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2020 Jeep Gladiator, freedom like never before

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Edward Green ▼ | April 4, 2019
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a mid-sized pickup truck, competing against vehicles like Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado.
2020 Jeep Gladiator
Car   Powering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a 3.6-liter V6
2020 Jeep GladiatorThe Gladiator can tow up to 7,650 pounds (3,470 kg) and haul up to 1,600 pounds (726 kg) in its bed. Those numbers change some, depending on the trim point chosen, but even the Gladiator Rubicon, which has the lowest towing, can pull 7,000 lb (3,175 kg). That beats even the best-possible towing of the Tacoma by 200 lb (91 kg) and the more comparable Tacoma TRD Pro by 600 lb (272 kg). Hauling capacity for the Gladiator is similarly superior in comparison.

2020 Jeep GladiatorEven its base model is more all-terrain-capable than are most mid-sized trucks from any make. There are four grades of Jeep Gladiator, starting with the Sport and moving through the Sport S, the Overland, and then the Rubicon model. The Gladiator Sport S model, which we drove both on and off the road, has the same clearances, angles, and basic four-wheel drive capability as the more robust-and-ready Rubicon model. All Gladiator models come standard with four-wheel drive and large tires.

2020 Jeep GladiatorPowering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a 3.6-liter V6, the same one that's been in the Jeep lineup for some time. This Pentastar engine is attached to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. This V6 outputs 285 horsepower (212.5 kW) and 260 pound-feet (352.5 Nm) of torque. Available later in the model year, Jeep promises, will be a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that outputs 260 hp (194 kW) and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm).

2020 Jeep GladiatorSkid plates and front and rear tow hooks are standard on all models. The approach angle is at 43.6 degrees, breakover is 20.3 degrees, and departure angle is 26 degrees. Ground clearance starts at 11.1 inches (281.9 mm) and gets slightly higher with the Rubicon model's somewhat larger tires and wheels. The Gladiator's wheel wells are large enough to accommodate tires sized up to 35-inch, with standard tires on the Rubicon being 33s.