New Trucks and SUVs Slaying the Hillclimb
Testing the new trucks and SUVs on an uphill course for Day 4 of Pickup Truck and SUV of the Year
Our fleet of new trucks and SUVs conquered the snowy, muddy, rutted hillclimbs on Day 4 of Four Wheeler's Pickup Truck and SUV of the Year 2020.
The Pickup Trucks and SUVs
We tested three SUVs (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, eTorque V-6; Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, EcoDiesel; Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P3600) and eight trucks (Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, Ram 1500 Rebel turbodiesel, Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ 3.0L Duramax, Chevy Silverado 2500 HD LTZ 6.6L Duramax, Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom 6.6L gas, GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 3.0L Duramax, GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 6.6L Duramax, GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Dualie 6.6L Duramax), observing how each managed the various types of terrain thrown at them throughout the week.
What We Learned From The Hillclimb
Each truck and SUV performed differently when faced with high-angle, low-traction situations. Judges paid close attention to differences in engine type (gas vs. diesel), suspension type (full independent, dual live axles, or mixtures of the two), tire design (all-terrain, mud-terrain, all-season), and presence/absence of traction control features, among other things. This uphill course gave us plenty of chances to see which combinations of features favored travel in loose scenarios and which fell short.
Later in the day, thanks to recent snowfall in the area, we toured the scenic backroads which not only gave us some stellar mountainous backdrops but also a chance to feel how the trucks and SUVs performed at higher speeds on snowy washboards, potholes, puddles, and gravel roads. Judges rotated frequently between vehicles to give adequate seat time in each.
What's Next in the Pickup Truck and SUV of the Year Test?
Four Wheeler's Pickup Truck and SUV of the Year 2020 test continues as we log some serious highway time in the fleet, giving us insight into fuel economy and on-road handling characteristics. In case you missed any action from this week, follow along on fourwheeler.com for the daily updates, videos, and photo galleries; and on our social channels by using the hashtag #PTOTY20 and #FWOTY20.