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post #1 of 34 Old 07-28-2021, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Questions : New 2021 GC Owner

Hi All first post here,

long time Dodge owner of 30 years and first time Jeep owner as of last night. Purchased a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude black badged w/ 20" Black rims

I have 2 questions on buying a few extras for the car when I pick it up on Saturday morning, as to floor & cargo mats which is better WeatherTech or the molded Jeep brand?

also I find that it's a little hard getting into the vehicle as it's a little higher then our Dodge Caravan is it worth getting Tubular Side Steps installed on this vehicle?

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post #2 of 34 Old 07-28-2021, 11:14 PM
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Jeep makes a very good cargo floor mat, their front mats are excellent, their rear mats may not cover as well as some others. If you like the plastic feel, WeatherTechs are good. They have a tendency to warp over the years. Husky also makes good floor mats to consider.

Best is a little subjective. They all have one weak point or another, and different strong points. Unless you want side protection, the MOPAR cargo mat is the best.

There have been a couple recent discussion on side step options. If no one jumps in here by the time I get back, I'll try to find one.

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Some people who have had Weathertech mats have complained about how things slide around on them since they are plastic. I have the Mopar mats and I like them a lot.

Go into your Engine Off options in the Settings in your uConnect and turn on the Easy Entry/Exit option. That will lower the suspension a bit when you turn the engine off and make things easier for you. Leave the doors closed until it finishes lowering or it will stop going down while a door is open.
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We have mopar in the jeep and I have weathertech in my Subaru. My weathertechs have not deformed in 5 years but they do get hard to clean the dirt kind of stains them, it kind of does on the mopar ones but not as bad.

Our mopar ones started breaking down at around 5-6 years, edges got rounded off.

The Jeep ones are very nice but I think the weathertechs have better coverage on the sides.

I think both are good.


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Some people who have had Weathertech mats have complained about how things slide around on them since they are plastic. I have the Mopar mats and I like them a lot.

Go into your Engine Off options in the Settings in your uConnect and turn on the Easy Entry/Exit option. That will lower the suspension a bit when you turn the engine off and make things easier for you. Leave the doors closed until it finishes lowering or it will stop going down while a door is open.
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I like the weather techs. Fronts and the single piece rear that protects the tranny tunnel hump.
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My sister in law is undertall and just got a 2020 Limited. They put the MOPAR Chrome step rails on and really like them, and they look great, obviously, you would probably get the black (which is cheaper I think).
For tall people or moderately tall people they are a hassle. You have to step out past them or in past them, so it actually makes it a little bit harder to get in without using them. To use them you are standing up on it then sitting down into the Jeep. Kind of like a car, compared to stepping up into it without them.
Basically, I suggest finding one with them and practicing getting in and out to see if overall it is better.
W.A.G. 5'9" and higher, they are a hindrance, 5'2" and under they are almost essential, in between, try them out first.

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My sister in law is undertall and just got a 2020 Limited. They put the MOPAR Chrome step rails on and really like them, and they look great, obviously, you would probably get the black (which is cheaper I think).
For tall people or moderately tall people they are a hassle. You have to step out past them or in past them, so it actually makes it a little bit harder to get in without using them. To use them you are standing up on it then sitting down into the Jeep. Kind of like a car, compared to stepping up into it without them.
Basically, I suggest finding one with them and practicing getting in and out to see if overall it is better.
W.A.G. 5'9" and higher, they are a hindrance, 5'2" and under they are almost essential, in between, try them out first.
^ This. I find step bars/rails very effective at muddying up your pants unless you're so short you actually step on them VS over them.

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I like the weather techs. Fronts and the single piece rear that protects the tranny tunnel hump.
The mopar slush mats after 2014 are single piece reads too.


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As for mats, I wouldn't buy anything until the 2022s come out. And see if they will work on 2011-2021s at all. My 2021 L Summit has nice up-level Berber mats that are pretty dang sweet. Also, (I have no idea why it took decades for this) the rear cargo mat is actually... Carpet on one side and rubber on the other! Who'd a thunk it?

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Rock rails make nice steps when the door is open, and don't stick out far enough to soil past legs.

Off road animal makes something like this: https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309.../#post41284047

The MOPAR rock rails (P/N 82213525AD if you can get them) also make a nice step when the doors are open.

This thread discusses both steps and rails: https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f309...sible-4339287/

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some of you mentioned Mopar mats, are you talking about the rubber Jeep mats or another made by Mopar?
We have long winters so the mats are for snow, salt & sand which our city used in the winters.

Hate it when the sand embeds into the carpets. I was thinking of Weathertech as it looks to have good coverage on the sides but asked incase there are better options.
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The MOPAR mats are thick rubber. They can hold a bit of slush. Some of the aftermarket mats have holes in then to accommodate the tie downs, which is a leak point.

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Living in a snowy area as well, I chose "Husky" mats and have been very happy with them. They fit well and keep all the mud and slush contained. Here are a couple of pics on the fit.
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As for mats, I wouldn't buy anything until the 2022s come out. And see if they will work on 2011-2021s at all. My 2021 L Summit has nice up-level Berber mats that are pretty dang sweet. Also, (I have no idea why it took decades for this) the rear cargo mat is actually... Carpet on one side and rubber on the other! Who'd a thunk it?
My previous ride a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland had Berber mats and the 2-sided cargo mat (carpet/rubber). Disappointed to see flimsy thin carpets on my 2021 JGC HA.

With a brand new body style for 2022 I really doubt it if the mats for a 2022 JGC will work on any earlier model year.
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