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First test in snow

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Took the Cherokee out tonight. Tried to get some video of the different 4wd modes but the lighting was really bad. Will try again tomorrow. Here's one with the car in Snow mode. I just noticed in the video if you turn your sound up you can hear how noisy the tires are in this snow that I talk about below.

Anyway the OEM tires did fine. Nothing overly special to be honest. They were REALLY noisy at a dead stop turning in the snow. Bad enough it sounded like there was something wrong at first. This is some pretty packed, wet snow but still. However they made going through this stuff no big deal. It's not super deep yet so I'll test that tomorrow but this was about 1-2inches with some deeper areas from plowing and people still on the road. I consider it a legit real world situation.

I could easily get this thing to spin, slide, and generally get unstable with minimal throttle in Auto mode. As a matter of fact, one of the more nervous parts was taking off (slowly) and feeling the rear kick in. I don't know if it's just this snow but you could feel the rear grab and it kind of jolted the car a bit. No warning lights, no funny smells, no obvious signs of problems with the 4wd.

Snow mode however was a different animal. Launches are EASY. I could give it a normal amount of gas and it came off the line like nothing was on the ground. It could take corners fairly easily and never felt like it was getting stuck. It took some considerable throttle play to get it to break loose and even then you could feel the Jeep correcting itself immediately. There were a few times where the tires were just not cutting it. This snow is really odd as it's wet, packed, yet fluffy so it really almost feels like being on ice. Mostly on turns. But snow mode would pretty much correct the sliding and a little steering from me and we were good to go.

My one major piece of advise and this is coming from someone who has never driven a 4wd/awd vehicle; do not over correct when you start to slide. Now, I know this is a normal thing to recommend in snow/ice situations is to keep calm and don't start flailing around on the wheel but this was different. As soon as I felt the Jeep getting to its limit and I was not really helping to correct, it would snap itself back. Which meant if I was turning and the Jeep started to slide, all I did was let the wheel come back to center like I normally would with light, even throttle (or not throttle). The Cherokee took care of the rest. It wants to go straight in Snow mode.

I did not give Sand/Mud a good try but it kills traction control and the Jeep becomes more predictable in terms of how much it wants to slide when you lose traction. I usually turned off traction control in the snow in my FWD cars because I could predict how much sliding around the car would do with it off and correct it cleaner.

All in all the Jeep did well. I think a quality set of snow tires will do wonders but if you had to drive around with the stock Continental tires they will do fine. Just use snow mode and drive SLOW and SAFELY. 4wd is not a magical bullet. Nor are tires (although we all know by many of the videos how much they can help starting and stopping).

I'm going to try to get more videos tomorrow in the daylight if everything isn't plowed away.

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Oh and the HIDs as you can see how bright and blue they are were amazing in this stuff. I could see everything with no issue.
It's about 20 degrees outside.
Did you steal my wife's jeep? LOL looks exactly the same, even with all the snow where you are driving.

I can relate on the auto mode feeling like a little jolt or tug when the rear tires kick. I am a fan of the snow mode for almost all driving when its slippery.

How did you embed the YT video I"ve been meaning to try to figure that out on this forum, I've had no issues doing it on other forums.
Hahah! My wife loves my Jeep. I am pretty sure we're going to have to buy another next year. That or I'll get a WK2 and she keeps this.

So I had to just post the URL in but it had to be in the format of
When I originally linked in it had additional tags/parameters after the v= stuff. Basically the structure needs to be
Then the forum added the URL tag to it.

Other forums as you pointed out can tell it is a youtube video and just handles it immediately.
Went out again this morning with the dog to a dog park which was not plowed yet. I think it performed well, even better in the deeper stuff. The rear still kicked out a lot which I found odd but it was stable and predictable.

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The ground clearance from the ADII came in handy just getting out of my parking spot at home which had snow covering the fog lights. I cleared just enough for the lip to start to show and the Jeep took care of the rest.
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