The fourth day of Four Wheeler of the Year 2017 included two very important tests. One was our infamous hillclimb and the other was snow testing.
Before we continue, it’s important to note that Four Wheeler of the Year contains two tests. One is SUV of the Year (SUVOTY) and the other is Pickup Truck of the Year (PTOTY). These two tests are open to new or significantly redesigned 2017 model year 4x4s. This year, SUVOTY has two competitors, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Nissan Armada. PTOTY has seven competitors, the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Super Duty FX4, Nissan Titan PRO-4X, Nissan Titan XD (gas) PRO-4X, Ram Power Wagon, Ram 2500 Off-Road Package, and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
The Four Wheeler Network staff, comprised of members of 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Four Wheeler, Jp, and Dirt Sports + Off-Road, as well as a number of freelancers, were behind the wheel again today, beginning with the hillclimb. This item on our itinerary is a fascinating and informative test that provides valuable information including tire traction and traction control functions. It seems we always find good info on the vehicles during this test. The second part of the day was spent at altitude, in varying depths of snow, analyzing the vehicles ability to navigate what turned out to be very wet snow. Many people purchase 4x4s because of snow, so we feel this is a very important test. In the end, we gathered a significant amount of data from these two events.
Along the way the staff shot loads of photos, and here’s a gallery of some of the goings-on. Please remember to follow along on all of the Four Wheeler Network social media sites for on-the-fly updates!