is great as well. I thinks it's a 5 or 600 watt system. The Summit has the Mac Daddy. I have had a 1997 Landcruiser, 03 4 runner, and a 2011 RAV4 V6. this is better than any of them so far.
I needed more towing capacity and in a Toyota, I would have had to get a Tundra and they are too big. In an SUV, I don't think you can beat a GC. I wanted the diesel model, but they won't ship for a while and I couldn't wait so I got the Hemi instead.
I am spoiled as my brother is the GM of a Toyota dealership so I get an amazing deal. This time I tried truecar.com. Found the lowest price which was about a 10% discount off MSRP on the Summit and Overland. I went to the truecar certified dealer first, but they didn't have the car until the next day and I wanted to test the exact car I would buy.
I would have waited, no prob but went 15 minutes away to a larger dealer, they had what I wanted in stock and although they weren't "trucar" certified, they matched the price and acted like they were passing a kidney stone. Guy told m,e he was losing 2800 on the actual vehicle cost, but able to make it up with all of their hidden credits and such. I'm sure they did just fine.
They will try to sell you a super expensive extended warranty...just threaten to not buy it and they will cut the price 25% or so. They were pushing the lifetime one hard (4K!!!), but I got a 7 year one for far less money 2.8K and it is transferable. Lifetime is not. With all of the electronics and the pneumatic quadraLift and QuadraDrive, I wasn't comfortable without protection.
I think you could get an even better deal on a Limited. There are many more of those around.