2020 Jeep® Gladiator Honored by Popular Mechanics

2020 Jeep Gladiator | Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep Gladiator | Dixon, IL

Though 2020 might not have been the best year in recent memory for most of us, it has certainly been a banner year for the Jeep® Gladiator. The eclectic 2020 Jeep® Gladiator, which already has a mile-long list of admirers, can add a new super-fan to the growing club roster: the team at Popular Mechanics.

Each year, the Popular Mechanics staff honors the valedictorians in the year’s class of vehicles in its Automotive Excellence Awards. These awards – which are based on industry reviews, snazzy features, and affordability concerns – are given to vehicles that truly stand out amongst their peers.

In a demonstration of its superiority over the competition, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator won this year’s Popular Mechanics Mid-Size Truck of the Year award. The award panel was impressed by the Gladiator’s open-air abilities, off-road readiness, and customizability.

Ezra Dyer, a Popular Mechanics writer, praised the Gladiator, saying, “It’s a rare combination of whimsical fun and everyday usefulness, a workhorse that doubles as a weekend toy.” Popular Mechanics joins an illustrious group of organizations that have given the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator accolades this year, including several “Truck of the Year” titles from various publications.

Visit Ken Nelson CDJR today to test drive the Mid-Size Truck of the Year, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Named 2020 North American Truck of the Year

2020 Jeep® Gladiator - Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep® Gladiator – Dixon, IL

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator has been named North American Truck of the Year by 50 automotive experts from across the United Stated and Canada in the 26th year of voting. The evaluators looked at design, features, safety, technology, value and the quality of the ride to make the decision.

The Power and Capability of a Truck

The Gladiator has a 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Gladiator can tow a maximum weight of 7,650 pounds when a tow package is installed, and it earns a respectable 23 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.* It also has Uconnect® technology, so you can access the entertainment, navigation, communication, and emergency services you need from just the touch of a button.

The Off-Road Expertise of a Jeep®

The wilderness is where the Jeep® Gladiator really shines. It is descended from the classic Jeep® Wrangler and has removable doors and windshield, lockable axles and an easy disconnect sway bar, as well as, 4×4 capability. A full complement of safety features protects you on the road or off. A back-up camera aides with parking, and blind spot and collision alerts keep you in touch with surrounding traffic.

Experience the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson for a test drive.

*Actual mileage may vary

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Is the Jeep® Pickup We Always Wanted

2020 Jeep® Gladiator | Dixon IL

In decades past, the Jeep® brand has offered a variety of pickup models including the most recent Comanche and the Scrambler from the 1980s. Now, however, we are getting an all-new Jeep® pickup in the form of the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. It is available now at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Styling

The Gladiator has almost identical styling to the Wrangler. It just has a truck bed added to the back. However, it has a longer wheelbase to compensate for the added length of the bed. Just like the Wrangler, you can take off the doors and roof for an open-air driving experience.

Powertrain

All Gladiator models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine gives the Gladiator plenty of power. When properly equipped, the Gladiator can tow up to a class-leading 7,650 pounds.

Off-Road Capabilities

Just because the Gladiator has a truck bed, that will not slow it down when it comes to tackling tough terrain. In fact, it is the first-ever Trail Rated® pickup truck on the market. Every Gladiator comes standard with a variety of off-road equipment including heavy-duty Dana® 44 front and rear solid axles and front and rear tow hooks.

Test-drive the 2020 Jeep Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.