Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Wins 4x4 of the Year Award
Jan 11, 2007
Jeep's win against three Chevys, a Hummer, a Toyota, and a Kia backs up what fourwheelers have known all along. For maximum off-road ability, you simply can't beat the basics: live axles, a flexible suspension, lockers, and low gears. Everything else is simply an attempt to make the vehicle and its 4wd system more street friendly and adds nothing to the off-road capabilities.
The 2007 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon beat out three Chevys, a Hummer, a Toyota, a Kia and a GMC to capture the coveted 4x4 of the Year award by 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine.
It's no easy task. Think of it as the 4x4 world's version of fraternity hazing. Competitors have to show their stuff on a grueling 1,000 mile test which looks at its suspension, engine, transmission and transfer case along with the style and creature comforts. The most important test though, is how well the beasts behave off-road
"This award is the ultimate pinnacle," said Mike Donoughe, Chrysler Group Vice President, Body-on-Frame Product Team. "We are honored that 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine selected the ultimate off-road icon, our new all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, as 4x4 of the Year."
Said Rick Pewe, Editor of 4-Wheel & Off-Road: "The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon clearly won this year's test, despite being pitted against formidable challengers. The fine mechanical attributes and classic styling and new- found comfort lifted the Jeep well above the competition, and the incredibly capable off-road ability helped propel it into the winners circle."
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