The Curt kit is essentially the same, mount a module in the tail light housing. I did not have to activate anything at the dealership or otherwise, and I did not have to remove the fender liner. Been using it for 3 years, paired with a Draw Tite hitch rated for 4500 lbs.
I can also vouch that we have run the soft top with the rear window removed...no ill effects but I have heard of the sides coming off. You could unbolt your window on the hard top, or perhaps just make some kind of reinforcement rod that holds it up. Personally, the soft top is all things to me...
I got a Curt 4 wire harness, it was actually very easy to run. It plugs into the taillight harness and then you run 1 power wire with fuse to the battery. I went underneath and zip tied to the frame.
Being a hybrid should not be an issue.
Edit- I got Curt 56407 on Amazon for $75
I'm a big fan of the stock antenna. You can't delete it and expect anything else to 'actually work.'
I wonder if the new windshield one will even be as good. Ask the CB guys how they do it without a mast.
Either commit to using internet/satellite radio or leave it alone. That's my .02.
My usb (microsd) takes a couple minutes the first time I plug it in, after that the Jeep 'remembers' and I can browse instantly every time. This is many many albums, some number of gigabytes. I would have to look.
Spotify, pandora, google etc all work fine on my 7" uconnect.