Crossover & Midsize

The Jeep Gladiator Outranks the Ram 1500

Based on a list of the best cars and trucks of 2020, the Jeep Gladiator outranks the Ram 1500!  The people have spoken, but this is a surprising take against the 2020 Ram 1500, the second best-selling truck. Let’s see why the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is considered to be better. 

The Jeep Gladiator outranks the Ram 1500 

Based on a list provided by CarandDriver of the top 10 cars and trucks of 2020, the Jeep Gladiator came ahead of the Ram 1500. However, it’s worth noting that the Jeep Gladiator and Ram 1500 were the only trucks on this list. 

Hydro Blue Jeep Gladiator parked in sand
Jeep Gladiator Hydro Blue

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Other recipients of the coveted 10Best award include the Kia Telluride, Toyota Supra, and Mazda CX-5. With all the flack that the Jeep Gladiator receives, it’s pretty shocking to see it among this group of elite rides. 

Why did the Jeep Gladiator make the 10Best? 

When testing the Jeep Gladiator against the Chevy Colorado and Honda Ridgeline, CarandDriver ranked Gladiator rivals as better options to buy in terms of the best midsize pickup truck. 

But when testing the Gladiator for the 10Best award, they judged it on how well it completes its mission and how well it performs. So, what exactly is the Jeep Gladiator mission? Probably to be an adventurous off-roader that offers freedom and capability. 

That’s what seemed to work in its favor, at least as it was said to be more than just a truck. It’s an off-roading ready convertible that seats five passengers. It allows you to escape as much as a sports car does. 

By taking off the tops and doors, you can connect with nature. The truck bed allows you to bring your camping gear and other toys along, which is difficult with Jeep Wranglers due to limited cargo space. 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland towing a trailer
2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland towing a trailer | Jeep

The 3.6-liter V6 engine provides 285 horsepower and is available in a 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic transmission for a sporty ride across desert sands. Also, this truck has the off-roading equipment needed for crawling over rocks and more. 

Why did the Ram 1500 win a 10Best award? 

The Ram 1500 seems to have won a 10Best award for combining luxurious aesthetics with the ability to get hard work done. It received praise for having a spacious interior on a full-length frame and a quiet, smooth ride powered by a V8 engine. 

a new red Ram 1500 pickup truck driving through some farm land
2020 Ram 1500 | Ram Trucks

Unlike other luxury vehicles, this truck allows you to go to the lumber yard to haul a heavy payload or tow up to 12,750 lb. You also get to sit high above the traffic line and look down at other trucks. 

You don’t have to go with the V8 engine, the diesel and V6 options still provide plenty of power. Also, a diesel engine for the Jeep Gladiator is coming soon. But because the Jeep Gladiator and Ram 1500 are under the same corporate umbrella, how do you choose between them? 

A 2020 Ram 1500 truck on display at an auto show.
2020 Ram 1500 | Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

That depends on what type of truck lifestyle you want. The Ram 1500 is more robust and better suited for work, while the Jeep Gladiator is better suited for off-roading play. Also, the Ram 1500 has a smoother ride and is probably the better daily driver.