Jeep Gladiator

Editors' Review

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Mar 2019

The Gladiator pickup truck from Jeep has been a long time coming. The Wrangler-based pickup had been rumored and teased ad nauseam before finally -- finally! -- debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year.

I was lucky enough to do some serious on- and off-road testing in Northern California, I can tell you this $33,545 (and up) truck was definitely worth the wait.

More than just a Wrangler with a bed

The 2020 Gladiator uses a completely different frame than the Wrangler, and while the front suspension hardware carries over unchanged, a more sophisticated five-link setup is fitted at the rear for better on-road handling and drivability. You can only buy a Gladiator with four doors -- unlike the Wrangler, which can be had with just two -- and there's only one, 5-foot bed option available.

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The Good The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is currently the best off-road truck you can buy with class-leading towing of 7,650 pounds.

The Bad Utility comes with a long wheelbase, lowering the breakover angle.

The Bottom Line The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is über-capable in the dirt but it can still tow and haul with the best of them.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Media 8.5

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