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Overland vs Summit

Any opinions on the Overland buildout vs Summit? As far as I can tell one can option up the Overland so that equals the Summit except the headliner and upgraded sound system remain exclusive property of the Summit. One the other hand there are more options available to the Overland, specifically skid-plate protection. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 04-12-2014, 10:02 AM
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Re: Overland vs Summit

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Any opinions on the Overland buildout vs Summit? As far as I can tell one can option up the Overland so that equals the Summit except the headliner and upgraded sound system remain exclusive property of the Summit. One the other hand there are more options available to the Overland, specifically skid-plate protection. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
The things you get on the Summit that you cannot get on the Overland are the incredibly awesome HK sound system (if you are an audio guy like me, this will be important to you), the really nice headliner, the adaptive headlights, the front park sensors, the Summit wheels, and all the looks of envy from people when you pass by them

Overland has the front tow hooks and some people prefer the look of the wheels over the Summit. You can also get the off road package if you are into that sort of thing.

The leather is different in them both too. I really like the soft leather that the Summit comes with, but the Overland is very nice too.

I am definitely happy I spent the extra money for the Summit.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:11 AM
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Re: Overland vs Summit

What PhillyAnt said plus I think a biggie is that the Summit is really limited on color choices and combos. That alone had me extremely close to loading up an Overland, man those blues and browns, BAM! However, I played a series of my favorite songs from SD card on both the Overland Alpine and the Summit HK stereos and BAM, I had no choice as I live in my vehicle and keep them 'til dead.

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Re: Overland vs Summit

Skid plates are an easy bolt on for around $400 if you decide you want them on the summit. Tow Hooks are possible but not as easy, structural support is there for the hooks but you would need to cut some plastic.
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Re: Overland vs Summit

The front and rear bumpers (styling) are different too and includes the tow hitch area covered. The Summit is a step up on luxury appointments (perhaps more insulation and better seat cushioning too) to appeal to those that really won't be off roading much or at all. Anyway, it is great that the Summit is now it's own trim level for 2014 and glad Jeep offers so many choices for everyone. You can't go wrong with either, just a matter of preference --- do a side by side.
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Re: Overland vs Summit

Purely a personal preference thing. Some folks like the look of the Overland better; some folks prefer the Summit. (I'm in the latter category) These two trim levels are technically marketed to a different buyer, too. Summit is marketed as a primarily on-road lux SUV; Overland is marketed as an on/off road lux SUV.
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Re: Overland vs Summit

If the Summit had an off road option I would be driving one. But, my Overland ain't too shabby. And no envy when I see a Summit.


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If the Summit had an off road option I would be driving one. But, my Overland ain't too shabby. And no envy when I see a Summit.





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Re: Overland vs Summit

I bought the Overland because I wanted tan leather. The only interior colors available on the Summit when I got mine last May were black and chocolate. Too warm in the Az heat. The Summit exhaust is pretty trick though.
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No tow hooks or option to add them on summit is a bit of a minus. It has quadralift and a low gear so they give some of the off road abilities but then they assume you are never going to get stuck i guess. I dont do any hard core off roading with mine but getting stuck in sand at the beach can be easier than you might imagine so ability to easily add a few tow hooks on the front would have been nice.
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Re: Overland vs Summit

Silver' you can add the front tow hooks (and skid plates if you want) after purchase of a MY14 Summit. The former does require some cutting on the lower facia, but plenty of folks have done that. It's not really a difficult task. Since Jeep doesn't market Summit for off road, they are not offering them from the factory.
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Jim yes i have skid plates on it . I know you can cut the bumbers up to add the hooks on them and i have looked at it but i am not brave enough to cut my summit up unless i know it could be a clean factory look and im not confident i could do that and nof seen any that look clean. Factory hooks sit back in kind of far and you need to cut a fairly large ooening. I dont have to have them that badly just be nice. Driving the beach is not hardcore off roading and not to much to ask of a summit, the hooks would be nice though because you can tend to get stuck in sand not a big deal just would of been a nice to have. Thanks for suggestion though Jim.

Only differnt off road abilities between the overland and summit are skid plates, 18 inch wheels, and front tow hooks. Have the skid plates not doing the 18s and not doing the front hooks unless i see some one come up with a clean install.
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