I saw this on Jeep's Facebook and thought I'd share. It was up against the LR4 and the Lexus GX 460.
Four Wheeler, the nationís oldest and most prestigious four-wheel drive publication, has announced that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been named the winner of its coveted Four Wheeler of the Year award for 2011. The in-depth street and trail test has been held annually since 1974, and the win marks Jeepís tenth overall in the competition. To qualify for the award, a vehicle must be a four-wheel drive sport-utility model that is either entirely new or sporting substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year.
This yearís Four Wheeler of the Year competition featured three extremely capable midsize SUVs in head-to-head-competition: the Grand Cherokee, the Land Rover LR4 HSE, and the Lexus GX 460. The test itself is a week-long evaluation covering over 1,000 miles and a variety of terrain, including pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, stream crossings and mud, at elevations ranging from sea level to over 9,000 feet.
ďThe Grand Cherokee continues Jeepís tradition of building four-wheel drives that excel like few others in harsh backcountry conditions,Ē said Four Wheeler Editor Douglas McColloch. ďThe 5.7L Hemi V-8 offers ample horsepower throughout the powerband; its tightly tuned unibody chassis and four-wheel independent suspension give it a sporty on-road ride; and the Jeepís new Terrain-Select off-road driving mode and class-leading Hill Descent systems virtually eliminate guesswork when crawling through uneven and off-camber terrain. Itís the most street-tuned, pavement-friendly version of this vehicle ever built, yet itís compromised little if any of its legendary off-pavement prowess. Overall, itís a highly deserving Four Wheeler of the Year winner for 2011.Ē
For our complete report, and full specs and data, check out the April '11 issue of Four Wheeler, on sale February 21, 2011.
Congrats, Jeep... ... I think it's a well-deserved win, all we need to do now is get them to work on customer service. And I don't mean turning around and giving service for free for things outside of warranties. I mean authentic concern for Jeep consumers. I want to see dealers really showing the effort to diagnose issues, and if they don't know something to be forthcoming, and make necessary accommodations... LESS guess work. I want to see more integrity out of the company.... this list could go long, but yeah.