Jeep Gladiator Fantastic And Strong Off-Road Pickup
Jeep Gladiator has a soul of a Jeep Wrangler SUV, which means you can drive off-road. This Jeep also has two rows of seats and four doors and that means he is longer more than 18 feet and you can’t park it just anywhere.
Because of its size, this Jeep Gladiator tows up to 7,500 pounds and has a decent drivetrain. The cheapest price for this jeep is $35,000, and while the price for Gladiator Rubicon is $62,000. If you decide to buy this jeep keep in mind that you will have a lot of fun.
Driving The Jeep Gladiator On- And Off-Road
The Jeep Gladiator ride around the city is great and you feel like you’re sitting high because height is about 75 inches. When driving this vehicle on the road or on the highway you can feel the small problem, because the lack of good sound insulation feels the sound of the wind as well as the sound of the tires whose size is 33-inch/diameter.
When driving at higher speeds, you may feel imprecise control of the vehicle, and that all means you have to make small adjustments to keep it centered in the lane.
The bucket seats are pretty flat, and some adjustments to these seats must be made manually. The front left wheel is very big so there is no room for a driver footrest. This Jeep Gladiator has a very sophisticated coil spring suspension and uses it from Ram 1500 pickup.
As soon as you leave the asphalt, immediately feel how Gladiator enters its true element. This jeep has fords 30-inch streams with the doors on and 11 inches of ground clearance. Also, it has a 43-degree slope approach angle.
The front break-over angle is a measure of what sharp angle you can cross without scraping anything, which is 20 degrees. Тhe rear angle of departure is 26 degrees.
In the class of midsize pickups, this Jeep Gladiator has perfect off-roading driving. Between the front and rear wheels, the Jeep Gladiator employs a two-speed power transfer, disconnecting the front sway bar- it raises off-road clearance, locking the rear and front differential to improve traction, a 77.2:1 crawl ratio for low-speed travel, and Dana 44 front and rear axles. An Off-Road+ mode that modulates stability control, gear selection, and throttle.
In 4WD Low, it’s dialed in for traversing rocks and small logs, and in 4WD High, it’s dialed in for romping in the sand.
All this equipment comes with a powerful 3.6-liter, 285-hp V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and acceleration to 60 mph achieve it for about7.5 seconds. The EPA rates the gasoline Gladiator at 22 mpg highway, 19 mpg combined, and 17 mpg in the city.
Also, a six-speed manual is offered with these numbers 23/19/16. The V6 diesel engine is coming this year and is expected to have less than 26 hp versus the V6, but will have a larger mpg by 2-3 mpg or it’s about 10 percent.
This Jeep Gladiator weighs a bit more than 5,000 pounds, which’s about 300lbs more than the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 or 500 pounds more than Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew 4×4 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
Jeep Gladiator Is 30 Inches Longer Than Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Gladiator compared to Wrangler with a four-door is longer for 30 inches or in numbers 218 inches vs. 188 inches, also with 19 inches longer wheelbase and has a very comfortable space in the rear seat.
Аlso, Gladiator costs more and tows more, but its price is only $ 2,000 higher than Jeep Wrangler. Both models are louder and sometimes harsh in day-to-day highway driving, also both have easily-owner-removable doors and tops which makes them very entertaining when crawling over boulders or sand dunes in good weather.
All Models Of Jeep Gladiator
There are five Jeep Gladiator models or trim lines on the market. In the continuation of the text, we present to you all the models of this beautiful pickup.
Gladiator Sport is the first model and its price is $35,040, including $1,495 freight. Standard equipment in this model is a four-wheel drive, 17-inch steel wheels with 245/75R17 all-season tires, and six-speed manual transmission.
The UConnect 3 infotainment screen is 5 inches, there is a remote USB port, also has eight speakers but a bigger LCD is not an option, nor is HD Radio or Apple CarPlay. Towing capacity is 7,650 pounds. Skid plates, soft top, and tow hooks are standard equipment and it also includes a Torx toolkit to remove the doors in just a few minutes.
Gladiator Sport S is a second model and its price is $38,240. Тhis model is equipped with a security alarm, power windows, auto-on headlamps, keyless entry, with alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated power mirrors. As an option exists 7-Inch Radio Group, which makes satellite radio.
Gladiator Overland has a price of $41,890. It comes with a 7-inch center stack display, seven USB jacks, UConnect 4, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There are side steps, a 115-volt outlet, a garage opener, and a 7-inch color multi-information display. During production in 2019, these were the main features of the Jeep Gladiator, with a target to get comfort and smoother driving.
Gladiator Rubicon is the next model and has a price is $45,370. Based on the large features for off-roading, this Gladiator has 17-inch alloy wheels and offers optional driver-assist features. The maximum speed it can reach is 97 mph vs. 110 mph for other models.
Gladiator North Edition has a price of $47,410. This model offers more comfortable cold-weather driving. He is equipped with an 8.4-inch display with navigation, cold weather group / heated steering wheel, remote start, heated seats\, Alpine premium audio, black hard top, and slush mats.
Gladiator Mohave is the last model, price TBA. It is sold as a limited edition and is designed for higher speeds up to 50 mph, in the low driving range. He drives a few inches higher than Rubicon and also uses a different set of Fox shocks. With this model comes standard equipment and that is Max Tow towing package to get the more powerful cooling package. The price of this model is similar to the Rubicon-North Edition models, which is a proposal of Jeep.
Driver Assists, And Options Increase The Price
Here are the options that Jeep Gladiator models give it a high place in the market: driver assist packages, premium paints, leather seats, higher-capacity tow package, premium alloy wheels, premium audio, LED Lighting Group, pickup bed cargo rails, hardtop liner for insulation, a winch-capable steel bumper, forward-facing trail cam, three kinds of pickup bed covers, a modular hardtop (three pieces, separately removable), and a wireless Bluetooth speaker. The eight-speed automatic increases the price by $2,000 alone.
Driver assists aren’t standard equipment but it is an option you can choose. If you want to have the Active Safety Group package you have to pay $ 895. This package includes the following equipment: rear parking sensors, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert.
For Adaptive Cruise Control / Forward Collision Warning Package, you must pay $795. ACC goes down to 0 mph, holding the car stopped for 3 s then disengages. Here is not offered lane departure warning/lane keep assist as well as pedestrian detection. There are two side airbags and two front airbags, but no side air curtains.
Gladiator And His Competition
The Jeep Gladiator has big competition from several midsize trucks, but most of them have an off-road version. They are, the following models: GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado, Jeep Gladiator, and Nissan Frontier.
In 2019 Jeep Gladiator is sold in 40,000 units but didn’t reach full sales and output, until the other half of the year where only in October, it sold in more than 6,000 units.
Jeep Gladiator’s advantage over its competition, is that it has off-road abilities that go from good to great, and also he offers a big Jeep aura. So you get a very long vehicle with a roomy cockpit and a shortish pickup bed. The announcements from Jeep are that other size configurations on Gladiator will come very soon.
If you are a true fanatic for off-roading, unpaved roads, and obstacles this Jeep Gladiator is a true choice for you. The only thing you need to do is to pay a medium not a very high price most up to $60,000 depending on the equipment and options you want to have in this Jeep Gladiator.
In our opinion and experience, the most profitable model is the Jeep Gladiator Sport S with automatic transmission, the two driver-assist / safety packages, the less costly trailer tow package, hardtop, and insulating liner, the 7-inch (LCD) radio group with CarPlay and Android Auto, and a convenience group package required by one of the other options. The price of this model with the overall equipment is around $40K.
In a word, the Jeep Gladiator is a real beast for off-road driving, and it is a real pleasure and enjoyment when you drive it.