People are forgetting that the 2014 Jeep GC Laredo has a different transmission from the 2014 Jeep GC Limited. So we are not all on the same page when discussing the Eco mode issue.
I am an owner of a (September 2013 built) 2014 Jeep GC Laredo - the car is extremely sluggish in eco mode (shifting to 8th gear at about 37 MPH!).
We need a way to default Eco Mode to off.
I would also argue that there are other flaws with this transmission:
1. When braking, the transmission uses engine braking to slow the car down, which results in a lurching, rather than smooth, deceleration.
2. When reversing up hill, if you take your foot off the gas, the car begins to roll back down the hill (just like it would in a manual transmission vehicle with your foot on the clutch). This is the first automatic transmission car I've driven which does this, and I believe it's dangerous. I'd be willing to let this issue slide, but it seems like a defect to me.