Edmunds Recommends the Most ‘Well-Rounded’ 2024 Jeep Gladiator Trim
Jeep pickup trucks come and go as market demand rises and falls. The newest Jeep pickup, the Jeep Gladiator based on the JK Wrangler platform, emerged on the scene for the 2019 model year. Still part of the first generation, the 2024 Gladiator will likely present the same four trim levels ranging from the base model Sport to the off-road-ready Rubicon, desert racing-inspired Mojave, and the well-rounded Overland model, which Edmunds recommends.
The Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup truck
Edmunds named the Overland trim the most “well-rounded” option for the 2024 Jeep Gladiator, even though Jeep has yet to release official specs for next year’s models. This is likely due to its inevitable similarity to the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Overland. While some details could change between now and the time the 2024 Gladiator climbs into showrooms, a few things appear locked in.
- The Gladiator seats five people with its four-door crew cab configuration and 5-foot truck bed.
- All Gladiators feature standard four-wheel drive.
- The Gladiator is the only midsize pickup truck with a convertible top, easily removable doors, and a front windshield that folds down.
2024 Jeep Gladiator trims
Again, Jeep‘s pricing for 2024 is not available. Still, it’s likely to be more than slightly higher than 2023’s pricing, pushing the 2024 Gladiator Sport’s price into $40k territory and upper-end models like Rubicon and Mojave well into the mid-$50k range. The Gladiator Overland will continue filling the price gap between them, likely staying below $50,000 for the 2024 model year.
The Gladiator Sport has some desirable features, like a damped tailgate to prevent excessive noise from dropping the tailgate when opening and a tilting-telescopic steering wheel ensuring a comfortable driving position for nearly anyone. Tech features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a trailer sway control system that uses the truck’s brakes to reduce trailer sway when towing.
The Overland trim includes all of that plus upgrades, including:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic headlights
- Power windows and power door and tailgate locks
- Heated power mirrors
- Premium nine-speaker audio
- 8.4-inch touchscreen
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
The Overland trim’s standard drivetrain features Jeep’s 3.6-liter gasoline-powered V6 backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you need more torque, consider upgrading to the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6.
Edmunds recommends the Overland trimmed Jeep Gladiator for its helpful convenience features. However, the Rubicon has advantages that serious off-roaders can appreciate, such as:
- 33-inch all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels allow more sidewall flex, especially when “aired down,” for extra traction over extreme off-road obstacles
- High-clearance fenders
- Locking front and rear differentials
- Electronic front stabilizer bar disconnect
- Fox shocks
- Rock rails and skid plates for extra protection from trail rash
- Two-speed transfer case and 4.10 axle ratio for low-range rock crawling
Pros and cons of the 2024 Gladiator
Edmunds’ overview praised the Jeep Gladiator’s rugged character and off-road capability. It’s also the “only convertible truck” on the market, and its back seat provides more passenger room than rival midsize trucks.
While reviewers enjoyed the Gladiator’s off-road capabilities, the ability to climb to the top comes at a price. While most notable on the Rubicon trim, every Gladiator exhibits a slow steering response with vague steering wheel feedback. Additionally, the Gladiator’s off-road-centric suspension leads to excessive bounce and wandering that reviewers described as “jiggly.” Lastly, the Gladiator’s fuel economy ratings lag behind other midsize pickup truck competitors.