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Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

Just curious. I am looking at buying a 2014 Summit in the next month and wondering how it would hold up.

Now, I'm not talking about rock crawling or anything extreme like that, but more like camping and such.
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Re: Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

Are you talking about trail blazing, or driving down dirt roads to a campsite. If the latter, folks do it all the time in 4 door sedans. If you want to go trail blazing, add some skid plates.


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Re: Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

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Just curious. I am looking at buying a 2014 Summit in the next month and wondering how it would hold up.

Now, I'm not talking about rock crawling or anything extreme like that, but more like camping and such.
You can always add the skid plates afterwards, or have the dealer install them at sale time should you be worried.

Most "camping" terrain can be done with a 2wd Honda, so the Summit would be overkill.
It will do surprisingly bad trails if you are careful with wheel placement.
I've got an Overland with OR-II, but it is pretty rare that I ever bother to engage any of the off-road modes on it, no need to most of the time.

Go for it.
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Re: Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

Probably just dirt roads. I haven't done much camping since I moved to Texas, so I don't really know what to expect in terms of getting to the campsites.

Definitely no rock crawling. I doubt even anything more than an eroded dirt road.

I had a 2011 Overland that I wouldn't really think twice about such roads, but the Summit seems a bit more "pretty".
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Re: Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

You should be good to go ... and enjoy!


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Probably just dirt roads. I haven't done much camping since I moved to Texas, so I don't really know what to expect in terms of getting to the campsites.

Definitely no rock crawling. I doubt even anything more than an eroded dirt road.

I had a 2011 Overland that I wouldn't really think twice about such roads, but the Summit seems a bit more "pretty".
It is pretty, but it is also quite capable in stock form. Think of it as the gal from the Nationwide commercials.

? Last august? Motor Trend rated the Summit diesel higher than a Land Rover, which is also pretty.

I wouldn't have any qualms about ME taking YOUR summit offroad...
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Re: Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

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Just curious. I am looking at buying a 2014 Summit in the next month and wondering how it would hold up.

Now, I'm not talking about rock crawling or anything extreme like that, but more like camping and such.
There is really not a huge difference in capability between the summit and overland. add $420 for skid plates $150 for tow hooks(you will need to cut a little on lower grill for those) The overland ORA II package comes with 18 inch latitudes instead of 20 inch Forteras. the 18s are better for off roading but there is not a huge difference between an 18 latitude and a 20 fortera. now if you put a real off road tire on the 18s yes more substantial benefit. overland has better approach angles in rough terrain. The quadra drive, quadra lift, ELSD and all the drivetrain/suspension stuff is the same. Skid plates were the big thing to me but they are a fairly easy bolt on I had them all shipped to my house for $420. Crawl under and look at those two big plastic gas tanks sitting there that will make you want them real quick lol. Get the one you like best
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I ran mosquito pass in Colorado last summer in my '11 Overland and it performed flawlessly. The round trip from iowa was 2000 miles with no problems. My upgrades were a set of silent armors, skid plates, and tow hooks. Long story short the jeep was more capable than the driver off road.
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Re: Would you take your 2014 Summit Offroad?

I have a '14 Summit and I live in the DFW metroplex. I plan on taking it to the Northwest OHV park in Bridgeport, TX sometime soon. Going to stick to the easy/intermediate trails. Just want to get dirty and see what it will do.


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