This just in! The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee that arrived at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers this summer has won the Four Wheeler Magazine‘s coveted “Four Wheeler of the Year” Award. Here’s what the Four Wheeler blog had to say today.

Four Wheeler, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious four-wheel drive publication, has announced that the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been named the winner of its coveted Four Wheeler of the Year award for 2011. The in-depth street and trail test has been held annually since 1974, and the win marks Jeep’s tenth overall in the competition. To qualify for the award, a vehicle must be a four-wheel drive sport-utility model that is either entirely new or sporting substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year.

This year’s Four Wheeler of the Year competition featured three extremely capable midsize SUVs in head-to-head-competition: the Grand Cherokee Laredo, the Land Rover LR4 HSE, and the Lexus GX 460. The test itself is a week-long evaluation covering over 1,000 miles and a variety of terrain, including pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, stream crossings and mud, at elevations ranging from sea level to over 9,000 feet.

“The Grand Cherokee continues Jeep’s tradition of building four-wheel drives that excel like few others in harsh backcountry conditions,” said Four Wheeler Editor Douglas McColloch. “The 5.7L Hemi V-8 offers ample horsepower throughout the powerband; its tightly tuned unibody chassis and four-wheel independent suspension give it a sporty on-road ride; and the Jeep’s new Terrain-Select off-road driving mode and class-leading Hill Descent systems virtually eliminate guesswork when crawling through uneven and off-camber terrain. It’s the most street-tuned, pavement-friendly version of this vehicle ever built, yet it’s compromised little if any of its legendary off-pavement prowess. Overall, it’s a highly deserving Four Wheeler of the Year winner for 2011.”

Congratulations Jeep! The full data and specs will be in the April 2011 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine. Below are some pictures that Four Wheeler snapped during testing. Click on either of them to see more pics of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Four Wheeler of the Year

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Four Wheeler of the Year

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Four Wheeler of the Year

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Four Wheeler of the Year

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