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If I wanted a mid-size, that is what I would buy. But I would get the Eco Diesel.


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I saw one in a showroom and thought it was hideous looking. Sticker price was in the 50s. But I am not a Jeep person in general.


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I've yet to see one on the road yet.


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They are starting to show up in Tucson. Dealer couldn't keep them on the lot long enough for me to check them out. Bad timing for the Ranger to come out at the same time as the Jeep.

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Dodge dealership in Wenatchee Wa has one oftheir lot.

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FishOnOne wrote:

I've yet to see one on the road yet.



I have seen several roaming around the Texas hill country and even a lifted one with what looked like 37's. This is mostly due to all of the rock climbing off road parks around here like Cline Ranch and Hidden Falls.

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ShinerBock wrote:

FishOnOne wrote:

I've yet to see one on the road yet.



I have seen several roaming around the Texas hill country and even a lifted one with what looked like 37's. This is mostly due to all of the rock climbing off road parks around here like Cline Ranch and Hidden Falls.


I've seen a lot on the road here as well.

A couple already with new wheels, bigger tires, led light bars...you know, the standard mall duty Jeep package.

Of course, a lot of dealers kit brand new trucks out like that and sell them that way, since it is so popular in this area.


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mich800 wrote:

It still rides and drives like a Wrangler. So having a V8 is not a big deal for extra towing. The engine performance seems in line for the intended use. If you like the capabilities of the Wrangler but looking for more cargo space this is a good option.


Most medium size trucks are limited by cooling capacity. Jalopnik has an excellent article, where a Jeep engineer explained just how far they went to achieve the tow rating:

https://jalopnik.com/the-engineering-beh........he-jeep-gladiators-tow-rating-1833657453

Many people wonder why the diesel Colorado can't tow much, and it's not because of power / torque. With a diesel's heat rejection: intercooler, the engine itself, and EGR load, it can't tow 7000+ lbs which uphill in 100-degree ambient with AC on. OEM have very rigorous cooling requirements.

This is why DOT and Transport Canada here do not enforce "tow rating", as it's not primarily safety driven, but power-train/marketing.

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They are quite popular in my area but as a Jeep person, I see other equally equipped vehicles more affordable but speaking from experience......nothing compares to a Rubicon offroad.

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ShinerBock wrote:

FishOnOne wrote:

I've yet to see one on the road yet.



I have seen several roaming around the Texas hill country and even a lifted one with what looked like 37's. This is mostly due to all of the rock climbing off road parks around here like Cline Ranch and Hidden Falls.


That's strange... Here in the Houston area you typically see new released (including very expensive) vehicles on the roads as soon as they hit dealer lots. I've been making trips to our deer camp and fishing trips to the coast and haven't seen any in these parts either. Having said that I see 4 door Wranglers every day.

Hopefully they ride better than the Wranglers and with a longer wheelbase they should, but I wouldn't want one with a diesel.

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