Jeep and Ram Take Home Awards at ‘Mudfest’
Jeep® and Ram Truck brand vehicles did not hold back at the 24th annual “Mudfest” competition hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). All their hard work led to Jeep and Ram winning three of the six vehicle categories with the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler taking home one of the most coveted awards: “Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year” by automotive journalist members of NWAPA.
“Jeep has taken the Wrangler to a new level, adding safety, technology and on-road refinement to its unparalleled off-road prowess. NWAPA members were impressed by the Wrangler’s performance both on and off the road,” said John Vincent, President of NWAPA. “The 2019 Ram 1500 once again raises the bar for full-size pickup comfort and refinement. It features a cabin that rivals luxury cars, and capability to do any work that it is asked.”
In addition to taking overall top honors, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler was also named the winner of the Compact and Mid-size Utility class and the Extreme Capability class. It’s not surprising that it earned this award with its unmatched capability with Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, next-generation Dana axles, new Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, and 33-inch off-road tires. You can now have more fun on the trails and rocks, while maintaining that same Jeep style.
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel won the Pickups category. Rebel topped a field that included entries from every pickup truck manufacturer in the U.S. market. You’ll love the available 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology so you can spend more time off-roading. Plus, the class-exclusive Standard Active-Level™ Four-Corner Air Suspension that delivers an impeccable ride experience with an off-road ground clearance of 10.3 inches from the front axle. Go further off the beaten path and discover the trail less taken.
“The Jeep Wrangler and the Ram 1500 Rebel have well-earned reputations for capability,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep & Ram Brands. “Winning a head-to-head third-party off-road comparison test, such as Mudfest, is clearly yet another strong endorsement for the Jeep and Ram brands.”
More than 25 NWAPA automotive journalists spent two days testing vehicles on paved and off-road routes. Testing took place at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. Journalists tested 26 vehicles from 16 manufacturers to select winners in six categories: Subcompact Utility, Compact and Mid-size Utility, Family Utility, Premium Utility, Trucks and Extreme Capability. The overall winner, the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler was selected from the category winners to be named the 2018 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year.
When you’re ready to take your rock-crawling game to the next level or if you just want a vehicle that’s unmatched in capability and fun, check out these Jeep and Ram models. See our online inventory for the Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 trucks now to start shopping for the one that’s right for you!
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