1999 4x4 of the Year: The Scorecard

    Which one won which categories

    Test Structure
    Category Ranked
    Highest
    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)