Oh yeah, you’ve got your eye on that new Jeep Gladiator, the ride that can go anywhere and do it all. While it does tow and hauls like the jeep truck it is, you also wouldn’t feel out of place pulling up to a meeting or luncheon in one.
What’s more, although it exudes strength, it doesn’t give off intimidating or off-putting vibes. Still, people don’t usually buy one of these rides out of the blue (emphasis on “usually”). This vehicle isn’t for everyone. So, when does buying a Jeep truck make sense? Let us explore.
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A crew-can pickup truck with a five-foot cargo bed, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator can go off-road in superior style. The vehicle is the only convertible truck available and is based on the Wrangler, with which it shares its character. The Gladiator answers enthusiasts’ demand for a truck iteration of the iconic 4×4. And yes, when you want to, you can jettison the Gladiator’s roof to share the full-on open-air experience with the Wrangler.
You have four trim levels from which to choose: Sport, Overland, Rubicon, and Mojave. Four-wheel drive is standard in all. As far as engines, you get to choose from a 3.6-liter V6 (285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and a diesel-powered turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque). You get a six-speed manual as standard with the 3.6-liter engine; an eight-speed automatic is optional.
How Does It Size Up Against The Jeep Wrangler?
In addition to what we’ve gone over – the Jeep truck feels and looks nearly the same as the Wrangler, excluding the cargo bed – you do get the Wrangler’s dangerous and somewhat bouncy highway ride. So, if you like the Wrangler, expect more of the same from the mid-size pickup.
Which Trim Level Is Best?
It depends on your lifestyle and what you want to do. If you’re going to go the whole hog, in terms of rock crawling and such, then go for the Rubicon or Mojave. The Sport trim may be too basic for some. In contrast, the Overland trim gets you power windows and locks, plus smartphone connectivity, a more extensive infotainment system, and a plethora of Jeep’s available features. There’s a trim level for everyone.
What About Competitors?
For some, a more practical purchase may be the Honda Ridgeline or Chevrolet Colorado but face it: neither of those is as cool as the Gladiator, nor do they have its lineage. If you care about such things, the Jeep truck is more of a joy to drive from an emotional standpoint.
Are Consumers Happy With The Jeep Gladiator?
Well, in 2020, the Jeep Gladiator’s first model year, Consumer Reports, gave it five out of five for a classification called predicted reliability. What’s more, the ride also ranked five out of five for consumer satisfaction. For the following model year, the Gladiator had comparable scoring for reliability and owner satisfaction, minus a few demerits for all Jeeps’ road noise.
When does buying a Jeep truck make sense? Well, this ride is typically for those who want the off-road capability of a Wrangler but who also wish to be able to haul stuff. Those are the facts.
But for some, just knowing that you do all that, if necessary, is enough. Many people, especially these days, are into preparedness. Then, there’s the priceless cache of owning a storied brand. A Jeep, baby.
It’s up to you, of course, but let’s face it, the Gladiator is simply a fun ride that offers tons of utility as well.