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V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

I'm looking for some opinions on V6 Grand Cherokees. My wife and I have had several Grand Cherokees in the past. Including 2 WKs (4.7 and Hemi) and 1 WK2 ( Hemi) Limited. Now that her lease is almost up on our 300S she wishes to get another Jeep. We are looking into either a 3.6 Limited, or Overland. She has no desire for another Hemi, as she averaged 11 miles to the gallon sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in the Bronx in our last one.

Here's my plea to V6, 8 speed owners. If you can review your driving experiences it would be appreciated. For instance, merging into traffic, mileage, etc. Thanks for any input.

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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

For what its worth i have a 2015 Altitude V6, and I'm averaging 13.6 and I'm also from the bronx. In NYC you won't get the city mileage others are getting in the suburbs. Id honestly lose the 2 mpg for the more power the Hemi gives. Im a little disappointed in the MPG I've gotten so far. granted it has 900 miles, so I'm hoping it improves. HOWEVER i love driving my jeep and i wouldn't trade it for anything else.

As far as driving experience the V6 definitely has enough "GETUP" to merge into traffic etc. Its not SLOW, but i think its "slightly" underpowered although I've never driven a Hemi Cherokee. I do find for example I'm averaging 14.2 MPG and really need to GO and give it some gas, often times i will literally loose .1 or that .2 MPG and drop to 14. Just to overtake a few cars depending how far into the tank of gas I'm in. I reset my MPG at every fill up.

If you're buying a V6 to get better gas mileage I'm not sure it's worth it. the v8 isn't offered for the altitude model so i didn't have to consider that option. But if you were netting 11mpg with a HEMI, and I'm in NYC with you, and can't seem to get over 14 mpg 75 City/25% Highway v8 overland might be a better option for you.

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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

With the available V6 and the 8-Speed transmission performance, I'd not hesitate to buy my next JGC with that instead of the Hemi I have now.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

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For what its worth i have a 2015 Altitude V6, and I'm averaging 13.6 and I'm also from the bronx. In NYC you won't get the city mileage others are getting in the suburbs. Id honestly lose the 2 mpg for the more power the Hemi gives. Im a little disappointed in the MPG I've gotten so far. granted it has 900 miles, so I'm hoping it improves. HOWEVER i love driving my jeep and i wouldn't trade it for anything else.

As far as driving experience the V6 definitely has enough "GETUP" to merge into traffic etc. Its not SLOW, but i think its "slightly" underpowered although I've never driven a Hemi Cherokee. I do find for example I'm averaging 14.2 MPG and really need to GO and give it some gas, often times i will literally loose .1 or that .2 MPG and drop to 14. Just to overtake a few cars depending how far into the tank of gas I'm in. I reset my MPG at every fill up.

If you're buying a V6 to get better gas mileage I'm not sure it's worth it. the v8 isn't offered for the altitude model so i didn't have to consider that option. But if you were netting 11mpg with a HEMI, and I'm in NYC with you, and can't seem to get over 14 mpg 75 City/25% Highway v8 overland might be a better option for you.

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Thanks, it definitely helps. I would think if she average around 14mpg in her weekly commute she would be happy. Even when we had the Hemi it would rise durning our highway weekend use. Since she was only seeing around 17mpg in the 300. So the trade off of mpg for size isn't that bad, considering it would be easier fitting the dog crate.

My main concern was the get up. Since you're in the area, you must understand what I mean. Trying to merge onto the Deegan when cars are flying by in the right lane. I don't want to put her into something dangerous. I'm impressed with V6, 8 speed combo in our 300, but I figure it weighs close to 1000 lbs less than the GC. I plan on nice long road test.

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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

Expect 2, maybe 3mpg better with the V6. Nothing significant, but better nonetheless. The V6 will provide ample power for pretty much every driving situation short of drag racing. You'll get a little more fun factor with the extra power of the V8 and better sound, but not everybody cares about that in an SUV.
Remember, no car with exception to hybrids and electrics are going to get good MPG's in downtown city traffic. So either gas engine Grand Cherokees are going to get low mpg's in the city, it's just how it is.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

Yeah living in the city I would take the plunge for the hemi. I prefer the sound of a v8, although I must say the piping of the v6 does it make it sound pretty good. Mpg bumper to bumper will be close, like others said 1-4 mpg difference. Long highway runs is when you'll see it change for the better. Averaged on my way to FL 26mpg (from the trucks calculator) doing 65-70mph.

V6 Definetly has pep, this truck is no wimp (coming from a previous Evo and 335i owner). Should be no problems merging onto the expressway.

I'm averaging between 16 - 18 mpg but im driving when theres no one really on the road in the morning. Coming home though is when i bump into traffic. Brooklyn Bridge always has that left lane closed due to construction; people love to ride it right til the end....for the past 2 years.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

The v6 has plenty of power to merge and pass, however if you're in eco mode you might experience a slight hesitation before the power kicks in. But, just pop the shifter into sport mode and you're good to go. Sport mode runs the rpm's higher before shifting.
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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

I drive from Brooklyn to Manhattan everyday.. Average about 16-17 mpg and I don't drive slow by any means


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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

Overall in mixed city and highway traffic in and around Chicago I average from 18-20 mpg in Eco mode. In strictly highway runs going 55-65mph I can get up to 27mpg in Eco . In sport mode in the city/highway I will stay at 16-17mpg as I drive more aggressively and enjoy the much more responsive shift patterns

as others have said on the expressway is where the v6 and v8 gap for mpg will increase a bit between the two. yes the v8 may have more passing power and low end torque , mind you I test drove both but the v6 with the 8spd especially in sport mode in stop and go traffic, passing and merging or getting up to speed I feel has more than enough to get it going esp when switching off Eco mode. the 8spd definitely gets more responsive esp when you start using the paddle shifters in sport mode while cruising on the expressway makes it a much more fun ride. you can't lose with either engine. I'm happy with the v6 8spd and the GC overall while getting the decent mpg to boot while still using regular gas.

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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

Not an owner yet. I live in NYC and was set on the V8, test drove both and I am convinced on the V6. Plenty of power, sounds good and cheaper. Unless you get a super deal on the V8 go for the V6, plenty of SUV that money can buy.


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Re: V6 Grand Cherokee...The good and the bad?.

One of my co-workers went from a V-8 Hemi (older model with the 5 speed automatic transmission), to a brand new V-6. With the 8 speed transmission he says he does not even miss the V-8, and it is a smoother ride overall.
So I bought mine with a V-6 and I love it. Plenty of power for what I need and decent gas mileage.
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I'm looking for some opinions on V6 Grand Cherokees. My wife and I have had several Grand Cherokees in the past. Including 2 WKs (4.7 and Hemi) and 1 WK2 ( Hemi) Limited. Now that her lease is almost up on our 300S she wishes to get another Jeep. We are looking into either a 3.6 Limited, or Overland. She has no desire for another Hemi, as she averaged 11 miles to the gallon sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in the Bronx in our last one.

Here's my plea to V6, 8 speed owners. If you can review your driving experiences it would be appreciated. For instance, merging into traffic, mileage, etc. Thanks for any input.
I went from a 2012 overland V6 to a 15 HA V6. The 8 speed gets up and goes. I like it so much better. 290hp is enough for me. It gets up to speed quick on on ramps. I could have spent more on the v8 but I didnt need to.
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