The Gladiator, not just for offroad spectators

Quick notes

-The Jeep Gladiator is the cargo truck version of the Jeep Wrangler.

-It comes in 4 trim levels and features all the off-road features of the Jeep Wrangler.

The Jeep Gladiator is the truck version of the Wrangler. It’s the only cargo bed truck that Jeep has produced since it produced the Comanche in the early 1990s.

As part of the continued redesign and expansion of the Jeep brand of products, the Gladiator was introduced in the Winter of 2018, and Jeep started taking orders Spring of 2019. We’re finally starting to see them hit the roads. Wow! What an interesting truck! The most accurate description is that it looks like a Wrangler with a similarly styled cargo bed attached to the back. So very retro!

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Specs

The Jeep Gladiator price starts at $35,040. It is a four-door cab with a 5-foot box paired with off-road equipment and suspension.

The off-roading features include specialty tires, advanced AWD system, and that stiff suspension just mentioned. As with the Wrangler, the panels on the Jeep Gladiator are removable.

The Jeep Gladiator has a 3.6L V6 with 285 horsepower, which is ample to get it up hills and for hauling. Jeep will be coming out with a diesel version in 2020. The diesel Jeep Gladiator will feature a 3.0L V6 with 260 horsepower.

The Jeep Gladiator is the truck version of the Wrangler. It’s the only cargo bed truck that Jeep has produced since it produced the Comanche in the early 1990s.

The new diesel engine paired with the towing packages increases the Gladiator’s towing capacity to 7,650 lbs with another allowed 1,600 in the cargo bed. This is just as marketed — a sports utility vehicle equipped for off-road and pleasure driving, and functional for work.

Various driver-assist packages are all the rage these days, and the Jeep Gladiator is no different. It features a front-facing camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitor.

Fuel economy figures weren’t originally released by Jeep. When you see how high they are, you can understand why! The Jeep Gladiator’s total lack of aerodynamics should have been a hint it would be a gas guzzler. At an estimated 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway the Gladiator is considered one of the least efficient mid-sized trucks available. To compensate for this, the Gladiator does come standard with an engine stop/start system to improve fuel economy.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes in 10 colors covering sedate to bold. The interior remains the rain-resistant Jeep interior we’ve all come to know and love, but with some advanced features. The top and doors do come off, and the locks and windows are power, there is a great infotainment system, AND it has a truck bed which vastly increases its sports utility. It’s like a convertible pick up truck.

Trim Levels

Gladiator, the cargo bed truck made by Jeep, has four trim levels. Base, the Sport ($35,040), Sport S ($38,240), Overland ($41,890) and Rubicon (45,040).

The Sport and Sport S are more for your casual drivers — those more interested in the sports utility function than testing the limits of the Gladiator and its off-roading capabilities.

Reviews

The Gladiator scores a solid 7.9/10 by Edmunds and 4.3/5 by drivers and owners. Experts complained of different things depending on which model they were driving, and on what type of terrain. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator generally tests well, and issues with drive and powertrain tend to relate to driving preference of the expert. The stiff ride of the Rubicon was not enjoyed by all, but is necessary for a greater off-road experience.

Drivers and owners tend to love the Jeep Gladiator truck. Drivers love the freedom of the removal tops and doors, the utility and describe it as a ‘fun’ truck to drive.

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