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Canada has plenty of cold, unforgiving wilderness, but the country’s certainly been a warm, welcoming place for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

After competing for the affections of 80 journalists in last fall’s TestFest, the $33,160 mid-sizer drove off with the “Best New SUV/CUV Under $35,000″ award from the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada. It left behind the Buick Encore, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4 AWD Limited and Subaru Forester XT Touring. The Jeep bested its competitors with higher scores in categories such as exterior and interior styling, engine smoothness and refinement, and off-road capability. That last victory should come as no surprise, given the Cherokee offers three four-wheel-drive packages and a “Selec-Terrain system with up to five selectable modes providing the best four-wheel-drive performance for any road or weather condition.”

That’s not all, though.

The new Cherokee went on to defeat the Acura MDX, Kia Sorento and GMC Sierra in the running for Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. Although Jeep’s entry came in last for Occupant Environment, it received top marks in the categories of Environment, Market Significance and Market Appeal.

via [ChryslerGroup360] and [AJAC 1 and 2]