2020 Jeep Gladiator
The 2020 Gladiator marks the Jeep brand’s return to the pickup market after a nearly-three decade absence. Off-road enthusiasts and commuters alike will love getting behind the wheel of this fun and functional pickup truck. Not moonlighting as a Wrangler with a truck bed tacked on, here’s the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
Avail. Engine Type
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has only one powertrain in its lineup – a classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine capable of generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, with a diesel powertrain is slated to debut by the end of 2019. A hybrid plug-in variant is planned to debut in a few years. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but buyers can choose an eight-speed automatic transmission if they prefer. 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: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. The Gladiator Sport and Sport S trims are nearly identical with the exception that the Sport S offers air conditioning and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen display. The Gladiator Overland trim is considered the high-tier luxury trim of this midsize truck, but the Gladiator Rubicon reigns supreme in terms of off-roading.
Driving and Handling
Off-road capabilities are powerful regardless of trim and 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.
Also, all Gladiator pickups feature the best 4×4 systems Jeep has to offer. Off-road enthusiasts can count on the Command-Trac 4×4 system (standard on the Sport, Sport S, and Overland trims) with its 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.
Since the Jeep Gladiator is inspired by the Wrangler, it can also have its top, doors, and windshield removed for those seeking the ultimate outdoor off-road experience. The 2020 Gladiator is offered 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 come standard on the Overland and Rubicon trims, while remaining optional on the Sport S. Each trim has different wheels — 17-inch Black Steel wheels clad in all-season tires are standard on the Sport trim, 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 stands alone as it features 17-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator features standard 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), child seat upper tether anchorage in the rear, and a driver height adjustable seat. Buyers can also opt for upgrades which include Black Perforated leather seats and Black Stitched leather seats from Mopar, a leather-wrapped shift knob, rear sliding window and rear window defroster.
Standard on all 2020 Jeep Gladiator vehicles is a media hub, steering wheel-mounted controls and a remote USB port. The Sport and Sport S trims offer a standard 5-inch infotainment touchscreen display with the Uconnect 3 system, while the Overland and Rubicon trims come standard with the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display. Those buyers who opt for the top-tier Rubicon trim also have the option to upgrade to an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with navigation. An eight-speaker audio system is standard, while every trim but the Sport trim have the option to upgrade to an Alpine Premium Audio system complete with a wireless Bluetooth speaker. The Gladiator Overland and Rubicon trims also offer HD radio. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities come standard on the Overland and Rubicon and are optional on the Sport S, but entirely unavailable on the Gladiator Sport.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers buyers the following standard safety features: 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 trim), electronic roll mitigation, traction control, electronic stability control, hill start assist, electronic trailer sway control, and an occupant detection system. Those who demand more safety from their pickup can opt to upgrade their safety features on the 2020 Gladiator. Optional features include tip start, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning (unavailable on the Sport). The Gladiator Rubicon trim is the only trim to offer Blind spot and rear-cross path detection along with the ParkSense feature.
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).