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Unread 12-15-2013, 06:14 AM   #1
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4 cyl engine

those that opted for the 4 cyl. how do you like it? any regrets thus far for not getting the 6 cyl. tks.

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Unread 12-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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I got the 4 cylinder. I didn't really need the extra power of the V6 since I didn't get the 4x4 model anyway. I'm enjoying the heck out of the good fuel mileage!
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Unread 12-17-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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maybe it is too soon to ask.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #4
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Only been a week that I've owned my 4cyl. Maybe it's too soon to say, but I have no regrets so far. I find the 4 cyl has plenty of pep and the fuel mileage has been great so far. I've been averaging 24-26 MPG and I don't even do that much highway driving.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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I have no problems with the 4 cylinder engine and love the MPG. Plenty of power.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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I've had mine for about 6 weeks now, and have no regrets with the 4 cylinder. My 99 grand Cherokee limited (WJ) and the '01 I replaced it with had the V8, but for what I'm doing now (I used to off road when I had those, don't do that anymore) I saw no reason for the additional expense of the 6 banger in this one. I switched from a 2012 Nissan Juke with a turbo and some mods I did to boost it a bit, and while this certainly isn't the screamer that one was, it's really not THAT far back down the "oomph" scale. Works plenty fine and scoots from a stop when I need it to.
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Unread 12-19-2013, 04:06 PM   #7
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I actually took my 1st test drive of a new Cherokee today. I drove a 4 cyl model. My comments below will be based on a test drive and not ownership if that matters to you( OP ). I have actually held off driving one as I am not ready to buy yet and I knew if I did drive one it would get me itching to pull the trigger. As I expected it was really hard to leave without buying one. Great ride.

I actually had one with a 4 cyl and one with a 6 cyl vehicle lined up to test. An ADI Latitude for the 4cyl and an ADII Limited for the 6 cyl. I was going to do both so I could get a feel for the power differences. I drove the 4 cyl 1st and never even bothered with the 6 cyl model once I got back. No need for me as the 4 cyl will do the job just fine.

I am very anal about MPG and sticker price these days. I wasn't sure if I would be happy with the 4 cyl and 9spd as I tow a boat for fishing and waterfowl hunting about 10 months out of the year( about 1700lbs or so ). My Patriot handles it, barely, so I was going to try a 6 cyl too. The 4 cyl clearly has more than enough power to handle my towing needs though so as much as I would like the V6 for non practical reasons I know the 4 cyl will do the job and I prefer the better MPG and lower cost.

My Patriot has a 2.4L and the one in the Cherokee( updated/redesigned/different )while only making about 13 HP or so more FEELS like a lot more. Much more responsive off the line and when you punch it the vehicle gets right up and scoots. The Patriot has a CVT which impacts performance for sure but the Cherokee would flat out smoke my Patriot. Very noticeable performance difference.

It is a 4 cyl so it is not a rocket but it is not underpowered at all for the vehicle like I have heard some say. It is quiet, smooth, and has plenty of get up and go. Had some fun with it on the highway on ramp and it had no trouble getting up to speed so I could merge out. IMO the V6 is only a "NEED" if you need the 4500lbs towing capacity. Otherwise it is a "WANT". The 4 cyl is just fine in this vehicle.

Just for reference I come from driving nothing but full sized trucks with 300-400 HP V8's prior to the Patriot. I had a HEMI Ram before I got the Patriot so I am used to V8's with lots of power and I still found the Cherokee 4 cyl to be ok.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 09:17 AM   #8
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I actually took my 1st test drive of a new Cherokee today. I drove a 4 cyl model. My comments below will be based on a test drive and not ownership if that matters to you( OP ). I have actually held off driving one as I am not ready to buy yet and I knew if I did drive one it would get me itching to pull the trigger. As I expected it was really hard to leave without buying one. Great ride.

I actually had one with a 4 cyl and one with a 6 cyl vehicle lined up to test. An ADI Latitude for the 4cyl and an ADII Limited for the 6 cyl. I was going to do both so I could get a feel for the power differences. I drove the 4 cyl 1st and never even bothered with the 6 cyl model once I got back. No need for me as the 4 cyl will do the job just fine.

I am very anal about MPG and sticker price these days. I wasn't sure if I would be happy with the 4 cyl and 9spd as I tow a boat for fishing and waterfowl hunting about 10 months out of the year( about 1700lbs or so ). My Patriot handles it, barely, so I was going to try a 6 cyl too. The 4 cyl clearly has more than enough power to handle my towing needs though so as much as I would like the V6 for non practical reasons I know the 4 cyl will do the job and I prefer the better MPG and lower cost.

My Patriot has a 2.4L and the one in the Cherokee( updated/redesigned/different )while only making about 13 HP or so more FEELS like a lot more. Much more responsive off the line and when you punch it the vehicle gets right up and scoots. The Patriot has a CVT which impacts performance for sure but the Cherokee would flat out smoke my Patriot. Very noticeable performance difference.

It is a 4 cyl so it is not a rocket but it is not underpowered at all for the vehicle like I have heard some say. It is quiet, smooth, and has plenty of get up and go. Had some fun with it on the highway on ramp and it had no trouble getting up to speed so I could merge out. IMO the V6 is only a "NEED" if you need the 4500lbs towing capacity. Otherwise it is a "WANT". The 4 cyl is just fine in this vehicle.

Just for reference I come from driving nothing but full sized trucks with 300-400 HP V8's prior to the Patriot. I had a HEMI Ram before I got the Patriot so I am used to V8's with lots of power and I still found the Cherokee 4 cyl to be ok.
That is saying something. I don't even like going from my ram to my wifes jeep power wise. I couldn't imagine going to 2 more cylinders to a 4 cylinder... and I traded my 4 cylinder fusion in on my ram!
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Unread 12-20-2013, 09:36 AM   #9
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4 v 6

In retrospect I probably would like the 6 cyl better. I'm at the point where
i don't need the speed or power, however, the 4 cyl lacks the extra oomph for highway merging and hill climbs. Either that or my foot hasn't been heavy enough.

IMHO
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Unread 12-20-2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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Either that or my foot hasn't been heavy enough.

IMHO
Placement of your foot on the gas pedal does make a difference. I know from experience.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #11
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My 4cyl has plenty of power for me. The MPG has not been that great and I spend 50-50 city highway. 22.9 MPG is not so good and i do not know why? I drive easy and actually try and get the best MPG I can so...

I did start an MPG page on this forum.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 03:32 PM   #12
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My 4cyl has plenty of power for me. The MPG has not been that great and I spend 50-50 city highway. 22.9 MPG is not so good and i do not know why? I drive easy and actually try and get the best MPG I can so...

I did start an MPG page on this forum.
I replied to your MPG concerns in the MPG thread but want to add the same comments here seeing as you brought it up so others are not spooked off by your comments( that was not meant to be offensive ).

You are a little confused( going by your post in the other thread ). Your Cherokee is a 4WD model according to your profile, not a FWD model, so it is not rated at 31 MPG highway as you posted it is. That is for the FWD 4cyl models only. The 4cyl 4WD models are rated as follows( non TH's )...

2.4L ADI = 21/28/24 average
2.4L ADII - 21/27/23 average

So you are doing 50/50 mixed driving and are basically seeing 23 MPG for average. That is spot on with what you should expect to see from a 4cyl 4WD model. I too would expect a little more if I drove easy and tried for better MPG but it is not like you are getting less than advertised. You are right there at the EPA rating. If you live where you have cold winter weather and/or winter blend fuel it is actually pretty good as those things kill MPG.

You are getting the EPA rating for the vehicle. I would be happy with that. IF you did all highway I bet you would see the rating for that as well.

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Unread 12-24-2013, 08:06 AM   #13
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I have the 4cyl....had I known I would be getting the same economy of the 6 cyl, I would have opted for that instead. BUT, the 4 cyl does have plenty of pep, even on mountain roads with grades.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 09:17 AM   #14
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My Patriot has a 2.4L and the one in the Cherokee( updated/redesigned/different )while only making about 13 HP or so more FEELS like a lot more. Much more responsive off the line and when you punch it the vehicle gets right up and scoots.
The Cherokee (and the Dart) have the 2.4 TIGERSHARK engine, the Patriot/Compass have the base 2.4 (Non-Tigershark) engine.

https://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF...ershark+review

Also, a note on Fuel mileage. New engines required a few thousand miles to be considered "broken in". Generally 3-5,000 miles or so. My 2013 JK w/3.6 Pentastar was extremely tight when new. Really opened (Power/MPG wise) at around 3,000 miles or so. BIG difference.

So wait to get a few thousand miles on it BEFORE looking a fuel mileage.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 09:20 AM   #15
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The Cherokee (and the Dart) have the 2.4 TIGERSHARK engine, the Patriot/Compass have the base 2.4 (Non-Tigershark) engine.

https://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF...ershark+review

Also, a note on Fuel mileage. New engines required a few thousand miles to be considered "broken in". Generally 3-5,000 miles or so. My 2013 JK w/3.6 Pentastar was extremely tight when new. Really opened (Power/MPG wise) at around 3,000 miles or so. BIG difference.

So wait to get a few thousand miles on it BEFORE looking a fuel mileage.
Our wk2 was about 2200 miles before we started getting good mileage. The funny thing is my fusion got its best mileage the first 300 miles I had it.
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