The Jeep Gladiator is the 2020 North American Truck of the Year

January 15th, 2020 by

The all-new Jeep Gladiator has officially cemented itself in the record books — it’s now been named the 2020 North American Truck of the Year after launching a little less than a year ago. The award is often considered to be one of the most prestigious thanks to its diverse panel of 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada that serve as the voting jurors. As the most capable midsize truck ever, the Jeep Gladiator occupies an important part of the pickup segment. 

“The Jeep Gladiator is not only the world’s most capable midsize pickup, it’s now the North American Truck of the Year as well,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “This honor is a testament to our customers who demand the very best and the Gladiator delivers with all of the 4×4 capability and versatility expected of a Jeep vehicle.”

Instead of the awards being granted by a single publication, website, radio or television station, these are unique because they’re independent and rely on a jury of automotive journalists from representing diverse media outlets. Jurors are responsible for evaluating the finalists based on segment innovation, leadership, safety, handling, design, driver satisfaction and overall value. The process, which began in June 2019 by narrowing down a list of eligible vehicles, included three different rounds of voting. 2020 marks the 26th year of the awards as the Gladiator earned the North American Truck of the Year designation in its debut year. 

About the 2020 Gladiator

Engineered and designed by Jeep to be the most capable off-road midsize truck ever, the 2020 Gladiator meets and exceeds the demands of an active lifestyle as it builds on the brand’s rich and rugged heritage. Tough and dependable vehicles with unmatched rugged utility, iconic design, clever functionality, open-air freedom and versatility — these types of vehicles are Jeep’s specialty. Additionally, the Gladiator also features best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload figures.

Under the hood, the Gladiator is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, with an EcoDiesel option on the way sometime in 2020. The Gladiator is built tough as a vehicle that boasts the ability to take passengers and cargo anywhere, especially off the beaten path. Prospective buyers can count on a multitude of features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, advanced safety features such as Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. 

 All Gladiator trims are Trail Rated and include a badge indicating that the pickup is designed to take on challenging off-road terrain regardless of the weather conditions. The 2020 Gladiator delivers on five key performance categories: water fording, articulation, maneuverability, traction, and ground clearance. As the top-tier trim, the Gladiator Rubicon comes equipped with red tow hooks, the Rock-Trac 4×4 system, a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, a segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires, and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers. 

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