Trail Rated Trailhawk Jeep Cherokee
“Trail Rated” is a term often heard when discussing Jeep vehicles. A Trail Rated badge is great to see on a Jeep vehicle, because it is a sign of the vehicle’s off-road capability. Many Jeep models are Trail Rated tough, but not all have what it takes to be a Trailhawk. The Trailhawk Trail Rated model of any Jeep vehicle is an off-road monster. Take the 2017 Jeep Cherokee for instance.
Yeah, the Jeep Cherokee. It doesn’t look any more like an off-road vehicle than its grandfather, the Grand Cherokee. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler (Unlimited), and Patriot are all Trail Rated Tough. However, the Patriot nor the Wrangler (Unlimited) have a Trailhawk trim. Jeep Trailhawks are the best of the best in its respective lineup; standard with a 4×4 drivetrain, they’re full-time off-road vehicles just waiting to hit a bump or a rock.
Surely any of these other Jeep Trailhawk models would be better suited for going off-road, but the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has a system designed just for it. The Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 system is a part-time system, meaning although the Trailhawk model of the Jeep Cherokee is said to have a 4×4 drivetrain, it actually defaults to front-wheel drive. In fact, it’s a three-part system: (1) to conserve fuel, the system comes with a rear axle disconnect feature that will cut the transmission to the rear axle, (2) there is a 4WD Low mode for low-speed traction i.e. rock crawling or flat towing behind an RV, and (3) to further serve its 4×4 purpose, a mechanical rear axle lock has been integrated to lock in the 4×4 drivetrain. All of this together earned it the Trail Rated badge. This system also comes with a Selec-Terrain Traction Management System with the following modes: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Rock modes for all-weather and off-road capability.
Other features that come with a Trail Rated Trailhawk model, like the 2017 Jeep Cherokee, are two red tow hooks in the front and rear of the vehicle, a one-inch suspension lift, skid plates, and a redesign of the front and rear for better approach and departure angles. So taking all of this into consideration, if a Jeep vehicle has a Trailhawk model and is Trail Rated, then any of them can be recognized as an off-road monster.
Even the 2017 Jeep Cherokee.