Just bought a 2012 Overland Summit - a few thoughts
Traded in my 06 Grand Cherokee. Had been looking at the '11 or '12 Grand Cherokees & finally found this one, got a good number on my trade & did the deal.
This thing is loaded to the max, brilliant black with saddle leather.
Hemi: it's quiet! I popped the hood in the dealer lot while it was idling & could barely hear it. The cylinder deactivation is pretty good, I can detect the vibration slightly when cruising at highway speed, little different hum than when it's not in ECO mode. Aside from that, it's not as powerful as I expected. My 2006 had the 4.7L V8 which I thought was a complete dog, this Hemi doesn't feel a ton faster. I realize the WK2 is a bigger vehicle, but I expected something a little swifter. I can't imagine how slow the V6 is. I had to drive about 100 mph to get this thing, all highway and the mpg was actually about 2 mpg better in the new Hemi-powered Jeep than my 4.7L
Interior: new interior is beautiful. I love the materials, the stitching, the control layouts & feel. The touch screen is easy to use when you need it but after I had all the presets done for the radio, I was able to most everything I wanted with the steering wheel controls. I didn't use the Uconnect system yet, but I will. Stereo volume could go louder, but the quality of the sound is really good, full range, nice adjustability. Seats are great, roomy, supportive, nice thick leather. Seems like my old seat heaters worked better, not sure. It was cold today and my 06 seat heaters would roast you out after 15 mins. I barely noticed this new one had them turned on.
Exterior. The wheels are high polish. Not sure what product I'll need to use to clean these up but is there a protective clear coat? I can't imagine they are bare... I'll try some aluminum polish & see what happens. Really want to keep them looking nice. There IS some rust/corrosion on 2 of the wheels right by the center cap. What does everyone do about that?
Random stuff -
What do you all do with your key? Keep it in your pocket?
Are there tow hooks on the exterior of this vehicle? I didn't seen any on the front...
If I set the "selectrac" to "Sport", the traction control light comes on. Is that normal? Is there any real reason to use this over the default "Auto" setting? Is there any way to override the default setting?
The giant sunroof is awesome. I can't get over how cool it is. Can't wait for warm weather.
The blind spot warning in the side mirrors is helpful. Used it quite a bit already.
I wish there was a setting for how far you want the rear tailgate to go up. My wife's GMC Terrain has this & it's very handy for not letting the tailgate smash into the garage door.
I'm sure I'll come up with more stuff but that's it for now.
Previously owned jeeps:
'06 Grand Cherokee Limited w/4.7L V8 & QD2
'98 Grand Cherokee Limited w/5.2L V8 & Quadra Trac - sold at 230k miles