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post #1 of 28 Old 11-12-2013, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Is the 2014 Summit trail rated?

I can't figure out if the summit is trail rated or not. Since it's the highest trim I assume it is, but the jeep website only mention the limited and overland to be trail rated with the off-load pkg.

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post #2 of 28 Old 11-12-2013, 05:26 PM
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No its not, trail rating is a marketing gimmick... no rhyme or reason one model gets trail rated and another don't. If you want trail rated, buy yourself a badge and glue it on the fender

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I think the Jeeps are "trail rated" if they include a skid-plate package of some kind.
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I think the Jeeps are "trail rated" if they include a skid-plate package of some kind.
I did some research and I think it is a combination of the skid plates and the fact that you can take off the lower front facia which you can not on the summit, and which probably would brake if one did any serious off-road.
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I think the Jeeps are "trail rated" if they include a skid-plate package of some kind.
No, we've been around this circle a few times. You can find an exception to any rule. For example. our liberty is trail rated and the only difference between it and others not trail rated is that it has a touch screen radio.... there is no skid plates... go figure.

Bottom line, its a marketing thing, don't worry about it. There isn't anything special that makes a vehicle trail rated except Jeep gluing a trail rated badge on the fender

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I thought the trail rated Grand Cherokees have the air suspension and 18" wheels. The Summit comes standard with 20" wheels. My limited has 18" wheels but no air suspension, thus not trail rated.
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post #7 of 28 Old 11-12-2013, 08:37 PM
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No. Trail Rates is market BS as previously stated

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No technical or functional reason for why one jeep gets a sticker while another on doesn't. Perhaps look at it as jeep driving a model or two through the rubicon and putting a sticker on the same production configuration.

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The bottom line is that the MY14 Summit is not marketed for off-road, but is certainly just as capable of the same level of off-road that other trim levels have, although it does require you to add certain things, such as skid plates, tow hooks (requires physical body modification) and more appropriate wheels/tires for that use beyond "very light" off-road. The "Trail Rated" badge is just a piece of plastic with a sticky back...

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I looked at the summit and decided to go with the Overland so we can get factory tow hooks.
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Do they add cost on sticker for "Trail Rated" versions? ...kind of like our wonderful "On/Off Road tire" $150+ option (Michelin Latitudes with white letters = joke). Those wonderful On/Off road tires alone should make it Trail Rated.

There isn't such a thing as a Trail Rated QT1, is there? I guess that would be the only requirement.
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I think the real trail rating comes when you take your vehicle off road and on the trail, have a bunch of fun, don't need towed out (of course you might need towed if the driver isn't trail rated), and make it back to the road.

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I can't figure out if the summit is trail rated or not. Since it's the highest trim I assume it is, but the jeep website only mention the limited and overland to be trail rated with the off-load pkg.

I can answer your ? when Jeep explains what "Trail Rated" actually means. Then again, you probably wouldn't have to ask.
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Either one of the Off Road packages "earns" the Trail Rated badge from Jeep

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post #15 of 28 Old 11-13-2013, 03:23 PM
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Either one of the Off Road packages "earns" the Trail Rated badge from Jeep
Perhaps, but you don't need a ORA to "earn" a trail rating.

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