What Is Sport Mode on a Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Have you ever wondered what "sport mode" is in your Jeep Grand Cherokee? It's pretty straight-forward but can dramatically improve your driving experience!

Most four wheel vehicles are not necessarily known as the most luxurious vehicles. Most of those vehicles sacrifice form for function, and as a result, they are not as popular amongst people that are looking for luxurious designs.

However, there are some exceptions, and one of those is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is one of the few four wheel drive SUVs that come with a luxurious design.

It has a select terrain system that allows it to easily traverse different terrain conditions. That being said, I do not want to focus on that too much today. Instead, I am far more interested in its sport mode. So, what is sport mode on the Jeep Grand Cherokee? 

What is sport mode on the Jeep Grand Cherokee? 

It is impossible to discuss sport mode without letting you know that there are several modes in place that allow the Jeep Grand Cherokee to navigate different terrain conditions.

Sport mode is just one of five modes that can be set. When you are in sport mode, you are in position to get driving at high speeds.

Sport mode is best used on clear roads and in dry weather conditions.

It is great for aggressive drivers as its smooth and athletic handlings allow drivers to easily weave in and out of lanes to pass slower drivers. 

What are the other modes?

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I mentioned earlier that there are five modes and obviously sport mode is only one of them, so what are the other three?

The mode that you will use the most is auto mode. This mode is great for daily commuters and casual driving. While in this mode, the vehicle automatically detects situations where your torque needs to be applied to the tires so that you get the best experience. 

Sand and mud mode is best for exactly what it sounds like. While in this mode, traction is optimized, and it keeps you moving forward even while driving on unstable surfaces like sand and mud. It also makes it easier to pass through obstacles. 

Snow mode is similar to sand and mud mode, but it is best for slippery conditions. While in this mode, the vehicle ensures that there is an even distribution of torque across the four wheels. This helps ensure that you have the best grip when driving in slippery conditions. 

Finally, rocky terrain mode is an option for all drivers that plan on driving off the road. While in this mode, it applies an even distribution of power and torque so that it is safer to navigate off road conditions. 

Is it a bad idea to drive your Jeep Grand Cherokee in sport mode?

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While many new Jeep Grand Cherokee owners might think that it is fun to switch modes while traversing different road conditions, that is something that you need to do with caution.

Activating sport mode of this vehicle will result in increased fuel consumption so that it can keep up with the sudden power demand.

As a result, it is not always worth it to use sport mode instead of the auto setting. 

That being said, there are some differences that make sport mode practical in some situations.

Notably, you get increased torque and horsepower, making it so that it performs better in terms of speed.

Additionally, the sport mode makes the ride get stiffer suspensions. This provides excellent tire traction and reduces body roll. 

Is it safe to switch to sport mode while driving?

At this point, you are probably wondering if it is safe to switch between modes while driving. Specifically, can you switch to sport mode while driving?

Yes, you can switch, but I recommend that you only do so while driving at low speeds on the highway. Once you have switched you can pick up speed, but it is not recommended that you switch while driving on high speeds or in less than ideal conditions.

Sport mode is perfect for driving on the highway as it provides excellent grip and handling, but it is not great in many other conditions. 

Will sport mode make your Jeep Grand Cherokee louder? 

Depending on your point of view, extra noise from your vehicle can be a good or bad thing.

Some people prefer quiet vehicles that do not draw any attention, whereas others love loud cars that get people to look their way. 

When you enter sport mode in your Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will immediately notice a more aggressive throttle response. The response opens the throttle body, which as a result, makes a louder and more powerful sound. 

The reason that it is louder is that the vehicle is using more air to burn fuel. It then uses extra force to drive out the exhaust which also makes things louder.

The only way to make your Jeep Grand Cherokee quieter is to enter auto mode. 

Should you buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee? 

Ultimately, that decision is up to you, but I feel comfortable recommending it. It is a fantastic vehicle that remains at the top of the industry in a variety of categories.

It allows you to go off road without much difficulty while remaining relatively efficient when driving on the highway thanks to sport mode.

You get three rows of seating, allowing you to go on family trips with ease, and it has several safety features in place to keep you as safe as possible.

It is not the best tow vehicle if you want to go on a trip with a travel trailer, but that does not mean it cannot be a great vehicle for other reasons.

Even if you want to use it as a tow vehicle, there are things you can do to increase its towing capacity

Final thoughts

There are dozens if not hundreds of vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler that allow you to go off road. There are a roughly equal number of vehicles that allow you to go into sport mode.

What makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee truly special is that it allows you to do both.

Now, you should not be in sport mode while you are off road. That would be a big mistake, but you can do either depending on the road conditions.

Combining that fact with its extra features, it is a great option for almost anyone. So, if you are looking for a new vehicle, you would not be wrong in considering a Jeep Grand Cherokee!

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Jakob Staudal

I love to spend time outside and reconnect with nature every now and then and cut-off all the noise from social media and everyday life.