Motor Trend magazine has announced that it has awarded the 2019 Jeep Wrangler (JL) as it’s SUV of the Year winner for 2019.
Motor Trend’s “Of The Year” program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2019 model-year vehicles. Instead of being compared against one another, contending vehicles are first put through Motor Trend’s full battery of performance tests to evaluate virtually every aspect of each vehicle. All competitors are then evaluated on three separate courses at a professional automotive test center before finalists are selected.
Since the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) made a late model year debut in the 2018 model year, it opened up the 2019 model in the competition.
“The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 are significant products at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA); concurrently winning Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year titles is a proud accomplishment, and a testament to the capability and determination of our employees,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
After weeks of testing conclude, the judges determine which vehicles will be given “Of the Year” titles. The winners are not chosen from a direct comparison against other finalists, but instead a result of how each contender measured against the award’s six criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.
Motor Trend stated that the all-new Wrangler (JL) isn’t for everyone. But the iconic Jeep Wrangler lives up to it’s heritage and has cemented itself as a vehicle that “crossover want to be, when they grow up”.
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