So I pulled the trigger and bought the 2017 5.7L Hemi Trailhawk with both add on packages, cross path detection and Nav.
I love my new Jeep but I wanted to share my experience with others that are thinking about the Trailhawk with some details and make a few comparisons to my wife's 2015 Summit.
I am VERY detailed when researching things but I over looked a few SMALL details, nothing really major but just wanted to help inform others that may be shopping for a new JGC.
I created a PDF chart of features to compare to other models of the finer details that separate them. I took each model and added additional packages and pricing for Koons dealership.
First a few things I love about the Trailhawk:
1. The little jeep symbol in red on the rims.
2. The Trailhawk red stitching and badging.
3. The red tow hooks, but I wish they upgraded the brakes to the red Brembo brakes. I'm going to order the red MPG caliper covers this week.
4. All weather mats instead of regular carpet mats.
5. Love the tighter grip the seats have on you than the other models. They have the SRT suede seats that wrap tighter to your body.
Now for a few things that are different than other models or details I didn't realize where different:
1. The dash on the Summit has nice stitch lines across it where the Trailhawk does not.
2. The rear seats have a release button on the top of them on the Summit and on the Trailhawk, they do not, they only have the release lever on the sides of the seats. This one actually sucks a bit, as that button is nice to quickly drop the seats.
3. The Trailhawk has the adjustable suspension, and with so, sometimes when you come to a full stop, you will notice a bounce like effect on the front end as the suspension adjusts itself. Sometimes it's very noticeable where other times it is not.
4. The Trailhawk does not have the little down facing flood light from the mirror that the summit has when the door opens to illuminate the ground. This one is not that big of a deal, as there are many aftermarket solutions for this, even wireless ones.
5. The Trailhawk doesn't have a cargo mat or cargo net at all, it does come with the all weather floor mats but no cargo mat, I ordered the Jeep cargo mat online.
6. The Trailhawk doesn't have the nice wooden section of the steering wheel like the Overland and Summit have. I am looking into options on swapping a steering wheel or getting mine customized if possible. Any suggestions are welcome. I really enjoy the wooden section, as I am a single hand driver for the most part, and I use my hand on top of the wheel to begin a turn and will pivot my hand on the wooden section while performing a turn. So for me, that section of the wheel gets a lot of work and I would hate to wear that part of the leather wrap out on the current one I have.
Things that I need to find a solution for:
1. The alpine stereo that comes with the Trailhawk really does suck as bad as most of the audio posts here say it does. It is very muddy / muffled sounding compared to the HK system available in the Overland, Summit & SRT models. I will be upgrading mine in the coming weeks, as I hate how muffled it sounds.
2. As with any black interior it is impossible to keep pristine looking, if anyone has any suggestions of a good interior cleaner for the plastic areas to keep down the smudges every time a shoe touches them I would greatly appreciate it.
A few things that just annoy me:
1. How long it takes for the apps to initial load and then additionally how long the Pandora app to open up
2. How long it takes after starting the vehicle to load up the voice control and how damn slow it is to respond
All in all, I would highly suggest the Trailhawk to anyone thinking about it. It is an awesome trim level, it basically has all of the features of the Overland or Summit besides some VERY minor things listed above at a slightly lower cost. My wife has the 2015 Summit and it looks nice, but I definitely prefer my Trailhawk.