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Please forgive my ignorance, but until now, I'd pretty much decided on a Trailhawk in Commando Green or Anvil. I don't do tons of off-roading, though my travels do take me down lots of dirt/gravel (untrodden paths, so to speak) and I live in the northeast, so snow. I like the little bit higher profile of the TH, and especially the full-size spare (never been fond of the the newer itty bitty tires - just seems wrong to have but a few inches between me and the road) and I also really like the hood decal (only available on the TH, yes?). And I know Anvil is only available on the TH, but I think I'm fine with the Commando Green.

However, I'm seeing some Latitudes come through that are configured the way I want them, i.e., with navigation. Honestly I could care less re: back up cams and all that stuff and though I'd like to have MySky, I could live without it.

So - dilemma - and I do need a new car, say, within three months. I'm fine waiting to see what else comes through over the next couple of months, but what am I really gaining with the TH that I won't have with a 4WD Latitude?

Can someone enlighten me?
 

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After looking over that spec sheet, here are the differences I see:

1) Leather seats is an option on the trailhawk, but not available on the latitude.

2) trailhawk comes with the large color driver information display while the latitude has the small monochrome driver information display. (I don't believe there is any extra functionality there, just a nicer looking screen)

3) trailhawk has a leather shift knob while the latitude has a vinyl shift knob.

4) some of the driver nannies like lane keep assist and other such things are optional on the latitude but not available on the trailhawk.

Other than those differences and the obvious styling differences which are subjective, I'd say that as far as off road ability, any of the Renegade models should be fine for moderate off roading like dirt/gravel trails. The trailhawk shows its advantages when you start rock climbing or going on mountainous trails where the extra ground clearance, better approach angle, and rock mode make a difference. In winter weather they should all be pretty much the same.
 

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Thank you Eric - still not sure what I'm going to do, but I do have a little time to check them both out. I LOVE your phrase "driver nannies." I swear, within a few years they're gonna take the shear joy of driving out of the equation.
 

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Just purchased a Jeep Renegade Latitude, got a great price on it although after reading more I think I may have been screwed. Planning on doing quite a bit of off roading with the Jeep and had the dealer tell me the latitude would be perfect for it. I had considered the trailhawk although the roof was taller than I would have preferred for putting stand up paddle boards on it. The dealer told me that they were the same capabilitys the trailhawk just had tow hitch and pull hooks on it and larger tires.

They are installing the towhitch, new bumper and tow hooks this week for free....what do you all think should I return the vehicle and go with the trailhawk from another dealer? Or will the latitude be ok for the off road needs?
 

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I have done all the research on them and I think that the jeep reviews done by jeep on their test course tell the full intent on why they made the renegade like they did and the difference of the TH. Google it and there are full in depth videos from jeep on this.

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Please forgive my ignorance, but until now, I'd pretty much decided on a Trailhawk in Commando Green or Anvil. I don't do tons of off-roading, though my travels do take me down lots of dirt/gravel (untrodden paths, so to speak) and I live in the northeast, so snow. I like the little bit higher profile of the TH, and especially the full-size spare (never been fond of the the newer itty bitty tires - just seems wrong to have but a few inches between me and the road) and I also really like the hood decal (only available on the TH, yes?). And I know Anvil is only available on the TH, but I think I'm fine with the Commando Green.

However, I'm seeing some Latitudes come through that are configured the way I want them, i.e., with navigation. Honestly I could care less re: back up cams and all that stuff and though I'd like to have MySky, I could live without it.

So - dilemma - and I do need a new car, say, within three months. I'm fine waiting to see what else comes through over the next couple of months, but what am I really gaining with the TH that I won't have with a 4WD Latitude?

Can someone enlighten me?
Other than the visual package, the simple feel of the car is totally different. The trailhawk has more of a Jeep feeling drive to it if that makes sense. A little more rugged and rough around the edges. Drive both and decide what you want. As for the stripe, you can add a decal to any car.
 

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I bought a TH a couple of months ago and decided to go with the TH because it has a high/low range transmission plus diff lock, hill descent, and a Rock mode selection, not that I will use any of that. Plus it has skid plates and has an oil cooler which comes standard on the TH and Limited and I think it is included when the tow package is added at the factory since it is recommended when towing.
 

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I guess I will reply here as well for anyone searching. I ordered a trail hawk but ended up buying a north (latitude). The full size spare is an option, same as the TH. I like the look of the wheels on mine better, the 18inch. (although I will likely be changing them anyways come summer time for something that allows a more aggressive tread). I have the same engine as the TH with 4x4 selection, I just dont have the rock crawl ratio which I would never use anyways. There is a lift kit already available which I will eventually get which makes the TH height difference not an issue. All in all I am glad I went with the north over the TH. If I went off road more often I would have wanted the TH but since the vast majority of my time is spent as a daily driver I went with the North.
 

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I bought a TH a couple of months ago and decided to go with the TH because it has a high/low range transmission plus diff lock, hill descent, and a Rock mode selection, not that I will use any of that. Plus it has skid plates and has an oil cooler which comes standard on the TH and Limited and I think it is included when the tow package is added at the factory since it is recommended when towing.
You woz robbed. It does not have low range or diff lock.
It is still possibly able though.
I love mine so far:D
 

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You woz robbed. It does not have low range or diff lock.
It is still possibly able though.
I love mine so far:D
If you have a TH and it does not have 3 buttons in mode selector knob; AWD/LOW, 4WD/LOCK, and an icon of hill dissent then you were robbed, or those functional buttons are there just for show. The Limited, Latitude, and Sport do not have those buttons in the mode selector knob.
 

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You woz robbed. It does not have low range or diff lock.
It is still possibly able though.
I love mine so far:D
Most concise explanations I could find:

http://www.cars.com/jeep/renegade/2015/expert-reviews

The Trailhawk also gets a special four-wheel-drive system dubbed Active Drive Low. Rather than using a two-speed transfer case with a low range, the Trailhawk uses its 4.33-to-1 axle ratio and the nine-speed automatic's short gears to achieve a 20-to-1 crawl ratio for off-roading. Hill descent control is standard, and I like how the system lets you adjust the descent speed using the gas and brake pedals.
http://www.allpar.com/SUVs/jeep/renegade.html

Rock, on Trailhawk only (because it is only available in low gear), is similar to Mud/Sand but increases brake lock differential capacity, and locks the differential.
 

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The 20:1 crawl ratio is just first gear.
The brakes lock the wheels not the differential. It acts a bit like a diff lock.
Jeeps own video says it is not a replacement for diff locks.

Jeep have been purposely vague about all of this.

As more reports of the vehicles capabilities come out, it seems to be very capable without theses features.

I am loving mine and feel sure it will get me through what is forecast to be an unusually bad winter.

All the 4x4 versions have very similar abilities If the same tyres are fitted.:D
 

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Just purchased a Jeep Renegade Latitude, got a great price on it although after reading more I think I may have been screwed. Planning on doing quite a bit of off roading with the Jeep and had the dealer tell me the latitude would be perfect for it. I had considered the trailhawk although the roof was taller than I would have preferred for putting stand up paddle boards on it. The dealer told me that they were the same capabilitys the trailhawk just had tow hitch and pull hooks on it and larger tires.

They are installing the towhitch, new bumper and tow hooks this week for free....what do you all think should I return the vehicle and go with the trailhawk from another dealer? Or will the latitude be ok for the off road needs?
Same for me, I got a Latitude & kind of wish I had waited for a Trailhawk. I took it out on a trail last weekend & had a blast with it, but mine didn't come stock with any tow hooks, spare tires, etc., so I'll have to add everything aftermarket myself...might as well have spent the money up-front. But I got a pretty decent deal on a loaded Latitude, which I am very happy with, and I can always upgrade later!

Are they putting a TH bumper on yours? I'd love to replace the front lip on my Latitude with the TH's, even if it's just for aesthetics.
 

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I got the Limited and I love it but I prefer the bumbers and the added protection on the Trailhawk. I wanted remote start and heated seats and the dealer have the Limited with all the features I was looking for and then some. I am leasing the Renegade so I'll be able to switch in three years and choose a trail hawk or another Jeep.
 

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I have the trail hawk and there's quite a difference between that and the latitude. Mine has low lock in 4X4 latitude doesn't mine also has 4X4 lock and the creaper hold for going down steep grades( neither is avail on latitude) no tow hooks on latitude, smaller tires on latitude also less ground clearance on latitude, suspension is also different on the TH (stiff ride). So it depends where your driving but I love my Trialhawk for driving off road in mud or snow we go!!
 

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Just purchased a Jeep Renegade Latitude, got a great price on it although after reading more I think I may have been screwed. Planning on doing quite a bit of off roading with the Jeep and had the dealer tell me the latitude would be perfect for it. I had considered the trailhawk although the roof was taller than I would have preferred for putting stand up paddle boards on it. The dealer told me that they were the same capabilitys the trailhawk just had tow hitch and pull hooks on it and larger tires.

They are installing the towhitch, new bumper and tow hooks this week for free....what do you all think should I return the vehicle and go with the trailhawk from another dealer? Or will the latitude be ok for the off road needs?
the latitude is closer to being a car while the trailhawk is made to go off road. if you plan to go off road, why would you settle for anything less than a trailhawk.
 
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