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2011 4x4 of the Year Scorecard

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 1, 2011
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Test Structure
Category Ranked Highest
RIDE & DRIVE (50% of total points)
Urban/Highway Land Rover LR4
High-Speed Dirt & Gravel Grand Cherokee
Sand Grand Cherokee/LR4 tie
Rockcrawling Land Rover LR4
Hillclimbing Ford Raptor

EMPIRICAL (25% of total points)
Torque/Weight Ratio Jeep Grand Cherokee
1/4-mile Acceleration Ford Raptor
60-0 Braking Land Rover LR4
Load-Carrying Capacity Land Rover LR4
Fuel Economy Lexus GX 460
Price As Tested Jeep Grand Cherokee

MECHANICAL (10% of total points)
Engine's Avail. Power Ford Raptor
Transmission Land Rover LR4
Transfer Case Land Rover LR4
Steering Land Rover LR4
Brakes Ford Raptor/Land Rover LR4 tie
Suspension Land Rover LR4

4-WHEELING ATTRIBUTES (5% of total points)
Clearance Ford Raptor
Protection Ford Raptor
Recovery Ford Raptor

INTERIOR (5% of total points)
Ergonomics Land Rover LR4
Appearance, Fit & Finish Land RoverLR4
Perceived Noise Level (NVH) Land Rover LR4

EXTERIOR (5% of total points)
Body Styling Ford Raptor
Cargo Ford Raptor
Fit & Finish Land Rover LR4

Special Thanks!
We began our test by scanning the bottomside of each vehicle up on a vehicle lift at 4Wheel Parts in Redondo Beach, California. Special thanks to the staff at this store for lending a hand.
800.269.5062 or 310.973.6115

While in the desert we had two off-roaders working security to ensure that we didn't have an accident amongst the quads, UTVs, and dune buggies.

Special thanks to :
Harry Rawlins and Jason Buonarosa

Previous 4x4 of the year winners

  • 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (5.4L V-8)
  • 2009 Suzuki Equator Crew Cab RMZ-4
  • 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK
  • 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX4
  • 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee (IFS)
  • 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V-8
  • 2003 Lexus GX 470
  • 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.7 HO V-8)
  • 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee (five-speed auto transmission)
  • 2000 Toyota Tundra
  • 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee (4.7 V-8 Limited)
  • 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (5.9 V-8 Limited)
  • 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport TJ
  • 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (w/center diff lock)
  • 1995 Dodge Ram (2500 V-10 longbed Club Cab)
  • 1994 Dodge Ram (1500 V-8 shortbed regular cab)
  • 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 1992 Chevrolet Blazer (fullsize)
  • 1991 Dodge Dakota
  • 1990 Nissan Pathfinder (four-door)
  • 1989 Toyota pickup
  • 1988 Jeep Cherokee (4.0 engine)
  • 1987 Nissan Pathfinder (two-door)
  • 1986 Ford Ranger
  • 1985 Isuzu Trooper II
  • 1984 Jeep Cherokee (2.8 engine)
  • 1983 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer

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