The Jeep Compass & Grand Cherokee Take On the Moose Test

August 15th, 2018 by

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Originally named the Elk Test until 1997, the Moose Test is a simulated obstacle course that allows drivers to see how well their vehicle can evade compromising situations or even avoid hitting a moose. Yet, this is no easy test as drivers have less than a second to swerve around an obstacle and get back on track to avoid any other harmful traffic. Of course, the more skilled the driver, the more chances of passing the test but it’s up to automotive companies to provide their consumers with exceptional safety features, and in this case, it’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Where it all began…

As previously mentioned, the Moose Test was originally named the Elk Test until 1997. On October 21, 1997, Robert Collin, a journalist from the motor magazine _ Teknikens Värld, _ overturned a Mercedes-Benz A-Class during the moose test. Meanwhile, a much older vehicle, a Trabant, was able to take on the moose test perfectly. As a result, a German newspaper called _ Süddeutsche Zeitung _ officially coined the term after Collin described the test by using the example of an evasive maneuver for a moose on the road – hence the name Moose Test. Prior to this, different forms of Moose Tests were performed since the 1970s. Today, the Moose Test is more commonly performed in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Northern Russia, Canada, and Alaska.

Jeep Compass

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Beginning with the lighter Jeep Compass – this midsize SUV participated and essentially passed two tests. Both were performed at about 49 mph, and each time the driver was able to swerve out of the way and get back in their lane with minimal problems. During the second test, however, the driver reached a speed of 50 mph and hit a cone. Luckily, it wasn’t considered an issue due to the fact that moose don’t commonly have protective cones surrounding them. Throughout the entire test, the driver always felt in complete control and the ESC worked quickly and efficiently.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Contrary to the Jeep Compass, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is heavier, by about 5,300 pounds, which makes stability control no easy task. Participating in three driving courses, the initial test proved to be challenging due to the elevated speeds of 44 and 45 mph. During the second test, the Jeep Grand Cherokee almost ran off the road but was able to come back on the track. Unfortunately, the third attempt was unsuccessful as the Grand Cherokee drifted off the road and was unable to return to its lane. Even though the Jeep Grand Cherokee lacks grace when avoiding those cones, it does react cleanly with minimal unexpected movements.

Overall, both vehicles maintained stability and control, but the Jeep Compass definitely takes the win on this one. Come test drive a 2018 Jeep Compass or 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Miami Lakes Automall today! We’re located in Miami Lakes, FL and for more information on our entire new car inventory selection , visit our website or stay updated on our social media .

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