Drive Magazine’s: Best 4WD for 2012 - Jeep Grand Cherokee

18th Dec 2012 by Admin

Drive has announced their best four-wheel-drive of the year for 2012 is... Jeep’s Grand Cherokee.

Jeep 4WD of the Year

“After assessing its likely competitors for the title, it was felt by the judging panel that none could throw out a serious enough challenge to the big Jeep to warrant inclusion. So, for the first time in the award’s seven-year history, a reigning champion has been crowned before testing even begins.

The Grand Cherokee last year ambushed the former reigning champion, Land Rover’s Discovery, in a two-way shootout that highlighted the Jeep’s strong value, refined road manners and a vastly improved interior that almost equalled its rival’s more salubrious but also significantly more expensive cabin ambience.

In what could have been a lay-down misere for the US-based off-road specialist, one of the closest competitors to winning a berth in this year’s contest was another Jeep. The cheapest version of the cut-price Cherokee you can buy with four-wheel-drive, the Cherokee Sport, now costs an eye-opening $30,000.

For that price you get a petrol-powered 3.7-litre V6 engine that might lack the refinement, pulling power and economy of the Grand Cherokee’s diesel unit, but its 151kW and 314Nm still has plenty of shove.”…. Drive Judges.

Read more about the award here.

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