What does it mean when a Jeep is Trail Rated?| Toronto

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If you’ve been scoping out Jeeps in Toronto, Mississauga or Brampton, you’ve likely seen the term Trail Rated bandied about. Jeeps are known for their trail toughness and off-road capability, but what does it really take to earn the Trail Rated badge? If your dream is to hit the trails and riverbeds of Ontario, make sure you have a good grip on what separates the Trail Rated SUVs from the wannabes. 

Traction
Jeep offers the best-in-class traction facing rain, mud, snow and steep grades.
  • Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: 73.1:1
  • Wrangler Rubicon: 73.1:1
  • Cherokee Trailhawk: 56.1:1
  • Grand Cherokee: 44.1:1
  • Renegade: 20:1
  • Compass: 19:1
  • Patriot: 19:1
Water Fording
Jeep seals and protects electrical components you may be worried about drowning when you hit a creek, flooded path or rained-out roadway. You can sing “River deep, mountain high” as you roll through waters that those NOT trail-rated buggies simply cannot handle. Check these fording stats for the Jeep lineup:
  • Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: 30 inches
  • Wrangler Rubicon: 30 inches
  • Cherokee Trailhawk: 20 inches
  • Grand Cherokee: 20 inches
  • Renegade: 20 inches
  • Compass: 19 inches
  • Patriot: 19 inches 
 
Maneuverability
Life is filled with obstacles, and that includes backroads and bush trails. When the trail throws a big one your way, these Trail Rated nimble climbers can definitely deal, and safely:
  • Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: 116-inch wheelbase, 184.9-inch length, 20.4-foot turning radius
  • Wrangler Rubicon: 95.4-inch wheelbase, 164.3-inch length, 17.3-foot turning radius
  • Cherokee: 107-inch wheelbase, 182-inch length, 26.8-foot turning radius
  • Grand Cherokee: 114.8-inch wheelbase, 189.8-inch length, 18.5-foot turning radius
  • Renegade: 101.2-inch wheelbase, 166.6-inch length, 17.7-foot turning radius
  • Compass: 103.7-inch wheelbase, 175.1-inch length, 17.8-foot turning radius
  • Patriot: 103.7-inch wheelbase, 173.8-inch length, 17.8-foot turning radius
 
Articulation
Ramp Travel Index (RTI) measures how well those wheels stay attached to the earth in challenging situations. Trail Rated vehicles clock in high on this index, providing added safety and reassurance on some of those daredevil moves. 
  • Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: 540 (sway bar), 644 (no sway bar)
  • Wrangler Rubicon: 638 (sway bar), 822 (no sway bar)
  • Cherokee: n/a
  • Grand Cherokee: n/a
  • Renegade: 361
  • Compass: 360 
  • Patriot: 360
 
Ground Clearance
It sounds like what it is: the ability to clear the ground. It also involves approach, departure, and breakover angles, and the measures are tough. Clearing those aforementioned obstacles involves multiple mechanisms and systems on your Jeep, and Trail Rated vehicles pass those tests.
  • Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: 10-inches of running ground clearance, 42.1-degree approach angle, 21.2-degree breakover angle, 32.5-degree departure angle
  • Wrangler: 10-inches of running ground clearance, 42.2-degree approach angle, 25.8-degree breakover angle, 32.3-degree departure angle
  • Cherokee Trailhawk: 8.7-inches of running ground clearance, 29.9-degree approach angle, 22.9-degree breakover angle, 32.2-degree departure angle
  • Grand Cherokee: 11.3-inches of running ground clearance, 34.3-degree approach angle, 23.1-degree breakover angle, 29.3-degree departure angle
  • Renegade: 8.7-inches of running ground clearance, 30.5-degree approach angle, 25.7-degree breakover angle, 34.3-degree departure angle
  • Compass: 9.1-inches of running ground clearance, 29.6-degree approach angle, 23.6-degree breakover angle, 31.2-degree departure angle
  • Patriot: 9.1-inches of running ground clearance, 29-degree approach angle, 23.7-degree breakover angle, 33.9-degree departure angle
Where can I buy a Trail Rated Jeep in Mississauga?
You can buy a Trail Rated Jeep at Team Chrysler in Mississauga, serving Hamilton, Barrie, Toronto, Oakville and the GTA.
 
How can you not want a Jeep now that you know what these SUVs are capable of? We’ve got a complete line-up of Jeep options available at Team Chrysler in Mississauga.   

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