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Four Wheeler of the Year 2019 Day 2: Rockier Roads #FWOTY19

Posted in News on December 4, 2018
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Photographers: Four Wheeler Network Staff

Day Two of Four Wheeler of the Year 2019 started before the sun rose above the tops of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We gathered the SUVs for a picturesque sunrise trail ride, ogling the clean paint for the last time. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, Range Rover HSE, Range Rover HSE Sport, and the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro all posed proudly before the mountainous landscape.

Four Wheeler of the Year actually consists of two tests: SUV of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year. After the sunrise trail ride, the SUVs joined the four pickups in this year’s competition (Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, GMC Sierra 1500 AT4, Ram 1500 Rebel, and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro) mid-morning and our test continued into mountains where miles of rough washboards gave us an opportunity to put our senses to work, listening to each vehicle and feeling how each responded to the bumpy roads.

When the roads turned into canyons, we shifted each vehicle into 4-Lo to test the rock-conquering capabilities of each rig. The tight canyon both stretched out the suspension components and forced us to carefully choose lines as we led the vehicles over a jagged ledge climb.

As passionate members of the off-road community, we try our best to help fellow drivers on the trail. Many hands made short work of returning this camper to the bed of the single cab Tacoma, out of which it had fallen while the rig ascended a steep, rocky grade.

After negotiating the remainder of the rock-strewn trails, our fleet of nine 4x4s spent the remaining hours of sunlight in a late day photo shoot in the sand.

Be sure to follow along on fourwheeler.com, as well as our Facebook and Instagram feeds, as we put our group of SUVs and pickup trucks to the ultimate weeklong off-road test. Tomorrow, sand!

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