The Jeep Gladiator was introduced for the 2020 model year, and it marked the return of a pickup truck to the Jeep lineup. This mid-size truck offers the capability and ruggedness that Jeep enthusiasts have come to expect from the brand while introducing the utility of a bed. In 2021, Jeep sold nearly 50,000 Gladiator units, which beats out some of the competition like the Chevy Colorado. For 2022, the Jeep Gladiator remains largely similar to the outgoing model. But there are still a few key reasons why you should consider this Jeep truck.
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator offers an open-air experience
One of the hallmarks of the Jeep brand is the ability of its vehicles to provide a connection to the outside world. The 2022 Gladiator is no different, as the roof and doors can be removed, allowing you to open the cabin of your mid-size pickup truck.
There are multiple roof options available to the Gladiator. These include hardtops and soft tops, which means you can get the right roof for your specific preference. Even the windshield of this truck can be folded down, which is not something that you typically see on a pickup truck.
Now, the Gladiator is not the only modern vehicle that can have its doors removed. The new Ford Bronco also has that ability. The Gladiator now offers off-road mirrors when the doors are removed, which helps it to remain practical even when you are enjoying an open-air drive.
The Gladiator still offers a manual transmission
As trucks like the 2022 Nissan Frontier ditch their manual transmissions, the Jeep Gladiator still offers hand-made shifts. The standard transmission is available for the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-foot of torque. With six gears, this transmission will give you added control over your truck. Something that off-road enthusiasts are likely to appreciate.
Sadly, you cannot currently get the manual transmission with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. It would be nice to enjoy the 442 lb-ft of torque through a standard transmission, but no vehicle is perfect. And the Jeep Gladiator is no different.
This Jeep truck is ready for off-road use
Much like the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator can easily take the road less traveled. Through available features like locking differentials and sway bar disconnect, you can navigate the trails with confidence. Other notable features include rock rails and available Fox shocks for improved suspension.
Also available is the Gladiator Mojave. This Jeep truck has been optimized for desert use, allowing it to race across the sand. And, of course, there is the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, which comes from the factory equipped to handle intense off-road use.
Should you buy the 2022 Jeep Gladiator?
According to Consumer Reports, the Jeep Gladiator may not be the top mid-size truck, but it is still worthy of consideration. Especially if you are someone who enjoys the Jeep ownership experience and you want a truck that comes with more standard capability.
That said, the Gladiator may not be the most comfortable to drive, and CR notes its reliability is questionable. But with what this truck brings to the table, those trade-offs may be worth it.