Originally Posted by sgunes
What's the difference between the pentastar and the hemi in real life driving?
We have a 2011 AWD 3.6L, my wife drives it most of the time. Obviously with the 3.6L you need to rev it up to get that nearly 300hp to get it moving quickly, which it will do if pushed. I usually shift it manually to hold it a lower gear and be closer to that sweet spot in the city, but I am a professional driver and prefer to be under complete control and have more engine braking.
The torque and extra power of the Hemi would be preferred for towing, plus it lends itself to let the transmission control the shifting. If I drive ours in Drive I always feel like it's always pushing to be in the highest gear to get better mileage.
Ours has the towing package, but I've only used it once to take my motorcycle to get the valves adjusted, so less than 1000 pounds. Ours is mainly soccer mom/vacation duty and does fine, great traveling vehicle. Consistently average 24mpg, unless it's really windy.