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Old 11-25-2012, 09:24 AM
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As predicted, here comes the emotional arguments...
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

Thanks for all your thoughts and replies. I plan on test driving both the V6 and the V8. I find it hard to really get a feel for certain aspects of a vehicle during a 15 minute test drive. If I like what I see, I am going to try to rent a JGC for an extended drive. I am a little concerned about the Hemi's gas mileage, but I also do not want to make another compromise. I plan on using the JGC for longer drives out of town, and will do maybe 75% of my driving on secondary highways with 25% in town and on rural roads. If gas prices held at there current rates, I would get the Hemi. I just am concerned about the next spike in prices, and the one after that.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:46 AM
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

Glassmtn, with both "passing performance" and "mtn" in your lexicon, go Hemi.

But if gas mileage is the priority per your last post, then go V6, or go non-SUV.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

Eric, I've had 6 Cherokees and Grand Cherokees and all but one had a Hemi. I live in a very hilly area of Pennsylvania and I was always flogging the V6 to go up and down the mountains. As a result the gas mileage was almost identical to the Hemi. If I lived in a flat area and drove conservatively to get good mileage, the Pentastar would probably be a good choice for me. But I don't so the 6 isn't even a consideration for me even though lots of others around here find it perfectly adequate. Just depends on your driving style and priority.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

Wait for the 2014's with the 8 speed transmission. It could turn the v6 into a totally different engine. Plus, they will be out early 2013.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

That's a great point. If the gearing is right the 8 speed could make quite a difference.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

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Thanks for all your thoughts and replies. I plan on test driving both the V6 and the V8. I find it hard to really get a feel for certain aspects of a vehicle during a 15 minute test drive. If I like what I see, I am going to try to rent a JGC for an extended drive. I am a little concerned about the Hemi's gas mileage, but I also do not want to make another compromise. I plan on using the JGC for longer drives out of town, and will do maybe 75% of my driving on secondary highways with 25% in town and on rural roads. If gas prices held at there current rates, I would get the Hemi. I just am concerned about the next spike in prices, and the one after that.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

eric.
I agree, you will get the best answer to your original question by test driving and/or renting prior to purchase.

There are a handful of V8 owners here along with a handful of V6 owners who apparently (based on their posts) feel as though their choice is right for the rest of the people. There are also some who actually think their engine is better than the other. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but this narrow-minded way of thinking will not provide you with any valuable information.

The V8 obviously has more power and is much better for towing. The V6 doesn't have any problem safely passing another vehicle in the 55-75 MPH range. Based on my personal experience, the V8's additional HP makes little difference in this particular passing range. Having said that, a fully loaded V8 may very well do considerably better than the V6 passing in the same speed range.

It's not like one size fits all, so test drive and decide which is best for you.

Good Luck with your endeavor.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

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I agree, you will get the best answer to your original question by test driving and/or renting prior to purchase.

There are a handful of V8 owners here along with a handful of V6 owners who apparently (based on their posts) feel as though their choice is right for the rest of the people. There are also some who actually think their engine is better than the other. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but this narrow-minded way of thinking will not provide you with any valuable information.

The V8 obviously has more power and is much better for towing. The V6 doesn't have any problem safely passing another vehicle in the 55-75 MPH range. Based on my personal experience, the V8's additional HP makes little difference in this particular passing range. Having said that, a fully loaded V8 may very well do considerably better than the V6 passing in the same speed range.

It's not like one size fits all, so test drive and decide which is best for you.

Good Luck with your endeavor.

Wow! Very insightful. That will certainly help him in making a decision. Spend some REAL time in a V8, then come back and provide some meaningful opinions. I bought a V8, however I rented a V6 on two separate occasions, for a week each time, prior to making my decision.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

Just rent a V6 for a few days and talk a dealer into letting you take a V8 home for a couple days. There are already more than enough posts regarding this subject to get a basic idea of what current/previous owners think. Drive them both for longer than a typical test drive and come to your own conclusion.
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Wow! Very insightful. That will certainly help him in making a decision. Spend some REAL time in a V8, then come back and provide some meaningful opinions. I bought a V8, however I rented a V6 on two separate occasions, for a week each time, prior to making my decision.
Eric's question/concern was very specific and I offered my opinion. My opinion is both meaningful and based on real time experience.

Sorry, I forgot only your opinions are meaningful.
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Re: V6 Passing Performance

I drove both for several weeks before going with the V6, but if I had to tow heavy loads and had a lot of mtn terrain, I would probably go with the hemi. I have had my overland for just over a year and don't regret going with the V6 one bit. I tow occasionally and do a lot of driving for work and I am still very impressed with the wk2.

For what it's worth, I have had several GC's over the years and have always gone with the V8 as previous V6's offered were way underpowered, IMO.


Spend a good amount of time in both and decide.

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Re: V6 Passing Performance

As far as passing power goes, I have had no difficulty or delays when "kicking it in the tail" when passing on the highway. As one poster indicated, I am sometimes surprised when I look at the speedometer (or the EVIC) to see the speed I have achieved while passing (+80 mph). That's why I bought this vehicle; smooth and quiet ride.

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