2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
There are 2 user reviews for the Overland 4X4 trim shown below
- Appearance / Style, Comfort, Powerful yet efficient
- The entertainment electronics are not as tight as they should be.
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I was ready to buy a Ford Edge. At the last minute, I thought I should give the GC a look. The Limited versions were about the same price, and similarly equipped. However the Jeep felt like a better car. The seats are firmer, and the overall appearance seemed like it took more from Chrysler’s European owners over the years. After driving it for two months, I’m very pleased with my choice.
I was looking at the Limited in white with tan leather and planned to add some extras to it including adaptive cruise control that would push the price up to the Overland trim. When I saw the indigo leather interior available in the Overland, I decided to go with that package.
The firm seats are more comfortable on a long drive than the couch like seats in a lot of GM and Fords. The Overland trim has heated and ventilated seats as well as being equipped with a heated steering wheel. The back seats are heated too.
I prefer the controls in the Jeep over those in the Ford and it included some other improvements such as auto folding mirrors. While I don’t care much since I’m riding on the inside, I do like the light designs with the LED outlines in the front and back. I don’t recall the Edge offering that kind of lighting.
I opted for the V6 Pentastar engine, which is essentially the same as my wife’s Wrangler. I thought it would be underpowered, but with the 8-speed transmission, it does just fine with a car full of people and luggage, even in the mountains.
As a Jeep, one assumes that it will be a capable off-road vehicle. It may well be, but I’ll let our Wrangler handle any of that kind of action. The 20” wheels with the lower profile tires look great, but don’t strike me as a good off-road configuration. The air suspension offers some different terrain settings, sand, snow and rocks. The snow will get used, maybe the sand, but probably not the rock setting.
Speaking of the air suspension, it has an Entry / Exit setting where the vehicle drops to its lowest height. I thought this was kind of gimmicky. But I like it when the doorsill is muddy and I need to get my pant legs past it without getting a mud strip on them.
In the cons section, I mentioned that the electronics need some improvement. The touch screen in the dash is a bit slow at times and once the radio got lost until I restarted the car. The nav system is a bit slow to use, but has some very nice features. I haven’t really got used to the voice controls yet. It might be me.
The UConnect system leaves a bit to be desired as well. It offers cellular connectivity, but it’s only 3G, which is probably adequate, unless you are using the hotspot feature (extra fees apply). The car comes with a free year of a feature that allows you to start, stop, lock and unlock your car with an app on your iPhone. It doesn’t work all of the time and it takes a couple of minutes for the car to respond.
In contrast to these electronic features that live on the center console, the center dash display is very cool. The temperature, fuel, and tach indicators are physical gauges on the side, but the center, multi-function gauge, including the speedometer is an LCD screen. I thought this would be a bad set up, but it works very well, is easy to read and is full of information such as vehicle status, ride height, adaptive cruse control and fuel economy.
The fuel economy is surprisingly good. Even though I drive a long stretch of road frequently at ~85 mph, I get better fuel economy than my old Volvo XC70 with an I5 turbo engine. At 55 mph I get in the mid to high 20’s. With my driving, I get about 21mph overall. I’d get better if it wasn’t for the high speeds on the local toll-way.
Given the choices for this price range, I love this car. All of the cars with advanced electronics would be better off running them off an iPad, including this one. Overall, the ride is very comfortable, it looks great and is full of features I really enjoy....read morehide
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- highway mileage on 1st 2000 mile trip was 25mpg, many compliments on appearance
- small glove box and little other storage in front seat area
Purchased As New
Very happy with car, plus outstanding dealer support makes for a satisfied customer. The car has exceeded all mfgrs. claims.
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