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US News Ranks 2020 Gladiator as One of the Best New Pickup Trucks

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland and 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
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The year is moving along quickly, and before long, if not already, 2020 models will be available at dealerships across the country. One highly anticipated truck, according to the editors at U.S. News & World Report, who named it to their roundup of “The Best New Pickup Trucks Arriving in the Next Year” is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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Since first mention, the Gladiator has received a lot of attention, and U.S. News & World Report Writer Brian McHugh notes that in true Jeep fashion, the Gladiator “will also be the most off-road-capable truck in the compact segment.”

Equipped with best-in-class towing capability (7,650 pounds, when properly equipped) and a best-in-class payload (1,600 pounds, when properly equipped), the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be available at four trim levels — Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. The standard 3.6-liter V6 is paired to a six-speed manual transmission to generate 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

“An optional, more fuel-efficient diesel V6 will be available in 2020. That engine will produce 260 horsepower and a whopping 442 pound-feet of torque,” McHugh reports.

Based on the Jeep Wrangler, the 2020 Gladiator is able to accommodate five passengers and under-seat storage is found under the rear seats. Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth, media hub, and remote USB port are standard while the Overland and Rubicon trims are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for seamless smartphone integration.

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Advanced driver assist technologies such as Blind Spot Warning, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, and Rear Cross Path Detection offer guidance whether traveling on or off-road.

News Source:U.S. News & World Report