We’re Driving The 2020 Jeep Gladiator, What Do You Want To Know?

Jeep fans have been clamoring for a pickup ever since the company introduced the Gladiator concept at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.

Their enthusiasm was well-warranted as the concept was stunning and Jeep had a long history of building pickups including models such as the J10, Comanche and CJ-8 Scrambler. While pickups were slowly phased out after Chrysler’s purchase of AMC, the Gladiator marks the brand’s return to the segment.

We wanted to see how the model stacks up to the competition – which includes the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma – and whether or not it can live up to the hype. As a result, we’re spending some time with a well-equipped Gladiator Sport.

While the truck starts at $33,545, our tester stickers for $51,115. Featuring over $16,000 in options, the Gladiator has the $3,200 Customer Preferred Package which adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, power windows, power side mirrors and a security alarm. Other niceties include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tinted rear windows, automatic headlights and illuminated vanity mirrors.

On the technology front, there’s the 7.0-inch Radio Group which includes a 7.0-inch Unconnect 4 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The package also includes air conditioning, automatic climate control, SiriusXM satellite radio and a 7.0-inch digital display in the instrument cluster.

Other tech features include the Active Safety Group which adds blind spot warning and rear-cross path detection as well as LED taillights and a ParkSense rear parking assist system. The model also has adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning plus system.

Notable options include a three-piece hardtop, an Alpine premium audio system and the Cold Weather Group which adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and a remote starting system. There’s also a spray-in bedliner, a tonneau cover and the Cargo Management Group which adds trail rails and a 115 volt outlet in the bed.

Since trucks are designed for towing, the model also sports the Max Towing package. It adds heavy-duty Dana 44 axles with 4.10 gearing, a Class IV receiver hitch, an upgraded cooling system and a beefier alternator.

Power comes from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 285 hp (209 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque. In our tester, it is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard four-wheel drive system. This enables the truck to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway / 19 mpg combined.

Also Read: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Just Can’t Wait To Tackle Some Off-Road Trails

We’re working on our review right now, but feel free to ask us anything about the Gladiator in the comments below. We’ll be answering a handful of the most popular and interesting questions in a later article.

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Picture credits: Michael Gauthier for Carscoops

  • SteersUright

    Not very good looking and over $50k seems absurd. Still, somewhat likable as a true Jeep, in a sense.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Seems lacking look-wise for that money.

    • Ben

      *Salesman steps you over to the FCA Jeep aftermarket catalog*
      “Go crazy! This is what being a Jeep owner is all about. Don’t worry about paying for it right now. We can just wrap the cost into your loan, no problem”

    • brn

      Starts at $37K. Give it a few years and they’ll be under MSRP.

  • ZYGIUS

    Im not so brave to drive this coffin…

  • Ben

    Odd question, but how sturdy does it feel? I like having that bank vault type feel in SUVs and Pickups. Rode passenger in a F350 the other day, felt like we were on a oil tanker navigating through people sitting in tin cans.

  • disqus_AzdXKETDwy

    How bad is it?

  • cat

    i want to know the top speed of the gladiator

  • TRB0T0Y

    Yinz are driving a new Gladiator, and what do I want to know?
    Absolutely nuthin’! Thanks much!

  • Richie Rich

    FCA really knows how to do ugly well.

  • dumblikeyou2

    It’s FCA. Must you ask?

  • dumblikeyou2

    Seen on the road already. Mostly driven by fat white chicks.

  • Salih Ahzem

    $51K,? Yikes! Let me spend that money on a mint E39 M5 + a clean GMT400 chassis half ton full size truck, prices of new cars on market are indeed insane!

    • Average transaction price of Gladiator around $56,000. More than the competition can price/sell for even when optioned to the hilt. Top of Gladiator is around $79,000.

      These print money.

      • Salih Ahzem

        They do indeed, $56 average is so-called luxury trim of full size truck money.

  • db

    What do I want to know? Um, when is it my turn.

    Seriously, would this be viable daily driver and how many of the testers would choose this over say a Ranger.

  • nastinupe

    That’s a really basic looking truck for $50k.

  • Paul

    If it was a “real ” pickup that kind of money might be OK, but this is really just a worked over Wrangler morphed into a pickup IMO. How’s about an update article telling us how it was after you spent some time in it.

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