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2020 Jeep Gladiator proves door-free is carefree

12 bolts for freedom.

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Chris Paukert
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I took the doors off this 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland at the beginning of the week, and I didn't want to put them back on.

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From here you can't even tell the doors are off -- at least if you don't notice that the side mirrors are gone.

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In profile, you can really see how airy the cabin becomes with the doors off.

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Securing oversized cargo like this kayak is child's play with the Gladiator's optional in-bed movable cleats.

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The Gladiator delivers a convertible-like feeling with the doors off, even with the roof still on.

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At about 50 pounds each, the doors are more awkward than heavy to remove. 

If you've got a second person available to help take them on and off, that makes things much easier, but it is doable for most adults as a one-person job.

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Plus, when you take the doors off, you can build an excellent yard fort for your kids.

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If you're looking for a convertible pickup, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator literally stands alone.

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Yes, even Jindos love the Gladiator. Just ask Doug. 

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Going doorless makes it easier to channel your inner beach bum -- or at least your local mail carrier. 

It's fantastic.

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That's right, when you take off the doors, you lose blind-spot assist.

Duh.

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4x4 FTW.

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I never did feel the need to remove the roof panels on this Gladiator with the doors off, but it's a pretty easy process that I've done before with a Wrangler.

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The rear headrests are a bit cumbersome and visibility restricting. The rear seatbacks do fold forward, however.

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Rear-seat under-floor lockable bins are optional, but if you plan to run with the doors off optional, you're definitely going to want them.

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This nylon pouch holds what few tools you'll need to take the doors and roof panels off the Gladiator. You can even lower the windshield.

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The included nylon tool pouch includes a branded 5-5/16-inch ratchet, T40 and T50 Torx bits, a 15mm socket and pictographic instruction card. 

Replacements, if you lose them, are about $25 online.

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12 bolts -- three per door -- is all it takes to go wide open. 

(Just remember to put the bolts in the rear-seat storage caddy, not loose in the center console like we did).

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Pry off a protective cover on all four doors, and you'll find a wiring harness you'll have to unclip, as well as a retention strap to remove.

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You thought the Gladiator was long before...

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The Gladiator's bed is only 5 feet long, but it was pretty easy to use the adjustable rail cleats to secure this kayak.

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From here you can't even tell the doors are off -- at least if you don't notice that the side mirrors are gone.

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Fortunately, many easily installed aftermarket side mirror solutions exist. 

Investing in a pair of hinge-mounted mirrors is highly recommended if you're going to go doorless.

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A-pillar grab handles and a set of running boards makes clambering in and out of the Gladiator surprisingly easy.

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No door dings!

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A small openable rear window is optional, and nice to have -- just don't count on it reducing wind buffeting much.

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The tailgate's backup camera provides a bright and crisp image.

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This firecracker red Gladiator is the Overland spec model, one rung shy of the range-topping Rubicon.

Base Overland models start at $40,395 plus $1,495 delivery. This heavily optioned tester rang up at an eye-watering $55,040, but loaded-up pickups are expensive these days.

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The Gladiator's tailgate's opening action is nicely damped.

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Obey those warning labels, kids. Buckle up.

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Despite the Rubicon's much longer wheelbase, the Gladiator still gets the badge that says it's ready to tackle the legendary Rubicon Trail.

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Unlikely driveway companions -- the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the author's Japanese-market Nissan Pao.

(Yes, the Nissan really is that small, and the Gladiator really is that big.)

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With the doors off, every day is a parade.

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