Trail Rated®: What That Means for Your Jeep Wrangler

Jeep introduced its Trail Rated® badge back in 2004 as a way to let consumers know that the models they were buying were indeed trail worthy. Jeep has always fostered a reputation that holds their vehicles as an excellent off-roading option for individuals who want to have a little more fun with their Jeep.

Essentially, the Trail Rated® badge means that the model you are buying has surpassed Jeep’s strict and rigorous testing criteria and specifications. Currently, the only vehicles that hold the coveted Trail Rated® status are the Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and the Jeep Renegade Trail Hawk.

Although many drivers may never take their vehicles off-roading, it is an experience that is easily doable by those who have a Jeep Wrangler in possession of the Trail Rated® badge. For those curious, here is what your Jeep Wrangler Trail Rated® status denotes. 

  1. Ground Clearance: Your Jeep Wrangler will have a large amount of ground clearance on its underside, giving you enough room to traverse across terrain like rocks, logs, and outcroppings without taking on damage to your undercarriage. This allows you to go over those obstacles you can’t get around.
  2. Maneuverability: Your Jeep Wrangler has precision steering and optimized wheelbases, ensuring that you can take on tight trail turns and quick direction changes. This is important if you are trying to avoid narrow gaps or navigate around a sudden accident.
  3. Water Fording: Your Jeep Wrangler will be able to traverse through bodies of water of up to thirty inches. Other vehicles would not be able to do this without taking on serious electrical damage, water damage to the interior, or stalling. This means that all electrical connections and body openings are sealed tight so that you can get through streams and creeks without fear.  An important note to make with this though is that bodies of water that are more than thirty inches deep should not be traversed through relying entirely on the stock Trail Rated® components, as damage is more likely to occur.
  4. Articulation: Your Jeep Wrangler will be able to maintain forward momentum for longer durations, even when one wheel is off the ground due to the high suspension flexibility that each model has. Your wheels will always remain stable and engaged even if one of them is in the air.
  5. Traction: Your Jeep Wrangler will fare better on roads that are both rocky and slippery. You will be able to take on unpredictable terrain and driving conditions with peace of mind.

In order for a Jeep Wrangler to receive the sought-after Trail Rated® status, it must surpass the testing phases in Northern Michigan. The terrain there is some of the most challenging, with unforgiving rock ranges, frigid cold temperatures, and treacherous trails. Essentially, owners of a Trail Rated® Jeep Wrangler can be confident in knowing that their vehicle is versatile and capable, even in the toughest of weather conditions and terrain.