Each summer, an intensive three-month Of the Year test cycle begins with Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year award. As in years past, the staff gathered every all-new or significantly changed SUV in August for a thorough evaluation at the track, on the road, and off the road.

Going in to the test phase, the editors may have a few standout vehicles in mind, but truly no one knows who will emerge as the winner. By spending intense time in these varied environments, living with the vehicles, and comparing insights, the most significant vehicles emerge. After long days and serious late-hour discussions, one vehicle stands out as the sport/utility that we're proud to bestow with our Golden Caliper award.

By now, you know the results and hopefully have read the detailed account of the evaluation. Here, we present a candid look at the vehicles and editors as they go through the intensive Sport/Utility of the Year process. Buckle up and join us for the ride.