The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is highly revered as the long-awaited pick-up truck version of the Jeep Wrangler. This unique vehicle doubles as a pick-up truck and an off-roading SUV, which is why it’s considered the hottest new truck in our review,
In this review, we will be looking at why the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the best new thing that off-roaders are looking out for.
Overview of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the first pick-up truck from Jeep since the production of the Comanche came to an end back in 1992. For almost thirty years after this, Jeep did not come with a pick-up truck, and with the clamoring of off-roaders, enthusiasts and Jeep fans, they finally did. Those in the aftermarket even started converting Wranglers into pick-up trucks since Jeep wouldn’t do it.
When Jeep finally came up with the Gladiator, the needs of the people were met. All models of this vehicle came with four doors and four-wheel drives. Its competition comes from other midsized trucks like the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.
The Jeep is offering three trim levels of the Gladiator. The base is the Sport, with a starting price of $35,000. Next is the Overland, with the price of $42,000. Finally, the Rubicon is at the top, with the starting price of $45,000.
Features of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Every Gladiator from Jeep comes with the same engine, which is a 3.6-litre V6. This is accompanied by 285 horsepower and 260-pound feet torque. You can also choose between an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual.
It is expected that Jeep will also add a diesel version with 260 horsepower and 440-pound feet torque. This figure is quite impressive so many can look forward to a thrilling off-roading experience.
Another impressive characteristic is that the Gladiator is a convertible, and this means every single one of them. It combines the convertible features with shiny and sleek features, like the Chevy SSR, Dodge Dakota and similar vehicles.
Since it’s a convertible, this review won’t be complete if we don’t look at the roof. This car has two types of roofs. The first one is the hardtop, and in some trim lines, it is painted to match the body of the car. It might look like it cannot be detached, but it can be fully removed if you want an extreme, outdoorsy experience during the hot seasons.
The second type of roof is the soft top, and this is way easier to remove and reattach than the hardtop. Because of the hardtop’s mechanism, the third brake light cannot be placed in the usual position of most Jeeps. It is then placed behind the vehicle, which means that there is no mechanism to attach a bicycle to this car. If you attach a bicycle, you will break regulations by blocking the light.
The Gladiator vehicle also features a rear window made of glass, with a defroster running through it. There is a small portion of the rear window that you can open which is common among hardtops.
With the soft-top version of this convertible off-roading SUV, it’s easier to enjoy the open-air experience. The rear window of this version is made of plastic, not glass, making it even easier to remove the roof.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is only available with a five-foot bed, which might be discouraging to many enthusiasts. Many were looking out for a longer bed, but it’s still very functional. This bed can fit in up to 94% of all motorcycles currently on sale. It also comes with a factory cover with impressive features.
Firstly, the pick-up cover locks with the tailgate. If you lock the tailgate, you won’t be able to open the cover of the pick-up area. This allows it to work as a trunk effectively asides from its pick-up properties. You can open it up, put stuff inside and lock it up when you don’t want to use it like a pick-up truck.
Another interesting feature is that when you open the tailgate, a small part of the cover can be folded back, making it easy for you to load the truck. You can even close the tailgate while it is still folded back, so you can place small things into the trunk. It is very easy to remove the cover of the pick-up truck and put it back. Apart from these, the bed in the pick-up truck is similar to what other trucks feature. Its 1800-pound payload capacity and makes it one of the best-in-class among other pick-up trucks.
When looking at the interior of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the main feature is the built-in portable Bluetooth speaker. When you fold forward the rear seat on the passenger side, you will see the chargeable Bluetooth speaker. It is also removable, so you can easily take it out of the car when you go out camping or on the beach. It can even be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes and hung on a tree.
There is also locked storage under the rear seats, and you will see it whenever you flip the seats. The small storage compartment is arranged in the same way the seats are placed.
The doors and the windshield of the Jeep Gladiator vehicles are also removable, and the off-roader comes with different tools that you can use to easily detach them.
Last Take on this Off-Roader
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a combination of an off-roader, pick-up truck and convertible, adding sophistication to its design. The car features all the top characteristics that any off-roader will love to see. With the spacious bed, easy to remove hardtop or soft top, and off-roading capabilities backed up by a powerful engine.
It can easily double as a family car for on-road driving and is great for anyone who wants to go on an off-road adventure with their family.