Over-engineered 2020 Jeep Gladiator can conquer tough terrain and be a weekend warrior

Amy Rasplicka

Amy Rasplicka

The Jeep Gladiator may be a little over-engineered but that just makes it more fun.

The Jeep Gladiator is the automaker’s new truck. The company admits that the truck is a bit over-engineered, making it capable of tackling the tough terrain a Wrangler can scramble over, but at the same time delivering a comfortable ride with room in the bed for the results of a trip to Home Depot.

This slideshow covers the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mopar, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland, 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and various details of the interior.

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They can tackle farm land and rough rocky hills.

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From its B-pillar forward, the Gladiator is a Wrangler.

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But at its tail end is a 5-foot bed.

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The two vehicles have nearly equal capability.

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They’re more easy to drive than the Wrangler.

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Their tops come off, just like with the Wrangler.

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The Gladiator has either a hard top or a soft top.

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Doors a relatively easy to take off.

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The bed has enough storage space for weekend chores.

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The bed is a great place to toss gear, especially when equipped with the available tonneau cover.

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Leather-appointed seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard.

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Contrast stitching accents the Gladiator Rubicon model.

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Off-Road Pages features screens that help drivers navigate tough terrain.

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Off-Road Pages features screens that help drivers navigate tough terrain.

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Off-Road Pages features screens that help drivers navigate tough terrain.

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A 115-volt outlet is available.

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Easily-used buttons control equipment functionality.

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Rear seats feature a 60-40 split.

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Rear seats feature a 60-40 split.

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Rear seats feature a 60-40 split.

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Rear seats feature a 60-40 split.

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An under-seat cargo box helps keep cargo safe and dry.

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Rear seats feature a 60-40 split.

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Rear seats feature a 60-40 split.

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An under-seat cargo box helps keep cargo safe and dry.

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An under-seat cargo box helps keep cargo safe and dry.

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Owners can lock their possessions in place for added security.

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An under-seat cargo box helps keep cargo safe and dry.

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A portable Bluetooth speaker is located behind the second-row seats.

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A first aid kit is standard.

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The Bluetooth speaker is portable.

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The Gladiator is wired for fun and modern functionality.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition

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This model first became available to celebrate the Gladiator’s launch.

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Launch Edition models were some of the first Gladiators produced.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland

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The Jeep Gladiator Overland starts at $40,395.

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The model comes standard with four-wheel drive.

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Jeep has engineered the truck to allow for up to 30 inches of water fording.

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It rides standard on 18-Inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels.

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And it can haul up to 1,600 pounds of payload.

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Every Gladiator model features a five-foot steel bed.

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Each bed has a covered external power source and strong integrated tie-downs.

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At the front is the model’s iconic keystone-shaped grille.

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Every Gladiator comes standard with square taillights.

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The truck has one soft top and two hardtop options.

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There are dozens of door, top, and windshield combinations.

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It even has a fold-down windshield.

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Its aluminum doors, hinges, hood, fenders, windshield frame and tailgate are all made of aluminum.

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The use of aluminum helps keep the Gladiator’s weight down.

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Weight savings helps with fuel efficiency and makes the Gladiator’s doors easier to remove.

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The Gladiator has a suspension tuned to optimize on-road handling and ride comfort without sacrificing off-road capability, payload or towing capability.

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The Gladiator Overland is powered by a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with stop-start technology.

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The engine is paired with the buyer’s choice of an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

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It also has up to 7,650 pounds of towing capacity.

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The Gladiator is built for adventures.

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It’s nearly as capable as every other midsize truck on the market.

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Be kind to your elders.

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One for when you stay and one for when you want to play?

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The Gladiator can serve as a no-compromise daily driver.

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But a family of four will also be comfortable if you haul them and your boat up to the lake for the weekend.

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The tonneau cover is a nice touch.

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From the front, it’s hard to tell the Wrangler and the Gladiator apart.

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But at a distance and from behind there’s no mistaking one for the other.

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The Jeep has been engineered to handle on-the-road tasks as easily as off-roading.

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The Gladiator is more well-mannered than the Wrangler and easier to keep in the lane at speed.

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When it’s not towing, the Gladiator with its V6 gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.

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The Gladiator Overland trim is available in 10 different paint jobs.

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A 220-amp alternator comes standard.

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A 650-amp battery is standard and a 700-amp one is available.

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It also comes standard with incandescent taillamps.

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The Jeep’s rear design is a play on history and modernity.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

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The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon starts at $43,545.

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The starting MSRP is a $3,100 price jump over the Gladiator Overland model.

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Like the Overland, the model comes standard with Jeep’s 3.6-liter V6 engine.

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It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission is available.

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A 220-amp alternator is standard.K

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Jeep offers an available 240-amp alternator for the Gladiator Rubicon.A

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A 650-amp battery is standard.

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A 700-amp battery is available.

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The Gladiator Rubicon rides on standard 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels. Polished black aluminum wheels are available.

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It also comes standard with automatic headlamps and daytime running lights.

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Like its Wrangler brother, the Jeep Gladiator is immensely capable off road.

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Its body makes the Gladiator more stable than the Wrangler, but with its extended wheelbase you lose some capability.

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But the average Rubicon buyer won’t truly notice the slight capability loss in the Gladiator.

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Despite being the Gladiator’s most expensive trim level, the model comes standard with incandescent taillights and LED taillamps are not available.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is just as comfortable off-roading as it is on a more beaten (or paved) path.

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The Gladiator Rubicon can traverse rough roads, trails, dirt paths, rocky outcroppings, and even ford waterways.

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It’s available with a soft top.

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Or, buyers can choose a hardtop model.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is just as fuel-efficient as the Gladiator Overland, getting 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

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The Gladiator has already earned many accolades, including a mention on Wards 2019 10 Best Interiors List.

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Doors off or on? Because they’re made of aluminum taking them off is a one-person job.

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Riding with the top down doesn’t require the Gladiator’s doors to come off.

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The Gladiator Rubicon can haul your waterspouts equipment right to the water’s edge … and beyond.

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The model has Jeep’s signature seven-slot grille.

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Jeep badging is visible on the tailgate, sides, and front of the Gladiator. There’s also a standard rearview camera.

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The embossed bumper gives steppers more traction and red tow hooks add to the model’s prowess.

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These wheels are unique to the Gladiator Rubicon.

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These black wheels are available.

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Each Gladiator Rubicon comes with front and rear Tru-Lok locking differentials.

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It also comes standard with branded FOX shocks and an available forward-facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is capable of rock-crawling.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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You don’t have be an expert to handle the Gladiator Rubicon off road, but some training is appreciated.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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Good thing the interior is made to be easily cleaned out.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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The Gladiator Rubicon is ready for most trail conditions.

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