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Four Wheeler of the Year 2018: Day One RTI And Track Recap #FWOTY18

Posted in Features on December 5, 2017
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Day One of the 2018 Four Wheeler of the Year test was focused on two things: ramp travel index (RTI) and track testing. These two tests are part of the empirical data we gather, and the results are an important part of the scoring. Quite simply, we ran each of this year’s six 4x4s up an RTI ramp to determine their ramp travel index score and then we pointed the rigs to a dragway where we tested each vehicle’s 0-60mph acceleration time, quarter-mile time, and 60-0mph braking distance.

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 4x4s. This year, SUVOTY has three competitors: the Jeep Compass Trailhawk, Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Si6 (gas), and the Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Td6 (diesel). PTOTY has three competitors: the Chevy Colorado ZR2, Ram 1500 Harvest Edition, and Ram 3500 with Cummins turbodiesel.

The Four Wheeler Network staff, comprised of members of 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Four Wheeler, Jp, and our web and our social media team put this year’s contenders through some RTI calisthenics and some “leg stretching” at the track.

During Day One the staff shot photos along the way, and here’s a gallery of some of the goings-on. There’s also some video to check out. Day Two will find us in the dirt as testing progresses, so stay tuned and remember to follow along on all of the Four Wheeler Network social media sites for on-the-fly updates!

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