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2020 Jeep Gladiator review

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Pros

  • Convertible off-roader with large rear seating
  • Five-foot bed provides truck practicality
  • Impressive off-road prowess

Cons

  • Only one engine option
  • Not especially careful with fuel

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 22 highway, 19 combined

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Ready for your next great adventure

Versatile and rugged, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator checks the box on pretty much everything you want in a midsize truck. It also adds considerable off-road prowess and a Jeep tradition that speaks to adventures in hard-to-find places. From skid plates to payload capacity and room for five, this new take gives a historic name a fresh spin. If you're shopping for a capable midsize truck, the Gladiator will likely change your perspective and your expectations.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator trims

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Sport:

  • The base model comes with 17-inch steel wheels, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, an eight-speaker audio system, rearview camera, and Bluetooth.®

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Sport S:

Overland:

Rubicon:

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

1. Mighty off-road warrior

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Off road, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is trail-friendly and ready for where the pavement ends. Two 4x4 systems are available, starting with Command-Trac on Sport and Overland trims. Rubicon models get a Rock-Trac 4x4 system with locking differentials, limited-slip differential, and sway-bar disconnect. The Gladiator's shortened overhangs also help with approach and departure angles. If you have an adventurous streak, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will help you find new stories.

2. Strong engine with impressive towing

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: Engine | CarMax

The Gladiator comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine that delivers 285 hp. That can be mated to an available eight-speed automatic transmission or the standard six-speed manual. Most impressive is the estimated towing capacity: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator with the 3.6L V6 engine and automatic transmission will tow an estimated 7,650 lbs., when properly equipped.

3. Jeep heritage meets pickup truck

Jeep fans will appreciate the heritage of the name “Gladiator"; it was considered perhaps the first true truck for Jeep back in 1963. Since then, there have been others, such as the Scrambler and the Comanche, but the Gladiator truly stands out. Indeed, while the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is based on the Wrangler, significant revisions have been designed for towing, while still offering that famously rugged Jeep style and capability. It also gives you access to the open air, just like the Wrangler.

4. Versatility for five passengers

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: Back Seats | CarMax

For a midsize truck, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a roomy and versatile vehicle that offers a slew of configurations. Back seats fold and lock in place, with secure storage behind the seats. The seats also fold up, with storage underneath. In true Jeep fashion, the hardtop is removable, as are the doors, and the windshield can be lowered. The versatility of a convertible truck just enhances the opportunities for adventure.

5. Smart and handy available technology

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Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity serve as an example of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator's technology possibilities. There's a seven-inch touchscreen display that's also available, and a Technology Package of options made available with the Sport S trim. There's even a 110-volt outlet in the center console, as well as USB ports. The value of the Gladiator's technology doesn't stop at the interior, however: it also includes driver assistance features such as blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

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Jeep Gladiator features and specs

Mojave 4WD/AWD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Soft Top
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Alpine Sound System
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Hard Top
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

4WD/AWD

Engine size

3.6L

Horsepower

285

Torque (ft-lbs)

260

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

22

Wheelbase

137.3"

Overall length

218"

Width

73.8"

Height

76.1"

Leg room

F 41.2"/R 38.3"

Head room

F 42.8"/R 42.8"

Front tires

LT285/70SR17

Rear tires

LT285/70SR17

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

450/4500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2020 Jeep Gladiator FAQ

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Billet Silver Metallic

  • Black

  • Bright White

  • Firecracker Red

  • Hydro Blue Pearl

  • Gator

  • Gobi

  • Granite Crystal Metallic

  • Punk'n Metallic

  • Sting-Gray

Interior details

  • The 2020 Jeep Gladiator seats up to five passengers.

  • Features include a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, USB ports and a 110-volt outlet.

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is available on 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S models as part of the Technology Package.

  • Leather seating surfaces are an available option, as is a premium Alpine® stereo system.

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