The new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4x4 proved to be more than just a pretty face winning in 2 categories.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator continued to dominate the conversation after yet another set of accolades.
This time, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) awarded Jeep’s newest full-size pickup truck winner of the Pickup Trucks and Extreme Capability categories— during its annual 2019 Mudfest.
NWAPA automotive media professionals spent two days driving 22 vehicles through a mix of on-road handling and off-road courses at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington.
On-road testing took place on The Ridge’s go-kart track, complete with elevation changes, sharp corners, and sweeping curves – creating the type of conditions drivers encounter every day.
The off-road course included loose dirt, deep ruts, steep climbs, and dramatic descents, testing each vehicle’s four- or all-wheel drive systems. The venue allowed the vehicles to showcase state-of-the-art technologies, including 360-view cameras, hill descent controls, and active traction management systems.
The testing course featured an optional section for extremely capable vehicles which took these SUVs and pickups through rigorous conditions designed to test their prowess and features, such as low-range four-wheel drive, axle articulation, plus approach, breakover, and departure angles.
Vehicles were required to complete this course to be eligible for the Extreme Capability category.