This isn’t the first time it happens, but it doesn’t make the accolade any less exciting — the 2020 Jeep Gladiator earned yet another distinction as the “Truck of the Year,” this time from the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP). Earlier this year, the 2020 Gladiator was deemed the North American Truck of the Year — a distinct honor for the midsize pickup in its model launch year, along with many other honors.
RMAP is composed of 95 regional members who are in charge of nominating vehicles for the yearly distinctions. Vehicles that earn a nomination are examined on various thresholds and attributes, including value, performance, vehicle features, and fuel economy ratings. Once the evaluation phase is over, the nominating committee is responsible for narrowing down the field to three finalists. After RMAP finds its three finalists, the organization votes to award the chosen nameplate. Once they’ve tallied their votes, they announce the winner. It just so happens that the 2020 Truck of the Year is the Jeep Gladiator, and with good reason.
“As the voting finished up for the Rocky Mountain automotive Press vehicle of the year, we were thrilled to have the 2020 Jeep Gladiator come out on top. When it comes to an iconic name, Jeep has to be one of the top in the industry and we at RMAP definitely felt the new Gladiator was worthy of this award. We are thrilled to have it as our Truck of the Year in the Rocky Mountain region,” said RMAP President Craig Conover.
RMAP launched the Rocky Mountain Vehicle of the Year awards when the association formed over 14 years ago, its goal being to recognize vehicles that are either all-new or revamped for the respective model year. Members of the RMAP come from the following states: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Nebraska, and Kansas. Vehicles considered by RMAP have to be part of the Rocky Mountain regional press fleet and available to test by RMAP members so that they may inform consumers and test vehicles to make them eligible for awards. The primary job of RMAP members is to inform the general public when it comes to leasing or buying new vehicles. RMAP journalists often interact with automotive engineers, designers, automotive executives, and many other representatives to learn about vehicles and they regularly enjoy access to the press fleet for testing and review purposes.
2020 Jeep Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator was designed with one goal in mind — capability. As the most capable midsize pickup ever, the Jeep Gladiator hones in on the brand’s rich and rugged wartime heritage, going above and beyond to exceed the demands of any active lifestyle through all kinds of terrain. Under the hood of the 2020 Gladiator rests a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that’s paired with the best 4×4 systems Jeep has got to offer. Buyers can also count on the Jeep Gladiator to offer other innovative features such as the lauded Uconnect infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto connectivity. Some available advanced safety features of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator include Blind-Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Path Detection among others.
All Jeep Gladiator vehicles, regardless of trim, are Trail Rated by Jeep and feature a Trail Rated badge. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is designed to tackle all off-road terrain regardless of any trail and weather conditions, and it exceeds in the following five categories: maneuverability, articulation, ground clearance, traction, and water fording. As the top-tier trim, the Gladiator Rubicon, features a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-rage gear ratio, 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires, a segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers, and the Rock-Trac 4×4 system.
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