Pushing The Latest 4x4’s Through Tough Mountain Trails - Four Wheeler
Day 3 of our renowned Four Wheeler and Pickup Truck of the Year testing started off bright and early but not before heading to the local Range Rover dealership in search of a tire to replace the one we punctured the day before while climbing some sharp rocks. Sure enough, the 21-inch wheel meant that finding a tire was going to be about as easy as finding unicorn tears in the middle of a haystack in the desert. Well, as luck would have it, the local Range Rover dealership came through with the perfect tire to patch up our 510 horsepower 2014 Range Rover Sport so we could go play in the mountains on trails that were littered with even more menacing rocks.
After a short 50 mile road trip to the trail head, we hit the dirt and proceeded to work our way up the mountain through some really tight switchbacks. The views were spectacular and we even came across an old car that had long ago gone off the side of the cliff to become part of Mother Nature once again. The trail was pretty narrow at times while in some areas we could pick more than a few lines based on how difficult we wanted our wheeling to be. Naturally most of us would go for the more challenging lines just to keep us on our toes. All the vehicles seemed to do fairly well for stock vehicles and some of them impressed us quite a bit at their capabilities throughout the day.
We even got to drive the vehicles on some fun twisty mountain roads while we headed for lunch. Our impressions of the vehicles are still pretty much all over the board. Some of the vehicles are starting to gain supporters for their off road prowess while others seem to be leaving a little more to be desired by the average off roader. One thing’s for sure, we’d rather be out wheeling in bone stock vehicles than stuck in the office distracting our other coworkers.
Check out this photo gallery of some of the action from Day 3 of our Four Wheeler and Pickup Truck of the Year testing!