The Best Jeep Gladiator? The All-New Gladiator Mojave
Jeep’s Rubicon trims, whether on the all-new Gladiator or Wrangler models, have always been the top-tier performance off-road trim — until now that is. Models like the Ford F-150 Raptor have long governed the realm of desert off-roading, stealing some of Jeep’s thunder. While the Rubicon trims have always been more than capable when it comes to mudding and slow-speed rock crawling — activities done by most enthusiasts — they just weren’t ready to conquer high-speed desert runs. Now all of that is in the past as Jeep fired back with a new trim level for its Gladiator pickup, called the Gladiator Mojave.
Inspired by the Mojave Desert, the 2020 Gladiator Mojave is engineered for high-speed, Baja-style off-roading. With its own unique charms, the Gladiator Mojave stands out in the midsize pickup segment. Plenty of factors are bound to contribute to this trim’s success and since pickup trucks have become a major form of personal expression, this places Jeep at an advantage. Jeep is notorious for offering vehicles that are a blank canvas primed for customization, but in the case of the Mojave trim, it comes pre-modified straight from the factory.
Since the color orange is the one most visually associated with the desert, Jeep chose it as the Mojave’s signature color and it’s seen on decals, accents, and other interior details. Jeepers who love being the center of attention behind the wheel of a capable vehicle are sure to feel at home in the Gladiator Mojave’s driver’s seat. While Jeep offers Rubicon and Trailhawk trims that are traditionally “Trail Rated,” the new Gladiator Mojave trim features a “Desert Rated” badge instead. Rather than associating the Gladiator Mojave with slow speeds over rocky terrain, the brand distinctly labeled the vehicle as “Desert Rated” due to its ability to perform at high-speeds in grueling sandy terrain.
Of course, the Gladiator Mojave is still equipped with the brand’s Command-Trac 4×4 system so it’s more than capable of low and slow driving. However, the 4×4 system has been tweaked and reconfigured so that the Gladiator Mojave can climb and conquer sand dunes without a problem. Among other tweaks and additions to make the Gladiator Mojave “Desert Rated” Jeep also added what the industry considers the ultimate off-road weapon: FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks. The suspension is kept cool in even the most extreme temperatures thanks to front and rear external shock reservoirs with military-grade suspension fluid. Talk about tough.
Although the Gladiator Mojave was designed for the toughest off-road action, it doesn’t mean that the pickup is not capable of handling typical truck duties. In fact, all Gladiator pickups, regardless of trim, feature a five-foot bed with up to 1,200 pounds of payload capacity and 6,000 pounds of towing capability. The Gladiator also offers buyers the most intuitive infotainment system on the market — FCA’s Uconnect system. There’s an 8.4-inch touchscreen display that responds quickly and has enabled voice command features. Jeep has been very vocal about the Gladiator not being just another Wrangler with a truck bed attached. In fact, the Gladiator has more in common mechanically with the Ram 1500 than it does with the Wrangler. No other midsize pickup truck currently offers this much fun, which is why the Gladiator — and especially the Gladiator Mojave — exist in a class of their own.
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