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.
I know that. I never said it was the exact same engine. The 2.4L in the Cherokee was updated/redesigned and I said so.
2014 Jeep Cherokee
3.2L Pentastar V6
Active Drive I
I drove the 4cyl and was very pleased with the performance. Handled everything well but we don't have too many hills around here.
However ended up buying the 6cyl, as it was one of those things I thought I might regret and knew I wouldn't regret getting the 6cyl. While things are flat here we do travel the hills of PA regularly and the extra power will be nice.
I must admit I'm very happy with the 6 and glad I made the choice.
'14 Cherokee Latitude, V6 4x4, Silver
'09 Wrangler Unlimited X, Red
'00 Cherokee Sport, Blue - gone but not forgotten
'90/'91 4dr Montero's - gone but not forgotten
Impulse eliminates planning ... that's a good thing
I got the FWD Sport 2.4L 4cy and I have 0 regrets. At first I was a little, and after a week I went back to dealer to test drive the v6 again. I was prepared to lose money on a trade in, but after I test drove it again I felt the 4cy was better for me.
I got the 4 on a TH and it's OK. I've taken it on the trail a couple of times and it was just fine. It does seem to have to need to down shift quite a bit when driving it at freeway speeds (which are up 80 MPH in the western US) in the mountains. Note, I was expecting a lot better mileage and if I'd known it would be like this I would probably have opted for a 4Runner trail trim. One, beef about the mileage is that cruise control was obviously not optimized for efficiency. The saving garce is that the base model TH is reasonably priced.