I agree to a point, and thats why Jeep did this (for cafe standards), but the downshifting isn't occasional. More shifting = more wear, and less shifting = more lugging of the engine. Its not ideal setup from the factory. This is a 4 spd with 2 overdrives.You want 6th to be efficient, not powerful. Who cares if you have to occasionally downshift climbing mountains or passing, isn’t that part of the fun of rowing your own gears.
@AVGeek99 - since you want real life performance check out the following videos I took. Here are the variables for this run:
- Vehicle : 2021 JLUR 3.6 6sp (stock wuth no rocksliders)
- Rearend : 4.10
- Tires : Stock wheels with KO2s (33s)
- Gas Level : ~1.5 gallons
- Cargo : none
- Passengers : 1 x 230 lbs (I'm working on it )
- Head wind : none
- Tail wind : none
- Starting Conditions : In gear at 70 mph
- Testing conditions : instant full throttle held till end of video (watch GPM gauge for transition ~5 secs into each video)
- Grade (for hill testing) : 2% per Offroad page
The following videos were conducted on flat pavement, in 5th and 6th (respectively):
5th gear - Flat
6th gear - Flat
The following videos were conducted on a 2% grade, in 5th and 6th (respectively):
5th gear - 2% incline
6th gear - 2% incline
Sorry for the camera shake, I braced off the steering wheel and i was driving on shitty Illinois roads......the state that diverts tax payer money away from roads and into slush funds for their democratic supporters....there is a reason 4 of our past 6 recent govenors spent time in jail (and the current one probably should).
Hope this helps with your decision.