The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator continues to rack in the awards, with its latest title coming from the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) during its annual winter vehicle competition. Earning the title of “Official Winter Truck of New England”, the Gladiator achieved the award in its first year of eligibility and continuing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reign of the title after winning it last year with the 2019 Ram 1500.
“The Jeep Gladiator is the Swiss Army knife of Jeep, it is a serious off-road vehicle, useful pickup truck, comfortable passenger vehicle, competent highway cruiser that easily dominates winter in New England,” said John Paul, President, New England Motor Press Association. “The Jeep Gladiator proves itself as the best all-around pickup truck and makes it the clear choice as the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter Pickup Truck of the Year.”
The Jeep Gladiator was engineered from the ground up to be the most off-road capable Jeep ever from the iconic off-road brand. Not only does the Gladiator continue to tackle the off-road segment with its Trail Rated capability which aims at class-leading performance in off-road categories such as traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording, but Jeep has released it as its first Jeep model to carry the new Desert Rated badge with the Gladiator Mojave.
NEMPA members evaluated a wide variety of vehicles from various manufacturers that covered several categories. Journalists cycled through each vehicle throughout New England leading up to the official day of testing and scoring that took place back in February at NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts.