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Having Rock Mode as a Safety vs Regular Use

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I am thinking about purchasing a trailhawk, but am curious if i really need the drive ratio vs getting a non-th 4x4 (never been offroading before, but like to get into it)

my thinking is that it is better to have it in case you need it vs not. I don't plan on climbing rocks like you see on youtube, but seems like it can handle anything else.

don't know if the rock mode will help uphill moreso than the non-th 4x4.

what are your guys opinions? I like the idea of the tow hooks, but have seen on here you can add them to latitude.

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The Trailhawk also has skid plates which is a big plus. Also there is a slight difference in height but the bumper on the TH gives it a much better approach angle than the Latitude. My main "off roading" is driving on the beach when I go fishing and the Latitude serves that purpose nicely and could definately do more if necessary. I plan on getting a bull bar that will have shackles for recovery. There is a thread here where the screw in type hook was used to get unstuck, the hook survived, although bent, but the bumper failed. Both TH and non-TH have their own purpose. You can add a lot of accesories to improve a non-TH but the TH has most of them already. My .02.
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If you want to get into off reading, save yourself a bunch of money and get a used Wrangler, or Xterra, or FJ. Or save even more money and get a XJ.
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can't afford three cars...so looking for a car that is mainly for road but can do some offroading....not looking to climb rocks or go up walls n' such just have a little fun on trails
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can't afford three cars...so looking for a car that is mainly for road but can do some offroading....not looking to climb rocks or go up walls n' such just have a little fun on trails
Then go for a second gen Xterra. Much better reliability.
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can't afford three cars...so looking for a car that is mainly for road but can do some offroading....not looking to climb rocks or go up walls n' such just have a little fun on trails
if you like the renegade and the looks of it, and your set on having one and dont plan to use it much off roading the limited or Latitude will work just fine for you , it has its limits
like others have said - its not a 4x4 monster but it will handle just fine

its also the driver not just the 4x4 system good luck with your choice


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I do some light offroad for camping and hunting and opted for a trailhawk. The approach angle is sick!
This hill was steep enough that I think a latitude would have bashed the front bumper (maybe I am overly praising my trailhawk). If you watch the power lines over head, the sucker damn near climbed straight up.
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For a safety feature the TH would be overkill. The latitude impresses me with its ability off-road. Only the bumper overhang I sent a concern.
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Off roading is fun and lots of people want more, better to get a dedicated "off roader" if you will do more.
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Off roading is fun and lots of people want more, better to get a dedicated "off roader" if you will do more.
I went on an outdoor and indoor course at the Jeep Renegade Experience earlier in the year at Bicester. I absolutely enjoyed it and blagged a second go. I would like to do more off roading and was thinking about a 4x4 Renegade as my next vehicle. But, for the amount of times that I will actually use it for off roading, it is pointless me getting a 4x4 Renegade.


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