Just wanted to check back in now that I actually have the Jeep. I picked it up on the 10 days ago and have about 900 miles on it now, including one pretty good road trip out of town.
I'm not normally one to gush over an engine...but yeah...this thing is amazing! I'm getting low 20's around town. I drove 500 miles on the interstate at 75-85mph (except one burst up to 118 to see what speed she was limited to) with a FULL truck of big guys/coolers for a football game trip and got 27MPG. I think that 30+ should be expected under better conditions and more ginger driving. And power...The torque is ALWAYS there...and yes...it will spin the tires on dry pavement from a stop even though its full-time 4x4.
Im very upset that you didnt provide a picture with your report!!
Sounds absolutely awesome, give us a shot of the engine and one of the oil on the dipstick!
Love this option as compared to the RX450h/highlander hybrid options for a high MPG SUV.
Good stuff, excited to see how it works out for you.