2020 Jeep Gladiator

MSRP $33,545 - $43,875

Ranked #11 in Midsize Pickup-truck

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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There were not a lot of pickup trucks in the market to choose from in the earlier days. If you wanted a midsize pickup truck with potent off-road capabilities and the ability to carve your own path through places where no object on four wheels has ever gone before, your only option was the Toyota Hilux or the Tacoma. That kept on becoming too difficult as the trucks were both getting very competitive making them expensive and they were becoming very dated.

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Pros

Remarkable off-road capability

7650lbs towing capacity

Removable top

Cons

Only one body and bed choice is available

Expensive in comparison to rivals

No diesel engine option

What's New?

The Gladiator is a brand new offering from Jeep for 2020.

Jeep has finally responded to the Jeep fanatics and given them the ultimate off-road capable pickup that they have been wanting.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33545

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 ft-lb. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Non-independent front leading link suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear trailing arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.9/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

137.3 in.

length

218 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

75 in.

curb weight

4650 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103 cu ft.

cargo volume

35.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

4000 lbs.

payload capacity

1600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$33,545 onwards

Sport S$36,745 onwards

Overland$40,395 onwards

Rubicon$43,875 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Jeep Gladiator in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine and Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Exterior

8.0

5.2

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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But now, with the launch of the brand-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab, you have the ability to seat five, carry all your luggage, pull a campervan and venture out in the wilderness without any worries. The Jeep has tremendous off-road prowess and is Trail Rated robust. But does it have what it takes to beat the old kid in town- The Toyota Tacoma? Let’s find out!


5.0/10
Features

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Exterior


2020 Jeep Gladiator Features

5.0/10

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available in six trims – Sport, Sport S, Overland, Rubicon and North Edition. There is also a Limited Edition Mojave available which is specially built for the Desert Stormers and is Desert Rated. The Gladiator comes with a soft-top as standard while there is an option of a three-piece hardtop on offer. 

Trims

Sport

Sport S

Overland

Rubicon

North Edition

MSRP (4WD)

$33,545

$36,745

$40,395

$43,545

$45,720

Key Features

2-Way Manual Lumbar Adjustable Driver Seat

Includes Sport features, plus:

Includes Sport S features, plus:

Includes Overland features, plus:

8.4" Touchscreen Display

 

4-Way Manual Adjustable Front Passenger Seat

Automatic Headlamps

LED Ambient Interior Lighting

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

Heated Seat

 

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

Optional features include a Radio group, which adds the 7.0-inch touchscreen display, a Cold weather package, which includes heated steering wheel and front seats, a Max Tow Package and an Anti-spin rear differential with knobby tires.

Which Trim should you buy?

We recommend buying the Rubicon trim as it gets all the goodies that enhance its off-road prowess. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is practically a go-anywhere vehicle with loads of sophisticated technology to help you tackle the most difficult of terrain with ease. It also comes with a three-piece hardtop which can be removed and also has all the bells and whistles like the touchscreen infotainment system and the camera setup.The Rubicon also gets the highest ground clearance of 11.1”.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Engine and Performance

5.0/10

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator gets a 3.6L naturally aspirated Pentastar V6 under the hood that pumps out 285 horses and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The figures are good considering pickup truck standards. The engine comes with a Dual Overhead Camshaft setup (DOHC). The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, and there is also an option of an 8-speed automatic. The engine is powerful enough to pull 7650 pounds and an extra 1700 pounds of payload. The vehicle comes with Trail-rated capability as standard. This practically means that it has been tested to endure the harshest conditions off-road. 

The Gladiator comes with a high water intake and special water sealing to wade through upto 30 inches of water. The engine is very good in refinement, considering pickup standards of course. The vehicle also comes equipped with the Rock-Trac transfer case with 4:1 low range which delivers up to an 84:1 crawl ratio. With massive torque sent to the wheels of the Jeep, traversing steep inclines or crawling over trail obstacles, is surprisingly easy. 

Models

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crewcab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crewcab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

MSRP

$33,545

$36,140

$31,290

$32,315

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Automatic

5-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

285hp@ 6,400rpm

280hp @ 6,000rpm

310hp @ 6,400rpm

278hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque

260lb-ft @ 4,400rpm

262lb-ft @ 4,700rpm

281lb-ft @ 4,000rpm

265lb-ft @ 4,600rpm

0-60 MPH (secs)

8.1

7.6

7.3

7.7

Quarter Mile (secs)

16.1

15

15.9

15.2

Top Speed (MPH)

NA

120

125

115

The Jeep has the maximum power output among the competition. And the Jeep is also unmatched in off-road prowess with only the Toyota Tacoma coming near it in that aspect. The Gladiator is the slowest to get off the line and cannot even reach a 100, while the Nissan gets the maximum torque figures in the segment.

How well does the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab handle?

The 2020 Gladiator is stable on the road when it comes to straight-line acceleration. But don’t expect it to do well in a set of corners, and drive enthusiastically. Now coming to the part where the vehicle absolutely nails it, its off-road prowess. It comes with Trail Rated Capability. Jeep’s 4x4 systems help to ensure the right tire has traction when it’s needed. It comes equipped with front and rear Tru-LokElectronic Locking Differentials. They offer incredible power delivery to all the wheels to help maintain momentum on tough terrains with maximum traction. 

The Gladiator also comes with heavy-duty Dana44 front and rear solid axles which offer exceptional strength, rigidity and durability. The vehicle comes equipped with branded FOX aluminum-bodied shocks with damping controls to provide a comfortable on-road ride and predictable off-road handling.

Braking Performance

The disc brakes of the 2020 Gladiator are pretty large and are ventilated also, which means that you can rely on them to stop the truck in time, which is absolutely necessary for difficult off-road terrains. The brakes have a strong bite and good feedback but lack progression. The 2020 Gladiator Crew Cab stops from 60 MPH in 129 ft. which is pretty decent for a heavy pickup truck. 

Models

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crewcab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crewcab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Brake Rotors: Front (in)

12.9

13

11.7

10.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (in)

13.6

12.6

11.3

10

Curb Weight (lbs)

4650

4235

4225

4180

60-0 MPH (feet)

129

N/A

131

N/A

On the flip side, the Jeep experiences a harsh nose-dive under panic braking and feels unstable, unlike its rivals. Though it is nothing unnerving, and understandable because of the jacked-up suspension to improve ground clearance. It also comes with an integrated trailer brake controller support.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Fuel Economy

3.0/10

The 2020 Gladiator is thirsty which is expected. Though the same engine on the Wrangler returns better efficiency figures, the Gladiator is heavier and has a lot of weight riding on it. It returns 16 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway which turns to around 19 MPG combined. With a massive 22-gallon fuel tank it returns up to a range of 352 miles in the city, 506 miles on the highway.

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crewcab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crewcab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

MPG (City)

16

19

17

18

MPG (Highway)

23

24

23

22

MPG (Combined)

19

22

21

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

22.0

19.5

21.1

21.1

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

352/506/418

371/468/429

358/464/443

380/464/443

The rivals offer significantly better fuel efficiency figures than the Gladiator, but the Jeep has the largest fuel tank. Honda Ridgeline offers the highest fuel efficiency at 22MPG combined but it comes with the smallest fuel tank.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Interior

The interior of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab is very well laid out. The seats offer a commanding view with good lumbar and thigh support. The seats also have good bolstering. Both front and rear-seat legroom are best in the segment. Moreover, the rear seats fold flat for increased cargo space. The vehicle also comes equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control. 

There are also optional heated front seats and a heated steering wheel available. The interior upholstery is done with water repellant fabric which is very utilitarian. The speakers are also waterproof, so is the touchscreen infotainment system. The interior of the 2020 Gladiator also screams ruggedness everywhere. Moreover, you can choose from a lot of trims and as you level up the features only get better and better.

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crewcab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crewcab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/55.7/41.2

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.9/58.3/42.4

39.7/58.3/42.9

Rear Row (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

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft.)

35.5

33.9

27.1

33.8

Maximum Towing Capacity

4500 lbs

5000 lbs

6500 lbs

6800 lbs

The Jeep Gladiator offers the best in class legroom and headroom in the segment. Though the base Sport trim has only 4500 lbs of maximum tow capacity, which is the least amongst the competition, the optional Max Tow Package increases that to a whopping 7650 lbs. The Gladiator also has the maximum cargo volume on offer with the cargo bed measuring 5 feet in length.

Standout interior features:

  • Water repellent upholstery
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear fold-flat seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes with a 7.0-inch infotainment system as standard from the Sport S trim but you can also opt for an 8.4-inch display, which comes as standard only with the North Edition trim. The Sport Trim gets a 5.0-inch display. The system is waterproof so that you can drive with the roof off, without any worries. The system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system also comes equipped with UConnect features. 

To aid in off-road Navigation, the infotainment system comes equipped with a forward-facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera which offers gridlines that display the path in front of the tires to help you clear the obstacles. Along with that, an integrated washer is provided which lets you clean any mud splatter from the camera with the simple push of a button. As standard, you get an 8-speaker audio system that can be upgraded to an Alpine Audio system.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Uconnect infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • TrailCam Off-Road Camera
  • 8-speaker audio system

2020 Jeep Gladiator Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 Gladiator Crewcab looks completely like a Jeep Wrangler with an extended tail portion, forming the Cargo Bed. It gets 19” of added wheelbase over the Wrangler which results in best in class rear legroom. The 2020 Gladiator also gets the Jeep Signature 7 slot front grille, exactly like the Wrangler, bulbous round headlights, flared bulky fenders, and beefy knobby tires. It is a wondrously modular body with many removable body panels. 

The roof, be it the soft top or the Three-piece Hard Top is removable, so are the doors and the windshield which neatly folds down on the bonnet. The vehicle gets a 5 – feet steel bed with lots of customizable options like a Trail Rail system or a tonneau cover. On the underside, the Gladiator gets High-strength steel skid plates to help protect key components like the fuel tank and transfer case from damage. There are lots of 17” and 18” wheel options on offer.

Model

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crewcab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crewcab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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 Gladiator is the tallest, longest and heaviest pickup truck in the competition. This is the reason why it is slower off the line than the others. It also has the largest wheelbase, the reason why it has much better rear legroom than the others. The Gladiator has a much higher ground clearance than the others, at 10”. The Rubicon variant is raised even more, at 11.1”.

Standout exterior features:

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Removable Doors And Roof
  • Rock And Side Rails
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Foldable Windshield

2020 Jeep Gladiator Safety

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator does not get any official rating from IIHS or NHTSA. But its sibling, the Wrangler received 4 stars in frontal crash and 3 stars in Rollover Protection from the NHTSA. The IIHS has not given it any rating, yet. But the Gladiator has incorporated more sophisticated driver aids and safety features as standard, than the Wrangler, and that’s why it is expected that the Gladiator will fare much better in the safety tests. Most driver aids like Blind Spot Monitoring System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Emergency Braking and pedestrian detection are offered as optional features.

Standout safety features:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

2020 Jeep Gladiator Competition

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab vs 2020 Honda Ridgeline Crewcab

The Ridgeline is an immense value for money at $29,990. It gets a 3.6 L V6 under the hood which produces 280 horses making it the fastest truck off the line. It does the ¼ mile in the shortest time of 15 seconds. The Ridgeline is fast by pickup truck standards. It also returns a whopping 22 MPG gas mileage. But offroading is not something up its sleeve. Even then, it does what it is supposed to do, and we would recommend the Ridgeline over the Gladiator considering the VFM aspect.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab vs 2020 Nissan Frontier Crewcab

The Nissan is quick off the line reaching 60MPH in 7.3 seconds. All this, plus a gas mileage of 21 MPG, while being priced at $26,850 means that it is a tremendous value for money. But as far as off-roading is concerned Gladiator wins hands down.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Crewcab vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma Crewcab

The Tacoma is the true competitor for the Jeep Gladiator because this Toyota can also venture out in the unknown with ultimate off-road capabilities by its side. Tacomas are also known for their reliability and robustness. And it also costs less than the Jeep at $31,915. 

2020 Jeep Gladiator Final Verdict

Though the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is ultimate when it comes to off-road abilities, and with the Max Tow Package it can tow a whopping 7650 pounds, but it is quite expensive and not that reliable. The Tacoma offers all the off-road abilities like the Jeep and still costs less while being an absolute beast in terms of reliability. So, consider checking out its rivals before making a purchase decision.

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