EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine has named the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon the winner of its coveted 4×4 of the Year award. This is the 30th year of the enthusiast magazine’s in-depth competition of new 4×4 vehicles, and the third time the Jeep Wrangler has taken home the award. In fact, Jeep products have won the award more than any other mark, a total of 12 times for different Jeep vehicles.
“Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has long been the most capable vehicle on the planet. With a completely new powertrain for 2012, it has reset the capability benchmark, while simultaneously offering consumers more fuel efficiency, horsepower, and on-road performance in every-day driving.”
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was pitted against the worthy Ram Power Wagon, both solid-axle titans of the off-road world. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon ranked high in every category of this year’s in-depth test. The grueling 1,000-mile trial evaluates each vehicle’s suspension, engine, transmission, and transfer case along with the style and creature comforts the vehicle provides. Most importantly, the 4×4s are judged heavily on how well they perform off-road in dirt, mud, rocks, sand, and gravel, as well as on the highway.
“The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the most competent 4×4 ever produced,” said Rick Péwé, editor-in-chief of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road. “The Rubicon gives you complete confidence in its terrain tackling abilities. It allows you to take the trail less traveled without worrying about the journey. And it does so while leaving a smile on your face. This is one fun ride.”
“No one puts a vehicle to the test more thoroughly than the editors of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road, so Jeep is especially proud to win this prestigious award,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has long been the most capable vehicle on the planet. With a completely new powertrain for 2012, it has reset the capability benchmark, while simultaneously offering consumers more fuel efficiency, horsepower, and on-road performance in every-day driving.”
To be eligible to compete, a vehicle must be all-new or have substantial improvements that make it perform significantly different from the previous model year. Vehicles must also be available for sale before January 15 of the model year, have a production run of at least 2,500 units, and be equipped with a two-speed transfer case. The complete test results and vehicle evaluations for the 2012 4×4 of the Year competition will appear in the February 2012 issue, available December 6, 2011.
Information on the test will also be available on the Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road website, www.4wheeloffroad.com.
About Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road and Source Interlink Companies:
Launched in 1978, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine is published by Source Interlink Media, a division of Source Interlink Companies. It reaches 2.82 million readers and over 257,554 subscribers worldwide.
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