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