The 2020 Jeep Gladiator brings together pickup-truck utility with the Wrangler’s unmistakable swagger and off-highway prowess, for better or worse.
The 2020 Gladiator expenses a lot more than its rivals and is a compromised hauler in some methods, but it can trudge off-highway extremely properly, its best will come off, and it will not be mistaken for anything at all but a Jeep.
On our scale, we award it five.two out of 10 details. (Examine a lot more about how we amount autos.)
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Three Gladiator trims are on offer: low-frills Sport, tony Overland, and massively able Rubicon. All share a typical 285-horsepower 3.six-liter V-six teamed to either an eight-speed automated transmission or a six-speed handbook and element-time 4-wheel push. Thoroughly geared up, the Gladiator can tow seven,650 kilos. Gasoline economy need to be a little bit worse than the Wrangler but in line with mid-dimensions pickup truck rivals. Jeep estimates that it will be rated at 19 mpg merged regardless of transmission.
The Gladiator revives a prolonged-retired name but it is a lot less common than most Jeep pickups that arrived just before it. From the rear seat forward, the Gladiator is a Wrangler, seven-slot, upright grille and all. Enjoyable fact: The Gladiator’s grill slots are a little bit broader than those in the Wrangler to improve engine cooling. Its windshield folds flat against the hood after removing a couple of screws and its material delicate best or composite difficult best can be partially or fully dropped. Guiding the Gladiator’s 4-doorway cab (no two-doorway variation is obtainable) sits a five-foot metal bed with a tailgate that flops down. The Gladiator’s wheelbase is about 19 inches extended than the Wrangler’s and Jeep tacked on an additional twelve inches of frame driving its rear wheels. At 218 inches from bumper to bumper, the Gladiator is a fifty percent-inch extended than rivals with five-foot beds.
Predictably, off-highway breakover and departure angles put up with in the name of practicality, but the 2020 Gladiator continues to be hugely able thanks to its typical 4-wheel-push process, substantial ground clearance, and solid axles. Rubicons do even better with their 33-inch all-terrain tires, Fox monotube shocks, taller springs, sway bars that disconnect at the faucet of a button, and locking entrance and rear differentials.
Within, the Gladiator feels like a Wrangler, albeit a single with the rear window moved a couple of feet towards the cabin. Its entrance seats are cozy sufficient, but not as adjustable as in some rivals and the center console is reasonably slim. Outward vision isn’t as fantastic as the substantial seating placement would counsel thanks to the compact windows and substantial sills. Rear leg home grows about three inches over the Wrangler 4-doorway, but the compact doorway openings continue being a hindrance.
Jeep fees about $two,000 a lot more for the Gladiator than it does for a similar Wrangler. You will not come across a single on a dealer’s ton for a lot less than $35,000, and that cash purchases roll-up windows and a tinny audio process.
Base Gladiator Sporting activities are spartan. Air conditioning and a five.-inch radio display are typical, but that is about it. Power windows, alloy wheels, a hardtop, seven.- and eight.-inch touchscreens for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and an eight-speed automated transmission are selections that will bump the value of most Gladiators north of $40,000.
The Gladiator Overland is considerably from lavish, but can be outfitted with leather-based upholstery and heated seats. Opt for the Gladiator Rubicon and Jeep builds on the foundation design with a slew of off-highway goodies. Automated crisis braking is paired with adaptive cruise command and forward-collision warnings in an selection deal, also.