The Wrangler is available in both two- and 4-door models. Two-door versions come in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon spec, while the 4-doors add Sahara and Altitude trim levels between Sport S and Rubicon.
The base model Wrangler comes standard with the popular FCA Pentastar V6 engine making 285 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque mated to either a manual 6-speed transmission or 8-speed automatic. A 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was introduced for all trim levels in 2018 producing 268 horsepower and a whopping 295 ft lbs of torque. The 2.0L is only available in conjunction with the 8-speed automatic.
Jeep's Command Trac Four-wheel drive system is standard across the lineup. Push-button start and a backup camera are standard as are fog lamps, skid plates for the transfer case and fuel tank, cruise control, five USB outlets, side airbags, hill-start assist and more. Electronic trailer-sway control is standard, and the optional towing package brings a Class II hitch receiver, a 240-amp alternator, a 700-amp battery and auxiliary switches. Maximum tow rating is 2000 pounds for the 2-door and 3500 for the 4-door.
The Sport S adds power windows, air conditioning and keyless entry and the 4-door's Sahara model adds upgraded trim and allows buyers to select the more advanced Selec-Trac full-time transfer case. Rubicon models are the most off-road ready, with tubular rock rails and an even more advanced 4-wheel-drive system. Option packages include different hardtop configurations, an 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system and blind-spot sensors.
Safety features include Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Advanced multi-stage airbags and Sentry Key theft deterrent System.
We've alreadyfeaturing both on- and off-road action courtesy of our resident dirt maven, Emme Hall. In fact, the midsize pickup scored so well it earned a Roadshow Editors' Choice ribbon.
With that already on the books, I wanted to spend my week with one doing something different, so I pulled out the Gladiator's included tool pouch and set to work taking the doors off. I figured I'd drive around for a day or so with my knees in the breeze before converting it back. But a funny thing happened on the way to reassembling this red Overland model: I found myself enjoying it so much that the doors didn't go back on until it was time to give it back a week later.
Here are some random observations and tips from my week wheeling the 2020 Jeep Gladiator out(of)doors:
Jeep's compact Compass SUV has tons of off-road cred. But when it comes to daily driving duties, there's a lot of room for improvement.
Like so many other Top Safety Picks, the headlights are the asterisk of the award.
There's a stop-sale on affected Gladiators with the driveshaft issue, but other models are clear for sale.
Jeep's stalwart SUV continues into 2020 with minimal changes.
We love the way the Jeep Compass looks, but aren't a fan of the way it drives.
At last, the Willys name is back for the latest Wrangler.
Buyers might score a great deal on these older models, but still brand-new.
With lots of these vehicles left on dealer lots, automakers will be eager to move them to driveways.