Motor Trend’s yearly awards are interesting to readers and can create great headlines for vehicle manufacturers, so it’s always interesting to hear that an off-road-related vehicle is up for an award. That is the case with the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee (see the Off-Road.com review here).

Motor Trend recently discussed that the new Jeep is in contention as Sport/Utility vehicle of the year. The all-new platform is noted in the piece as taking direct aim at vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class as being a more capable off-road vehicle.

As we all should know, nothing is as easy as it looks.  Sure, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an off-road icon but unfortunately it doesn’t come installed with off-road skills, the guys in this video may have not thought this maneuver through fully, that’ll learn ’em!

Click the jump to see the video.