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Wrangler named winner of 4-Wheeler of the Year award

by Bill Cawthon on

The editors of Four Wheeler magazine have named the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab Edition as the winner of the respected “Four Wheeler of the Year.”

The latest award comes a year after the Wrangler Rubicon took the honors and just two years after the Grand Cherokee did the same. Four Wheeler also named the Wrangler Rubicon the Best 4×4 vehicle of the 2000-2009 decade.

“The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab is an extremely versatile vehicle, and was a hands-down trail favorite of the Four Wheeler judges,” said John Cappa, Four Wheeler editor. “The improved interior comfort, amenities, power and overall performance both on- and off-road make it worthy of being our 2013 Four Wheeler of the Year.”

To qualify for the competition, entries had to be entirely new or have substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year. Testing was conducted over more than a thousand miles on a variety of terrain, including pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks and mud.

“The new Jeep Wrangler Moab edition is a perfect example of listening to our loyal Wrangler owners, who appreciate new levels of capability in a unique package,” said Mike Manley, Jeep Brand CEO. “The Moab edition recognizes a die-hard off-roading destination Jeep owners love, while providing even more capability, including winch-capable steel bumpers, upgraded rock rails and a rear locker. We’re especially pleased that the influential Four Wheeler editors put our latest Jeep Wrangler to the test and clearly recognized its capability.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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