Jeep Grand Cherokee & Jeep Compass go Head-to-Head on the Moose Test
Manufacturers take part in a long and tedious process testing their cars before they go on the market. A car will be pushed past its limits so that it may stand up to consumer use even during a worst-case scenario like an accident or an abrupt evasive maneuver. The general public is probably the most familiar with crash test scenarios that are often simulated in car commercials with crash test dummies, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what these cars go through before their introduction into the mass market. Once cars make their introductions, plenty of aficionados are standing by to test these cars even more.
The Swedish motor magazine Teknikens Värld gained international attention when they tested the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the mid-1990s in what they refer to as the moose test. The moose test simulates an emergency situation that measures how responsive a vehicle is when needing to dodge an unexpected obstacle. In this evasive maneuver test, cones are set up in an S-shape to give the appearance of an obstacle, requiring the car to swerve abruptly to the left and quickly return to the right side of the track at high speeds. The test measures how well a car avoids this obstacle without flipping over or skidding sideways.
The magazine gained international attention when the Mercedes-Benz A-Class completely flipped over during testing and caused a public relations nightmare for Mercedes-Benz when they initially denied the test results only to have to go back and reengineer components of their car. It should be a given that the driver’s reflexes also play a large part in how a vehicle reacts to this type of abrupt maneuver, however, automakers have to do their part by integrating technology to help drivers avoid a crash. Electronic stability control does just this, and it’s exactly what Teknikens Värld puts to the test every time they have a car perform the moose test.
Spanish auto insurance site KM77 recently took the Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Jeep Compass out for a moose test not too long ago. Jeep equips both of these SUVs with electronic stability control to mitigate the risk of rolling over into nearby ditches, preferably keeping these vehicles stable and safe on the road. How did each SUV perform on the test? Let’s take a look!
The Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs in at 5,300 pounds – big and heavy, there’s no amount of stability control that will manage to make the Grand Cherokee appear nimble while performing this maneuver. As expected for such a large SUV, there was a considerable amount of body roll and changes of direction were slow during the test. Ultimately, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is considered safe and responsive as it reacts quickly to the driver’s input. Check out the test below:
The Compass is a mid-size SUV, therefore it’s notably smaller and lighter than the Grand Cherokee. It passes the moose test with an enviable confidence. Little-to-no body roll is seen during the test as the stability control works efficiently. The Compass’ responsive steering wheel contributes to the quick response and overall agility. Check out the test below:
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