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Going from Pickup to SUV (GX vs Grand Cherokee)

Old 03-07-2019, 09:21 AM
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We are weighing our car options and I keep changing my mind.
We have a 2005 4Runner still (V6, 4x4, 120K) that has been near perfect, still drives like a new car. It was mine for the last 6 years but I gave it to my husband when he started his business since it was paid for and he drives 10 miles a day.
We have no reservations of taking it on road trips still, it's just not very comfortable in some aspects as we are tall and the roof is low + it's not really powerful IMO which is why we don't tow with it anymore.

My Ram is nearly paid for, has 46K miles, I daily drive about 15K a year. It's been good but I'm not in love with it. A SUV is more useful to me, Towing isn't as important anymore, want at least 6K capacity I feel and more power than the 4Runner IMO to be happy. Want a newer vehicle with under 75K (or even less if a Jeep!)

Used budget is low 20's.
-Grand Cherokee (Limited) (2016+): plenty available, harder to find one with the Tow pkg, good on road manors, decent tow capacity with either the V6 or V8. I'm just on the fence about long term reliability. Sister has one- it drives nice.
-Lexus GX 460 (2010+), Price is comparable much higher as are miles,all have the tow package cooling, some just need a hitch. Not as physically attractive as the Jeep. I feel if it's anything like the 4Runner however, it will be a tank and durable! I'm afraid the on-road manors will be crappy compared to the Grand Cherokee and MPG worse, but I sense it's a better purchase perhaps in the long run.

-3rd option I'm floating is to just keep the Ram and eventually buy a sports car again (Corvette), something I'm missing and neither of these SUV's will satisfy.

Only SUV I like more is a Porsche Cayenne but feel it's above my pay grade and a used one may be suicide and have me living at a repair shop.

Anyone have good or bad experience with the current gen Grand Cherokee and the GX?
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Gtochris View Post
We are weighing our car options and I keep changing my mind.
We have a 2005 4Runner still (V6, 4x4, 120K) that has been near perfect, still drives like a new car. It was mine for the last 6 years but I gave it to my husband when he started his business since it was paid for and he drives 10 miles a day.
We have no reservations of taking it on road trips still, it's just not very comfortable in some aspects as we are tall and the roof is low + it's not really powerful IMO which is why we don't tow with it anymore.

My Ram is nearly paid for, has 46K miles, I daily drive about 15K a year. It's been good but I'm not in love with it. A SUV is more useful to me, Towing isn't as important anymore, want at least 6K capacity I feel and more power than the 4Runner IMO to be happy. Want a newer vehicle with under 75K (or even less if a Jeep!)

Used budget is low 20's.
-Grand Cherokee (Limited) (2016+): plenty available, harder to find one with the Tow pkg, good on road manors, decent tow capacity with either the V6 or V8. I'm just on the fence about long term reliability. Sister has one- it drives nice.
-Lexus GX 460 (2010+), Price is comparable much higher as are miles,all have the tow package cooling, some just need a hitch. Not as physically attractive as the Jeep. I feel if it's anything like the 4Runner however, it will be a tank and durable! I'm afraid the on-road manors will be crappy compared to the Grand Cherokee and MPG worse, but I sense it's a better purchase perhaps in the long run.

-3rd option I'm floating is to just keep the Ram and eventually buy a sports car again (Corvette), something I'm missing and neither of these SUV's will satisfy.

Only SUV I like more is a Porsche Cayenne but feel it's above my pay grade and a used one may be suicide and have me living at a repair shop.

Anyone have good or bad experience with the current gen Grand Cherokee and the GX?
I have 2002, 2011, and 2018 Grand Cherokees. I've owned 6 or 7 of them over the past 15 years. For your purposes only look at an Overland or above, not the Limited. The air shocks in the Overland make a huge difference when trailering, and the Overlands all come with the factory tow package. It will make your search much easier.

You can get a good used Overland for your budget, and it will be in good condition. The miles may be a little higher.

Each model year has it's own trailer weight limits, so look at the specs closely, and look at the specs specifically for the Overland because it is different than ither.models. In general you don't need the V8 or Hemi to tow 6000 lbs. I'll see if I still have the year by year trailering capacities - I researched all of it in January when I bought my 2011.


I cant comment on the other vehicles you are considering, but given what you have said I think you will be really happy with the Overland (but it wont replace a Corvette).
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:28 PM
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Consider a 2015+ Ford Expedition. They have the 3.5L Ecoboost, plenty of room, will tow well over your figure confidently and are in your price range with less than 50k miles. If you want a little sportiness to it, tune are putting them in the low 14s in the quarter mile.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:50 PM
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Quick update - I found my spec sheet, and in general from 2014 through current models you can tow 6200 lbs with the V6 and 7200 lbs with the V8. You need to dig into the specific specs for the model year you are considering. Download the owner's manual for that year, don't just ask the dealer because they rarely provide an accurate answer.

Models 2011 - 2013 are 5000 lbs with the V6.
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We had a GX 470 (V8) for a long time and while it was a great vehicle with plenty of power, the suspension was very mushy. It did fine with a lightweight enclosed 5x8 trailer but swayed a lot in the wind. The tow rating was 2-3 times where my comfort level would be with that vehicle. When we were looking to replace it, the sales guy at Lexus said the 460 was similar in terms of the suspension feel.
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Yobub View Post
Quick update - I found my spec sheet, and in general from 2014 through current models you can tow 6200 lbs with the V6 and 7200 lbs with the V8. You need to dig into the specific specs for the model year you are considering. Download the owner's manual for that year, don't just ask the dealer because they rarely provide an accurate answer.

Models 2011 - 2013 are 5000 lbs with the V6.
Thank you,
My sister has a 2017 Limited V6 that they she had installed the factory hitch on so it's deceptive as it doesn't have the HD towing package.
If I can get over my fear of the Air suspension failures the Overland has everything else I'd need. I might try to borrow my sisters for a few days and see how it does as a commuter vehicle for me before I commit.
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Having been involved in the Jeep world a long time my advice is to avoid the air suspension, especially if you intend to keep it after the warrantee is over. Get a Limited with the Hemi and factory tow package, and install either Air Lift or Firestone air bags in the rear coils.
As good as the Pentastar V6 is (we have one in my son's '17 Wrangler 6 spd) the extra torque of the V8 makes it an excellent tow vehicle.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Cousin Eddie View Post
We had a GX 470 (V8) for a long time and while it was a great vehicle with plenty of power, the suspension was very mushy. It did fine with a lightweight enclosed 5x8 trailer but swayed a lot in the wind. The tow rating was 2-3 times where my comfort level would be with that vehicle. When we were looking to replace it, the sales guy at Lexus said the 460 was similar in terms of the suspension feel.
We have a GX470 (my sister has a GX460 as well), I've towed with both and they are quite comparable. I tow my 23' 6500lb aluminum boat to the coast or over the WA/OR Cascades with our GX470 semi frequently, up and down our typical mountain grades with 4000'+ passes. The boat has tall sides and a large top, at 11.5' tall on the trailer the wind can certainly grab it like an enclosed trailer. At no point have I felt unsafe or like the vehicle was overwhelmed by the trailer. Sure, it doesn't pull the hills in OD like my Duramax, but it's a darn comfortable ride, it has big brakes, and that V8 doesn't sound too bad at 4000rpm. The worst part of the whole deal is fuel mileage, I've never seen over 10mpg towing, more like 8.5-9. Hell, my wife towed the boat back from the coast on windy, hilly roads and felt perfectly comfortable, and she's not exactly an experienced trailer puller. She was more concerned about the 102" wide trailer than anything, only because she's not used to something like that.

That said, I feel that 6500 is a realistic, safe rating for those vehicles.
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