I personally didn't think that the power steering or the diff lock were that big of a deal on the 2016's when I started looking. If you like the 17's and can wait until after the first of the year dealers will drop the price on them to get rid of them. Where I usually ride I could care less what the wheels look like and actually prefer steel rims over aluminum ones. A steel rim you can beat back into shape after hitting a rock, aluminum ones just crack or a piece breaks off of them.
I would go for the 17 SE. I have 16 SE and I'm not easy on it. I ride in every condition except where a snorkel is needed and my wheels are holding up just fine. Diff lock is a must for me it save a lot winching and strapping. Power steering is a must also because of multiple neck, shoulders and back surgeries. SE should have higher resale value if you ever get rid of it.
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