Interesting about the premium soft top. the anti-spin rear differential (is it different from a limited slip differential or are they just giving it a stupid name?) looks like a reasonable upgrade that'll make the car more valuable later even if i don't offroad.First Punk'N is the best color, so you got that right lol.
2nd, Premium soft isn't worth the $800 IMO. get the standard for now, honestly, if your concerned about road noise get a hard top, the premium lowers road noise by like a fraction of a decibel.
Hardtop sucks to take off and store, you need a hoist, and it takes up a lot of room, and when it is off, you are left with no roof at all.
Tow package is well worth it.
Anti spin rear is also well worth it, but dealers do not order that package, you get a d44 in rear and a LSD...I would skip it if you won't be offroading, honestly the traction control is more than enough in rain and snow.
tech package is a must, the 7" UC4 is ok, I have trouble hearing if I am on the highway going 60+ next to an 18 wheeler, all other times it is adequate for me.
Cold weather package isn't for me either, I have convenience package with remote start and garage door opener...IMO it isn't freezing cold enough in NJ to warrant the CW package, remote start it in the winter, jeeps heat is incredible, takes 2 minutes for the inside to be hotter than the sun.
I would drive the 8 speed, unless your dead set on MT, I wanted a MT too, then drove the auto and it is amazingly smooth, that coupled with my back and SI problems when driving a MT too long sealed that deal, plus my wife cant drive stick and I am not teaching her how to.
My JLU Sport S
Standard soft top
All weather floor mats
found on a lot in Budd Lake @ Johnson Jeep on 46, took me a month going to dealers, I liked them the best, they have a few jeep enthusiasts there...Where in NJ are you?
Added Rockhard 4x4 patriot sliders for a step for my kids, protection on the side and pinch seam for offroading