If you believe the world is your oyster, and that the back roads of beyond are just itching to be explored, you may just be an adventurer. According to Outside Magazine, you’re not the only one with this kind of inkling. So, Outside Mag themselves have gone ahead and compiled a list of the best new adventure vehicles of 2019, and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator proudly made it to the top of the list.
Outside’s Standards for Adventure Vehicles
What makes a vehicle worthy of the “adventure” status? According to Outside, the car needs to be able to tackle enough off-roading to enjoy unplanned excursions. Moreover, a sense of utility and capability has to accompany surface aspects like comfort, luxury and appearance. Overall, the vehicle must be multidimensional and able to adhere to the undulations of the great outdoors. All the while, it must maintain a level of grace and fortitude.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Adventures with the Best of ‘Em
While noting that the upcoming Jeep Gladiator is heavily inspired by the iconoclastic Wrangler which it sits by, Outside deduces that the Gladiator is—indeed—a pickup all its own. Sure, its boxy styling, fervent front axle and soft- or hard-top roof that can shed at a moment’s notice all come from the Wrangler. But the Gladiator does something unique, and that’s something no outdoor enthusiast can ignore.
One noteworthy differentiation is the Gladiator’s five-foot bed. This bed is meant for carrying, whether it be a couple of dirt bikes or a set of kayaks to bring to the campsite. This body-on-frame construction is supplemented by V6 engine technology of a 3.0-liter displacement.
Outside Praises the Rubicon
No adventure vehicles are complete without a well-equipped off-road repertoire, and that’s just what the Gladiator provides. This is particularly the case in the top-of-the-line Rubicon trim.
The Rubicon carries a Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system, locking front and rear differentials and an electronically disconnecting front sway bar. To add to it, the 33-inch all-terrain tires accompany heightened fenders, rock rails and even Fox shock absorbers.
The Competition is Pickup-Heavy
According to Outside’s compilation of the best new adventure vehicles, 2019 is the year of the pickup truck. After all, the Ford Ranger is returning to the American market after a seven-year hiatus. As such, it only makes sense that those keen on the outdoors would be swayed by a bed and some serious capability.
The list also includes a Ram 2500 variant; this appeals to those aiming for a larger vehicle in the form of a full-size truck. Of course, SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and crossovers like the Toyota RAV4 Adventure make it into the mix, despite being totally outnumbered by those with a bed. Perhaps it’s a statement to the direction the American market is moving in.
Suffice to say, the Rubicon (and the Gladiator lineup as a whole) is a force to be reckoned with. It’s only a matter of time until the 2020 Jeep Gladiator goes from being one of the best new adventure vehicles to standing its ground as one of the greatest veteran adventurers of all time.