Thanks guys. I guess I am taking a middle-ground view, if there's a towbar that's a bonus but if there is also an electronic brake controller and six big fat anderson plugs next to the towbar then that is probably off my list. I am pretty much confining myself to five speeds as I want the two-piece tailgate (aka flip glass), plus they are simply a good $8k cheaper. I accept the 8 speed is probably a better tranny overall though.
I was looking for the combo of Overland plus offroad adventure pack but it is not common. I also considered a 2013 Trailhawk (these are more a 2012 spec and so have the 5-speed). And then I also noted that some Overlands have the e-lsd but not the whole offroad adventure pack. The e-lsd is the thing that is impossible to add later.
In case it's of any use to anyone, what I have discovered is:
2013 Trailhawk gets:
- steel sill protection
- underbody plates
- air suspension
- 18" rims
- 4x heated seats
- cooled front seats
- adaptive cruise control, which is blanked out on the steering wheel
2011-12 Overland gets:
- air suspension etc
- adaptive cruise control
- heated/cooled front seats, heated rear seats
An overland could optionally have:
- rear e-lsd
- adventure pack meaning rear e-lsd, 18" rims, underbody skid plates.
I am not sure whether the adventure pack includes the steel sill protection or not.
(note I am only looking at diesels and Overland spec or close to it).
How do you tell if the Overland has an e-lsd? The only way I have found is to look at the diff:
The extra cylinder shaped item means e-lsd.
If there's a better way please tell me! It doesn't seem like the VIN plate helps or anything.
Is the e-lsd worth it? A lot of people are saying it's not useful except in really hardcore offrad situations. I don't know how true that is.
18" rims are easier to find non-highway terrain tyres for, but there are 20" options now if you want all terrains (I do).
Sunroof is just about a negative for me, but I would prefer to have the adaptive cruise control so I am not sure I can go with a trailhawk. I think sill protection is a great addition but it doesn't have to come from the factory.
All of the above is from online digging, please correct me if I have anything wrong.