What does Jeep's Trail Rating mean?

What is the difference between a Trail-Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee and non-Trail-Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Randy, Reno, Nev.

Trail Rated is a designation Jeep gives models that pass its own standardized off-road tests. On 2008 Grand Cherokees, this includes all four-wheel-drive models except the performance-oriented SRT8, which is more at home on pavement instead of dirt. Two-wheel-drive Cherokees don’t get the Trail-Rated nod.

Jeeps with the off-road nomenclature have more capabilities than non-Trail-Rated Jeeps and are tested by merits of traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Except for the entry-level Compass, all Jeep models have a trim level that’s Trail Rated.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on July 18, 2008 in What Car Should I Buy? , What Does This Mean? | Permalink

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