That’s almost like asking opinion on colors.I'm just curious what everyone prefers for offroading (manual or automatic) and why?
You don't need down hill assist in a manual, that why it's only available in an automatic. For manuals down hill assist, you just put it in first gear and send it (keeping your foot off the clutch).The auto for sure. The downhill assist is a work of art in the JL, and is only available in the auto. When you activate the assist, you can select the speed that the system allows you to crawl from a low of 0.6 mph to a max of 5.0 mph. You select the speed and 100% of your attention can be paid to navigating rocks, trees, etc. Unless you have used the JL's assist, you've never seen what the technology Fiat has put in this vehicle can really accomplish.