2020 Jeep Gladiator Wins North American Truck of the Year

February 6th, 2020 by

The NACTOY recognizes the most impressive and outstanding new vehicles of the year. The trucks are judged on design, safety, innovation, handling, value, and how well drivers like it. Top automotive journalists get together from all walks of media life to figure out what truck should take this award. On January 13, 2020, the newly released Jeep Gladiator won this award.

It takes finesse, expert performance, and innovative design to snag the North American Truck of the Year (NACTOY) award. We knew the 2020 Jeep Gladiator was great, but winning the NACTOY in its debut year is impressive! With 50 expert judges from all sorts of media, it’s not a title that we take lightly.

Background on the Gladiator

Jeep has been producing high-quality, off-road-ready SUVs for more than 75 years. Their legendary look and authentic design remain pretty much unchanged throughout the years and any changes have only been to better the design of the vehicles. They released the all-new Gladiator for a 2020 model and it has performed outstandingly. It is a mid-size truck with the capability to take you off-road and anywhere you need to go.


Winning the NACTOY speaks for itself here but the Gladiator’s performance is already legendary. It comes with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine that produces up to 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy isn’t sacrificed either as it gets up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway. Maximum towing capacity of up to 7,650-pounds allows you to use it for work or play. Off-road-ready features are abundant as well. The only Trail Rated truck has impressed everyone with its amazing performance and now it has the award to prove it.

Safety Features

One of the more impressive aspects of the Gladiator is the availability of safety features. You’ll find over 80 standard and available features that keep drivers safe. Features such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with full stop, and forward collision warning with active braking combine traditional safety options with technology so drivers have the confidence they need to arrive safely.

Design Features

Another important aspect of the NACTOY is the design features of the winning truck. The exterior comes with features such as the option to drive with no top, soft-top, or a body-color hardtop. And you can choose whether or not you want doors on or off. Even the windshield can be folded down for the ultimate off-road, open-air experience. Luxury and high-end features are found throughout the interior. The Gladiator comes with advanced technology features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in navigation, and voice-activated technology. Comfort-wise you will find that you can choose from a variety of seating options from comfortable cloth to supple leather.

If you want to check out this award-winning truck, then stop by Ray Laethem Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. A member of our sales team can answer any questions you might have. We can even get you set up for a test drive so you can experience the ride for yourself.