If you’re in the market for a rugged and capable off-road SUV, the redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport is quickly proving itself worthy of a second look. Although it may have gotten lost among the 22 SUVs vying for the Motor Trend SUV of the Year, the Range Rover Sport has followed up its Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road 4×4 of the Year award with a similar honor, having just been named Four Wheeler magazine’s Four Wheeler of the Year. The Land Rover beat out the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel and 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk (in addition to the updated Toyota 4Runner Trail and Dodge Durango, among others.
To qualify as a contender for Four Wheeler of the Year, a new or updated SUV must be on sale before January 15, 2014 with a planned production run of more than 1,500 and an available two-speed transfer case. The five SUVs were tested for a full week before the Range Rover Sport broke Jeep’s three-year stranglehold on the award, which won with the Wrangler for the last two years and with the Grand Cherokee in 2011.
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Official: Range Rover Sport beats Jeep models, nabs Four Wheeler of the Year award