I hear ya. When I test drove the CG I liked how the brakes responded and how it accelerated (even for a V6). But I was shocked on how it got worse gas mileage over my Ram Hemi 4x4.I went from a Ram R/T to a Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD. I kick myself every day. I bought the GC because I really like the 3.6 and 8 speed, I also had a Challenger SXT at the time. And I too wanted something a little smaller. But, I now find myself needing that pickup bed a lot and I really miss the comfort of the Ram. The seats in the GC were extremely hard and uncomfortable to me. They have now softened a bit after 2 1/2 years. However their trims have different foam types so if you look up the build sheets you can see which foam you will get. The GC has a nice layout and the typical designed interior that I like from American vehicles. But it also has that obnoxious Stop/Start system and the two batteries under the front passenger seat. I did buy the disabling device but it plugs in to different places depending on the trim level. Bottom line for me, the GC is a nice vehicle but I lost a lot of comfort and cargo capability. If I had it to do over, I would have kept the Ram. Right now I'm waiting for the new Nissan Frontier to come out this summer and check it out since I don't like any of the other mid sized truck offerings and Chrysler/Daimler/FCA/Stellantins, whomever owns Ram this week, has apparently dropped their promise from three years ago of a mid size Dakota rebirth or a standard cab 1500.
Haha right! I was thinking about that too...maybe going to desert 215 and seeing what they have for pre-owned so I can keep the truck too. But naw...RAM is just more practical.I did just that...kept the Ram and bought the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It must be a Las Vegas thing.
My girls dad just traded in his RAM for a Gladiator. He's just over 6 foot and loves it. He must have the power seat which lowers him enough. I wouldn't mind a Gladiator but the prices are outrageous when they only want to give me $32k for my truck that's worth $38k as an average trade in value.I looked at the Jeep Gladiator, because I needed a pick up truck and really liked it looks… I’ll tell you what, I would’ve bought it if it wasn’t made for short people. So I looked at the salesman and he even said yeah you don’t have headroom and I walked out shaking my head thinking, dumb ass engineers. I’m 6’6”, tall, But I would think if you were 6’4” and hit a bump you’d hit your head on the Roll bar above your head. Otherwise I really liked it.
So I ended up getting a 2021 ram rebel. Except for the BS lane keep and their BS mileage estimates visiting and the defective Rambox they know about, I like it.
I actually was just thinking about doing something like that. Maybe buying a Honda or Toyota or something for cash to commute with to save my truck some wear and tear. Great minds my friend lol.After all the above novels and statements, here's mine.
I have a 2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn and a 2016 Kia Sorento.
Which I prefer? Depends on what I have to do and what it takes.
Simple as that. Keep the Ram and get the Grand Cherokee.
Haha I was just thinking the other day that I should try to convince my girl to trade in her 2020 RAV4 for a GC...then I realized her RAV4 has more cargo space than a GC 🤪Recently bought the wife a 2021 Grand Cherokee Limited V6 4x4. That way I keep my '12 Ram Hemi CC 4x4, but get to enjoy driving the G.Cherokee when we go anywhere together. Love it!!!
I did honestly notice a slight difference in build quality comparing the Jeep to my RAM. Although the Jeep handled like a sports car, my RAM feels a little more solid...which it should since it's a half ton pickup lol. I'm thinking I may end up keeping the RAM for now and eventually trading it in for a Honda Passport or something similar later on down the road.After my experiences with buying two new Jeeps last year there is NO WAY I will ever buy a new Fiat built Jeep again. Now I know why FIAT stands for fix it again Tony. My 1st one was a lemon and I trusted them that this could happen to anyone so I bought a second one . That was suppose to be a North Edition well it was not built to specs the dealer Bob Poynter of Columbus IN promised to help get it straightened out but to this day NEVER has nor will Jeep resolve it. PLUS Jeep did this same thing to thousands of other Jeeps yet I know of no one else saying anything so they probably didn't even realize it. If I had not paid cash for it I would have never paid for it and let them taken it back. The lemon one is currently for sale at a MI car lot for 24k and they do NOT tell you it is a branded title.
I was looking at the AWD Durango's too but I wasn't liking the price point on them at all. Its too bad because they seem to have the perfect amount of cargo space over a GCI have both, the Ram 1500 and a 14 Durango which is pretty much the same as the JGC. If I don’t need to haul, I prefer the Durango. The ride and handling are very refined compared to the Ram and parking is much easier.
I have such mixed feelings… the first really fun car I ever had was a Fiat 128 Sport L, in college. Driving back and forth from Denver to Grand Junction where I was going to school, but it also broke down all the time. “Fix it again Tony” Fiat.After my experiences with buying two new Jeeps last year there is NO WAY I will ever buy a new Fiat built Jeep again. .