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Jeep Grand Cherokee Wins Inaugural PAPA Best of the Southwest Award and Luxury Off-Road Award

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to blaze new trails. The vehicle recently won both the inaugural PAPA (Phoenix Automotive Press Association) Best of the Southwest Award and the Luxury Off-Road Award at’s 12th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition. The judging was done by over 100 media members, outdoor enthusiasts and athletes. Each performed an evaluation of the vehicles and cast their vote on the one they thought best provided the things needed for people living an active lifestyle to enjoy the outdoors in comfort and style.

The San Marcos Golf Resort located in Chandler, Arizona was the site of this year’s competition. PAPA members, Phoenix-area media members, athletes nationwide handled the judging. One the competition’s first day, media and PAPA members evaluated trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and cars. The second day, over 100 outdoor enthusiasts and athletes drawn from all over the nation, performed their own evaluation on the vehicles. When all the votes were counted, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was declared the winner in two Active Lifestyle Vehicle categories. To see why it was declared a winner, you can check one out in person at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, and you will have no doubt in your mind that it’s a great SUV.

One of the Jeep vehicles that took first place in its class in this year’s event was the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel. The athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, journalists, and PAPA members voted it the winner in the ‘Luxury Off-Road’ category.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee also took home the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) Best of the Southwest award which was being contest for the first time. Jeep Grand Cherokee owners were not surprised the vehicle won the inaugural award. For over 70 years Jeep has been one of the most popular vehicles for people that love spending time in the outdoors.

It is no surprise the Jeep Grand Cherokee impressed the PAPA judges with its superior drivability, premium interior, room for both people and gear, and durability. That’s long been the standard set by the legendary line of Jeep vehicles. American have long embraced the Jeep brand as being ideal for both everyday driving and having fun while on vacation. These Active Lifestyle Vehicle competition awards, the only one voted on by the automotive media, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts after they evaluate the vehicles’ on-road driving and ability to navigate an off-road course, only confirm what millions of Americans have known for decades.

Jeep Grand Cherokee has won more awards than any other SUV. It set the standard for premium SUVs. Now it boasts a fuel-efficient EcoDiesel engine that enables the latest iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee to venture far off-road while providing drivers and passengers with all the style, comfort and convenience they demand. Co-founded by Ironman Hall of Fame member Bob Babbitt, auto journalist and longtime distance runner Nina Russin, and triathlete, founder of, and longtime journalist, Jim Woodman, the ALV awards identify the best vehicles for people living the active lifestyle.

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