The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has officially landed in last place. The U.S. News ranked midsized pickup trucks from best to last, and the Gladiator is at the bottom in 7th place. It’s listed below the Chevy Colorado and 2019 Nissan Frontier. So, let’s take a look at why the Jeep Gladiator ranked so poorly.
The Jeep Gladiator Is Literally The Worst Truck
Other Jeep trucks like the Comanche and Willy-Overland had Jeepers dreaming of a new Jeep Wrangler with a pickup bed. However, the Jeep Gladiator is a disappointing answer to that call for a variety of reasons.
The first major disappointment is with its steep price. The Jeep Gladiator starts around $33k, and higher trim options can quickly increase costs to $43k.
The base price of $33k sets the Gladiator on the higher-priced side for midsized trucks. The Toyota Tacoma, for example, only starts at $36k and arguably much more capable.
Also, paying that much for the Jeep Gladiator feels risky due to its low-reliability rating. J.D. Power only gave the Gladiator 2 ½ out of five stars for predicted reliability.
However, we are still waiting to see it’s overall score. The safety tests haven’t been performed yet. But, as far as we currently know, the Jeep Wrangler has terrible safety scores, so the outlook isn’t too great.
Another reason why the Jeep Gladiator ranks last is because it has a sluggish engine. It has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Depending on which option you choose, the Jeep Gladiator can tow between 4,000 to 4,500 lb. This is pretty low. The Toyota Tacoma can tow up to 6,500 lb, and even the Chevy Colorado can tow 5,000 lb.
The Jeep Gladiator’s sluggish acceleration only allows it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. This is slower than the Kia Sorrento, which is an SUV with three rows of seats.
How The Jeep Gladiator Rides
The Jeep Gladiator is built for off-roading, which it can do well, especially if you go with the Rubicon trim option.
However, that also means that the ride is equipped for handling off-road conditions instead of a smooth ride on the pavement.
Therefore, many drivers have experienced the bumpy ride that the Gladiator has to offer. This could make it annoying as a daily driver.
Drivers also complain about inconsistent steering that’s frustratingly unresponsive. Because the Gladiator is susceptible to crosswinds, you have to continually adjust the steering wheel to stay in your lane on the highway.
The Jeep Gladiator is also known for having a very loud cabin. It doesn’t have triple-paned glass or noise reduction materials in the cabin like other trucks have.
On top of all that, the Jeep Gladiator has long gears that seem to lag while shifting. The truck appears to have trouble getting up to speed between 2nd and 3rd gear and also feels strained when towing light loads against the Ford Ranger.
If you want a truck for off-roading that you can take the doors off of, then the Gladiator is for you. Otherwise, there are more powerful and reliable options out there with more towing capabilities and a much more comfortable ride for daily driving.