I have been given compensation for this post by FCA US. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Yesterday, I had the chance to check out some Jeep vehicles and experience their capabilities in the Seattle Trailhawks Ride Along. This Ride Along event showed off the 4×4 capabilities of the Jeep line. After finishing the ridealong, my first words were “I didn’t die” because there were a few parts of the course that would be rather scary to do in a normal car.
At one point in the course, the car goes up on a 30 degree ramp to simulate driving on the side of a hill. This is the part of the ride where I worried that we were going to tip over (although, I knew that we wouldn’t).
The final aspect of the test course is to test the hill start and antilock breaks. From a distance, it doesn’t appear to be too steep; however, going up the hill, all you can see is the hood of the car and the sky. At the steepest part of this hill, the driver stopped, took their foot off the break and showed how the car would simply stay in place. With a bit of gas added, the car continued its way up the hill.