The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press has given the Jeep Grand Cherokee the title of 2011 SUV of the year. Journalists voted for the car based on on- and off-road handling and vehicle quality.
"It takes a very exceptional vehicle indeed to master both the plains and mountains of the Rocky Mountain West and I'm thrilled that the journalists of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press have voted the new and innovative Jeep Grand Cherokee our 2011 SUV of the year," said Roman Mica, the president of the RMAP.
Out of 26 crossovers and SUVs, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee came out on top. The car has also won a string of other awards including the 2011 Official Winter Vehicle of New England, MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award for Best Large Utility, Consumer Digest's "Best Buy," AutoWeek's "Best of the Best 2011 Truck award" and Ruedas ESPN "Best SUV" among countless others.
According to the RMAP, the Cherokee gets up to 23 mpg fuel economy, a 4x4 system with five different terrain settings and a high-tech air suspension program.
The organization also said that Rocky Mountain states like Colorado are perfect for these kinds of vehicles because of it's "go-anywhere capability."