So I'm steering back to my original post about the Trailhawk vs the Summit. I have poured over this decision over the past few weeks, going back and forth several times. Both are nice trims. In my area of South Florida, there are LOTS of Laredos, Altitudes, Limiteds and a decent handful of Summits. Those are the three that are very popular in the area. Not many Overlands or SRTs.
I have taken the Trailhawk for a quick test drive, but I think it's time to do so again as the first day was really a quick few minute drive just to test out the new lane keep assist feature, which worked rather well by the way. I also did a pretty quick visual inspection to view the features of the Trailhawk such as the seats and exterior badges that had red highlighting.
This next trip to the dealer, I want to really compare the two as I'm really stuck on the fence. I have a spreadsheet I am going to attach to the post, and I have highlighted the different features between the Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. I left the Limited in the spreadsheet as a reference point for features but only compared the 3 models listed above as they are fairly close in features. I took the info from the PDF titled "2017 Standard equipment comparison list (PDF)" provided by wk2jeeps.com I didn't want to link directly as some sites strongly discourage that. You know where to find it.
Here are the ONLY options that are missing from the Trailhawk from the Summit that could not be ordered as an upgrade option:
- 19 SPKRS HIGH PERF AUDIO (RCA) (Harman Kardon Audio System along with the 2 sub features below)
- 825 WATT AMPLIFIER (RDH)
- ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL SYSTEM (JLW)
- CARGO NET (CKR) (I can purchase one if I find that I want it)
- DELUXE CARGO COMPARTMENT FLOOR MAT (CKK)
- EXTERIOR MIRRORS COURTESY LAMPS (LEC)
- HEADLAMP WASHER (JHS)
- HILL DESCENT CONTROL (BNH) - Not sure about this one, wk2jeeps.com comparison PDF shows it missing but the page about the Trailhawk says it has a feature called Hill Ascent Control.
- ILLUMINATED SILL PLATES (LP1)
- LUXURY DOOR TRIM PANEL (CTC)
- REAR SUNSCREEN ACOUSTIC LAM. GLASS (GAH)
- UNDER SEAT LIGHTING (CCA)
- WOOD/LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL (SCW)
* LUXURY FRONT/REAR FLOOR MATS W/LOGO (CLZ) - Replaced by Mopar All weather mats
Out of those few things listed above, the only few I care about are:
+ Wood wrapped steering wheel - I think this has a nice premium look and feel to it as well as helps resist sun damage to the steering wheel in hot South Florida (Anyone know if I could get it custom carbon fiber wrapped and polished?)
+ Illuminated sill plates, again another premium looking feature that is nice but not a deal breaker, These can be ordered aftermarket - Installed Jeep Illuminated Sill Plates
+ Upgraded audio system, I was planning on upgrading the speakers and sub anyway so this is no loss to me, in fact may make it easier to do in the long run.
+ Cargo mat is no loss as I always purchase a rubber all weather mat for the cargo area so I never get to see the regular one anyway.
To me, I'm feeling like the Trailhawk at a savings of $6,xxx is not a bad option considering if I did order the Summit, I was wanting to do so only for the Indigo / Ski Gray interior which is an additional $4500 option bringing the total delta between the two vehicles to $10,xxx. For me honestly, I think its a smart move to buy the Trailhawk. It has a nice style to it, that everyone is not driving around town. Good price point which amounts to about $200 less per monthly payment. I know everyone has their own opinions, but let me know yours. For anyone on the fence trying to decide between one of the higher model Grand Cherokees or anyone that previously purchased one, what are your thoughts?
I know this is a long post, thank you if you made it to the bottom. Please check out the attached spreadsheet I made while i couldn't sleep last night. I have highlighted the features in RED that are not available on either the Trailhawk and the Overland that are available in the Summit. I also highlighted the ones in YELLOW that are available via an upgrade feature or package. A few highlights in green show something that is standard on the Trailhawk that the higher models have to add on extra. There are two orange colored highlights that I'm not sure what those are and would love to find out if someone knows what part that is. I've included two versions, one is a PDF so anyone can view it that may not have MS Office, the other is the same thing in an Excel sheet zipped up since the forum won't allow spreadsheet attachments.