My first question is would you buy another Jeep if you had a chance? Or just prevent all this heartache and wait for the 2014 Toyota Highlander.
Yes, had my 2014 JGC Summit 5.7l 2 weeks and it ROCKS! It's my third. You do realize the 2014 Toyota Highlander is "all new" don't you? "All-new " from an auto manufacturer does not exactly make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside...just sayin'
I joined this forum expecting to hear some praise and kind words from this American made product. I have never bought an American car before and fearful to take that leap of faith.
My opinion is that we Jeepers are a bit fanatical, and therefore, more vocal than your usual crowd. Keep in mind that this and "the other" Jeep forums exist mainly as a result of all the crazy modding and tinkering Jeepers do. The *****in' just comes along for the ride. I suspect if the Highlander's of the world were equally tinkered with that there would be robust forums for them (I know there are some but not like these) and, naturally, *****in' would come along for that ride. And, it's not so much *****in' about problems as it is "Hey this Jeep is awesome! If you fix this "problem x" it would be perfect!" I bet the number of unique members on both Jeep forums is an incredibly small percentage of overall Jeep owners. Your "view" of the JGC will be incredibly and unfairly skewed reading through the forums.
Regarding the "Made in America". I'll keep this short and fact based. That term doesn't exist anymore no matter how much we "patriotic" types want it to. Global sourcing, Dollar vs. Yen vs. Euro fluctuations and corporate mergers and acquisitions have not made Made In America a %content/assembly location/corporate profit center equation. Your 2012 Toyota Highlander was the year they moved assembly to the US due to Dollar/Yen equation and the trend towards "assembled in US". The attached official American Automobile Labeling Act report for 2012 shows your Highlander as 70%US-Canada/24%Japan for parts content, US assembly, US/Japan for engines and Japan for trannies. The same 2012 report shows the JGC as 68%US-Canada for parts content, US assembly, US/Mexico for engines and US for trannies. US/Foreign "made"? Depends on your decision criteria. The 2014 report had no numbers for the "all-new" Highlander but it has been announced as also being "produced" at their US Indiana plant so you can assume the same parts content/assembly/sourcing as the 2012 for argument's sake. The 2014 JGC was also missing from the report. Mine is 63%US-Canada/17%Mexico for parts content, US assembly, Mexico for engines and Germany for tranny. I have attached a picture from my window sticker showing the same basic manufacturing status as the 2012 only change being that the trannies are US/Germany depending on model.
Now, go buy a JGC, they're GREAT! You had a "boring" Highlander now go get a FUN JGC