This year marks the 38th year of “4X4 of the Year” awards, and for the first time there were two categories – one for wagons and one for utes. Over three days of testing at a proving ground, followed by a six-day overland trek, 24 vehicles from 13 brands competed for this year’s title.
The Car of the Year team of judges had very positive feedback to share:
“From the moment the drivers hit the tracks at the AARC it was obvious that the Ranger was impressive. All judges commented on how well the car was engineered and set up for Australian road conditions,” said Matt Raudonikis, Editor of 4X4 Australia.
“The Ranger is superior to all others in this category, climbing to the top of the ute pile for 2022,” added Ron Moon, 2022 Judge. In addition, Evan Spence, 4X4 Australia Journalist and Judge, said: “The Ranger is more comfortable on and off road than the HiLux, used similar amounts of fuel, and was super-capable off-road.”
In other positive news, last week Ford was incredibly successful in the DRIVE Car of the Year awards, taking out four category wins – an outstanding result! The winning models include:
- Ford Mustang V8: 2022 Drive Car of the Year Best Sports Coupe
- Ford Everest: 2022 Drive Car of the Year Best Large Off-Road SUV
- Ford Ranger Raptor:2022 Drive Car of the Year Best Off-Road Dual-Cab
- Ford Puma: 2022 Drive Car of the Year Best Light SUV
Congratulations to everyone involved at Ford in bringing these cars to market!