The all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee?the premium icon of the Jeep brand?was named ?Four Wheeler of the Year? by the editors of Four Wheeler magazine, a leading off-road enthusiast publication.
?The Grand Cherokee continues Jeep?s tradition of building four-wheel drives that excel in harsh backcountry traditions,? Four Wheeler Editor Douglas McColloch said. ?The 5.7-liter V-8 offers ample horsepower throughout the power band; its tightly tuned unibody chassis and four-wheel independent suspension give it a sporty on-road ride; and the Jeep?s new Selec-Terrain™ off-road driving mode and class-leading hill-descent systems virtually eliminate guesswork when crawling through uneven and off-camber terrain. It?s the most street-tuned, pavement-friendly version of this vehicle ever built ? Overall, it?s a highly deserving ?Four Wheeler of the Year? winner for 2011.?
To qualify for the competition, entries had to be entirely new or have substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year. Testing was conducted over more than a thousand miles on a variety of terrain, including pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks and mud, at elevations ranging from sea level to more than 9,000 feet.
?Capturing this prominent award from the respected editors at Four Wheeler magazine is a true honor and significant milestone for the Jeep brand and the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee,? Mike Manley, President and CEO?Jeep Brand, said. ?The Four Wheeler award competition is a thorough, demanding test of a vehicle?s performance and capability. This recognition reinforces the fact that the new-generation Grand Cherokee boasts a combination that no one can match: a new level of legendary, best-in-class capability, along with a premium on-road driving experience and a host of new innovative features.?
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Four Wheeler of the Year award comes less than a year after the magazine?s editors named the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as the Best 4×4 vehicle of the 2000-2009 decade.
The ?Four Wheeler of the Year? is the latest in a list of awards the all-new Grand Cherokee has recently captured. Other accolades include:
Internet Truck of the Year
Urban Truck of the Year
Consumers Digest Best Buy
Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Award for Off-Road Ability
Texas Auto Writers Association SUV of Texas
Texas Auto Writers Association Full-size SUV of Texas
Ruedas ESPN Best SUV
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick