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1998 4x4 of the Year: The Score Card

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 1, 1998
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Contributors: Tori Tellem
Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

The Score Card

Previous 4x4 of the Year Winners
1983 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
1984 Jeep Cherokee (2.8L engine)
1985 Isuzu Trooper II
1986 Ford Ranger
1987 Nissan Pathfinder (two-door)
1988 Jeep Cherokee (4.0L engine)
1989 Toyota pickup
1990 Nissan Pathfinder (four-door)
1991 Dodge Dakota
1992 Chevrolet Blazer (fullsize)
1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee
1994 Dodge Ram
(1500 V-8 shortbed regular cab)
1995 Dodge Ram
(2500 V-10 longbed Club Cab)
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
(with center diff lock)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport

Test Structure
Category Ranked Highest
RIDE & DRIVE-30% of total points
•Urban Jeep
•Highway GMC
•Dirt or gravel fire roads Jeep
•Sand Jeep
•Rockcrawling Jeep
•Hillclimbing Isuzu
•Braking quality Mercedes-Benz
Overall Jeep

EMPIRICAL-25% of total points
•Torque/weight ratio Jeep
•1/4-mile acceleration Jeep
•60-to-0 braking Jeep
•Load-carrying capacity Mercedes
•Miles per gallon Isuzu
•Price as tested Mazda
Overall Isuzu

MECHANICAL-15% of total points
•Engine's available power Jeep
•Transmission Mercedes-Benz
•4WD/low-range engagement Dodge
•Steering Mercedes-Benz
•Fit and finish GMC
•Drivetrain performance Jeep
Overall Jeep

INTERIOR-15% of total points
•Ergonomics Dodge
•Appearance, fit and finish Mercedes-Benz
•Appointments GMC
•Perceived noise level Mercedes-Benz
Overall GMC

EXTERIOR-15% of total points
•Body styling Dodge
•Cargo GMC
•Four-wheeling attributes Jeep
•Fit and finish Mercedes-Benz
Overall GMC

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