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1999 4x4 of the Year: The Scorecard

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 1, 1999
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Category Ranked
RIDE & DRIVE-30% of total points
•Urban Jeep
•Highway Mercedes-Benz
•Dirt or gravel fire roads Toyota
•Sand Jeep
•Rockcrawling Jeep
•Hillclimbing Ford F-350
•Braking quality Toyota
Overall Jeep

EMPIRICAL-25% of total points
•Torque/weight ratio Ford F-150
•1/4-mile acceleration Jeep
•60-0 braking Suzuki
•Load-carrying capacity Ford F-350
•Miles per gallon Suzuki
•Price as tested Kia
Overall Suzuki

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

INTERIOR-15% of total points
•Ergonomics Toyota
•Appearance, fit and finish Lexus
•Appointments Lexus
•Perceived noise level Lexus
Overall Lexus

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

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
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
(5.9 Limited)

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