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Jeep Gladiator Wins NW Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year

The Northwest Automotive Press Association announced its Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year award this week, and the Jeep Gladiator won the overall prize.

Given the anticipation that surrounded this vehicle from the time it was just a rumor, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise it came out on top. Along with the addition of a pickup bed, the Gladiator also boasts the capabilities of a Jeep, meaning that it’s one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market — at any price.

As with all the vehicles that were evaluated, we put the Gladiator though a robust series of tests, from driving through a slalom course, to whipping it around a go-kart track, to tackling piles of rocks. And while nobody is going to select the Jeep for its ability to weave through cones, its beefy off-road performance showed why the Jeep brand has been legendary for generations.

Another thing that’s great about the Gladiator? Just like a standard Jeep, you can take off the doors and the roof, and you can even fold the windshield down. How cool is that?

It’s the only pickup on the market that comes from the factory as a convertible, and it’s worth nothing that Ma Mopar is the only company that’s ever marketed a convertible pickup truck. That said, we think the Gladiator will do better than the original Dodge Dakota Sport did — because the Launch Edition sold out in a day. To find out what all the fuss is about, read our full review of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator here.

So if you’re looking for a rugged, transformable vehicle with the versatility of a pickup truck, stop by your local AutoNation Jeep dealer today!

Images: Ryan Douthit, MediaSpigot LLC. 

NWAPA ( is a professional organization of automotive journalists and media members from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada. Founded in 1991, NWAPA includes 54 voting members representing more than 700 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups, and the internet. Members of the organization have been testing SUVs and crossovers since the advent of the modern sport-utility vehicle in the mid-1990s. Non-voting NWAPA members include representatives from automotive manufacturers and related industry professionals.

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