The Jeep Gladiator turns heads as a beastly combination of a Jeep and pick up truck that starts around $33k, which is $2k more than the base Jeep Wrangler model. As higher trim models offer more features and capabilities, the prices quickly rise to upwards of $45k. At these costs, what value is included?
The Value Included With The Jeep Gladiator
The Gladiator Sport has the highest towing capabilities than other trim options with a 7,650-pound compacity limit, putting it on par with other vehicles. Other Gladiator models max out with the ability to tow between 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. Be sure to look up the specs before hooking your boat or trailer up.
However, Jeep Gladiators only offer a five-foot bed, so if you have larger items to haul in the back, it may be best to consider other mid-sized trucks.
2. Off-Roading Power
When being tested on off-roading trails the Gladiator was about to traverse steep inclines, deep puddles, and more while making the Rubicon look tired.
The Gladiator Rubicon has a 43-inch approach angle that gives it the front end clearance for steep that wranglers have. However, the Gladiator’s long 138-inch wheel-base reduces the break-over angle.
Plus, the truck bed limits the rear clearance at a 26-degree departure angle compared to the Unlimited Wrangler’s 37-degree departure angle. But on a good note, the truck bed does have a rock guard.
With the disconnecting sway bar, incredibly low 77.2:1 crawl ratio that is even better in manuals, 4WD high and low capabilities, the Gladiator is well suited to easily maneuver in and out of tough situations.
3. Power And Comfort
The Gladiator’s 3.6-liter v6 engine provides a powerful yet smooth ride for comfort on the road that doesn’t sacrifice speed. The 8-speed transmission shifts smoothly in the background with mid-range speed that allows you to easily pass campers in the slow lane.
Jeep Gladiators also have a soft suspension that won’t leave you bouncing by providing a smooth commute that doesn’t have that loud truck feel.
You can enjoy tech features in the Gladiator too, including blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. The start-stop feature should also enhance the fuel economy. Automatic and manual Jeep Gladiators get between 20 to 23 mpg.
4. That Jeep Feel
Jeep Gladiators are wranglers with a truck bed, providing the ability to erase boundaries and feel free while towing and hauling what you need to. You can take the top off to feel the wind against your skin.
You can even fold the windshield down to feel the wind against your face if that’s what you’re into. These options provide the ability to match this truck to your lifestyle in ways that other mid-sized trucks can’t.
The Jeep Gladiator has to live up to its cool name with advanced technology features including a forward-facing camera that allows you to see exactly where you’re placing your tires. You can see your tires on a 5-inch, 7-inch, or optional 8.3-inch touchscreen display depending on which model you choose.
The Rubicon offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Uconnect interface is easy to use, and with the optional Bluetooth speaker behind the rear seat, you can jam on and off the road.
Plus, you don’t have to worry much about getting lost. The navigation system will display your longitude, latitude, and elevation as you Jeep. You can also display your pitch data, roll data, steering angle, and power delivery for expert maneuvering.