Should You Even Consider A Manual Jeep Gladiator Or Just Go For The Auto?

New manual trucks are becoming rarer than Lamborghinis on the road these days, so Jeep’s decision to offer the Gladiator with a good old-fashioned six-speed manual transmission is something that might catch your attention.

In fact, every derivative of the new Gladiator in the U.S, comes with a stick-shift as standard, with the eight-speed auto being a $2,000 option. The differences between the two involve some important figures for truck buyers, including a smaller towing capacity for the three-pedal version – 4,500lbs vs 7,000lbs in the Gladiator Rubicon.

Also Watch: The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Is Much More Than A Wrangler With A Bed

Jeep currently offers its pickup truck with just one powertrain option, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces 285hp and 260lb-ft (352Nm) of torque, although next year it will add a 3.0-liter diesel V6 with 260hp and 442lb-ft.

Redline Reviews found the manual Gladiator to be more sluggish in acceleration compared to the automatic version, something that could be attributed in the longer ratios of the transmission, but the shift quality was deemed very good and not at all “truck-like”. For anyone who’s driven an old manual truck, that’s a very welcome surprise.

Another point of criticism in the stick-shift version is the lack of a dead pedal, which means that the driver’s left foot is left sitting uncomfortably on the floor when it’s off clutch-duty.

So ,the automatic version of the Gladiator feels snappier, keeps the driver more comfortable and offers similar fuel economy. Does this mean that the three-pedal Gladiator is the loser of the range? Let’s see what the reviewer has to say about that…


  • TheBelltower

    If you want to eventually sell your Gladiator for decent money, get the automatic. “Standard shifts” don’t fare well on the used car market. Not sure if this is addressed in the video, but I’m not sitting through any more Redline Reviews.

    • Stephen G

      There it is…don’t buy anything you really want, just buy something that you can sell for more money later OR buy a used one with a manual, keep it and save a boat load of money.

      • TheBelltower

        Okay, that’s not what I said at all. If you really want a manual, buy it. As an owner of two stick shift cars, one that’s an automatic, and one that has a reduction gear, I can tell you that there’s no unsung glory or admittance into a “special group of car enthusiasts” when you opt for a manual over an automatic.

      • Or just lease. Or borrow/rent the GOOD STUFF just for when you need it. track days, et al.

  • I drove the auto. Seems fine to me. I like the longer wheelbase a lot more. cruising speed road and wind noise is a bit much, though. But the seating position, and viewing out the windows is very good fit for me.

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