Hi Guys, I'm totally new to this forum and the Jeep community and.. I need your professional help (of course
I have to buy a new car which must be strong (can tow around 2500 - 3000 lbs few times a month but seasonally), be smart (can drive some twisties but also handle daily city commute - work, shopping etc.), be comfortable (enough room for seating, luggage, not too loud inside, handle long hwy drive), be kids friendly (that's for the future
). I've checked some options (believe me I was trying to do my homework well) and.. only two vehicles have stayed on the list:
- 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 3.6L V6 4x4
(4x4 is nothing but my dream, I don't know if I will use it in the future but it's something that I just really want to have and check how it works - I just need something which could drive even on the snow or sand and to be honest I just want it for fun
) and.. please don't laugh now
- 2014 Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 Ecoboost l4 AWD
Ok, now you can laugh
.. but.. first please, let me explain.. I've checked many cars in Ford price segment (i.e. Ford Explorer - I don't need third row, Chevy Equinox, Mazda CX9 - too loud!!, Honda CRV - too small and can't handle more than 1500 lbs in towing, Toyota RAV4 - I'm just not a fan of Toyotas
, Dodge Journey - too.. slow and still don't need 3rd row, Subaru Outback - I felt almost no handling on twisties!!) and then I went up a little bit and checked that the Grand Cherokee could be the right car for me.. In my opinion it has everything I need but.. there are some cons that could stop me from buying it and I need to find out if they are true. Can you please tell me something about your maintenance cost and your true mpg (city/hwy) and.. what do you think about its handling and safety - I saw few "moose test" (also known as "elk test" or "maneuver test") and Grand Cherokee falled on it!!
I did the test drive on both of them and both were great - honestly and "unfortunately" Escape was little better (it's just more sporty as I like) and its equipment is better as well, but.. the comfort and interior quality of the G.Cherokee feels just.. almost luxury to me - you probably know what I mean, right?
I will be glad to hear any opinion and suggestion from you so, please do not hesitate to tell me more about it!!