2020 Jeep Gladiator

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$33,545 - $43,545
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Swapnil Kulshrestha Content Writer Updated on: December 3, 2019


There were not a lot of vehicles on offer in the mid-size truck segment but with the launch of the much-awaited Jeep Gladiator, the buyers now have a much wider range to pick from. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator combines the ruggedness and off-road capability of the Wrangler and adds a lot in terms of towing and cargo-hauling capacity with its bed.

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Pros

Impressive rear seat

Rugged character and off-road capability

Convertible-configuration

Cons

Only one body and bed choice available

Expensive as compared to rivals

What's New?

A completely new model for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33545

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

dimensions

wheelbase

137.3 in.

length

218 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

75 in.

curb weight

4650 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

towing capacity

7650 lbs.

payload capacity

1600 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

ev range

352 mi.

highway range

506 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

 2020 Jeep Gladiator in Black Clear Coat color  2020 Jeep Gladiator in Bright Silver Metallic color  2020 Jeep Gladiator in Bright White Clear Coat color  2020 Jeep Gladiator in Firecracker Red Clear Coat color  2020 Jeep Gladiator in Hydro Blue Pearlcoat color
Black Clear Coat

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine

5.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Exterior

8.0

5.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport

Sport

power
285hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$33,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $33,545 MSRP (16/19/23) 285hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S

Sport S

power
285hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$36,745


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport S 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $36,745 MSRP (16/19/23) 285hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive TBD

 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland

Overland

power
285hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$40,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Overland 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $40,395 MSRP (16/19/23) 285hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Rubicon

power
285hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$43,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Rubicon 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $43,545 MSRP (16/19/23) 285hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

5.2

Overall Rating


With the Jeep Gladiator on-board, the company has stormed the Pickup truck segment, with a promising perspective. The Jeep Gladiator 2020 can be equipped with a number of packages such as the Max Tow Package, Trailer Tow Package, and the Auxilary Switch Group Package. Powered by a 3.6L V6, the Gladiator can churn out 285 ponies, which are further transmitted to all the 4 wheels. 

The main competitors of the Gladiator include the Honda Ridgeline, the Nissan Frontier and the Ford F-150. All of these vehicles are very capable and offer a band for the buck. Let’s find out how the 2020 Jeep Gladiator stacks up against these vehicles.

2020 Jeep Gladiator front view
2020 Jeep Gladiator front view
2020 Jeep Gladiator rear view
2020 Jeep Gladiator rear view

5.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Features

5.0/10

The Jeep Gladiator is the brand’s stepping stone in the pickup segment, offering high hopes to the Jeep fanatics. The Jeep Gladiator is procurable in 4 trims, Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. Starting from $33,545, the Sport holds the starting line for the Gladiator, which then goes up to $43,545 for the Rubicon trim. 

All trims offer a 3.6-liter V6 as their standard powerhouse, which is capable of generating a decent 285 hp, along with 260 lb.-ft. Of torque. 

Trim

SPORT

SPORT S

OVERLAND

RUBICON

MSRP

$33,545

$36,745

$40,395

$43,545

Key Features

2-Way Manual Lumbar Adjustable Driver Seat

Includes Sport features, plus:

Includes Sport S features, plus:

Includes Overland features, plus:

 

4-Way Manual Adjustable Front Passenger Seat

Automatic Headlamps

LED Ambient Interior Lighting

4:1 Rock-Trac Heavy-Duty Part-Time 4WD System

 

Cloth Bucket Seats

Leather-wrapped steering wheel


 

Overland cloth bucket seats

Rubicon cloth bucket seats

 

8-Speakers

Available Alpine Premium Audio System

Uconnect 7-in. touchscreen display

Available automatic crash notification service

 

17-Inch Black Steel Styled Wheels

17-in. tech silver aluminum wheels

18-Inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels

17-in. granite crystal aluminum wheels

 

Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera

Security alarm

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Available blind-spot & cross-path detection

We recommend

We recommend you to go for the Sport S trim since it combines the right blend of utility and features, and is the best value for money in case of the already expensive Jeep Gladiator lineup. Moreover, only the Sport and the Sport S trims can be deployed with the Max Tow Package, enhancing the truck’s towing capacities by a great margin.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Engine

5.0/10

Powering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a 3.6 liter 6 cylinder motor. Mated to the engine is a 6-speed manual transmission. The 8-speed automatic transmission can be opted for as an option for added convenience. The powertrain can produce a maximum of 285 horses, along with 260 lb.-ft. Of torque which just happens to be a respectable set of figures for a pickup truck. 

2020 jeep gladiator engine
Powering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a 3.6 liter 6 cylinder motor

The organization plans to soon roll out a 3.6-liter V6 engine as a powerhouse option for the Gladiator. This engine, as claimed, will churn out 260 ponies, and a robust 442 lb.-ft. Of torque. However, this iteration is scheduled for launch, not before the latter part of 2020. 

Models

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP

$33,545

$29,990

$26,850

$31,915

Engine

3.6 L, V - 6

3.5 L, V – 6 

4 L, V – 6

3.5 L, V – 6 

Transmission

6 Speed Manual

6-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

6 Speed Automatic

Power (hp)

285 hp

280 hp

261 hp

278 hp

Torque (lbs.-ft.)

260 lb-ft at 4400 rpm

262 lb-ft at 4700 rpm

281 lb-ft at 4000 rpm

265 lb-ft at 4600 rpm

The Jeep Gladiator happens to be the most expensive option of the list. The Wrangler-based pickup triumphs over the competition in terms of the ponies tucked underneath with 285 hp below its belt. The Ridgeline, ranks seconds with 280 hp, followed up closely by the Toyota Tacoma. 

The Jeep Gladiator, however, does not carry its king attitude to its torque figures. With just 262 of twist, the ride ranks last against its rivals, with the Nissan Frontier absolutely turning the tables, and obtaining the first position on the torque podium. 

How fast is the Jeep Gladiator 2020?

The above-discussed torque territory setback of the Jeep Gladiator affects the acceleration time for the Jeep Gladiator. The pickup is really slow to respond to throttle inputs, which makes the acceleration experience a laggy one. 

2020 jeep gladiator acceleration
The above-discussed torque territory setback of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator affects the acceleration

Bringing those power figures to real life, and you’ll realize that acceleration is definitely not the forte for the Gladiator. The Gladiator’s low-end torque ensures that most of your driving time is spent shifting gears. You always need to be in the right gear to achieve highway speeds. 

Models

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

0-60 MPH (Sec)

8.1

6.6

7.3 

7.7 

Quarter mile (Sec)

16.1

15 

17.9

15.2 

Engine

3.6 L, 6 Cylinder

3.5 L, 6 Cylinder

4.0 L, 6 Cylinder

3.5 L, 6 Cylinder

The Jeep Gladiator is the slowest to get-off the mark and gets a good glimpse of all its rival’s taillamps. The ride takes 8.1 seconds in order to sprint from 0-60 MPH, which happens to be the slowest in this comparison. The Honda Ridgeline is the fastest pickup in the question with a 0-60 sprint time of just 6.6 seconds. Nissan Frontier rakes in the second slot with 7.3 seconds 0-6 time under its belt, followed up closely by the Toyota Tacoma with 7.7 seconds.

What about the braking performance of the Jeep Gladiator 2020?

The Gladiator stops well, courtesy of its big brake rotors. The ride takes 129 ft. to depreciate to a standstill from 60 mph. The performance is better than most of its rivals. The ride comes equipped with an integrated Trailer Brake Controller, which provides adaptive braking power to the trailer’s electric brakes. This arrangement inspires confidence in the Gladiator on-paper.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Wheel
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator stops well, courtesy of its big brake rotors

Bring these stats to real-life, and the case does not remain so. The Gladiator experiences a harsh nose-dive under panic braking situations and undergoes a lot of sways.

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

Front Brake Rotor(in.) 

12.9

13

11.7

10.8

Rear Brake Rotor(in.)

13.6

12.6

11.3

10

60-0 MPH(ft.)

129

195 (70-0)

131

180 (70-0)

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4650

4235

4225

4180

What about its driving dynamics?

Built to withstand tough terrains the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator makes it easy to drive on hilly roads. Jeep plans on introducing a 3L Turbo-Diesel engine in late 2020 which is a beast of an engine compared to the stock 3.6L V6. The car is very easy to maneuver on rough terrains with big 17 inch tires and helps the driver to maintain an upright posture while driving on these unstable terrains.

With steady rear and front axles, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator can easily climb huge boulders and trails. The long-wheelbase also means that the vehicle remains steady on any terrain. The suspension is absolutely solid and swallows the toughest of shocks out there. 

Drive a Jeep Gladiator and you’ll witness the typical Wrangler characteristics in the ride. The steering does not feel precise and keeps you pretty busy when wading those uneven terrains. Its heavy axles, standard four-wheel-drive system, and high ground clearance make it highly off-roading potent. 

The Gladiator’ steering, however, remains a big issue that generally feels light and requires a lot of modulation at high speeds. The pickup feels collected on curvy roads but is definitely not meant to throw around a corner at high speeds.

What about the Towing Capacity of the Jeep Gladiator 2020?

The Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 4500 lbs on the lower trims, whereas the Rubicon trim can tow up to 7000 lbs. However, the Max Tow Package is your pal if enhanced towing capacity is what you need in your Gladiator. Equip the Sport trim with this package and the towing figures can rise up to 7650 lbs.

2020 Jeep Gladiator towing
2020 Jeep Gladiator Towing Capacity

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

Maximum Towing Capacity

4500 lbs

5000 lbs

6500 lbs

6800 lbs 

Without the incorporation of the additional Towing Package, the Jeep Gladiator is a disappointment in terms of its maximum towing capacity. The Toyota Tacoma is the most capable towing truck of the segment with a capacity of 6800 lbs. The Nissan Frontier, making a close chase gets 6500 lbs under its belt. Followed up by the Honda Ridgeline at 5000 lbs, and finally, the Jeep Gladiator that can just carry 4500 lbs hitched to it.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Fuel Economy

3.0/10

The Jeep Gladiator 2020 is more of a stretched-out Wrangler, which makes the former a little more thirsty than the latter. Considering its powertrain, and boxy shape, the Jeep Gladiator’s 3.6 L, 6 Cylinder engine, mated to the stock 6-speed manual transmission, can give out MPG figures of 16/23/19. Go for the 8-speed automatic transmission and there are not many alterations, with figures of 17/22/19.

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

MPG (City)

16

19

19

19

MPG (Highway)

23

26

23

23

MPG (Combined)

19

22

21

21

The Jeep Gladiator lags behind all its competitors in terms of fuel economy. The Honda Ridgeline comes out as the most fuel-friendly ride with a combined MPG of 22, followed up closely by the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma with both the rides covering 21 miles per gallon. 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Interior

The Jeep Gladiator’s additional 19-inch wheelbase over the Jeep Wrangler makes its rear seats even more comfortable with added legroom. The Front seat passengers get great outward visibility and a commanding driving position, all thanks to the short, upright dashboard, and the seat’s good lumbar support. 

2020 jeep gladiator seating
2020 Jeep Gladiator is a cut above all of its competitors when it comes to the interior vibe

The insides of a Jeep Gladiator boasts a sensible layout with user-friendly controls and rear seats that can fold flat for supplementary cargo storage. The Jeep Gladiator is a cut above all of its competitors when it comes to the interior vibe. The upholstery has a rugged yet rich feel to it, and the laden dashboard design makes the Gladiator every bit of stylish, rugged, and utilitarian. 

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.8/55.7/41.2

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.9/39.9/42.4

39.7/58.3/42.9 

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.8/55.7/38.3

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.6/58.3/33.6

38.3/58.9/32.6

Creature comforts on offer in the Jeep Gladiator 2020

Some of the most prominent interior features of the Jeep Gladiator are:

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Lockable Storage
  • Passive Entry

Does it come loaded with tech inside? 

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator gets a modernized touch in terms of the infotainment screen. The stock system in all the trims is a 7-inch touchscreen but there’s an option for an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The car comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in both the 7 and 8.4-inch displays. 

2020 Jeep Gladiator infotainment display
2020 Jeep Gladiator gets a modernized touch in terms of the infotainment screen

All Jeeps come with a UConnect infotainment system and this is the 4th generation of the UConnect system. Both the 7 and 8.4-inch display support pinch zoom capability. Although the Sport trim has a 5-inch standard screen.

2020 jeep Gladiator cockpit area
2020 jeep Gladiator cockpit area
2020 jeep Gladiator music system
2020 jeep Gladiator music system
2020 jeep Gladiator rear seat
2020 jeep Gladiator rear seat
2020 jeep Gladiator seat folded
2020 jeep Gladiator seat folded
2020 jeep Gladiator rear seat folded
2020 jeep Gladiator rear seat folded
2020 jeep Gladiator trunk
2020 jeep Gladiator trunk

2020 Jeep Gladiator Exterior

8.0/10

Take a Jeep Wrangler, stretch it out, add around 19 inches in its wheelbase, and infuse it with a cargo bed at the back. The end product that you’ll get is fondly called the Jeep Gladiator. Styling for both the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator is pretty much identical, with elements such as the 7-slot front grille, bulbous headlights, bulky fenders, and beefy tires. The Jeep Gladiator is not as hefty as you’d expect a typical pickup truck like the Chevy Silverado or the Ford F-150 to be. This Jeep offers goes more against the likes of a Honda Ridgeline, or a Nissan Frontier. 

2020 jeep Gladiator side view
The Jeep Gladiator an ultra-stylish and highly versatile vehicle

The Jeep Gladiator 2020 hosts an array of removable body panels such as the top and doors, and a windshield that folds flat against the front bumper. All these elements lend the Gladiator an ultra-stylish and highly versatile vehicle. 

In the case of the Jeep Wrangler, there is only one bed on offer which happens to be a 5-foot steel bed that comes with a spray-in bed liner and a roll-up cover. 

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 Toyota Tacoma

Curb weight(lbs)

4650

4235

4225

4180

Length(in)

218

210

205.5

212.3

Width(in)

73.8

78.6

72.8

74.4

Height(in)

75

72.2

70.1

70.6

Ground clearance(in)

10

7.3

8.6

9.4

Wheelbase(in)

137.3 

125.2 

125.9 

127.4

The Jeep Gladiator 2020 comes out as the heaviest, longest, and the tallest bad-boy of the lot. The Gladiator also carries the highest ground clearance, a fact that manifests the Gladiator’s off-roading capabilities. However, the hefty weight of this ride acts as a further hindrance apart from its downside torque in making the Gladiator a slow contender of this list.

What are those eye-catching features?

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Removable Doors And Roof
  • Rock And Side Rails
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Foldable Windshield
2020 Jeep Gladiator
2020 Jeep Gladiator
2020 Jeep Gladiator crew cab
2020 Jeep Gladiator crew cab
2020 Jeep Gladiator front
2020 Jeep Gladiator front
2020 Jeep Gladiator rear
2020 Jeep Gladiator rear
2020 Jeep Gladiator side
2020 Jeep Gladiator side view
Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator
2020 Jeep Gladiator exterior
2020 Jeep Gladiator exterior

2020 Jeep Gladiator Safety

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has not been tested by federal authorities for its performance during an accident. However, the Jeep Wrangler with which the Gladiator shares a lot has been rated. The Wrangler received 4 stars in the frontal crash and 3 stars in rollover protection, courtesy of NHTSA. The IIHS has given it no rating regarding its safety but it might not yet be a deal-breaker. 

The Jeep Gladiator comes with a lot of advanced safety features and driver aids, making good on its promise to improve in light of its predecessor’s poor safety record. Most of these systems are common to all trims and well up to par with the industry standard for off-road vehicles.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Parkview Back-Up Camera

2020 Jeep Gladiator Competition

Jeep Gladiator vs. Honda Ridgeline

Priced at $29,990 the Honda Ridgeline is the best this segment has to offer. With a 3.5L V6 under its hood, generating 280 hp along with 262 lb.-ft. Of torque, the Ridgeline is the fastest pickup in this league with a 0-60 dash time of 6.6 seconds. The ride is not just about performing but consider its best-in-class MPG figure of 22, and a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. The Ridgeline is also great at pulling off that utilitarian character.

2020 Honda Ridgeline
2020 Honda Ridgeline

 

Jeep Gladiator  vs. Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is the second most pricey offering on this list after the Jeep Gladiator. With a sticker price of $31,915, the Tacoma houses a 3.5L V6, which is capable of fabricating 278 hp, and 265 lb.-ft. Of twisting force. The ride can sprint from 0-60 in a span of 7.7 seconds (still better than the Gladiator) and is an absolute monster at pulling with a towing capacity of 6800 lbs. The Tacoma is an ultimate offering of this segment, which houses absolute pickup traits at a much reasonable price than the Gladiator. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma
2020 Toyota Tacoma

 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Final Verdict

The Jeep Gladiator 2020 seems like a desperate measure from the company to increase its market share in the auspicious pickup truck segment. The Gladiator combines the Wrangler’s look and off-road potential but lags in the performance aspect. The pickup is the slowest to lift-off and offers the least in class towing capacity. Just in case you want to tow more with your Jeep Gladiator, employ the Max Tow Package to this already expensive ride. All in all. We do not think the Jeep Gladiator is worth your bucks.