The Moose Test Versus The Jeep Compass + Grand Cherokee

August 20th, 2018 by

For those drivers interested to know how well their Jeep Compass and/or Jeep Grand Cherokee can take on those real world scenarios, welcome The Moose Test. The Moose Test is a simulated obstacle course that determines how well a certain vehicle can evade the sudden appearance of a large obstacle, say, a Moose. Of course, a more skilled driver can play a big part in how successful the vehicle can complete the obstacle course. Additionally, during the obstacle course, the driver has less than a second to swerve out of the way in order to avoid oncoming traffic. However, it’s also up to carmakers to do their part in providing their consumers with the latest safety technology to assist in preventing an accident- in this case, it would be Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Jeep Compass

Let’s begin with the lighter midsize SUV – the Jeep Compass. After completing a total of two tests between 49 to 50 mph, the Jeep Compass was able to swerve in and out of the cones and get back on track with minimal difficulty. However, once the Jeep Compass hit 50 mph on the second test, the attempt was unsuccessful, but even at high speeds, safety and control were maintained by the driver. According to, the driver of the vehicle always felt in total control of the situation and remained confident of the successful outcome. In the end, it was clear that the Jeep Compasses ESC worked swiftly and efficiently.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Now for the Jeep Grand Cherokee – a completely different (and heavier) proposition. The Jeep Grand Cherokee weighs about 5,300 lbs, which affects the body roll and delivers a rather sluggish change of direction. During the first test, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was able to achieve the highest speed for a successful run at 44 mph. During the second test, the Grand Cherokee nearly ran off the road but the driver didn’t completely lose control and was able to get back on track. Unfortunately, the third test proved to be a failure, as the Grand Cherokee drifted off the road and was unable to return to its lane.

Origins Of The Moose Test

Also known as the “Elk Test”, forms of the Moose Test have been performed since the 1970s. It wasn’t until 1997, that the name “Moose Test” became official. A German newspaper called Süddeutsche Zeitung coined the name after journalist Robert Collin from Swedish motor magazine, Teknikens Värld, flipped a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in a test that was apparently created to measure the car’s ability to avoid hitting a moose. Because of its heavy weight and tall legs, it can be significantly dangerous once a passenger collides with an actual Moose. As a result, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute developed a moose crash test dummy called “Mooses”. The “Moose” is created with the similar weight, center of gravity, and dimensions of a live moose. Lastly, the Moose Test is commonly practiced in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Northern Russia, Canada, and Alaska.

Overall, both vehicles were able to handle the obstacle, but this one definitely goes to the Jeep Compass. Visit Kendall DCJR, located in Miami, FL, to test drive the 2018 Jeep Compass or the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Visit our website for information on our entire new car inventory selection or stay updated on Kendall DCJR Social Media.   


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