It’s not always easy to use certain vehicles for their true purpose — but when we got the chance to pit two off-road pickup trucks against one another at an actual off-road park, we leapt at the opportunity. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon takes the same approach as its Wrangler Rubicon siblings when it comes to leaving the pavement; the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is a version of our previous winner of this test, upgraded with parts from notable overlanding equipment company American Expedition Vehicles.
Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, Ind., is a former quarry that’s since been converted into a playground for all manner of vehicles, from full-size trucks down to quads and motorcycles. (I’ve previously called it “the Midwest’s unofficial home of mud, dirt and sendin’ it,” and I stand by that title.) The park has all sorts of terrain that could break even the most capable of vehicles and is a fantastic place to put two such vehicles through their paces.
That’s exactly what our judges did, punishing both trucks over a variety of obstacles — loose dirt and sand hills, high-speed pea gravel tracks, broken concrete hills and stone formations. We weren’t easy on these trucks at all.
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You’ll have to watch the whole video to see which, between the Gladiator or Colorado, we’d choose. Along with that, you’ll get a ton of insightful commentary from our judges and some great footage of the two trucks in action, doing what they were meant to do.
For the full story on this off-road face-off, head over to Cars.com sister site PickupTrucks.com.
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