A bit of a dog
April 17, 2019
This is the 4th used JGC Ltd I've owned. Styling & utility consistently has eroded over the years. Limited trim used to be their high end offering but now its middle of the road trim & features. Also, the the truly usable cargo capacity has gone down with each new redesign. Stowage under the back seat and spare wheel-well has disappeared. '09 spare is suspended under the rear cargo deck, open to the elements subject to corrosive road effects that without periodic lube and maintenance may find the hoist inoperable when critical to drop the spare. Adjustable head rests on back seats gone. Rear seat leg room nearly non-existent. Woe be the passenger's knees behind the driver when the ignition is turned off and seat withdraws for ease of driver exit.
'09, as with my previous '02, still has the lift glass rear window (albeit without any handle grab), a feature that keeps the "U" in SUV hauling long items like 2x4s. After '10 models, that feature was lost to styling of the Italians. Guess I much prefer German and American design and engineering, but, hey - find a SUV anymore with a lift glass!
Pep & pick-up nothing like my '02 with same engine and better mileage. That gave me 21 mpg combined; this barely 15. Would still be driving my '02 if not been totaled by a head-on when a driver crossed the center line. I'll say this for the '02 rolled and inverted and half the rear end torn off - I survived with only minor wrist fracture. Only hoping the '09 can stand up if ever so needed.
As durable and beneficial the JGC is I would never buy new but with searching can find great low mileage deals used, saving $$$$.