2023 Jeep Gladiator In-Depth Review

2023 Jeep Gladiator

The forthcoming 2023 Jeep Gladiator is a midsize off-road pickup truck that is based on the iconic Wrangler SUV. In addition, the Gladiator is also the only pickup available in the world with a detachable roof and doors. In general, there are other midsize pickups with similar off-road abilities, but they cannot match Jeeps’ off-roading heritage.

The range of Gladiator models starts with a basic Sport version up to a rock climber the Rubicon model or even for racing across the dunes, the Mojave. The highly regarded 3.6-liter V6 is powering this truck in base form and is also available in a lot of Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge vehicles. However, more economical is the Mojave version, which uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 developing 260 horsepower and a meaty 442 lb-ft of torque.

2023 Jeep Gladiator Design

The new 2023 Jeep Gladiator looks almost the same front end as the Wrangler SUV. It’s recognized by rounded headlights and with an attractive grille. It has four doors, and there’s just one-bed size, which is the equivalent of a crew cab among other midsize pickups.

As mentioned, doors and top are removable as well as in the Wrangler model. Sport trim as the base comes with attractive 17-inch steel wheels, while the Rubicon and Mojave have bigger fender flares and larger all-terrain tires. The Rubicon variant also hosts protective rock rails to protect the lower parts of the cabin and the bed.

2023 Jeep Gladiator interior

2023 Jeep Gladiator Cabin Features and Trim Equipment

Like the Wrangler SUV, on which Gladiator is based, the cabin is pretty simple and traditional. Inside, you’ll find manual windows, locks, manual-adjustable seats, and simpler equipment. The new truck offers seating for five in total, with a 3-seat bench in the back row. The rear legroom is according to Jeep 38.3 inches, which is much better than the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevy Colorado.

Sport trim is the entry-level model that includes air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and a push-button start. As for the infotainment system, the Sport package also has a relatively small 5-inch display, with Bluetooth, one USB port, and auxiliary audio input. Driver assistance features like traction/stability control, airbags, and a rearview camera are all optional on this trim.

Overland is one upper trim that comes with power windows/locks, tinted glass, heated side mirrors, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. This model also has ambient footwell lighting, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, satellite radio, and two USB-Cs. Rubicon as Gladiator`s pinnacle offers a more quiet cabin thanks to an electronically locking front differential, Fox suspension components. Mojave is also the most expensive trim with a forward-facing camera, self-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, SiriusXM traffic updates, and an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen.

2023 Jeep Gladiator engine

2023 Jeep Gladiator Engine Specs

The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is a pickup truck that will be available with some of the existing engines. As standard, it uses a 3.6-liter V6 powertrain that makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine is very potent, and it has a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. However, you can still attach an 8-speed automatic transmission optionally.

More fuel-friendly is a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 that develops 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the first one, this unit is linked solely to the automatic transmission. From some early testings, the Jeep Gladiator provides EPA city/highway fuel economy of 22/28 mpg (Sport, Overland), 21/27 mpg (Rubicon).

How Much Can a 2023 Jeep Gladiator Tow?

From the information that we got, the 2023 Jeep Gladiator thanks to a 5-foot truck bed can tow 7,650 pounds. However, in the same category are Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon models and both with a diesel engine tops 7,700 pounds.

2023 Jeep Gladiator rear

2023 Jeep Gladiator Price and Release Date

As far as we know, there are 10 different versions of the 2023 Gladiator. There’s an old Sport model, Willys Sport, Sport S, Willys, Texas Trail, and Altitude. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the Sport variant is $35,315, while Overland starts at almost $43,500.

However, the most favorite Rubicon and Mojave models are both around $47,260. If you full-load this truck with options, it could exceed $60,000. Compared to off-road competitors, the Gladiator is in line with the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 that starts at $40K, likewise the GMC Canyon AT4. As for the release date, all models are postponed for the next year.

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