The 2014 Jeep Cherokee took home top honors in the 20th annual “Mudfest” earlier ths month.
Hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association, this event evaluated 23 different vehicles in terms of capability, comfort, and style.
Winners were chosen in five categories – compact utility, family utility, premium compact utility, premium standard utility, and extreme capability – and the overall winner was selected from those five finalists.
After two days of on- and off-road testing at the 310-acre DirtFish Rally School, automotive journalists in attendance selected the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk as the winner of the compact utility class, and the “2014 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year.” Additionally, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited was a finalist, having won the premium standard utility class.
According to Ryan Douthit, co-chair of the event, the 2014 Cherokee was selected for its “outstanding performance, off-road capabilities, features, fuel economy, and value.” He added that the Cherokee “represents a near-perfect blend of the features and performance that northwest buyers expect.”