The 2022 Jeep Gladiator Struggles Against Consumer Reports

Oh no, the Jeep Gladiator might be in trouble. The 2022 Jeep Gladiator has a weak score from Consumer Reports, which is determined by what actual owners have to say. So, let’s see what the Gladiator is the lowest ranking mid-size truck. 

Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2022 Jeep Gladiator 

2022 Jeep Gladiator driving on the road
2022 Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

Let’s see what’s going on with the 2022 Jeep Gladiator because Consumer Reports gave it an overall score of 30 points. That’s out of 100 possible points. It’s ranked in last place out of all the compact trucks they’ve tested. 

Consumer Reports sends out surveys to thousands of vehicle owners, allowing them to report on 17 potential trouble spots. They can report on issues with the engine, paint, transmission, and more. 

They also ask people if they would buy the same vehicle again if given the chance, rate the value each vehicle provides in relation to its price, and give them a road test to see how comfortable they are. So, a lot goes into these rankings. 

What’s wrong with the Gladiator? 

There isn’t exactly anything wrong with the 2022 Jeep Gladiator. In fact, it’s a great option for off-roading, towing, working, and as a daily driver. However, it only has a predicted reliability rating of two out of five. That’s below average. 

It looks like the most severe issues include engine, transmission, suspension, paint, and body integrity. These problems were reported for the 2020 model. The 2021 model has fewer issues reported, meaning they could have been corrected. 

But the 2020 model was the Gladiator’s first year in production, and some people will tell you to never go for a new vehicle during its first year. 

The next problem area covers value. The Jeep Gladiator scored a 40 out of 100 for people getting what they wanted relative to the price they paid. You can get started in a 2022 Jeep Gladiator for about $35,315. 

That price does seem a bit high, but the Gladiator comes with standard 4×4. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty of power. 

However, the base model only comes with a 5-inch display, one USB port, crank windows, manual door locks, and manually adjustable mirrors. This does seem a little bare-bones for something that starts over $30,000. 

Is the Gladiator Comfortable? 

2022 Jeep Gladiator interior
2022 Jeep Gladiator interior | Jeep

The next area that the 2022 Jeep Gladiator struggled in is comfort. It received 55 out of 100 points for the seats, climate control, noise, and ride. However, the truck is built for off-roading, which can compromise ride quality on the pavement. 

According to Edmunds, the large tires and solid front axle impact the steering precision and require more attention. You will notice a bumpy ride depending on the road quality. There’s also more interior noise compared to rivals. 

But aside from that, the Gladiator is incredibly comfortable with supportive seats and tons of passenger space. The climate control system is fast-acting and includes vents for rear passengers. 

The Gladiator doesn’t have all bad scores. It got a four out of five for predicted owner satisfaction, so the 2022 model is expected to make people happy. It scored an 88/100 for styling, so people think it looks great, and the driving experience earned a 74/100.

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