Jeep’s new 2020 Gladiator mid-size pickup truck has just picked up another accolade: most popular Cars.com review of the past week. Congratulations! And judging by our review’s popularity, there may not be a lot to say about the newest member of the Jeep family that you haven’t already learned — but let’s take a look at what Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman thinks of the Gladiator on a subject that’s not necessarily top of mind for the average buyer of a vehicle like this: ride quality.
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“[T]his is the best-riding Wrangler-derived vehicle ever made,” according to Bragman. “No Wrangler rides this smoothly, with this level of bump-absorbing skill. Rough pavement, no problem. Rocky field, won’t be bothered. Smooth interstates, feels like a Lexus. The long wheelbase and the heavier-duty suspension smooth out just about everything without the bouncy feel that plagues the Ford Ranger FX4 or Chevrolet Colorado Z71.”
That may be a low bar for the Gladiator to clear, but it’s still quite impressive on pavement. Off-roading is where it truly shines, of course, but it’s really only newsworthy when a Wrangler-derived vehicle isn’t extremely capable once the pavement ends.
Other reviews in the top five this week include our first time behind the wheel of the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the newest mini-ute/high-riding hatchback from the South Korean automaker; a look at a big and powerful cat in the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR; a tough decision between two widebody 2020 Dodge Chargers; and our thoughts on whether the 2020 Nissan Titan finally has enough to be truly competitive in possibly the most competitive automotive class, half-ton pickup trucks.
Video viewers this past week flocked to our awards coverage, with videos about our Family, Luxury and Most Fun-to-Drive cars all appearing in our top five. And speaking of fun to drive, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody is a mouthful to say and a grin-inducing drag-strip destroyer, as you can see from our time with it. Most popular, however, is our first video about the 2020 Land Rover Defender, which we hope will be as fun to drive off-road as its name implies.
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