Jeep Select-Terrain driving mode selector in the central console with a caption

All-Wheel Drive and Driving Modes Give Jeep Crossovers an Edge

One of the many advantages that vehicle like the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee bring to the road is their available all-wheel/4×4 drive systems and the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system. The Select-Terrain System is controlled by a dial in the central console of equipped Jeep vehicles, and offers drivers a choice of five different driving modes. What are the Jeep Select-Terrain driving modes? Each one balances the steering, wheels, suspension and engine output to offer drivers the best experience in different conditions. See the breakdown below.

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What are the Jeep Select-Terrain driving modes?

Most modern 4×4 Jeeps equipped with Selec-Terrain traction management come with Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud driving modes. Some models (for example, the 2018 Jeep Compass) come standard with these four modes, and are available with a Rock setting only on the off-road optimized Trailhawk trim.


This option is perfect for the daily commute and other casual driving situations. The vehicle will determine the best way to apply torque to the tires and how to set the suspension on some models so you can just worry about driving.

central console of a 2018 Jeep vehicle with Selec-Terrain traction management


When the road is clear and the weather is dry, you may want to let your Jeep fly with the Sport setting. This option delivers smooth and athletic handling perfect for a bold drive on the road or the track.


Perfect for snow, slush, sleet, or other slippery conditions, the Snow setting in the Jeep Selec-Terrain system evenly distributes torque to all four wheels so that drivers can enjoy the best grip, and sets the suspension when possible according to off-road settings.


When you are driving through sand or mud, it’s good to maximize traction and keep moving forward. The Sand/Mud mode and 4×4 Low help drivers pass through any obstacle.


Available on the off-road optimized trims like Trailhawk models, this setting is designed to overcome the most challenging off-road conditions at low speeds. Even power and torque distribution, Hill Descent Control, and locking axles make this setting ideal when you want to go over, not around, an obstacle.

Are you interested in experimenting with the modes available with the Selec-Terrain traction management system? Visit Fury Motors South St. Paul and test drive one of the models in our new Jeep inventory.