2020 Jeep Gladiator
After nearly three decades of going incognito in the mid-size pickup segment, Jeep debuted the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. It’s a mid-size pickup perfect for off-road enthusiasts and weekly commuters alike. Based on the brand’s iconic Wrangler SUV, the Jeep Gladiator is the culmination of the brand’s fun and functionality approach all in one.
Avail. Engine Type
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is powered by a classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine capable of generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. An EcoDiesel engine is slated to be added to the powertrain options by late 2020, with an additional hybrid plug-in variant also in the works. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but buyers can opt for an eight-speed automatic 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 offers four trims: base-tier Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. The Gladiator Sport and Sport S trims are nearly identical with the exception that the Sport S offers buyers a larger 7-inch infotainment touchscreen display (as opposed to a 5-inch display) and air conditioning. The Gladiator Overland trim is the high-tier luxury trim of this lineup, but it’s actually the Gladiator Rubicon trim that’s the most powerful when it comes to off-roading prowess.
Designed and manufactured to be off-road capable regardless of trim, all Gladiator pickups offer the following: water fording capability up to 30 inches, a ground clearance of 11.1 inches, and a special high air intake system with specialized water sealing to prevent damage and corrosion.
All Gladiator pickups feature some of the best 4×4 systems Jeep has to offer. Off-road enthusiasts can count on the Command-Trac 4×4 system (standard 4×4 system 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. As the off-road gem of the Gladiator lineup, the Rubicon trim comes standard with the Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1, including Tru-Lok differentials, skid plates, and rear tow hooks.
Inspired by the Wrangler model, the 2020 Gladiator shares its various top configurations, doors, and windshield — which can be removed — for buyers seeking the ultimate off-road experience. The 2020 Gladiator comes in ten different exterior colors – Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Black, Gobi, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Gator, Punk’n Metallic, Sting Gray and Bright White. Standard exterior features include automatic headlamps (unavailable on the Sport S), fog lamps, incandescent taillamps, headlamp off time delay, and cargo tie-down loops. Daytime running lamps are standard on the Overland and Rubicon trims and optional on the Sport S. Each trim offers buyers different wheels — 17-inch Black Steel wheels clad in all-season tires come standard on the Sport trim, the Sport S trim has 17-inch Tech Silver Aluminum wheels clad in all-season tires, and the Overland trim has larger 18-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum wheels and all-season tires. The Rubicon trim features 17-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum wheels fitted with all-terrain tires.
On the inside, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator features bucket seats, a manual six-way adjustable driver seat, a 4-way adjustable passenger seat, cloth upholstery throughout with the Overland and Rubicon seats with exclusive stitching, a full-length floor console, illuminated cup holders, child seat upper tether anchorage in the rear, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (unavailable on the Sport), and a driver height-adjustable seat. Available upgrades include Black Stitched leather seats from Mopar and Black Perforated leather seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, rear sliding window and rear window defroster.
All 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickups include a media hub, a remote USB port and steering wheel-mounted controls. Both the Sport and Sport S trims come with a standard 5-inch infotainment touchscreen display and feature the Uconnect 3 system, while the Overland and Rubicon trims offer the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display as standard. Buyers who opt for the top-tier Rubicon trim have the option to upgrade to an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen display complete with navigation. An eight-speaker audio system is the standard, while every trim but the Sport trim has the availability to upgrade to an Alpine Premium Audio system complete with a wireless Bluetooth speaker. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities come standard on the Overland and Rubicon trims and are optional on the Sport S. The Gladiator Sport trim does not offer either of these features.
Safety Features and Warranty
All 2020 Gladiator models include the following advanced safety features as standard: a ParkView backup camera, advanced multistage front airbags, hydraulic assist brake booster, anti-lock 4-wheel disc HD brakes, remote keyless entry (unavailable on the Sport), traction control, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, electronic trailer sway control, and an occupant detection system. Optional safety features on the Gladiator include adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning (unavailable on the Sport trim) and a tip start feature. Blindspot and rear-cross path detection features are exclusively optional on the Gladiator Rubicon, while Sport S trim buyers can opt for these features and an additional 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).