The Gladiator transforms the iconic Wrangler into a pickup truck, using a longer wheelbase and adding a 5-foot bed. Not surprisingly, it shares many of the Wrangler's strengths and weaknesses. But where the Wrangler falls short of modern SUV standards, the Gladiator pulls it off as a competitive small truck with a unique character.
Jeep Gladiator Road Test

The Gladiator transforms the iconic Wrangler into a pickup truck, using a longer wheelbase and adding a 5-foot bed. Not surprisingly, it shares many of the Wrangler's strengths and weaknesses. But where the Wrangler falls short of modern SUV standards, the Gladiator pulls it off as a competitive small truck with a unique character.

The distinction here is that the Gladiator competes in a class dominated by lackluster competitors, and it also has a couple of key advantages. Most significantly, it uses a rear suspension derived from its corporate cousin, the impressive Ram 1500. That gives the Gladiator a better ride than the Wrangler and rivals such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. And the Gladiator carries over Jeep-caliber off-road skills.

The only engine for now is a 3.6-liter V6 mated to either a six-speed manual or a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Matched with the automatic, the Gladiator has some serious oomph and decent towing capacity. Fuel economy is not stellar, but it is on par with competitors.

Best Version to Get
We suggest checking out the Sport S, which brings power windows and locks, automatic headlamps, remote keyless entry, and a locking tailgate. Then add the optional Active Safety Group (blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, and rear parking sensors). It’s also worthwhile getting the Forwar...
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