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2015 Altitude vs Limited

Sorry if this has been discussed but I couldn't find it. I live in the northeast and deal with a good bit of snow and ice in the winter. Usually there are a handful of terrible days but generally speaking a little on the ground for most of winter.

I currently have a 2013 Laredo 4x4 with leather (back when they did that) and I'm shopping for a black or graphite 2015 Limited or Altitude. From what I can tell between the two vehicles I'm looking at is the absence of a selector for terrain on the Altitude and the Quadra Track II in the Limited, leather aside. Both have the standard Jeep 20s which I like. That said, I really don't want winter and summer tires. Does anyone think I'd need them?

My main uses consist of infrequent drives to work and long trips, usually towing a very small trailer on the long trips.

What other differences are there that I should know about? Any difference between MPG with the Quadra Trac II Vs I?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

I was personally between a limited and altitude myself in the fall. I researched the hell out of it. The altiude is basically a decked out Laredo, which isn't too far off from a base Limited. Biggest draw for me to the altitude was the blacked out look, which isretty damn sexy.

Price wise, they aren't too different and option wise they really aren't that far off either. The limited will have two tone stitched interior, terrain select, rear heated seats, came standard with a back up camera (not sure if that's standard on the altitude now), rear usb/electric outlets, pretty sure Nav is standard on the a Limited, 20s are not standard on the Limited, and single exhaust for the Limited. The kicker for me was the altitude didn't come with an electric seat on the passenger side - odd to me considering it is a near $40k car...

With all that said those, those are not major differences and most of those things are nice to haves, not need to haves. Engine and trans will be the same also, unless you check off the hemi option on the limited.

Ultimately, I opted for a Limited. It came with a few more bells and whistles for not too much more. My thinking was, I could always make my limited look like an altitude with the blacked out parts. But you really can't add the Limited bells and whistles into an altitude.

Plus I like to have projects, and modding my Limited has been fun! After I checked off so me options on my limited, MSRP wasn't too far off from a base overland. If went back and did it again, I'd probably just save a few more pennies for the overland. No real regrets though - love the car.
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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

I also debated between the two. I ended up getting a limited as the altitudes were scarce when I was looking. Here are the main differences in my opinion:

Altitude: standard 20" wheels, body color lower front, rear, side fascias, nav requires software update, 8.4A radio (no travel link or hd radio), backup cam and updated stereo are optional, quadra drive I, no select terrain, heated suede and leather perforated seats, black badging and accents, silver interior trim (vs rose gold color in black limiteds)

Limited: 18" standard wheels, quadra drive II, select terrain, leather with contrast stitching (only on black leather), memory seats, power passenger seat, turn signals in mirrors, chrome trim accents inside and out, 8.4N radio, standard backup cam/sensors, upgraded stereo requires lux II package or special order for just stereo upgrade).

Both have power liftgate and remote start.

I have a limited with sunroof, nav, and 20" wheels. I like it a lot. My only gripe is the stereo is the base one and could be better.

The altitude looks great. Love the blacked out look. Can say how much better/different the two 4wd systems are as I haven't used that in mine yet. I don't think you can go wrong either way. It's just a matter of which options matter the most to you.


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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

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I also debated between the two. I ended up getting a limited as the altitudes were scarce when I was looking. Here are the main differences in my opinion:

Altitude: standard 20" wheels, body color lower front, rear, side fascias, nav requires software update, 8.4A radio (no travel link or hd radio), backup cam and updated stereo are optional, quadra drive I, no select terrain, heated suede and leather perforated seats, black badging and accents, silver interior trim (vs rose gold color in black limiteds)

Limited: 18" standard wheels, quadra drive II, select terrain, leather with contrast stitching (only on black leather), memory seats, power passenger seat, turn signals in mirrors, chrome trim accents inside and out, 8.4N radio, standard backup cam/sensors, upgraded stereo requires lux II package or special order for just stereo upgrade).

Both have power liftgate and remote start.

I have a limited with sunroof, nav, and 20" wheels. I like it a lot. My only gripe is the stereo is the base one and could be better.

The altitude looks great. Love the blacked out look. Can say how much better/different the two 4wd systems are as I haven't used that in mine yet. I don't think you can go wrong either way. It's just a matter of which options matter the most to you.


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Haha.

You did mention the exhaust though. Hate that the limited has the single.


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Quadra drive II is still only available with the hemi and diesel - correct?
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Quadra drive II is still only available with the hemi and diesel - correct?
Yes, you're right. I meant to say Quadra Trac II in my original post, not Quadra Drive II.
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I was personally between a limited and altitude myself in the fall. I researched the hell out of it. The altiude is basically a decked out Laredo, which isn't too far off from a base Limited. Biggest draw for me to the altitude was the blacked out look, which isretty damn sexy.

Price wise, they aren't too different and option wise they really aren't that far off either. The limited will have two tone stitched interior, terrain select, rear heated seats, came standard with a back up camera (not sure if that's standard on the altitude now), rear usb/electric outlets, pretty sure Nav is standard on the a Limited, 20s are not standard on the Limited, and single exhaust for the Limited. The kicker for me was the altitude didn't come with an electric seat on the passenger side - odd to me considering it is a near $40k car...

With all that said those, those are not major differences and most of those things are nice to haves, not need to haves. Engine and trans will be the same also, unless you check off the hemi option on the limited.

Ultimately, I opted for a Limited. It came with a few more bells and whistles for not too much more. My thinking was, I could always make my limited look like an altitude with the blacked out parts. But you really can't add the Limited bells and whistles into an altitude.

Plus I like to have projects, and modding my Limited has been fun! After I checked off so me options on my limited, MSRP wasn't too far off from a base overland. If went back and did it again, I'd probably just save a few more pennies for the overland. No real regrets though - love the car.

This was the exact conclusion my buddy and I had, just a 14 not a 15. We talked for hours on the different options and the pros/cons b/t an Altitude and Limited in 14's and 15's. So after over a month of searching and discussions he pulled the trigger in mid-July 2015 on a new Silver/black leather 2014 3.6L limited 4x4 QT II w/ Luxury Package II. We decided the 14 was it because of the deal he got on it and the dual exhaust (that played a MAJOR part in his decision as he will not be doing any performance mods). His wife would not allow the Hemi but come to find out my 6.4 gets just as good gas mileage (his is better overall, but highway I am very close) . I am helping him now with some mods:

All PX8/OEM
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Different wheels: may buy my Spider Monkeys and re-finish in black, WK1 SRT's, or black out his stockers (distant future due to wifey's perception and new/pained wheels are obvious and not OK "because you have perfectly good rims now" )

I think that is a great start for him...and the money he saved on the 14 and 3.6 is going to pay for all of the above and then some! Will post pics as they get done...he relies on JG through me to have ideas and then execute them so thank you in advance !! I turned him onto Jeeps after my 08 Limited 5.7 and my 14' now. Please post up some pics of your rides, what decision you made/why and what mods you plan (if any). Looking forward to reading (& seeing ) what the good word is!





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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

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Haha.

You did mention the exhaust though. Hate that the limited has the single.


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Yeah I wasn't too fond of it either. That topic has been argued quite a bit on the forums. Find it weird that the Altitude (a "lower" model) has it and the 2014 Limited had it. But I digress.

Anyway, I didn't like the single on mine and replaced it. Buying a stock new duel exhaust system off the Altitude/Overland model will run ~$1k online + shipping (the beast is heavy) and the dealer quoted me damn near $3k for a new system which I though was utterly absurd. Told the sales guy for that price I would just trade in my Limited for an Overland.

For the ~$1k to $1.5k price range, you can purchase a variety of 'performance' systems. Not sure why anyway would spend the dealer asking price, when they have more options on the secondary market. I purchased a Magnaflow 16929 system, hanging brackets online, and powder coated the exhaust tips gloss black. Not a cheap mod, nor would everyone agree and necessary mod; but I have been loving it.

You can occasionally find the stock duel exhausts for sale on Craigslist/eBay (probably here if you asked too) once someone upgrades their stock system. Again, they are extremely heavy and shipping would be $$$ unless you did a local pick up.
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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

Very helpful everyone, thank you. I'm leaning towards the Altitude and probably in grey to keep the dust off since I live in the country and the only thing I think I'll add is some sort of running board (not functional at all, just for looks).

Again, thanks for your time.
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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

Having the selector will not make up for tires, period.

It's up to you if you want to run snows or more aggressive tires than stock.
I don't think the stock tires are good for north east winter.

I run Nokian's for Winter in MA/NH and last winter, boy I sure am glad I had them.
Some winters are not too bad. But geesh, last winter was insane.

P.S. I barely played with the selector. I'd put it in snow mode when I thought of it when it was bad. But with good snows it really didn't matter what mode I selected.

Also note that the 20" Wheels have been noted to be pretty soft (bend easy).
I ran the 18" snows longer than usual because of all the potholes this year.

I'd recommend the Quadra-Trac for other reasons, but not the reasons you mention. I wanted the 4-Low which is the only time Quadra-Trac really kicks in (IMHO) for pulling my boat out in soft sand.
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Re: 2015 Altitude vs Limited

Thanks for that. Well I was worried about those tires not handling all conditions, seems like a legit concern. I rarely leave the pavement with it but snow, well, I just can't avoid that because it's not up to me.

You are dealing with a little more weather than me being up there (I'm in Pittsburgh) but this is no picnic either. Thanks, gotta think this through. So same rims just more aggressive tire? Swap em out in November and keep the summer tires in the garage? Sorry, all new to me. Never swapped tires out.
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