At Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM we do more than just provide you with excellent service and a showroom of state-of-the-art vehicles. We also provide our customers with expert automotive knowledge, and to us, sharing this sometimes crucial info is what makes a truly remarkable Jeep, Dodge, RAM, and Chrysler dealership.

One popular subject of discussion that we have with our customers is, what to look for in an off-road vehicle. Here in our showroom, we offer plenty of off-road capable vehicles, however, there are certain characteristics that make these vehicles champions of the trail.

For one, ground clearance is everything. Ground clearance is the amount of space that separates the underside of your vehicle from the ground. The higher your car is up off the ground, the better you can avoid scraping and damaging crucial components in your undercarriage. At the same time, higher ground clearance can make surmounting off-road obstacles far easier.

Your tires play a huge role in off-road ability. Sure, street tires may be able to handle some light trail running, but they’ll certainly struggle on some of the more rigorous trails like those found in Moab, Utah. Off-road tires are typically far more durable than road tires and have deep tread to provide greater traction with varying terrains.

Lastly, your drivetrain can make a huge difference in the success of your off-road trek. Many off-road enthusiasts seek out vehicles with either a four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Both of these drivetrains are very different by nature, however, they all allow power to all four wheels, improving terrain versatility by leaps and bounds.

If you’re wondering how you can make your own off-road ready vehicle, our team at Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM are here to help. You’ll find everything you need in our Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, and Jeep parts center and our car care professionals can ensure that your vehicle is fully equipped for even the toughest of trails.