Pamplin Media Group – 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Named Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year

Northwestern vehicle experts also named winners in other categories at the 27th “Mudfest” competition.

After two days of evaluations on terrain and terrain, the car media professionals in the Northwest Automotive Press Association named the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year. This marks the first time in the event’s 27-year history – often referred to as “Mudfest” – that a plug-in vehicle has won the overall title.

The completely redesigned SUV also won the mid- and full-size family category, won the electrified vehicle category and shared second place in the Extreme Capacity category.

DOUG BERGER / NWAPA - The 2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus won the Subcompact and Compact Family categories.

“The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe marks a new era in the SUV market,” NWAPA President John Vincent told US News & World Report. “It’s an uncompromising vehicle that blends Jeep’s legendary off-road capability with outstanding road manners, impressive fuel economy and the ability to travel solely on electricity.”

DOUG BERGER / NWAPA - For the second year in a row, the 2022 Genesis GV70 AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige won the Compact and Midsize Luxury categories.

The 20 crossovers, SUVs and pickups tested during the event represented the most versatile – and most competitive – field in Mudfest’s history. First and second place winners were announced in the following categories:

Subcompact and Compact Family – 2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus

Second – Subaru Forester Wilderness 2022

Medium and full size family – 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Second – 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

Compact and medium-sized luxury – 2022 Genesis GV70 AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige (Repeat Winner)

Second – 2022 Acura MDX Type S

Luxury in full size – 2021 Genesis GV80 AWD 3.5T Prestige

Second – 2022 Wagoneer Series III 4×4

Pickup trucks – 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited AWD (recurring winner)

Second – 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

Extreme capacity – 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Second (draw) – 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Second (Draw) – 2022 Wagoneer Series II 4×4

Electrified commercial vehicle – 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Second – 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

NW Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year – 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Second – 2022 Genesis GV70 AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige

DOUG BERGER / NWAPA - 2021 Genesis GV80 AWD 3.5T Prestige water category luxury full size.

On April 19 and 20, members of the NWAPA spent evaluating the 2022 and 2023 vehicles on specially prepared tracks at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash. The first test day consisted of courses on the sidewalk designed to enable evaluation of acceleration, braking, road. construction and handling. The second day was about off-road performance, with challenges created to evaluate traction, clearance, articulation and the latest in off-road technology.

DOUG BERGER / NWAPA - For the second year in a row, the Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited AWD 2022 won the pickup category.

The off-road testing courses also included optional sections for extremely capable vehicles. They took these SUVs and pickups through steep uphills, deep moguls and extreme downhills on loose dirt and mud to test their skills and attributes, such as low-range four-wheel drive, axle joint, plus approach, refraction and departure angles. Vehicles were required to complete this course to be eligible for the Extreme Capability category.

New for 2022 was the class Electrified outdoor activity vehicle of the year. To compete in this class, a vehicle needed to be fully electric or a charging hybrid. The electrified vehicles that competed this year were plug-in hybrid SUVs.

DOUG BERGER / NWAPA - The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor won the Extreme Capability category.

NWAPA is a professional organization of vehicle journalists and media members from across the Pacific and northwestern Canada. Founded in 1991, it includes 45 voting members representing newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups and the Internet. Members of the organization have been testing SUVs and crossovers since the advent of the modern sports vehicle in the mid-1990s. NWAPA members who do not have the right to vote include representatives from car manufacturers and related industry professionals. Read more at www.nwapa.org.


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