What Does The Jeep “Trail Rated” Badge Mean?

What Does The Jeep “Trail Rated” Badge Mean?

The Trail Rated badge was first introduced in 1994. With the increase in sport utility vehicles, Jeep saw that it was important to let consumers know Jeeps were effective offroad vehicles, not just perceived to be off-road vehicles like makes from other manufactures. When you see the Trail Rated badge it means that Jeep model is capable of performing in off road conditions comfortably. This designation is given by testing each jeep in different categories. They are Traction, Water Fording, Maneuverability, Articulation and Ground Clearance.

What Does The Jeep “Trail Rated” Badge Mean?

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Traction

For traction testing there are two big considerations. First is uneven and unpredictable terrain. The second is the conditions of that terrain. Rain, snow, sleet and mud surfaces are all tested to make sure that a Trail Rated vehicle is able to consistently maintain traction in all conditions.

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Traction

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Water Fording

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Water Fording

Water Fording is simply the ability for the car to cross through bodies of water. In past decades the only thing to consider was not flooding your vehicle. With the advent of computer technology, automobiles now have many delicate processors throughout the vehicle, and even driving through a shallow pool in the road can potentially ruin your vehicle or cause expensive maintenance to be required. That why all Trail Rated vehicles have high up air intakes and sealed electrical connections. When your Jeep is Trail Rated you know your vehicle has been tested traversing deep and otherwise impassable water and the electrical is protected and holds up.

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Maneuverability

Maneuverability speaks for itself. When driving offroad, it can be very easy to take an unexpected turn too quickly and roll your vehicle. Jeep knows the last thing drivers want to do is crawl along and compromise their driving experience. Through being tested on all terrain obstacle courses, the Jeep proves it has the proper balance of wheelbase, suspension, durability and power to let drivers take full control of their Jeep vehicle when they take it places other automobiles can not handle.

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Maneuverability

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Articulation

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Articulation

Articulation is how well a vehicle maintained control and contact with the terrain below it even if all wheels are not able to make contact. On normal roads in good condition, if one wheel is not making traction the others will easily compensate for it. On bad roads and uneven terrain however, a Trail Rated Jeep will keeping pulling forward with superior traction and suspension where other vehicles would be stuck.

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Ground Clearance

Ground Clearance is simple. Does the vehicle sit up high enough to go over common offroad objects without damaging the underbody components of the Jeep. Many non-Trail Rated SUVs from other manufacturers have very little ground clearance even though they have 4 wheel drive and other ‘off road’ features making them likely to get stuck. Trail Rated vehicles do not have that problem. These tests are performed in a multitude of extreme environments. These include California’s Rubicon Trail and the Moab desert in Utah.

How Vehicles Get A Trail Rated Badge: Ground Clearance

Why Test Drive at Mancari’s CDJR?

There is truly no better place in Chicago, IL to get a Trail Rated Jeep vehicle that can hold up on busy fast paced freeways and also drive over the roughest concrete streets with impunity than at Mancari’s CDJR. There you will find not only the best selection of new, used and certified pre-owned Jeep Trail Rated vehicles, you will also receive over 55 years of automotive customer service expertise. Mancari’s CDJR also has some of the most expert trained automotive technicians in Chicago, IL at their state of the art Service Center and also offer some of the best financing and rates around through their Finance Center. Ultimately as a dealership, their number one goal is to make your automotive experience stress free, the philosophy at Mancari’s CDJR is to always put the customer first.