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2016 4x4 of the Year: The Results

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on January 8, 2016
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Contributors: Verne Simons
Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

TEST STRUCTURE

RIDE & DRIVE (50% of total points)

Category Ranked Highest
Urban/Highway Range Rover TD6
High-Speed Dirt & Gravel Toyota Tacoma TRD
Sand Range Rover TD6
Rockcrawling Toyota Tacoma TRD
Hillclimbing Toyota Tacoma TRD
OVERALL TOYOTA TACOMA TRD

EMPIRICAL (25% of total points)

Category Ranked Highest
Torque/Weight Ratio Range Rover TD6
1⁄4-mile Acceleration Mercedes-Benz G-550
60-0 Braking Mercedes-Benz G-550
Load-Carrying Capacity Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Fuel Economy Range Rover TD6
Price As Tested Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
OVERALL JEEP RENEGADE TRAILHAWK

MECHANICAL (10% of total points)

Category Ranked Highest
Engine’s Avail. Power Mercedes-Benz G-550
Transmission Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Transfer Case Mercedes-Benz G-550
Steering Chevrolet Colorado
Brakes Range Rover TD6
Suspension Toyota Tacoma TRD
OVERALL CHEVROLET COLORADO
  MERCEDES-BENZ G-550 (TIE)

4-WHEELING ATTRIBUTES (5% of total points)

Category Ranked Highest
Clearance Toyota Tacoma TRD
Protection Toyota Tacoma TRD
Recovery Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
OVERALL TOYOTA TACOMA TRD

INTERIOR (5% of total points)

Category Ranked Highest
Ergonomics Chevrolet Colorado
Appearance, Fit & Finish Toyota Tacoma TRD
Perceived Noise Level (NVH) Range Rover TD6
OVERALL RANGE ROVER TD6

EXTERIOR (5% of total points)

Category Ranked Highest
Body Styling Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Cargo Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Fit & Finish Range Rover TD6
OVERALL MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER

PREVIOUS 4X4 OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Year Vehicle
2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (Supercharged)
2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition JK (3.6L V-6)
2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK (3.6L V-6)
2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE
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 (3.8L V-6)
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 (5-speed automatic)
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 (4-door)
1989 Toyota pickup
1988 Jeep Cherokee (4.0 engine)
1987 Nissan Pathfinder (2-door)
1986 Ford Ranger
1985 Isuzu Trooper II
1984 Jeep Cherokee (2.8 engine)
1983 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer

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