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The Biggest 2020 Jeep Gladiator Complaints After 1 Year

Are you on the fence about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator? You might be able to find a used option for a pretty good price. We can help you decide if the Jeep Gladiator is the right option by reviewing a one-year experience with this beast. 

The one year 2020 Jeep Gladiator review 

The team over at The Fast Lane drove a 2020 Jeep Gladiator for an entire year. This gave them the time and experience to provide a pretty in-depth Jeep Gladiator review. It includes the things that were loved and hated. 

They had the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. It has an MSRP of about $43,875. This is before the dealership and destination fees have been added. Also, a lot of value comes with the price of this Jeep truck. 

In their review, the Gladiator is rolling on a set of 35-inch mud-terrain tires, which work perfectly. If you want to roll with 37-inch tires, the V6 engine will be fine. But a set of 40 or 44-inch tires will require more power, so the EcoDiesel is recommended. 

Potential Jeep Gladiator problems 

The first issue found with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator involves the storage system that they added. The dect storage system in the bed has two large cubbies that can be locked. They provide additional room for larger items, if needed, and can be locked. 

This seems like a pretty good solution for a hunter who might have a lot of gear, but they eat into the truck bed’s space. You don’t have to opt for this system, and other racks or storage solutions are available. 

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel | Jeep

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When properly equipped, the Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 7,650 lbs. But TFL mentioned it could be a little slow when hauling around 7,000 lbs. They recommend towing about 4,000 lbs instead for a comfortable experience. 

Also, they note that the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is a little loud and bumpy on the road, but it is a Jeep, after all. The ride quality is still enhanced, and the cabin is quieter compared to other Jeep models. 

They mentioned that for such an expensive truck, the leather seats aren’t very comfortable. The seats aren’t very soft or supportive. Taller folks may feel cramped because you can’t push the front seats back very far. But the backseat is very spacious. 

What people love about the Jeep Gladiator 

The Fast Lane team had a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with the 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and they loved it. It’s a durable option with smooth transmission shifts and peppy acceleration. 

Plus, the Jeep Gladiator has a smooth ride quality and a pretty quiet interior. The suspension lift that includes fox shocks is surprisingly comfortable both on the pavement and for off-roading. The Gladiator also arrives as the most prepared midsize truck for off-roading, so you don’t have to mod it. 

A 2020 Jeep Gladiator on display
2020 Jeep Gladiator | Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

But if you want to mod it, it’s very easy to do so. The auxiliary switch panel has four buttons that you can use to control your lights. They recommend upgrading the lights because the ones that come with the truck aren’t very bright. 

Also, they love the tech in the Gladiator. The 8-inch touchscreen looks excellent, and it’s easy to use. The dual-zone climate system and heated steering wheel work exceptionally well, and keyless entry is convenient. The roof panels are easy to remove too. It feels like a modern truck with luxury that they wish was available on older Jeeps.