With the 2016 Four Wheeler of the year test quickly coming to an end, it was time to see how well each of the SUVs and Pickups did in the snow! After a hearty breakfast and making sure our trail repairs of the tires held, we loaded up and headed to Mammoth Lakes where we tested the hill climbing capability of each vehicle and the snow wheeling performance.
The hill we found to test the capability of the Range Rovers, the Jeep, the Toyota Tacoma, the Ram Rebel, the Nissan Titan XD, and the Chevy Colorado Trail Boss featured loose soil, deep ruts and a steep incline. With plenty of throttle and some nifty traction aids most of the rigs made it up with ease, while others struggled to gain traction in the soft dirt. After each judge was able to test every vehicle it was time to hit the fun stuff, the snow.
In the Sierra Nevada Mountains we tested the capability of each vehicle while tackling snow covered trails until they be came impassable. Thanks to a couple of heavy feet and some deep snow pack, getting a couple SUVs stuck was pretty easy. Now that we’ve tested each vehicle thoroughly for the past four days, the judges will tally up their scores to see which SUV and which Truck will be crowned Four Wheeler of the Year as well as Pickup of the year.
Stay tuned to fourwheeler.com and check out newsstands for the upcoming issue where we give you all the empirical data and test scores for each competitor before letting you know who the winners are!