V6 e-torque vs 2.0 Turbo non-etorque

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I've owned an 18 3.6 non and now a 21 2.0 non. I actually prefer the 2.0 but it's basically a coin toss. The 3.6 maybe had a little more umph at higher speed? But the 2.0 seems torquier in city driving. I also like how it sounds like a tractor hah. If I had the 2.0 first I would have got the 3.6 now just to switch things up. Both are winners.
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The 2.0 definitely doesn't feel sluggish from a stop. It has plenty of "get up and go". Now, if you are running 35's and haven't regeared yet, it may feel sluggish.
 

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Drove two rentals with the 2.0T and though the midrange had great pull, the motor sounded terrible. The other rental was the V6 and it was smooth and pleasant to drive. I opted V6 and have no regrets. Happy motoring whatever you choose.
 

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I drove a 2018 with the 3.6 for two years. Then I got a 2020 with a 2.0T. Both non e-torque.
I am amazed by how much more powerful the 2.0 feels. It’s more spirited, more fun to drive and feels almost like a diesel engine with how it throws you back in your seat.
I was skeptical before I bought it, now I’m convinced it’s a better motor.
That is the turbo you are feeling. Add a turbo to the 3.6 and you will feel it as well. Remove the turbo from the 2.0 and you will be extremely disappointed.
 

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The 2.0 and 3.6 have almost identical power numbers that behave differently. The 2.0 is torquey and drops out at higher RPMs while the 3.6 is linear and better at higher revs. Different strokes for different folks.
 

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One thing that steered me away from the 2.0 is how many low mileage JLs I saw for sale here in Houston compared to the 3.6 when I was considering a pre-owned. Probably 2 out of 3 and they did seem to sit longer than the 3.6 as well. As this forum illustrates people seem to be pretty happy with that engine but then why so many getting traded in etc? I interpreted this as people didn't like it after living with it for a while. Coincidence?
 

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This is one of those debates where there will never be a clear winner since there are so many variables and opinions 😌 there are always pros and cons, but I'll add my 2¢.

Why to get a 2.0T
  • If you are at a higher altitude, forced induction benefits you. N/A motors will feel sluggish unless you get a tune
  • You drive longer drives, especially highway - better fuel economy
  • You don't keep your vehicles for 10 years/long term
Why not to get a 2.0T
  • You do a lot of short trips/do not get the engine to operating temperatures
  • You don't want to put premium into your vehicle (this is more important later on once your engine gets wear/carbon buildup and is more prone to pre-detonation)
  • You live in an area with poor gasoline quality
  • You drive in really dusty conditions - not sure how good the air cleaner is on this platform
  • You plan on towing - towing on a 2.0T is "doable" but puts a lot of strain on the engine
I work in the automotive industry and see a lot of behind the scenes stuff. Putting in the 2.0T engine into a platform isn't purely to benefit the customer, it's for emission requirements and is a good solution for "short term" (aka until warranty expires). Several manufacturers have their own versions of 2.0T to replace 6 cylinder engines.

Toyota/Lexus is the "standard" for long term reliability. You'll also notice they do not offer turbo options on most of their vehicles. They are able to get around emission standards by having a healthy hybrid lineup to offset everything - they invested early and reap the benefits now.

You will inevitably have to replace more parts in a turbo drivetrain. The bearings will wear out at some point, intercooler will fail at some point, wastegate will fail at some point, you will have carbon buildup due to the nature of direct injection etc. Not to say they're not reliable, but they require different services vs the 3.6 and have different failure points.

I have a 2014 BMW X1 with a 2.0T with 120,000km/75,000 miles - it has been fine so far but I'm sure something will break eventually (it's a BMW after all 😂) but overall so far it has been reliable.
 

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Here's the thing. The V6 will most likely be phased out.

If the V6 is phased out, parts will eventually run dry and will be expensive to fix. The I4 is also in the 4Xe so, its pretty obvious what motor Jeep will be using going forward.
Highly unlikely considering the 3.6 is also the base engine in the Grand Cherokee, RAM, Durango, etc...
 

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One thing that steered me away from the 2.0 is how many low mileage JLs I saw for sale here in Houston compared to the 3.6 when I was considering a pre-owned. Probably 2 out of 3 and they did seem to sit longer than the 3.6 as well. As this forum illustrates people seem to be pretty happy with that engine but then why so many getting traded in etc? I interpreted this as people didn't like it after living with it for a while. Coincidence?
When I bought my 18, a majority of new Jeeps on the lot were 2.0t.
 
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Im leaning towards the V6.
Funny that people say e-torque is overly complex but imo the turbo system is lol. Turbo and DI vs a generator for an alternator. Theyre both more complex than a standard n/a motor.
 

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Im leaning towards the V6.
Funny that people say e-torque is overly complex but imo the turbo system is lol. Turbo and DI vs a generator for an alternator. Theyre both more complex than a standard n/a motor.
Opt for the manual transmission and avoid both ;)
 

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Highly unlikely considering the 3.6 is also the base engine in the Grand Cherokee, RAM, Durango, etc...
The 3.6 is a huge money maker for FCA. Pretty sure they will only phase it out if it is government mandated/they need to "restructure" their spending.

Out of all the automotive manufacturers, FCA is the worst for average lineup GHG emissions. They also spend/buy the most renewable energy credits (mostly from Tesla) to minimize fines.

When I bought my 18, a majority of new Jeeps on the lot were 2.0t.
This is to help reduce their lineup emissions. As time goes by, there are more strict regulations. I'm sure you can tell FCA doesn't exactly have the most fuel efficient vehicles (V6s, V8s, supercharged V8s)
 

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This is to help reduce their lineup emissions. As time goes by, there are more strict regulations. I'm sure you can tell FCA doesn't exactly have the most fuel efficient vehicles (V6s, V8s, supercharged V8s)
That's what I figured, but I didn't have production numbers. Whatever it was, if a majority were 2.0t that would explain why the used market has more 2.0ts.
 

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Im leaning towards the V6.
Funny that people say e-torque is overly complex but imo the turbo system is lol. Turbo and DI vs a generator for an alternator. Theyre both more complex than a standard n/a motor.
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