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BigShawn 05-24-2013 10:15 AM

2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
Hi guys,

i just ordered my 2014 GC overland 3.6L a few weeks ago... now i'm wondering maybe 5.7 V8 is a better choose... be honest, i'm not a crazy off road guy... at least not yet so far... but even that, still thinking if a 3.6L v6 is powerful enough as a daily driving?


Sh0rtBus 05-24-2013 10:18 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
For me, using the '14 GC Limited 4x4 as a daily driver, the 3.6L is plenty. Fuel mileage is pretty decent and when I need to go, it goes. Plenty of power on tap when I need to get around some retard driving in the fast lane, doing 10 under the speed limit and talking/texting on their damn phone.

Unless you absolutely need the power from the Hemi, I'd stick with the 3.6L. If nothing else, test drive one and judge for yourself.

BigShawn 05-24-2013 10:24 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
thanks Sh0rtBus, i've tested to drive a 3.6L b4 i placed the order, but i didn't try a 5.7 V8, so really have no idea about how powerful it is. i read some thread somewhere says compare to the 5.7L V8, 3.6L seems just like a toy... wondering is it real? that big different?...

Sh0rtBus 05-24-2013 10:34 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
I never test drive the 5.7 myself, so couldn't tell you. Sounds like that's what you need to do, though.

Jackspat2 05-24-2013 10:52 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
For me v6 is plenty but if I didn't care about the extra cost of fuel, I would have got the v8. I drive 15k-20k a year. V6 makes sense for me.

PB617 05-24-2013 10:59 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
You really just have to drive it for yourself and decide (turn off ECO on both). I first drove the 5.7 and was sold but i was originally considering the 3.6 but since i don't have to commute and really wanted the extra power of the Hemi, it was a no brainer for me. Some have said they felt little to no difference between the 3.6 and the 5.7 but there is a 70hp and 130lb/tq difference between the two and i felt it!

The 5.7 makes the jeep feel more nimble and sportier which is exactly what i wanted. If i had to commute everyday stuck in traffic i would go with the 3.6.

VermontJGC14 05-24-2013 11:05 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
I drove both before ordering mine. The best way I can describe the difference is that it changes the way the vehicle feels, in terms of size and weight - and not in the way you'd necessarily expect.

The 6 felt like I was driving a sizable SUV (akin to the old full-sized Broncos I grew up in), while the 8 seemed to make the vehicle feel smaller, due to the ease of movement from the extra power. In fact, I made the comment to the salesman that the 6 felt "more like a truck," and he said he has heard that before.

Obviously the 8 is a larger and heavier engine, but it really does change the way the vehicle as a whole is perceived during driving.

BigShawn 05-24-2013 11:20 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
so did u feel any other difference between the V6 and the V8 regardless powertrain? noise level as an example.

Aiyer 05-24-2013 11:24 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
If you have toys to tow, get the V8. Otherwise, with the 8-speed tranny, the V6 should be good enough. At least, here in the mountains, I do not feel the need for a V8 on Jeep and I have a vehicle w/ V8 (so I know what I am missing if at all. :) )


VermontJGC14 05-24-2013 11:52 AM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?

Originally Posted by BigShawn (Post 828497)
so did u feel any other difference between the V6 and the V8 regardless powertrain? noise level as an example.

The stock air box and exhaust do a really good job of keeping the V8's engine noise to a minimum, almost to a fault - the only way I could get the "thrum" you expect from an 8 was to really put the hammer down on the highway. Cabin noise during regular driving was almost identical between the two. My wife was standing outside the vehicle when I started the 8, and said it sounded louder at idle - but I couldn't tell the difference inside.

Acceleration was quite different, and that's what I meant when I said the 8 "felt smaller." Passing and climbing power was virtually effortless with the bigger engine, while the same maneuvers with the 6 (I drove the exact same test-drive route, which included a busy highway) required more throttle and higher RPMs, and felt like more "work" for lack of a better word. Not that the 6 was struggling by any means, it just needed to be pushed noticeably harder to do the same things.

visitador 05-24-2013 12:18 PM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
What Vermont JGC14 said. Tested both. The V8 is fun if you do not mind the gas mileage.

Beski 05-24-2013 12:39 PM

Re: 2014 GC 3.6L V6 enough?
My Wife and I test drove both the V6 and V8 Hemi - and took them both on a 15-mile half-hour test drive with NO Salesman in the back seat.<O:p</O:p

When I asked her which she liked better, she said after driving both how can you possible ask me that question - she said just ask any guy if he would rather have 6" or 8" ?!?
In both cases the 6 will get the job done but in both cases the 8 will leave a bigger smile on your face after you get there !! :)
So, needless to say......I ordered the V8 Hemi the next day and pick it up next week !! :D

(Now I just have to find one of those Magic Pumps !! :o)

Go Drive Them Both and Decide !!

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