The all-new 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe – the first-ever electrified Grand Cherokee – dominated the field at the 27th annual Mudfest competition, hosted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). The Jeep brand won three of the eight vehicle categories, with the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe taking home top honors, being voted Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year by automotive journalist members of NWAPA.
“The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe marks a new era in the SUV market,” says NWAPA President John Vincent of U.S. News & World Report. “It’s a no-compromise vehicle that blends Jeep’s legendary off-road capability with outstanding on-road manners, impressive fuel economy and the ability to travel on electricity alone.”
In addition to taking overall top honors, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe earned wins in the Electrified Utility Vehicle and Mid- and Full-Size Family categories. This is the first time in the event’s 27-year history that a vehicle has captured the Overall, Electrified Utility Vehicle and Mid- and Full-Size Family categories at once.
“The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, along with the first-ever three-row Grand Cherokee L and all-new two-row Grand Cherokee, make up the best lineup ever for Grand Cherokee, a nameplate that holds the distinction of being the most awarded SUV of all time,” said Jim Morrison, vice president and head of Jeep brand North America. “Winning the 2022 Northwest Outdoor Vehicle of the Year, the Grand Cherokee, now with electrified 4xe technology, leads the Jeep brand toward its vision of Zero Emission Freedom.”
Members of NWAPA spent two days testing vehicles on paved and off-road routes. Testing took place at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. Journalists tested 20 vehicles from 17 manufacturers to select winners in eight categories: Subcompact and Compact Family, Mid- and Full-Size Family, Compact and Midsize Luxury, Full-Size Luxury, Pickup Trucks, Extreme Capability, Electrified Utility Vehicle and Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year. The overall winner, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, was selected from the category winners to be named the 2022 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year.