2020 Jeep Gladiator
Back with a vengeance after nearly three decades, Jeep is offering the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator for off-road enthusiasts and weekly commuters alike. Making a splash into the midsize pickup segment, the Jeep Gladiator is the culmination of the brand’s fun and functionality approach all in one. Much more than a Wrangler with a truck bed, here’s the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
Avail. Engine Type
For the time being, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator only offers one powertrain in its lineup – a classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine capable of generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A diesel powertrain is slated to debut by the end of 2019, but Jeep has yet to make any official announcements. Additionally, there appears to be a plug-in hybrid variant planned to debut in the next few years. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but buyers can opt for an impressive eight-speed automatic transmission as well. Fuel economy ratings on the 2020 Gladiator are as follows: 17 mpg in the city and up to 22 mpg while on the highway.
The 2020 Gladiator lineup consists of four trims total as follows: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. The Gladiator Sport and Sport S trims are nearly identical with the exception that the Sport S adds air conditioning and a larger infotainment touchscreen display. The Gladiator Overland trim is considered the high-tier luxury trim of this midsize truck, while the Gladiator Rubicon is the creme of the off-roading crop.
Designed to be off-road capable regardless of trim, all Gladiator pickups offer a ground clearance of 11.1 inches, water fording capability up to 30 inches, and there’s even a special high air intake system with specialized water sealing.
Additionally, all Gladiator pickups are equipped with the best 4×4 systems Jeep has. Off-road enthusiasts can rely on the Command-Trac 4×4 system (standard on the Sport, Sport S, and Overland trims) with a 2.72:1 crawl ratio is smooth and quiet, but strong enough to conquer even the roughest terrain. Standard on the Rubicon, the off-road gem of the lineup, is the Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1, complete with Tru-Lok differentials, rear tow hooks, and skid plates.
Just like the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator can also have its top, doors, and windshield removed for the ultimate outdoor off-road experience. The 2020 Gladiator comes in ten different exterior colors – Gobi, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, Black, Gator, Punk’n Metallic, Sting Gray and Bright White. Standard exterior features include fog lamps, automatic headlamps (unavailable on the Sport S), headlamp off time delay, incandescent taillamps and cargo tie-down loops. Daytime running lamps are standard on the Overland and Rubicon trims, optional on the Sport S and entirely unavailable on the base Sport trim. Each trim features different wheels, on the Sport trim buyers will find 17-inch Black Steel wheels clad in all-season tires, the Sport S trim features 17-inch Tech Silver Aluminum wheels and all-season tires, while the Overland has slightly larger 18-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum wheels and all season-tires. The Rubicon trim features 17-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires as the designated off-roading jewel of the lineup. Mud-terrain tires are an optional upgrade on the Rubicon while the Sport S trim can also be upgraded to all-terrain tires as well.
Standard features of the interior of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator include bucket seats, cloth upholstery throughout with the Overland and Rubicon seats including exclusive stitching, a manual six-way adjustable driver seat, a 4-way adjustable passenger seat, a full-length floor console, illuminated cup holders, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (unavailable on the Sport trim), child seat upper tether anchorage in the rear, and a driver height adjustable seat. Optional upgrades include Black Perforated leather seats and Black Stitched leather seats from Mopar, a leather-wrapped shift knob, rear sliding window and rear window defroster. The Sport trim offers a nifty 115 volt AC outlet as a standard feature.
All 2020 Jeep Gladiator trims include a media hub, steering wheel-mounted controls and a remote USB port. The Sport and Sport S trims come standard with a 5-inch infotainment touchscreen display with the Uconnect 3 system. The Overland and Rubicon trims come standard with the Uconnect infotainment system along with a 7-inch touchscreen display. Buyers of the Rubicon trim can also upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and navigation. An eight-speaker audio system is standard, but every trim but the Sport trim can opt for an Alpine Premium Audio system instead along with a wireless Bluetooth speaker. An HD radio is available on the Gladiator Overland and Rubicon trims only. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities come standard on the Overland and Rubicon, while remaining optional on the Sport S and entirely unavailable on the Gladiator Sport.
Safety Features and Warranty
Standard safety features on the 2020 Gladiator include advanced multistage front airbags, a ParkView backup camera, anti-lock 4-wheel disc HD brakes, hydraulic assist brake booster, remote keyless entry (unavailable on the Sport), electronic roll mitigation, traction control, electronic stability control, hill start assist, electronic trailer sway control, and an occupant detection system. Optional safety features on the 2020 Gladiator include tip start, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning (unavailable on the Sport trim). Blind spot and rear-cross path detection along with the ParkSense feature are exclusively available as upgrades for the Gladiator Rubicon, while the Sport S trim buyers can upgrade the features to include advanced brake assist.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000, respectively whichever comes first. The Jeep Gladiator has a starting MSRP of $33,545 (plus destination fee).