2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Off-Road SUV/Crossover
Best Off-Road SUV/Crossover: 2019 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler was an American icon long before it was called "Wrangler" starting in the 1980s. The Jeep cut its teeth in World War II, and its go-anywhere reputation made it highly sought after in peacetime. Since then, the tough 2-door with a soft top, removable doors and folding windshield continues to appeal to beachgoer, commuter and off-roader alike. It is one of the few vehicles with solid axles and 4-wheel drive, and even though the modern-day Jeep is still highly capable and revered for its rock-crawling prowess, it's civilized enough to be a satisfying daily driver. And it's not just at the top of its class for its trail prowess: The Wrangler's impressive 5-Year Cost to Own numbers are also at the top of the segment.
When the Jeep Wrangler is put to the test, it makes quick work of getting over obstacles. But newfound manners and refinement are also part of the equation, as we noted in our Expert Review of the Wrangler: "What really surprised us was the new Wrangler's civility around town. The improved steering, 5-link suspension, improved body mounts, retuned shocks, and even the drivetrain have all been upgraded for an around-town experience that belies this SUV's off-road ability."
The Wrangler offers modern technology, such as the excellent Uconnect infotainment system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, plus advanced safety including forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control. Engines have gone modern too, with an available fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that offers more torque than the V6. Jeep has even made it easier to remove the top and side windows than in past models, allowing you to connect with nature in no time.
Better yet, the Wrangler offers all of this capability and strong 5-Year Cost to Own with a starting price below $30,000.
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2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers all the goodness of the Wrangler, with the added bonus of more space for passengers and cargo.
3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Toyota 4Runner
Sales of the Toyota 4Runner continue to rise, thanks to its appealing mix of interior comfort, tough truck capability and rock-solid reliability.
Other Category Winners
- Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Off-Road SUV/Crossover
- Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover