1 year review of 11 JGC Overland
About one year and 15k miles ago, I bought a 11 JGC Overland Hemi 4x4 brand new. I wanted to write my review. Here are some highlights before the detailed review.
-4x4 works amazing. Chicago had one of the worst blizzards in years. I made it to work without any issues, even on the unplowed streets.
-Average MPG- 15.3. Stop and go really kill the mileage, but it makes it up quickly if you move steadily
-the tech in the car is still amazing and works great
-remote start is perfect. cools the car/seats in the summer, heats the car/seats/steering wheel in the winter
-zero issues, even with the QL. Never an issue or concern, except twice it has not read the key fob. Waiting a few seconds seemed to fix it.
-wish the radio would remember what screen you are on (channel name, artist, or song) when restarting.
-dont know when they are going to update the NAV DB. I may have missed it if they did, but it is out of date badly.
So far, zero real issues. I think I have been through every situtation a person would ever have in this car. From a blizzard where the state said to stay off the roads, to 100+ degree days. Even down in the -20's/30 we get here in Chicago, it warms up fairly quickly.
My unplowed driveway and side streets were very bad during the blizzard. I put the QL in Offroad2 and it just drove through it. If I wasnt too scared to stop, I would have looked to see if I was bottoming out or not.The car has started each time, and just worked.
I like the remote start feature, and putting it into sport mode will make it handle pretty well for a SUV this heavy. The hemi sounds great when pushed, and when it idles, it just sounds mean(to me). The interior still looks new, the seats are wearing very well. The rechargeable flashlight could be brighter, but I have used it more than I thought I would. The park feature is nice when loading/unloading my dog. But I usually leave it in Auto, very rarely sport. I reserved Sport mode when I know I will need it. Every work day I take the highway, so the QL has to lower to aero mode and back. Thats a lot of cycles and no issues. I would think the self leveling headlights would break first, as in my mind, they are constantly moving if I had to guess. The tires are still like new, and are not loud or any louder than I remember them when new.
I will never own a car without a backup camera if I can help it. Just makes reversing that much easier.
Drove it on a 1000 mile vacation in the spring. Seats were comfortable and mileage went up to about 20-21. Used the 110v converter on the trip. No issues. This is my first car that didnt make me start looking for a replacement within 6 months. Usually I get bored easy, and dont own a car longer than 2 years. So far I am not bored.
-On a side note I ran over a stop sign in a mall parking lot. It was raining and I didnt see it. I took out the sign. The front end has some paint transfer and a crease. Very impressed with the durablilty. I thought it would have broken a light or ripped something off. It wasnt a gentle hit.
Just my experience and thoughts on the car.