For buyers attempting to choose between a mid-size sport-utility or pickup truck, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator presents an interesting solution. The Gladiator combines an authentic, off-road-capable SUV driving experience with the odd-job convenience and dirty-load carrying ability of a mid-size pickup. A roomy crew cab layout derived from the front two-thirds of the four-door Jeep Wrangler, a 5-foot-long steel pickup bed, a 1,600-lb payload carrying ability, and a 7,650-lb maximum towing rating make for a lot of possibilities.
Jeep has offered pickup truck models in its distant past, the last being the Cherokee-based Comanche sold from 1986 to 1992. But the 2020 Gladiator is Jeep’s first pickup truck in 28 years. It arrives as a new generation of mid-size pickups such as the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon have been experiencing a sales revival. Including $1,695 destination charge, the $35,240 base Gladiator Sport offers good value with standard four-wheel drive and a 285-hp V-6. The $42,900 Gladiator Overland is packed with comfort, convenience, and luxury features, and the off-road-oriented $45,240 Gladiator Rubicon adds even more rough-terrain capability and exclusive features.