MotorTrend’s Truck and SUV of the Year Titles | Yukon, OK
Both the SUV and pickup truck segments are considered the most competitive in the automotive industry, which can make it difficult to decide which vehicles are the best in each class — until now. MotorTrend has announced the 2019 SUV of the Year and the 2019 Truck of the year, and it’s the Jeep® Wrangler and the Ram 1500, respectively.
Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500
“The Jeep® Wrangler and Ram 1500 are significant products at FCA; concurrently winning MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year titles is a proud accomplishment, and a testament to the capability and determination of our employees,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer for Fiat Chrysler. “These awards help to acknowledge our team’s tireless efforts to ensure the new Wrangler and new Ram 1500 stand out in their competitive segments.”
For the 2019 model year, both the Wrangler and the Ram 1500 were significantly redesigned. The Wrangler now delivers class-leading capability, advanced technology, and improved on-road driving dynamics. Truck lovers will find that the 2019 Ram 1500 will offer best-in-class standard V6 engine horsepower and maximum V8 engine towing capacity. This all-new truck also uses a mild hybrid system called eTorque to offer both additional power and fuel efficiency.
The MotorTrend “Of the Year” awards look to recognize vehicles that offer exceptional value, superiority in their classes, and impact on the industry. To earn this award, the contenders must be either all-new or substantially upgraded for the 2019 model year. Contenders are then put through a regime of tests that look to examine every aspect of the vehicle.
In the end, the judges determine the winners based on how each vehicle measured against the award’s six criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, safety, value, efficiency, and performance of intended function.
In addition to the Wrangler and the Ram 1500 being recognized, MotorTrend’s 2019 Person of the Year award was also given posthumously to the late Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.