I had a few extra minutes after lunch today before returning to the office so I stopped at the local Jeep dealership to check out the '14s. (I'd seen the photos but hadn't yet seen the vehicles in person.) Needless to say, I was concerned about picking up an urge to replace my less-than-one-year-old 2012 Limited 4X4 Hemi. I'm pleased to report that no such urge developed.
In an absolute sense, the '14s looked mostly great. It is a GC, after all. It was the changes vs. the 2011s-2013s that disappointed me. While the 2014's new headlights and taillights look great as does the new-for-2014 dual exhaust on V6 models, those are the only changes that I cared for. The new standard wheels did absolutely nothing for me and the price of the optional 20s went up from $795 to $1095 on the Limited. We've already talked plenty here about the exterior chrome that was eliminated; count me among those who prefer having it (including on the grille).
As for the interior, the photos I've seen led me to believe that it was improved for '14. After sitting in them, though, the '14s felt like a slight downgrade from my '12. The very dark wood-grained trim looked awful to my eyes. The "improved" instrument cluster looked downscale from the earlier version. The new shifter was obviously different but I certainly wouldn't call it an improvement.
Please don't get me wrong - I'm not putting the 2014 GC down, I'm just saying that the changes vs. 2013 didn't leave me wanting a new one. In fact, I'm darned happy to have the one that I have. YMMV.
Would love to for the 8 speed. But the grill area under the headlights is a big turn off. Really liked the speedometer and stereo setup.
Does the 14 take forever to awnser a call like my 11 does? I swear it goes on for 10 seconds before it picks up.
I did feel an urge but at 22 rating to 24mpg rating wasn't enough of a jump to grab me. ( my dd skyactiv 3 HB has been getting 39-41 mpg) Besides. We only drove the wk2 9k miles last year and only two and a half tanks so far this year. 1/2 way paid off at 1.9 interest, I see no way I could come out ahead. Spent 2 hours in a 14 limited base loaner while my 11 was in the shop.
The for lights holes are smaller and shaped different for the 14
I agree with you about not trading up from a 2011-13 WK2 to the '14, why would you, just for the sake of it, it's just a small redesign. I went from a 2004 2nd gen WJ to a 2008 2nd gen WK to the '14 gen2 WK2 and I expect to keep it until the 20's come out. Generally I don't the like the new designs the first 2 years they come out until I have seen lots of them on the road and the 'old' design starts to look dated, by that time the new redesign has come out with some new toys and I start to think about getting one.
I agree. There's not enough positives for me to trade. A huge negative for me is the lack of rear flipper glass. We use it a lot. When I didn't have in on a previous ride, I missed it. If you're packed to the hilt while on a trip, you don't want to have to open the complete rear hatch to retrieve or add a small item. Avalanche! I also prefer the side molding vs. letters. Letters on the side are a huge pain to keep clean around/in.
I'm sure the 8 spd is nice. If they'd offer 3.92 gears along with tow package, that would be tempting. I also think the new Summits have a WiFi hotspot. That would be nice.
I have to agree that if I owned an '11-'13 JGC I wouldn't even be looking at the '14MY. But since I don't, I'm buying one. Especially this early in the model year (before most other makes even have a '14 available) it makes sense to me, as I'll have it for 18 months before it's a year old.
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