WHAT ARE JEEP 4X4 SYSTEMS? WHAT ARE JEEP 4X4 SYSTEMS?

WHAT ARE JEEP 4X4 SYSTEMS?

Always off-road responsibly in approved areas
Always off-road responsibly in approved areas

Wherever your adventure takes you, advanced traction and secure handling is a safety benefit no matter how smooth the road or how rough the trail. This website is provided to help you understand what it means to have legendary Jeep® capability at your command.

The information on this page is not model or year specific. Please refer to your owner’s manual for information pertaining to your specific Jeep vehicle.

4X4 SYSTEM AVAILABILITY
Jeep® vehicles and their legendary 4x4 systems are what make the Jeep brand so unique and so dominant in the off-road world.
2018 Renegade
4x4 basics
  • Active Drive
    • Renegade Sport
    • Renegade North
    • Renegade Limited
    • Compass Sport
    • Compass North
    • Compass Limited
2018 Wrangler JK
4x4 basics
  • Command-TracTM 4x4
    • Wrangler Sport
    • Wrangler Sport S
    • Wrangler Willys Wheeler
    • Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler
    • Wrangler Sahara®
    • Wrangler Unlimited Sport S
    • Wrangler Unlimited Sahara®
2018 Grand Cherokee
4x4 basics
  • Quadra-Drive® II 4x4
    • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk®
    • Grand Cherokee Limited
    • Grand Cherokee Overland®
    • Grand Cherokee Summit®
2018 Cherokee
4x4 basics
  • Active Drive I
    • Cherokee Sport
    • Cherokee North
    • Cherokee Limited
    • Cherokee Overland®
2018 Compass
4x4 basics
  • Active Drive
    • Renegade Sport
    • Renegade North
    • Renegade Limited
    • Compass Sport
    • Compass North
    • Compass Limited

how do jeep 4x4 systems work

Rock-Trac 4x4

Wrangler Rubicon®, Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon®

The Rock-Trac® heavy-duty part-time 4x4 system is built to overcome the most daunting situations.

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The Rock-Trac® heavy-duty part-time 4x4 system is built to overcome the most daunting situations.

Standard features include Brake Lock Differential, Tru-Lok® electronic locking differentials, electronic front sway bar disconnect and a tough NV241 OR transfer case with 4:1 low-gear ratio. The 4:1 low-gear ratio gives you the torque to crawl over the toughest obstacles with a consistent 0.8 km/h speed for greater control.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).

Command-Trac 4x4

Wrangler Sport, Wrangler Sport S, Wrangler Willys Wheeler, Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler, Wrangler Sahara®, Wrangler Unlimited Sport S, Wrangler Unlimited Sahara®

The Command-TracTM 4x4 system provides impressive traction in slippery conditions, off-road or on.

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The Command-TracTM 4x4 system provides impressive traction in slippery conditions, off-road or on.

Its proven rock climbing 2.72:1 low range and NV241 GII transfer case, provides serious traction and capability and can be shifted from 2WD to 4WD HI at speeds of up to 88 km/h (57 mph). Torque is split up to 50/50 front and rear, and Neutral is provided for flat towing.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).
Jeep 4x4 Quadra Drive II 4x4

Quadra-Drive II 4x4

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk®, Grand Cherokee Limited, Grand Cherokee Overland®, Grand Cherokee Summit®

The Quadra-Drive II® 4x4 system offers superior all-weather traction and off-road capability.

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The Quadra-Drive II® 4x4 system offers superior all-weather traction and off-road capability. Its rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential enhances traction on the road and off, and the 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio provides legendary Jeep® brand off-road capability.

This full-time system also includes the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System with Auto mode for everyday driving, and settings for Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud or Rock.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).

Quadra-Trac I 4x4

Grand Cherokee Laredo

The Quadra-Trac I® 4x4 system is always engaged for all-weather capability.

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The Quadra-Trac I® 4x4 system is always engaged for all-weather capability. It senses changes in driving conditions and adapts with no driver input required.

To maximize traction, the system can transfer power up to 48% front and 52% rear; and when combined with the standard Brake Lock Differential and 4-Wheel Brake Traction Control System, it provides you the ability to navigate a very wide range of surfaces and conditions.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Jeep 4x4 Quadra Trac II 4x4

Quadra-Trac II 4x4

Grand Cherokee Limited, Grand Cherokee Overland®, Grand Cherokee Summit®

The Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 system features a 2-speed transfer case.

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The Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 system features a 2-speed transfer case. Using a variety of sensors, it detects tire slip and takes corrective action – sending as much as 100% of available torque to the axle with the most traction.

The included Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System features the Auto setting for everyday driving and additional modes for Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud and Rock. A 2.72:1 Low Range provides extra capability for more extreme off-road situations, and Neutral is included for flat towing.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).

Quadra-Trac SRT 4x4

Grand Cherokee SRT®, Grand Cherokee TrackhawkTM

The Quadra-Trac® SRT® Active on-demand 4x4 system is designed to handle extraordinary power.

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The Quadra-Trac® SRT® Active on-demand 4x4 system is designed to handle extraordinary power. It features the strongest Jeep® brand transfer case ever and is capable of handling the power of the 6.4L HEMI® SRT V8 and the 6.2L Supercharged V8. It features a massive mechanical “wet” clutch and a rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential that allows as much as 100% of the torque to be sent to just 1 rear wheel, depending on available traction.

The included Selec-Track system provides 5 settings for Auto, Snow, Tow, Sport and Track. Each mode optimizes the distribution of power to the front and rear wheels for maximum traction.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).
Active Drive I

Active Drive I

Cherokee Sport, Cherokee North, Cherokee Limited, Cherokee Overland®

The full-time Jeep® Active Drive I system gives you enhanced traction when you need it.

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The full-time Jeep® Active Drive I system gives you enhanced traction in tough conditions. Using sophisticated sensors, this 4x4 system detects wheel slippage and automatically applies torque where needed. A fully disconnecting rear axle improves fuel economy by only engaging 4x4 when enhanced traction is needed.

The included Selec-Terrain® traction management system gives you all-weather capability in 4 modes: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Active Drive II

Active Drive II

Cherokee North, Cherokee Limited, Cherokee Overland®

The Jeep® Active Drive II system is perfect for those adventurers needing to tow, climb steep hills or travel off road.

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The Jeep® Active Drive II system is perfect for those adventurers needing to tow, climb steep hills or travel off road. The system uses a 2-speed PTU to deliver exceptional torque management and 4-Low mode. This locks the front and rear driveshafts for additional power at low speeds or for towing your toys.

Enhance off-road capability with a 2.5 cm increase in ride height and an incredible crawl ratio of 56:1 with the 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® I-4 and 48:1 with the 3.2L Pentastar VVT V6.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).
Active Drive Lock

Active Drive Lock

Cherokee Trailhawk®

When you’re equipped with this Trail Rated® 4WD system, you become the master of virtually every road, trail and highway.

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When you’re equipped with this Trail Rated® 4WD system, you become the master of virtually every road, trail and highway. It adds a mechanical locking rear differential for superior off-road performance along with technologies like Hill Descent Control and Selec-Speed Control.

Additionally, the standard Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System includes a Rock mode that automatically locks the rear differential.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).
Active Drive

Active Drive

Renegade Sport, Renegade North, Renegade Limited, Compass Sport, Compass North, Compass Limited

With Jeep® Active Drive, a fully automatic, single-speed PTU delivers seamless operation in and out of 4WD, at any speed.

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With Jeep® Active Drive, a fully automatic, single-speed PTU delivers seamless operation in and out of 4WD, at any speed.

Advanced sensors constantly monitor for wheel slip and send torque to the wheels with the most traction to keep you in control. Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System comes standard and includes settings for Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).
Active Drive Low

Active Drive Low

Renegade Trailhawk®, Compass Trailhawk®

Maintain control on tough ridges and rocks with Jeep Active Drive Low.

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Maintain control on tough ridges and rocks with Jeep Active Drive Low.

A standard single-speed PTU offers torque management and 4WD Low mode. This locks the front and rear driveshafts to deliver additional power at low speeds or for towing.

Its low range delivers a Trail Rated® 20:1 crawl ratio, exclusively on Trailhawk®. Climb steep hills and crawl over rocks with ease.

The Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System is also enhanced with a Rock mode, so you can take on the most extreme adventures.

When to use
High range
All road surfaces, including wet or snow-covered pavement, sand or gravel.
Low range
Conditions requiring added low-speed power, technical driving, and situations when added torque is helpful (e.g., pulling a boat trailer out of water).

off-road driving guide

Snow & Mud

FINDING TRACTION IN THE SLIPPERY STUFF

Your 4x4 system will determine how you can best find maximum traction in the slippery stuff.

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Your 4x4 system will determine how you can best find maximum traction in the slippery stuff. Full-time systems will automatically adapt while on-demand or part-time 4x4 systems need to be manually engaged.

Use 4WD LOW on ice or deep snow for added low-speed control. To maintain momentum, don’t shift into a gear lower than necessary. Over-revving the engine can spin the tires and cause traction loss. If that happens, rapidly turning the steering wheel back and forth can help the tires find more grip and put you back in control.

Control vs. Speed

Go Slow, Stay in Control

Off-road driving is not about going fast.

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Off-road driving is not about going fast. If your Jeep® vehicle is equipped with 4WD LOW, the low gear and low speed at idle will usually pull you over most obstacles. If you have a manual transmission, all you need to do is slowly let out the clutch in the lowest gear to crawl over things like rocks and logs.

A perfect example of this type of driving is on the famed Rubicon® Trail. Here the average speed is just 2–8 km/h (1–5 mph). Try these tips next time you’re off the beaten path to maximize your vehicle’s capability.

Planning Ahead

Thinking Ahead is Critical

High-performance driving requires forward planning – especially performance off-road driving.

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High-performance driving requires forward planning – especially performance off-road driving. With part-time systems, engage 4x4 once you’re are off road – don’t wait until you’re stuck.

You should constantly scan over the hood to see what you’re approaching on the trail to anticipate obstacles and find the best possible driving line. Keep your thumbs up and out of the steering wheel’s way because the steering wheel can unexpectedly rotate quickly and catch your thumb with a spoke.

Vehicle Inspection

Prepare in Advance

A thorough vehicle inspection before going off-road is critical.

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A thorough vehicle inspection before going off-road is critical. Look under the hood: check that all the hoses are in good condition, the battery is securely fastened and fluid levels are correct.

Check each tire, including the spare, to confirm correct inflation and good condition, and avoid travelling alone, especially into unfamiliar territory.

Hill Climbing

Hill Climbing

Always go straight up or down when driving on a hill.

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Always go straight up or down when driving on a hill. Going up, apply more power at the base of the hill and ease up as you go over the crest. If you stall, back straight down.

When going down with an automatic transmission, use Low Range and the lowest drive setting. With a manual transmission, always use the lowest gear.

In Low Range, do not disengage the clutch to let your vehicle coast, as severe damage to your clutch disc may result. Let the gears and engine compression slow you down, and use the brakes only to fine-tune your speed.

NOTE: Never drive up or down a hill at an angle. Never get sideways on a steep slope as this can lead to vehicle instability.

Rock Crawling

On the Rocks

Conquering the rocks means slowly crawling over them in Low range.

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Conquering the rocks means slowly crawling over them in Low range. In low gear, engage 4WD LOW and at idle speed, or use as little throttle as needed, to crawl over. The ideal speed for rock crawling is 2–8 km/h (1–5 mph).

Never straddle rocks – instead position tires on top of the rocks and crawl over slowly. For improved traction, drop your tire pressure by 3–5 psi and don’t forget to return to normal pressure when you’re done off-roading.

Driving in Sand

On the Beach

Driving in sand is all about finding traction and maintaining momentum.

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Driving in sand is all about finding traction and maintaining momentum. Dropping tire pressure by 10–12 psi will help with better traction, and staying in 4WD HI will help maintain momentum. In some conditions, 4WD LOW and alternative gear selections may be needed – but in any case, avoid spinning the tires. Don’t forget to re-inflate tires back to normal when you’re done.

When turning, stay wide because tight turns can slow the vehicle and cause you to lose traction and get stuck. When it comes to sand driving, maintaining momentum is key.

Glossary & FAQ

Approach Angle
Starting from level ground, this is the degree of slope a vehicle can approach without scraping or hitting the front undercarriage. It's a great indication of the ability to navigate severe off-road terrain like boulders and logs. A short front overhang produces high angles of approach, thus increasing off-road ability.
Articulation
A Trail Rated® suspension is limber like a gymnast. How, exactly? Flexibility is the key to good articulation. The more a wheel can travel, or flex, the better it can maintain contact with the ground and provide the traction needed to cross an array of obstacles.
Axle Articulation
The ability of one axle to move relative to the chassis. It is the measure of the ease with which tires stay in contact with the ground (and retain traction) on very uneven terrain.
Axle Differential
An axle differential is a gear system located in the centre housing of an axle assembly designed to allow the wheels to rotate at different speeds during cornering.
Axle
A shaft that connects the front and/or rear wheels together. The suspension components attach to the axle and to the vehicle’s body frame.
Brake Traction Control System
Transfers torque from one wheel to another on the same axle when wheel slip conditions are detected.
Breakover Angle
This off-road term refers to the degree of slope that defines the largest ramp or hill that a vehicle can travel over without scraping against the frame or underbody components.
Centre Differential – Geared
A gear system located inside the transfer case of full-time 4x4 vehicles. It is used to distribute drive torque to the front and rear driveshafts and allows the front and rear wheels to rotate at different speeds during cornering.
Clutch Plates
A series of alternating steel plates within the transfer case of many on-demand or automatic 4x4 systems. One set of plates is splined to the clutch assembly hub of the rear driveshaft; the other set is splined to the clutch drum attached to the front driveshaft. The clutch housing is usually filled with a viscous, silicone-type fluid that clings to the discs to help transfer torque to the driveshaft. The engagement of clutch plates can also be controlled electronically.
Coil Springs
A coil of flexible metal that can be compressed or stretched along its centreline axis without permanent deformation. Coil springs support the weight of the vehicle while allowing the wheels to travel up and down over bumps.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
A stepless transmission that uses a sheave clutch to transmit engine torque.
Crawl Ratio
Essential for serious off-road treks involving steep hill climbs and descents, this is the final drive ratio of a vehicle in low range. It allows Jeep® vehicles to creep along (without depressing the accelerator) at very low speeds. Essentially, the vehicle does all the work. Except with Freedom Drive II® on Patriot and Compass, crawl ratio is determined by this formula: first gear ratio x rear axle ratio x low-range 4-wheel-drive ratio. The higher the number, the better the off-road capabilities. With Freedom Drive II on Patriot, the crawl ratio is a special fixed CVT ratio of 19:1.
Crow Hop
Vehicle shudder and tire scuffing due to a binding condition in the driveline, which is usually caused by operating in basic 4-wheel-drive or part-time 4-wheel-drive modes on dry pavement.
Departure Angle
When returning to level ground from a descent, this angle indicates the degree of a slope from which a vehicle can depart without scraping or hitting the rear undercarriage.
Differential
A gear system that transmits torque to the drive wheels, while also allowing the wheels to rotate at different speeds when cornering. Vehicles with 4-wheel drive have differentials in both the front and rear axles.
Driveshaft
Shaft connecting the transmission output shaft to the differential drive pinion shaft. Vehicles with 4-wheel drive add a second driveshaft from the transfer case to the front differential.
Electronically Controlled Coupling
Manages the torque split from front to rear with no active driver input needed, for smooth and automatic performance. It responds to throttle position or to front wheel slippage.
Fixed Yoke Output Assembly
Effectively handles the extra output from the transfer case and helps to ensure smooth and durable driveline operation.
Four-Wheel Drive
A drivetrain that utilizes a transfer case or Electronically Controlled Coupling to distribute engine power between the front and rear axles in order to drive all 4 wheels. Full-time 4-wheel-drive systems utilize a centre differential, which enables the front and rear driveshafts to turn at different speeds, thereby allowing engagement on dry pavement for normal driving conditions. A part-time system does not employ a centre differential and, during normal driving conditions, must operate only in 2-wheel drive. With a part-time system, the 4-wheel-drive mode is to be used only when off-roading or on wet or slippery surfaces.
Front Axle Disconnect
A mechanical or vacuum-operated component used primarily on 4x4 models to connect and disconnect drive torque to the front axle. When shifting from 4-wheel drive to 2-wheel drive, this system disengages the front axle from the front driveline so that the front wheels aren't turning the front driveline unnecessarily. This reduces unnecessary front driveline wear, noise and fuel consumption.
Ground Clearance
Don't drag your belly through the mud – just clear nasty logs, rocks and uneven ground without sustaining undercarriage damage. Jeep® Trail Rated® 4x4 vehicles feature optimized approach, departure and breakover angles to keep you in the clear.
High-Range
A 4WD mode used for on-road or light off-road use.
Hill Descent Control
This system uses the ABS braking to control the car's motion downhill. It also allows a smooth and controlled hill descent in rough terrain without the driver needing to touch the brake pedal. If the vehicle accelerates without driver input, the system will automatically apply the brakes to slow down to the desired vehicle speed.
Jounce/Rebound
The motion of a wheel that compresses its suspension. If a wheel is at full jounce, it is at the upper limit of its travel. The opposite of jounce is rebound, or wheel movement that decompresses a vehicle's suspension.
Limited-Slip Differential
Provides the same basic functions as an axle differential, but with an added advantage: when the drive wheel begins spinning as a result of being on a slippery surface, a limited-slip differential automatically transfers torque to the opposite wheel to help improve traction.
Locking Differential
Provides even more traction than a limited-slip differential in tough conditions by locking the axle shafts together. Locking differentials do not allow for wheel-speed differences and must not be used on dry, paved roads.
Low Crawl Speed
The crawl ratio is the lowest gear ratio in a vehicle and is determined by multiplying the first gear ratio by the low-range ratio by the axle ratio.
Low Range
A 4WD mode used for severe off-road conditions.
Manoeuvrability
Athletic. Agile. Trail Rated®. Jeep® 4x4 vehicles have the footwork to navigate narrow gaps, dodge emergency situations and avoid cosmetic damage to underbody sills, thanks to precision steering and optimized wheelbases.
Neutral
When the shifter is in this position, the front and rear axles spin freely. Sometimes used for towing a Jeep® vehicle behind another vehicle (such as a motor home), so that uncoupling the driveshafts is not required. Also used in the process of shifting into 4WD LOW.
Open-Centre Differential
Located in the transfer case on some full-time 4x4 vehicles, this component works in the same way as an open differential in the axles but is of a more compact design. This component employs a planetary gearset, with planetary gears that revolve around the sun gear and inside the ring gear.
Power-Robbing Friction
Surface resistance to relative motion, as of a body sliding or rolling.
Running Ground Clearance
The distance from the ground to the lowest point between the axles.
Shift-on-the-Fly
The ability to shift from 2-wheel drive to 4-wheel drive while the vehicle is moving.
Skid Plate
Helps protect the undercarriage from damage when driving off-road.
Solid Axle/Coil Springs
Ideal off-road equipment. Instead of each wheel on an axle being sprung separately (like independent suspension designs), a solid axle connects the suspension of 2 wheels. Coil springs then support the vehicle's weight and allow the wheels to travel up and down over terrain.
Suspension Travel
From full jounce to full rebound, this is the amount of vertical wheel movement allowed by the suspension.
Tow Hooks
Heavy-duty forged steel hooks, in the front and rear of a vehicle, that provide attachment points for snatch-em straps and winch cables should you get stuck.
Traction
Traction in 4x4 is equivalent to grip on asphalt. Trail Rated® traction helps you stay in control on untamed terrain, in slippery (wet, mud, snow) conditions, and on steep grades.
Transfer Case
Mounted behind and driven by the transmission on most 4x4 vehicles, the transfer case transmits power to the front and rear driveshafts in 4x4 Jeep® vehicles and offers high and low range. Compass and Patriot 4x4 use an Electronically Controlled Coupling instead of a traditional transfer case.
Transmission
A mechanism that transfers torque into usable driving power, usually through the use of gearsets. These gearsets multiply engine torque in varying amounts to meet specific driving demands. An exception is a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available on Compass and Patriot, which instead operates by varying the working diameters of 2 pulleys, transmitting torque by means of an immensely strong, steel-segmented push-belt.
Two-Wheel Drive
When the shifter is in this position, the front axle spins freely while power is sent to the rear axle and wheels, which then drive the vehicle.
Viscous Coupling
A speed-sensitive device located in the transfer case that transmits drive torque between the front and rear driveshafts when wheel slip occurs. Viscous couplings are typically used on all-wheel-drive vehicles and vehicles with automatic and on-demand 4x4 systems.
What is the difference between full-time 4x4 and part-time 4x4 systems?
Full-time 4x4 systems utilize a centre differential, which enables the front and rear driveshafts to turn at different speeds, thereby allowing engagement on dry surfaces for normal driving conditions. A part-time system does not employ a centre differential and locks the front and rear driveshafts together. With a part-time system, 4x2 mode should be used during normal driving conditions and 4x4 mode is to be used only when off-roading or on wet or slippery surfaces.
Why can't you use part-time 4x4 on dry surfaces?
Part-time 4x4 systems effectively lock the front and rear driveshafts together, forming a single driving unit that does not allow for differential action between the front and rear driveshafts. Driveline noise and binding (Crow Hop) may occur when operated excessively on dry surfaces or in turns. This binding can lead to heat buildup and early part failure.
Why does Crow Hop occur?
When a vehicle turns, each wheel rotates on a different radius to the turning circle, thereby travelling different distances at different speeds. If the vehicle's front and rear axles are locked together and are turning on dry surfaces, the difference in wheel speed sometimes results in driveline binding that is released with a bang or vehicle shudder when one of the tires loses traction.
Can I shift into 4WD high range at any speed?
Shifting into 4WD high range can be done with the vehicle stopped or in motion. If the vehicle is in motion, shifts can be made up to 88 km/h (55 mph).
How long can I drive in 4WD high range?
With a part-time system, prolonged driving in 4WD high range is recommended only for wet, loose or slippery road surfaces. With a full-time system, you need not worry about switching to 2WD mode when road surfaces improve.
How fast can I drive in 4WD high range?
You should not go faster than road conditions permit.
What is 4WD low range?
4WD low range is a mode specifically designed for temporary use when additional traction and maximum pulling power are desired. Front and rear driveshafts are locked together and engine power is sent through another set of gears to multiply torque. Avoid attempting to engage or disengage low range with the vehicle moving faster than 3–5 km/h (2–3 mph), and do not use this mode for normal driving.
Can I shift into 4WD low range at any speed?
No. With the vehicle rolling at 3–5 km/h (2–3 mph), shift an automatic transmission to Neutral or depress the clutch pedal on a manual transmission. While the vehicle is coasting at 3–5 km/h (2–3 mph), shift the transfer case lever firmly through Neutral and into the low range position.
How fast can I drive in 4WD low range?
Do not exceed 40 km/h (25 mph).
Can I shift into 4WD low range when stopped?
Shifting into or out of 4WD low range is possible with the vehicle completely stopped; however, difficulty may occur due to the teeth of the gears not being properly aligned. Several attempts may be required for clutch teeth alignment and shift completion to occur. The preferred method is with the vehicle rolling at 3–5 km/h (2–3 mph). Avoid attempting to engage or disengage 4WD low range with the vehicle moving faster than 3–5 km/h (2–3 mph).
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Based on Jeep's sub-segmentation based on compact sport and cross utility vehicles including Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Crosstek, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX3 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Best-in-Class 4x4 capability based on Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 system and Best-in-Class approach angle, departure angle and breakover angle.

Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Voice commands of phone require a Bluetooth compatible phone.

No system can repeal the laws of physics or overcome careless driving actions. Performance is limited by available traction, which snow, ice and other conditions can affect. When the warning lamp flashes, the driver needs to use less throttle and adapt speed and driving behaviour to prevailing road conditions.

This is a driver convenience system, not a substitute for active driver involvement. The driver must remain aware of their surroundings and be prepared to take corrective action to avoid collisions.

Requires SiriusXM Radio subscriptions governed by SIRIUS terms and conditions available at siriusxm.ca.

Always sit properly with the head restraint properly adjusted. Never place anything in front of the head restraint.

Never program while driving. GPS mapping and available 3D navigation may not be detailed or available in all areas or reflect current road regulations.

The advanced front air bags in this vehicle are certified to the federal regulations for advanced air bags. Children 12 years old and younger should always ride buckled up in a rear seat. Infants in rear-facing child restraints should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front air bag. All occupants should always wear their lap and shoulder belts properly.

Not compatible with all garage door openers.

Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice controls, when it is safe to do so. Apple CarPlay requires a compatible iPhone connected via USB cable to the Uconnect system. Android Auto requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates may apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android, Android Auto, Google Play, Google Maps and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

Based on WardsAuto MiddleSport Utility segmentation. Based on Summit model offerings.

Jeep Grand Cherokee has received more awards over its lifetime than any other SUV.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Sport/Utility segmentation and combined horsepower and torque ratings. Excludes other vehicles designed and manufactured by FCA US LLC.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Sport/Utility segmentation. When properly equipped.

Be sure to follow all instructions in the Owner's Manual for removal of top, doors, and lowering of windshield. Driving with the doors off and windshield down is for off-road use only.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Sport/Utility segmentation. When properly equipped. Excludes other vehicles designed and manufactured by FCA US LLC.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Sport/Utility segmentation. When properly equipped.

Based on WardsAuto Mid-size Sport Utility segmentation. Excludes other vehicles designed and manufactured by FCA US LLC.

When properly equipped.

All SiriusXM Guardian-equipped vehicles come with a 12-month trial effective on the date of purchase or lease of a new vehicle. Enrollment in the trial is required to receive service. Upon expiration of the trial period, purchase of a subscription is required to continue SiriusXM Guardian. Services can only be used where cellular coverage is available. See Uconnect® and SiriusXM Guardian Terms of Service for complete service limitations.

Siri Eyes Free requires an iPhone equipped with Siri. Certain features not available while the vehicle is in motion. iPhone must be within active cellular range. Customer's existing iPhone data rates apply to internet supported features

Based on Jeep “Small SUV” sub-segmentation based on small sport and cross utility vehicles including Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, Mini Paceman, Buick Encore, Honda HR-V.

Based on Jeep's sub-segmentation based on compact sport and cross utility vehicles including Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Crosstek, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX3 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Jeep "Small SUV" sub-segmentation based on small sport and cross utility vehicles including Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, Mini Paceman, Buick Encore, Honda HR-V. Best-in-Class 4x4 capability based on Jeep B-SUV offering low range power transfer unit (PTU) with 20:1 crawl ratio, low range 4x4 capability.

Most Capabable Small SUV Ever is based on historical Canadian unibody B-SUV segment competitors as identified by WardsAuto Auto Small Crossover and Small SUV segments (years 1985-2014). 4x4 capability based on Jeep B-SUV offering low range power transfer unit (PTU) with 20:1 crawl ratio, low range 4x4 capability.

When equipped with Jeep Active Drive Low. Off-road capability based on Jeep Renegade offering low range power transfer unit (PTU) with 20:1 crawl ratio, low range 4x4 capability, Approach Angle, Ground Clearance, Breakover Angle, and Departure Angle.

When equipped with Jeep® Active Drive Low. Based on Jeep “Small SUV” sub-segmentation based on small sport and cross utility vehicles including Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, Mini Paceman, Buick Encore, Honda HR-V.

Most Capabable Compact SUV Ever is based on historical U.S. unibody C-SUV segment competitors as identified by 2016 CY WardsAuto Small Cross/Utility Vehicle SUV segment (years 1985-2017). 4x4 capability based on Jeep Compact SUV offering low range power transfer unit (PTU) with 20:1 crawl ratio, low range 4x4 capability. This claim excludes all FCA vehicles.

Only available with automatic transmissions.

Based on total sales from January 1, 2016 to present for SUV vehicles.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Cross Utility segmentation.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Cross Utility segmentation. Best-in-Class capability based on Jeep Cherokee offering 2 speed power transfer unit (PTU) with rear locking axle, exclusive Jeep Selec-Terrain with 5 settings (including rock), and industry first: fully disconnecting drive-line, Best-in-Class towing (excluding 7-8 passenger vehicles), approach angle, departure angle, ramp breakover angle.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Cross Utility segmentation. Excludes 7 and 8 passenger vehicles. When equipped with 3.2L Pentastar VVT V6 engine with Trailer Tow Group.

Based on WardsAuto Middle Cross Utility segmentation. Excludes other vehicles designed and manufactured by FCA US LLC.

2016 Canadian Black Book ‘Best Retained Value Award' winner – Compact Car category. Based on value retained from original MSRP for 2012 model year vehicles as published by CBB, as of January 1, 2016. See CanadianBlackBook.com for complete details.

Based on WardsAuto Small Sport Utility segmentation and Chrysler Internal FCA SUV segmentation including Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Capability based on approach angle, departure angle, breakover angle, ground clearance and water fording.

When properly equipped. Based on WardsAuto Small Sport Utility segmentation and FCA Internal Compact SUV segmentation including Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Do not attempt water fording unless depth is known to be less than 76 cm (30 inches). Traversing water can cause damage that may not be covered by the new vehicle warranty. Always off-road responsibly in approved areas.

Based on IHSMarkit Automotive Canadian New Vehicle Total Registrations from CYE 2011 - 2015 and CYTD July 2016 for all Cars, Light Duty and Medium/Heavy Duty Trucks.

Based on EnerGuide fuel consumption ratings. Government of Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors. Use for comparison purposes only. Ask your retailer for EnerGuide information.

When properly equipped. Jeep "Small SUV" sub-segmentation based on small sport and cross utility vehicles including Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, Mini Paceman, Buick Encore, Honda HR-V.

Do not attempt water fording unless depth is known to be less than 48 cm (19 inches). Traversing water can cause damage that may not be covered by the new vehicle warranty. Always off-road responsibly in approved areas.

Estimated payments based on "Net Amount", which represents the "Starting At" price plus freight (from $1,795 to $2,495), federal A/C charge and applicable green levy charges. Net Amount does not include taxes, insurance, registration, licence, retailer administration fees and new tire duties (in Quebec). Estimated payments are calculated based on the difference between the residual value and the Net Amount, plus any lease finance charges. Estimated payments will vary depending on down payment/trade.Low lease kilometre limit of 18,000 km/year. Charge of $0.16 - $0.20 per excess kilometre will be applied, plus applicable taxes at lease termination. The effective interest rate is also known as APR (annual percentage rate). For further offer details, click here.

Offer based on "Net Amount", which represents the "Starting at" price plus freight (from $1,795 to $2,495), federal A/C and applicable Green Levy charges. Net Amount does not include taxes, insurance, registration, licence, retailer administration fees and new tire duties (in Quebec). On approved credit on eligible retail deliveries. Retailers may sell for less. See your retailer for complete details."APR" means the effective interest rate.For further offer details, click here.

Phone must support Bluetooth Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP).

Total Discounts include Consumer Cash Discounts, which are applied before taxes, and/or Bonus Cash Discounts, which are applied after taxes. Total Discounts may vary from time to time and may vary considerably by model and trim. Retailers may sell for less. See your retailer for complete details.

Based on 2001-2010 model years.

Based on Ward’s Small, Middle, Large, Middle Luxury, and Large Luxury SUV segmentations.

2018 Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles are backed by a 5-year or 100,000-kilometre fully transferable Powertrain Limited Warranty* with $0 deductible plus 24-hour roadside assistance.+ SRT vehicles are backed by a 3-year or 60,000-kilometre fully transferable Powertrain Limited Warranty* with $0 deductible plus 24-hour roadside assistance. Basic Warranty coverage is for 3 years or 60,000 kilometres.* Rust-through coverage on all body sheet metal is for 3 years. The Cummins Turbo Diesel engine is protected by a separate Limited Warranty, covering the engine for 5 years or 160,000 kilometres.* Whichever comes first. Some conditions may apply. + The 5-year/100,000-kilometre Powertrain Limited Warranty does not apply to vehicles sold for certain commercial uses. See your retailer for full details.

Based on Jeep’s sub-segmentation based on compact sport and cross utility vehicles including Chevrolet Trax, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Crosstek, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX3 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Best-in-Class 4x4 capability based on Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 system.

Based on value retained from original MSRP for 2013 model year vehicles as published by CBB, as of January 1, 2017. See CanadianBlackBook.com for complete details.

Do not attempt water fording unless depth is known to be less than 51 cm (20 inches). Traversing water can cause damage that may not be covered by the new vehicle warranty. Always off-road responsibly in approved areas.

A maximum of $4,000 in Consumer Cash is offered on all new 2017 Cherokee models. Consumer Cash Discounts are applied before taxes. See your retailer for complete details.

1.49% purchase financing for 36 months available on select new models to qualified customers on approved credit through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Example: $30,000 financed at 1.49% for 36 months equals 78 bi-weekly payments of $393, a total obligation of $30,684 and $684 cost of financing.

A maximum of $4,500 in Consumer Cash is offered on select new 2018 Cherokee models (excludes Sport). Consumer Cash Discounts are applied before taxes. See your retailer for complete details.

A maximum of $4,750 in Consumer Cash is offered on all new 2017 Renegade models. Consumer Cash Discounts are applied before taxes. See your retailer for complete details.

0.0% purchase financing for up to 36 months available to qualified customers on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance on all 2018 Jeep Wrangler models. Example: $30,000 Purchase Price with a $0 down payment financed at 0% for 36 months equals monthly payments of $833, with a cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $30,000.

0% lease financing for up to 36 months available through SCI Lease Corp. to qualified customers on applicable new 2018 Jeep Cherokee and new 2018 Jeep Compass models at participating dealers. SCI provides all credit approval, funding and leasing services. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Example: 2018 Jeep Compass Sport with a Purchase Price of $27,998 leased at 0% for 36 months with a $500 security deposit, $0 down payment and first month’s payment due at lease inception equals 36 monthly payments of $487 with a cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $17,591. Kilometre allowance of 18,000/year. Cost of $0.16 per excess kilometre plus applicable taxes at lease termination. See your dealer for complete details.

A maximum of $5,500 in Consumer Cash is offered on select new 2018 Grand Cherokee models (excludes Trackhawk). Consumer Cash Discounts are applied before taxes. See your retailer for complete details.