Originally Posted by JeepOverTheLand
Off road capabilities is what I'm asking about.
There is a foot of snow outside. Which car will have an easier time driving In it.
I would say you're talking about two very different things here.
A foot of snow and offroading don't necessarily go hand in hand. You can have a foot of snow on pavement.
With deep snow, any vehicle with decent ground clearance and good snow tires should have little trouble getting around. Even the most basic traction control system will make it even easier.
Most people have trouble in snow because they have sucky tires. The second issue is with snow building up under a vehicle and raising the traction wheels off the pavement. The final issue is a two wheel drive vehicle with too much power for the weight, like you get with sports cars, muscle cars and two wheel drive pickups. Anything with an AWD or 4WD system will be able to utilize any off the wheels to find traction, assuming at least one has some.
Offroading is a far different animal and where most small SUVs, crossovers and "wanna-be SUVs" fall short due to lacking one fundamental thing: the low range mode.
When crawling over rocks or up and down steep terrain, toque and very precise power control is crucial to avoiding getting stuck or ripping apart your vehicle. The AWD or "4WD High" systems a lot of other SUVs have simply won't cut it in anything other than rutted dirt roads, mud or sand. Once you get onto surfaces where one or more wheels might dangle in the air, a low range mode is necessary, along with skid plates, off road tires and a good amount of ground clearance. In addition, a shorter wheel base, a narrower width and short leading and tailing edges are your friend. Long, wide vehicles with long distances from wheels to bumpers will be scraping bottom all day long.
All of those things can be had on a Jeep, though serious off roaders will want even better tires and will likely remove the plastic crap on the front end and replace it with something incorporating a winch.
So, the answer is: the Jeep. It's very capable in snow, on road or off, and has very good rock crawling capabilities, despite its luxury pedigree.