I think one of the big problems with the reviews is they don't understand the transmission
Personally I have a 2016 2.4 and it shifts great
One thing about the transmission is it is certainly a learning transmission that adapts to driving style. I recently had a flash done and it took 20 or 30 miles to relearn my driving style. During that time of the shfts were rough. I think these guys are getting new cars off the line and the transmission isn't learning the driving style considering they have multiple drivers using the cars
Another evidence of their ignorance of the design is how many professional magazines have rated the KL transmission bad for having A nonworking or poorly working auto stick system
No one read the manual to realize that it is not a mean your Manumatic transmission but an electronic range selection
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When the 2011 WK2 came out auto rags slammed the newer grand Cherokee because there was no way to downshift, which was so inaccurate as you just had to slide the stick over a little to the left to auto shift. It's amazing how clueless some of the staff writers really are as their main job is to research and drive the vehicle they are actually writing about.
I get that many of them didn't go to school for journalism, but since it's their job now, one might think that they would get a crash course on writing, research and reporting. No real fact checking at all.
The Ford Edge is a completely different vehicle. Comparing is much like comparing apples and oranges. With my 2016 TH I have seen as high as 28mpg, but that was with a tail wind much of the way from NY to the OBX of NC. However I had plenty of hills to go up and down, stopping and slowing for a few toll booths and a serious traffic jam once we hit the crossing to the barrier islands. Coming home I had an overall mileage of 24.9. It was definitely windier. Crossing lower Ontario I faced massive headwinds and barely made 22mpg on the highways but it was Winter fuel blend which affects overall gas milagro too.
More gears and ESS aren't necessarily going to improve overall fuel efficiency but even a Prius can get lousy mileage depending upon how it's driven and when, where and so on.
It's mostly about appearance. For me Ford Motor company is out, unless it's a lease as they don't design drainage well for salty snow bound areas.
They do have decent interiors. I really liked my Lincoln. Again apples and oranges. The climate and overall road conditions dictate that most people have a decent SUV/CUV or truck with 4WD capabilities.
Sure there are times I wish I could have a RWD rag top, but like when I owned motorcycles it just seemed to be a gross waste of income as NY State makes you insure vehicles 12 months out of the year. It's nuts. When I lived in a Orange County, CA, we had one vehicle and I rode a Honda Interceptor most of the time. Then the wife ended up with child. It's never been the same since. Living in Seattle area or Upstate NY with need for cargo and wanting a quiet, safe driver but not giving up everything and getting a minivan once again, back to a sporty SUV that can tow and go up muddy, snowy dirt roads when needed.
Maybe I'm getting old or nostalgic, but my 1987 Honda Accord with 4 banging and a 5 speed easily got well over 40mpg on highway trips from the SF Bay Area to SLC.
It's all the airbags, electronics and emissions equipment that have us driving such heavy vehicles which definitely impact gas mileage over
the number of gears in an automatic gearbox.
The ZF9 may be quirky but it works. I might just have to start keeping the stick over towards the left and trying to get it to submit to my will or Jeep it in Sport mode when I desire less interference. For now it's just fine.
It is strange to switch vehicles but it would be strange switching to a sports car with double clutching if you were perfectly happy with a foot operated clutch.
Really what are our options. Not many. I may just end up with a pickup if my TH fails. The Hound would prefer that anyway.
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