Originally Posted by unclejjg
For those of you who have driven the JK in snow and ice, how would you compare its traction vs. a vehicle such as a Chevy Blazer w/auto 4WD, or something along the lines of a Subaru Forester? Again, all I'm curious about is how it performs in the snow. I've heard horror stories about previous Wrangler models, and though I'd love an off-road performer, I am to practical to deal with slipping and sliding in lousy weather.
Having driven my JK 5000 miles from Virginia to Alaska in the middle of January across some icy, snowy, and generally nasty roads, and as an Alaskan resident greatly familiar with driving on ice and snow, I can speak with some authority on this issue (:
I assume you are talking about the 4-door version. All of my comments are about the 4-door version. My guess is that the 2-door version isn't much better than previous 2-door versions, except that it does have traction control, which should count for something.
I give this vehicle absolutely high marks for driving on ice and snow. It handles beautifully. I have driven it hard enough to get the traction control to kick in, and I've been impressed with its ability to "right" the vehicle quickly and efficiently. I have absolutely no hesitation in giving the vehicle a high recommendation in this area.
By comparison, my 1991 Isuzu Trooper (which I've been driving up here for 13 years), is noticeably less stable on ice and snow. It definitely wants to slide around a lot more than the Wrangler (and yes, it has good tires). It of course has no traction control, and from what I can tell by eyeballing it, a smaller overall footprint.
For what it's worth, I also get the ABS to kick in on a regular basis. It works very nice. This is my first vehicle with ABS, and I find that it is nice to have (I was skeptical about this before).
Anyway - my experience is that this vehicle is not prone to excessive sliding and slipping. Sure, if one drives it like an idiot, or in special conditions when probably no one should be driving, one might have a problem - but I would say that this vehicle is definitely practical in terms of driving on ice and snow.