Jeep brand vehicles were represented in the 23rd annual “Mudfest” competition hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), with the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass and the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk winning in their respective categories.
“The Jeep Compass and Grand Cherokee Trailhawk faced tough competition at the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition, but took the crown for Best Compact Utility Vehicle and Premium Utility Vehicle,” said Tuan Huynh, NWAPA Mudfest Event Chair. “Jeep vehicles are renowned for going off the beaten path and this duo’s extreme offroad capability with competent on-road performance earned the votes of Northwest Automotive Press Association members.” The most capable compact SUV ever, the allnew 2017 Jeep Compass was named the winner of the Compact Utility Vehicle category. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the most capable factory-produced Jeep Grand Cherokee ever, won the Premium Utility Vehicle segment.
“We’re thrilled the Northwest Automotive Press Association has recognized both the all-new Jeep Compass and our Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with their prestigious awards,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “This marks further recognition for Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – while Compass earns high praise just as it arrives in Jeep showrooms across the country. We’re equally delighted that consumers are now enjoying the unmatched Compass capability that impressed the NWAPA members.”
Twenty-eight NWAPA automotive journalists spent two days testing 27 vehicles through a mix of on-road handing and off-road courses. Testing took place at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash. A custom off-road course was built at The Ridge to push the limits of the sport utility vehicles, crossovers and pickups. Crossover and sport utility vehicles competed in six different categories: compact, premium compact, family, premium, pickups and extreme capability.
All-new 2017 Jeep Compass
Providing customers with legendary and leading 4×4 off-road capability, Jeep Compass offers superior on-road driving dynamics, best-in-class fuelefficient powertrains – 17 combinations for global markets – and authentic Jeep design including an open-air dual-pane sunroof. Boasting state-of-theart safety and technology, Jeep Compass offers more than 70 available advanced safety and security features instilling confidence in all driving conditions.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model with the standard off-road package is Trail Rated. The “Trail Rated” badge indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumeroriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.
– Content and photos courtesy FCA US