We are finally there! I saw my first Gladiator on the road, and first Gladiator at my local dealership. That means the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator has joined the rest of the cars on the road as a normal vehicle. This is in contrast to being one of the most hyped up vehicles I have seen (sorry Supra).
With the rise of the lifestyle truck like this Gladiator, and the all-new ranger, the truck market will no longer be the same. This has become a hyper-competitive market that used to only have a couple vehicles in it.
So what is so special about the Jeep Gladiator?
It isn’t just a Jeep Wrangler with a bed
The Jeep Gladiator is so much more than just a 2020 Wrangler Unlimited with a bed. It has a longer wheel base, can tow much more than the Wrangler (up to 7,650 pounds), and has better cooling than the Wrangler.
Update: Now that the Gladiator has been out a bit, there is an awesome DECKED bed organizer for this vehicle.
It is the only modern pickup that the top can be removed.
The Jeep Gladiator has a very important aspect that can’t be forgotten. With the ability to remove the top, it gives an experience that no other truck can. Hopefully other manufacturers in the full-size and mid-size truck segment take note of this.
- Horsepower: 285 horsepower at 6,400 rpm
- Torque: 260 pound feet at 4,400 rpm
- Fuel Economy: 17/22/19 with automatic transmission – 16/23/19 with manual transmission
- Wheelbase: 137.3 inches
- Vehicle Length: 218 inches
- Vehicle Width: 73.8 inches
- Vehicle Height: 75 inches
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 22 gallons
The Jeep Gladiator is something the market desperately needed. I believe from here on out, the mid-size market is going to start advancing at the same rate that the full-size market is. The Tacoma, Colorado and other mid-size trucks have for the most part been hiding in the shadows, and will probably start to make bigger leaps to keep up.
If you are looking for a larger truck than this mid-size Gladiator, maybe a Tremor F-350 would be a great option.
I will say though, even though the Gladiator is unique. I would have personally seen a truck version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, rather than the pulling from the Wrangler line.