Not all 4x4s are created equal. Jeep® Brand vehicles are designed and tested in some of the most inhospitable locations on the planet so you can feel confident when driving in a rain or snow storm or when off-roading with like-minded friends. Choose an all-weather-capable Jeep Brand 4x4 system to master any terrain and help feed your passion for adventure.


Driving in muddy conditions can be deceptive. You will need to get out and use a stick to check the depth of the mud or water. Jeep® Brand 4x4 vehicles have sealed electrical systems, a high air intake and available skid plates for additional undercarriage protection. To keep from spinning tires, experienced off-roaders often use a higher gear to control momentum and speed and let the tires’ tread do the work.

Close-up of Jeep Wrangler wheel as vehicle is being driven on muddy terrain.
Do not attempt water fording unless depth is known to be less than 30 inches. Traversing water can cause damage that may not be covered by the new vehicle warranty. Always off road responsibly in approved areas.


Driving on paved roads can have its challenges as well: snow, heavy rain, black ice and hydroplaning can all tax your Jeep® Brand vehicle and 4x4 system. Thankfully, Jeep Brand 4x4 systems and robust suspensions are designed to help you tame these on-road hazards.  

Jeep Cherokee being driven on a highway.


Unpaved roads include gravel, forest service and logging roads. You can expect washboard roads and ruts that will test your vehicle’s suspension system when driving off-road. Gravel can act like ice in certain circumstances. That’s where Jeep® Brand systems with electronic brake differentials, traction control, electronic stability control and gas shocks can help you stay in control.

Jeep Renegade being driven on rocky terrain.
Always drive within your ability and experience level and consistent with conditions.


Driving in a blizzard, snow storm or flurry can send shivers down your spine. When faced with snow, ice or sleet, you want a Jeep® Brand 4x4. Slick conditions demand improved traction and added attention from the driver. On-road stopping distances can be up to 10 times greater in slick conditions. A Jeep Brand 4x4 system combined with brake lock differential, antilock brakes and traction control will help to see you through.

Jeep Compass being driven on the snow.
Always drive within your ability and experience level and consistent with conditions.


The Jeep® Brand has built its reputation on the ability to go off-roading in some of the most remote locations on earth. Jeep vehicles offer true 4-Low modes, with super-tough suspensions, available tow hooks, available skid plates and more to help you go where others fear to tread.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon being driven on rocky terrain in the forest.
Always drive within your ability and experience level and consistent with conditions. Be sure to follow all instructions in owners manual for removal of top, doors and lowering of windshield.


Driving in sandy environments can be challenging. Thankfully, Jeep® Brand 4x4 vehicles are designed with high ground clearances to help keep your vehicle from getting stuck in soft sand. For better traction in sand, drop air pressure 10-12 pounds below normal pressure on conventional tires. (Return to normal pressure after use in these conditions.)

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk being driven on sandy terrain.
Always drive within your ability and experience-level and consistent with conditions. Optional equipment shown.


It should come as no surprise that the Jeep® Brand is one of the world leaders in 4x4 technology—it’s the backbone of the brand. Our range of sophisticated 4x4 systems lets you find your own way up, down, through or around almost anything. You can trust the Jeep Brand with its 75-plus years of 4x4 mastery to help you tackle anything Mother Nature sends your way.


Transferring power to the wheels is one of the most important aspects of 4x4 driving. Jeep® vehicles include either mechanical, electronic, or brake-assisted differentials to help maximize power delivery to your vehicle wheels for increased traction.


This system, standard on the Wrangler Rubicon, lets you automatically disengage the front sway bar when driving under 18 mph in 4 Low mode. The front wheels can then drop and compress for improved articulation.


Many of our vehicles come standard with stamped steel skid plates. These high-strength steel plates are engineered to help protect your Jeep® Brand vehicle's guts when battling boulders and jagged rocks.


Available extra-tough body-mounted rails (aka rock sliders or sill guards) help provide additional protection when off-roading.


The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are built with a frame that is fully boxed for strength, flexibility and durability.


Durability comes from heavy shafts, stiff housings, large pinion bearings and above-center pinion mountings for smoother, quieter operation. (Front Dana® 44 heavy-duty axle is standard only on the Rubicon. Dana 30 front axle is standard on all other models.)


Capability is at our core. Choose a Jeep® Brand 4x4 and you can rest assured your vehicle will live up to its tough-to-the-core reputation. Jeep Brand engineers tirelessly torture test vehicles in some of the most brutal environments known to mankind so that you can confidently hit the trails or maneuver through potholed streets on your way to the next big thing.


The Jeep® Grand Cherokee has four proven available 4x4 systems that can tackle all weather conditions. The simple-to-use Quadra-Trac I® System is a great solution for most folks. The Quadra-Trac II® System offers low-range capability. The Quadra-Drive® II System offers tremendous off-road capability and the Quadra-Trac® SRT® 4x4 System delivers the ultimate in street and track performance.

Always drive within your ability and experience level and consistent with conditions.


The available Quadra-Drive® II with rear electronic limited slip differential is a full-time 4x4 system so it’s always active. It is our most advanced 4x4 system and delivers superior all-weather capability by transferring up to 100% of available torque to a single rear wheel if needed.


No buttons to push or levers to pull. The Quadra-Trac I® 4x4 System is always engaged for all-weather capability and peace of mind. Combined with a brake lock differential, the Quadra-Trac I 4x4 System provides command-of-the-road confidence that only comes in a Jeep® Brand vehicle.


Capability breeds confidence. The available Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 System features a two-speed low transfer case that uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. When tire slippage is detected, as much as 100% of available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction. Choose the Auto mode in the available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System for everyday driving or quickly dial in Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud or Rock for specific driving conditions. Go boldly.


The Grand Cherokee SRT® and Trackhawk use a full-time 4x4 system for superior driving performance in any condition. The strongest transfer case ever designed by the Jeep® Brand handles massive amounts of horsepower and torque produced by the mighty 6.4L V8 engine or the Supercharged 6.2L V8 engine. The 4x4 system features a massive mechanical wet clutch and electronic limited slip differential in the rear, which allows 100% of the drive torque to be sent to one rear wheel. Managing of torque split and suspension damping is accomplished with a dial on the five-mode Selec-Track® System.


The Jeep® Compass has two available 4x4 systems that can take on any weather condition. The Jeep Active Drive 4x4 System covers all the bases for everyday driving. The Compass Trailhawk® with the standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4x4 System is the most capable compact SUV ever. Combined with the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, you have Best-in-Class 4x4 capability.


Get 4x4 capability when needed without sacrificing efficiency. The available Jeep® Active Drive 4x4 System features a rear axle disconnect that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive to help increase efficiency when 4x4 capability isn’t needed. The Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System manages traction to give you all-weather capability in four modes: Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud.

Always drive within your ability and experience level and consistent with conditions.


Wrangler, the Go Anywhere. Do Anything.® icon of the Jeep® Brand, is supremely ready for your next adventure. The emotions you experience in an open-air Wrangler are indescribable. Just ask someone who owns one. The Wrangler with a standard 4x4 system can carry you to your quiet place in the woods or to your secret spot by the rolling river.


The Command-Trac® transfer case is smooth and quiet, yet tough and beefy, so you can tackle challenging terrain with confidence. Whether your quest for adventure takes you up and over the red rocks of Moab or sends you out onto roads buried in fresh snow, your Trail Rated® Wrangler is up for the challenge. Get in, grab on and go.


The Jeep® Renegade has two innovative available 4x4 systems that both feature a rear axle disconnect system to seamlessly switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Both Jeep Active Drive Systems can keep you moving forward, even when just one wheel has traction on the ground. Renegade is ready to grab on and keep you moving forward.


Jeep® Brand vehicles are designed to take you to amazing places. The Jeep Active Drive 4x4 System is ready and able to tackle snow and trail alike to confidently carry you to your next adventure. This system actively transitions from 4x4 to fuel-saving front-wheel drive for added efficiency. The available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System lets you adjust traction setting—Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud—according to road conditions to ensure optimum traction.


For those who seek more off-road opportunities, choose the Renegade Trailhawk® with the standard Jeep® Active Drive Low 4x4 System. This system features a 20:1 crawl ratio for confident off-road driving. The standard Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System also includes a Rock mode for enhanced off-road dynamics. This is your best bet for a rugged, adventurous, small SUV that can help you get away from it all.


Cherokee has three proven available 4x4 systems that can tackle all weather conditions. The simple-to-use Jeep® Active Drive I is a solid system for virtually any situation, the Jeep Active Drive II System provides low-range capability and the Jeep Active Drive Lock offers tremendous off-road capability.


A Jeep® Brand vehicle with a 4x4 system is a helpful ally when you encounter unexpected obstacles. The full-time Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 System will automatically engage four-wheel-drive mode when driving conditions call for it. Whether raging rain, slippery mud, heavy snow or unpredictable gravel roads, this sophisticated system actively monitors wheel slippage and automatically applies torque when needed, giving the driver maximum efficiency and control.


The Jeep® Active Drive Lock 4x4 System is standard equipment on the Cherokee Trailhawk®. It has all the features of the Jeep Active Drive II 4x4 System but also includes a mechanical rear axle lock and exclusive Selec-Terrain® Traction Management Rock mode.


Owning a Jeep® Brand 4x4 is living an adventure every day.