Now that dealerships are back open, you’re ready to venture beyond the internet and take a look at a new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s everything you’ve come to expect and love in a Jeep, with all the extras of a pickup you didn’t know you needed. The hardest thing you have to face now is choosing which level of trim you’d like your Jeep Gladiator to have. Are any of them any good?
Standard equipment across every trim level
If your purchasing decision is based on price, the base model Sport will suit you just fine, according to Kelley Blue Book. Sure, you’ll miss out on the Sport S, the Overland, Rubicon, and Mojave trims, but you won’t drive off the lot empty-handed.
Every 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes with four-wheel drive capability and five-foot cargo bed. Enjoy the rumble of the 3.6L V6 engine harnessing 285 horses. The six-speed manual transmission for all trims is standard. But the eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Sport, Sport S & Overland
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The bare-bones Sport trim still comes with a rearview camera, a five-inch display, Bluetooth, voice control, and all-season tires. But you’ll be stuck with manual door locks, crank windows, and some basic cruise control. You’ll have a soft top, removable doors, and enough oomph to pull 4,500 pounds with your Class II bumper hitch.
Now, if you bump up to the Sport S, you can add in all goods, including alloy wheels, power windows and doors, power tailgate locks, and heated mirrors. Opting for the S also means your Gladiator is equipped to add on more options and packages to enhance towing and hauling prowess.
The Sport S also translates to better technology availability, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Adding the Safety Group or Advanced Safety Group packages will load you up on driver assistance must-haves.
Bumping up to an Overland trim model is more about style and function, with enhancements like side steps, LED ambient footwell lighting, and tinted rear windows.
The Rubicon and Mojave trims
For those more interested in crawling, climbing, and off-road adventures, the Rubicon and Mojave trims are your sweet spot, according to Edmunds. The Rubicon is the master, really, with a unique transfer case for better climbing and crawling at lower ratios.
It also is designed to accommodate 33-inch all-terrain tires. Fox shock absorbers, rock rails, skid plates, electronic disconnecting front stabilizer bar, and the locking front and rear differentials make the Gladiator Rubicon an absolute boss.
The Mojave is equipped similarly, minus the crawl-worthy sway bar. Consider the Mojave the desert runner version of the Jeep Gladiator. It does offer low-range gear use at higher speeds than the Rubicon and features Fox internal bypass shocks with hydraulic jounce bumpers for the ultimate cushion effect on impact.
Plenty of add-ons and packages
If you feel like you’re missing out on extras, there’s probably a package for that. All trim levels can be outfitted with premium sound platforms that include a 552-amp and subwoofer.
Tack on an auxiliary switch package to wire all the devices. You can add a spray-in bed liner, a premium soft top option with thicker materials, or a roll-up tonneau cover for your bed. Hardtops on the Overland or Rubicon trims are available in body color paint, as well.
When it comes down to it, the Sport S is a solid entry-level trim. Instead of bumping up trims, and getting features, you might not need, consider adding in those safety, tech, and audio packages instead.
Now, if you’re an off-road enthusiast, you need the Rubicon and nothing else. The Mojave might tempt beach lovers, but ultimately the Rubicon can handle anything the Mojave can and probably more.
All the trims are good, but be mindful of selecting the version that makes the most sense and adds only what you need to make your 2020 Jeep Gladiator perfect.