I got a well equipped Sahara: V6, auto, Selec-Trac, Cold Weather Group, Safety Group, Tow Group, painted hardtop, 8.4” & Alpine Sound, proximity door locks and cargo rail system.
It was missing leather seats and front LEDs —Safety Group includes rear LEDs— both of which I wanted. I got a sweet deal on the Jeep: MSRP $50,000, $38,000 before tax & license; so I added LEDs and leather seats for an extra $3,000.
I went with a 2018 Sport with LSD/Dana 44 rear, AC, hard top, tinted windows. I added a new steel front bumper for about $250, a winch for about $250, side rock rails with steps for about $300, and a 3.5” JKS lift kit, resulting in about 5” of lift, with quick discos and Fox shocks for $2400. In Florida, I do just fine with BLD off-road. Total $3200, give or take. I bought my Sport for 21% off listed dealership price. Total brings me to about $34,200 for my built Jeep. Oh, I did get floor mats for both Jeeps too. Forgot the cost of those, maybe another couple hundred for both Jeeps.
I did replace the tires with 33s. Does that count? The stock tires were dangerous. That brings me up to about $36K. Also, aftermarket trail lights for about a hundred.
My 2019 JLU Sport S has every thing I wanted.
Running boards, 7” screen, technology package (including remote start) and cold weather package. It’s my daily driver so I like convenience and creature comfort. And it was a lot less money than a Sahara.
No regrets here other than the LED lights which I guess you can order on a Sport now. For the trails I do around Ouray I've never come remotely close to needing more. I swapped out the 7" for an 8.4" just because it's an easy upgrade. Small lift, bumper/winch, offroad lights, and 315/70/17 KO2's and I found a decent combo with a mostly stock ride with adequate off road performance.