After nearly a 30 year absence, Jeep reentered the mid-size pickup segment with the launch of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Although the segment may be a bit saturated with the likes of the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma among others, the Jeep Gladiator stands out not only for its rugged looks, but also for its capability. Much more than what critics call a Wrangler with a pickup bed tacked on, the Jeep Gladiator fills a specific niche in the midsize pickup world.
Jeep loves to point out that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the Jeep Gladiator. Similar in style to the Wrangler, the Gladiator actually rides on a longer wheelbase, has a rear suspension, and features added structural reinforcements to boost towing capacity. In fact, the Jeep Gladiator happens to have much more in common with its distant cousin the Ram 1500 instead. Many Jeepers may not actually know this, but the traditional grille slats on the Gladiator are actually wider than on the Wrangler in order to aid with engine cooling.
The Jeep Wrangler used to have quite the reputation for its riding and handling matching the ruggedness of the vehicle, but that’s no longer the case. Modern technology put an end to all that and that’s where the Jeep Gladiator benefits straight out of the gate. Riders marvel at the smooth and well-rounded suspension tuning while riding in a Gladiator. Thanks to its longer wheelbase and superior suspension, many riders comment that its highway ride rivals that of other luxury vehicles.
Under the hood of the Gladiator, there’s a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both figures are robust enough to power this Jeep on the road and over rocky and rugged terrain without breaking a sweat. Jeep also offers buyers the choice between a manual or an automatic transmission, both equally lauded by experts as good choices as long as owners know what they prefer.
True to Jeep’s tradition of open-air freedom, the Gladiator is just as naked as it allows owners to take off doors, lower the windshield, and even remove the top. As an innovative convertible pickup truck, the Gladiator really stands out on its own. Where else does the Jeep Gladiator get to shine? Off the pavement of course! Paved roads have an air of predictability to them, but the Gladiator really takes charge when it travels across difficult terrain that would make other trucks shake at the thought of bending their suspension or crunching their fenders.
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