Four Wheeler of the Year 2019 Day 3: Sand and Water #FWOTY19Posted in News on December 5, 2018
Day Three of Four Wheeler of the Year 2019 started where the previous day left off—in the sand dunes. Our entire fleet hit the granules to evaluate traction control, heat management, and performance over the ever-shifting sand deformities.
The Pickup Truck of the Year competitors (Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, GMC Sierra 1500 AT4, Ram 1500 Rebel, and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro) and SUV of the Year competitors (Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover HSE) all proved their mettle while slinging sand and negotiating washboards, allowing us the opportunity to see which suspension, transmission, and traction control combos made for the best dune scooter.
Some vehicles, like the Range Rovers (HSE P400e and Sport HSE P400e) and Cherokee Trailhawk, were equipped with dedicated Sand settings, allowing the driver to fine-tune the vehicle’s performance at the twist of a knob.
Other vehicles relied on disabled traction control and low-range gearing to help stay afloat in the sand.
After the sand, we finished the day winding through canyons in the sunset, which were dotted with water crossings. 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’s objective: hills and snow!
More pictures from Day 3!