The Jeep Gladiator isn’t receiving a lot of love, but it’s just misunderstood. As the 2020 North American truck of the year, the Jeep Gladiator has tons of perks that you should reconsider. Check out why it’s worth every single penny.
The Jeep Gladiator Is Worth It
We know, the Jeep Gladiator starts around $35k, making it a pricey option. However, the Nissan Titan starts around $36k, so it isn’t unheard of for a base model truck to start this high.
Plus, the extra utility included with the Gladiator over the Rubicon makes the price tag pretty fair. It combines the off-roading adventure of a Jeep Wrangler with the additional storage capacity of a truck, combining the best of two different worlds.
The Cummins Diesel Engine Is Coming
You’ll find a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque under the hood of the Jeep Gladiator. This is the same proven Pentastar engine that’s found in the Wrangler.
While this powerful engine can tow up to 7,600 lb, a more exciting engine option will be here soon. The Jeep Gladiator will be available with the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine that the Ram 1500 has.
This engine will increase the Gladiator’s power and torque. Plus, this reliable engine will be more fuel-efficient, require less maintenance, and last longer. Also, if the EcoDiesel isn’t enough to reel you in, then maybe you’ll get excited by the V8 Hellcat that’s coming soon instead.
The Utility Is Unmatched
The Jeep Gladiator has the best in class gas towing with a maximum capacity of 7,600 lb, and it can also carry a payload of up to 1,700 lb. So take everything you want on your trip with you. Bring the boat and the dirt bikes or the camber and dune buggy. The possibilities are endless.
The tie-down system will allow you to secure your cargo while making the most of the available space. Plus, the Trail Rail system is an adjustable tie-down system that enhances the bed frame even more.
The roll-up truck bed tonneau cover can provide a clean look while keeping your cargo safe. It also provides the ability to haul longer items such as surfboards or mountain bikes as the cover extends to the end of the tailgate.
It’s the Only Trail Rated Truck
The Jeep Gladiator can dominate the beaten track allowing you to adventure further than before in a pickup truck. For starters, it has a ground clearance of 11.1” to clear obstacles with ease while protecting the undercarriage.
This Jeep truck has a high water intake system and water seals that allow you to forge through water up to 30” deep. So, yeah, go ahead and cross that stream or creek. We mean safely, of course.
Some people criticize the Jeep Gladiator for being too large to go off-roading. However, this beast is nimble. Precision steering and optimized wheelbases allow you to maneuver around tight spots and narrow gaps.
Heavy-duty Dana 44 solid axles improve strength and capability, tow hooks allow you to pull other trucks out of the mud, and the steel skid plates provide the ultimate protection.
If you already dismissed the Jeep Gladiator as a truck you don’t want, give it another chance. It is award-winning and much more capable than you think.