Long the off-road reader’s publication of choice, Four Wheeler magazine recently honored two Chrysler products as part of its annual year-end roundup. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler earned the much-coveted “Four Wheeler of the Year” award, while the 2012 Ram Power Wagon hauled off the “Pickup Truck of the Year” recognition.
For the Wrangler, it’s further confirmation that Jeep’s wholesale upgrades have indeed upped the performance of its rock-crawling icon. Thanks to a brand-new, modern-day interior that was launched on the 2011 model, and the all-new powertrain that debuted for 2012, the Wrangler has also been named "Four Wheeler of the Year" by Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off-Road magazine, "Mid-size SUV of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association and "Hottest 4X4 SUV" by the experts at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. Further, both ALG and Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com recognized the Wrangler for its stellar residual value, with the latter naming it among the top ten vehicles in the industry in this measure.
“The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon owned nearly all aspects of off-road testing during our annual ‘Four Wheeler of the Year’ competition,” said Four Wheeler editor John Cappa. “The grueling 1,000-mile trek put each contending vehicle through its paces in several on- and off-road environments, including high-speed graded roads, jagged rocks, shifting sand dunes, and more. The universal do-all capability of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon allowed it to outperform the other competing 4x4s, making it our 2012 Four Wheeler of the Year award winner.”