Not too long ago, a group of automotive journalists from Germany got their hands on a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee to test it in a slightly less than conventional manner. As the editors of Auto, Motor and Sport (AMS) magazine took the reigns of the SUV, they placed it on a freeway with a different kind of obstacle to concur. In front of the Jeep was what is called the “Moose Test” and as the Grand Cherokee swerved to miss the beast, it continued on unphased to pass with flying colors.
The test is conducted in order to determine how a vehicle will react to sudden manuevers such as hard turns to avoid an incoming animal like a moose. In order to make things even more legitimate, AMS made multiple passes with Jeep with various levels of load. Even when the Grand Cherokee was fully loaded with four passengers, it still ran through the test with all four wheels firmly attached to the ground. The test layout was approved by the International Standards Organization and sanctioned by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club.
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