The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Made Car and Driver’s 10 Best List
The Jeep Gladiator garnered a lot of press prior to its official release for a good reason — the midsize pickup is considerably groundbreaking when it comes to its segment. Car and Driver, the esteemed publication, just named the model to its 10 Best List. Driving dynamics are always at the forefront of Car and Driver’s selection process, but the publication is ready to reward vehicles that excel in other dimensions as well.
Car and Driver asserts that the Gladiator is one of the best-handling and best-riding Wrangler-inspired models to come out of Toledo, Ohio where the vehicle is manufactured and assembled. The Gladiator thrives in the dirt, and offers more utility functions than the Wrangler model. Car and Driver mentions plenty of vehicles, including sports cars, that are often daily drivers for some, but points out that the Gladiator is a better primary vehicle than any of them.
Need to move people or things? That’s no hassle for the Gladiator thanks to its 7,650 lbs payload. Want to drive off the beaten path? Not a problem for the Gladiator thanks to its rugged 4×4 systems that are designed to conquer all types of terrain. When judged against other pickups in its segment, the Gladiator isn’t just the most capable, it’s also the best option. The Gladiator stands out because it offers buyers a convertible pickup that’s got the same type of varied functionality as a Swiss Army knife.
The 2020 Gladiator is available with three different powertrain options, along with a versatile cargo box, making it a pickup truck completely capable of handling the demands of an active lifestyle. Technology features such as Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Warning-Plus all help make the Gladiator an attractive choice. When it comes to infotainment, the Gladiator features the latest UConnect infotainment system complete with hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities.
Regardless of trim level, all Gladiator vehicles are Trail Rated by Jeep and sport a badge stating so. A Trail Rated badge indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform and conquer all types of challenging terrain thanks to its traction, maneuverability, water fording, articulation, and ground clearance. As the top-tier choice, the Gladiator Rubicon comes equipped with signature red tow hooks, a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers, cab and bed rock rails, 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires, and the brand’s exclusive Rock-Track 4×4 system.