For 25 years, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) has held an annual event called Mudfest, where automotive journalists test out off-road capable vehicles to determine the true leaders of the pack. In the 25-year history of NWAPA Mudfest, never before has a vehicle earned the trifecta of the Overall, Truck, and Extreme Capability awards. Not until this year.
The new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator midsize pickup truck, an off-road, highly capable truck new to the Jeep® lineup, was named the 2019 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year but also took home the award for Truck and Extreme Capability. That probably has something to do with its three potent powertrain options and its Trail Rated status, indicating its skills in articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability, water fording, and traction.
In total, the 25 NWAPA automotive journalists considered 22 vehicles over two days, testing them on- and off-road, before handing out its six major awards, 50% of which went to the Jeep® Gladiator. The journalists tested vehicles at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington.
“The 2019 NWAPA Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition featured the most diverse group of vehicles we’ve seen in its 25-year history,” explained NWAPA President John Vincent of U.S. News & World Report. “The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator earned its title of Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year with an exceptionally functional blend of SUV and pickup attributes that northwest consumers crave.”