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2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

I am looking to purchase a new Jeep and can get a 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8 with Nav and Trailer package for the same price. I do plan on towing a small snowmobile trailer or a small TT in the northeast and keeping the vehicle for 5 - 10 yrs. I really like the looks and tech features of the HA and am looking for opinions on the following questions;

- What vehicle is a better deal?
- What vehicle has higher resale value?
- What vehicle has the least amount of issues?

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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

Well you're asking more of a personal preference. If I had to choose I would without a doubt go with the High Altitude. I'm not biased or anything
The Limited is nice, but INO looks sorta base with all the black textured plastic (similar to the older '11-'13 WK2s). The High Altotude is loaded right from the factory and it sounds like that Limited isn't. For example the HA has the advanced technology group. Adaptive cruise, all the safety tech....all must haves.
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:06 AM
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

I originally had purchased a 15' Limited (was coming from a 2008 Limited). I went with the Limited because I thought it was a fairly good bang for my buck. I originally wanted an Altitude purely for the aesthetics of the black out parts, but could not bring myself to pay 1-2k less for a vehicle with less options - Thus, the Limited fit my bill. I had a V6 and did some light towing with it (double jet ski trailer and 26 foot boat trailer) and had no issues. I began to buy parts for it to make it look more like an Altitude, which was a fun endeavor and kept me busy but was getting expensive. I also was getting a bit envious of not spending a little bit more and just getting and Overland.

Fast forward 14 months: the lady was out of town and I went down to my dealer to just "look" at the new HA models. Long story short, 48 hours later I had traded in the 15' Limited for a 16' HA V6. KBB and CarMax gave me a fairly close range of the trade in value and the dealer met it. In that 14 months since I had purchased the Limited, with 15k miles, the Limited depreciated ~$13k Dealer turned around and listed and sold the car for $1k more within a week, so the price variation of their offer to me and their selling point was very close.

As for re-sale value of the HA, I personally can not say. I recall reading here that one person was attempting to trade it in, and it had a similar price drop to the limited (~$12k for 15' or '16), The HA is still a relatively new model though as it was only introduced later in the MY15 life cycle, so detailed info and experience on re-sale value may be limited.


I personally have 0 regrets from moving to the HA:

1) The V6 is nearly the same engine (they did a mild refresh in the '16's). I never had problems towing with the V6. I do miss the pep of the V8 though, but I got over it.

2) The HA will come loaded with many of the features you will have to pay extra for in the Limited (some of which are unavailable on the Limited). The HA came standard with: Tow package, Nav, bi-xeon lights, vented seats (a miracle product for Texas summers), full leather dash, Adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, folding mirros. In fact, besides the Hemi and HK audio, most everything comes standard.

3) I greatly despise the electronic start/stop that is on all the new '16 models. The Limited you mentioned will have it - take it for a test drive and see if you like it.

4) The HA is technically more suited for off road than a Limited due to the adjustable air suspension. So if that is something to consider- but you would be hard pressed to find many members here who have taken the HA into the deep woods and mud If off roading is your thing, check out the Overland instead.

5) Aesthetically, I think the HA is just a much better looking car, as it shares the Summit/SRT body work

6) Personally my insurance did go up a little bit more going from the Limited to the HA as it was a newer/pricier car when I first purchased. Just something to consider.



Personally, if they are exactly the same price point I would go with the HA 10 out of 10 times as you just get more bang for the buck in my eyes.
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

me personally rather have the hemi
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

Thanks for the replies. Sounds like the HA guys really like their vehicles and I am leaning that way also. For what its worth a quick look at used car pricing on kbb shows the 2015 HA to be $4k - $5K greater than the 2016 Limited Hemi.
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

I have a 75th limited full loaded, I had a 2011 and did the black out treatment (powerdercoated wheels, chrome professionally painted) but honestly I think the blacked out look is a little tired. Once I saw people blacking out their wheels on priuses and old toyota corrollas from the 90's I was like no thanks. Of course, this is all subjective.

The thing I like about the 75th limited is mine has:

air suspension
better leather than the standard limited and ventilated seats
blind spot monitoring
tow package
Nav
Alpine system (which I'm upgrading)
panorama sunroof
the wheel trim is even painted gloss black (the 75th laredo is all exterior plastic trim)
I have the HID headlights and LED fog lights
Daytime running lights
raining sensing wipers
backup camera and parking sensors
it also has the tangerine stitching which I think works really weather with the black leather.

basically it has everything that the HA has, just a different appearance package. However, I got mine for $41.9K MSRP was $48.5K

One thing I'm seeing out here in Northern California is that hemi's are really rare. I've checked 4 different dealers and the only v8's on their lots are the SRT 6.4L.
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

Why do you want a '15 HA verse a '16 HA?
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

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Why do you want a '15 HA verse a '16 HA?
Might want to read the original post again
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

I would prefer a 16 HA but non within 100 miles that dealers will offer a good price on. I'm paying $41500 for the 15 HA and I just can't afford a 16 HA.
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

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Might want to read the original post again
??? He understood my question just fine. Which was why is he looking at a '15 rather than a '16 High Altitude to compare to the '16 Limited.
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I would prefer a 16 HA but non within 100 miles that dealers will offer a good price on. I'm paying $41500 for the 15 HA and I just can't afford a 16 HA.
Ok gotcha.
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Re: 2015 V6 High Altitude or 2016 Limited V8

Thanks for all the replies. I will be driving the 15 HA home tomorrow morning. I really like the looks and the all the tech features it offers. Now I need to figure out how to haul my 12' kayak on it. They are installing a roof rack but I am looking at a hitch mounted rear rack like the Rhino Rack T-Loader to use with the roof rack.
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