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Eric's Autos: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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The Jeep Wrangler has always been its own thing -- and that's probably the thing that accounts for its enduring popularity. But how about a more practical Wrangler? One that can haul more stuff -- and pull a lot more stuff?

Enter the Gladiator.

What It Is

The Gladiator is a stretched version of the four-door Jeep Wrangler, with a 5-foot bed accounting for most of the increased length and giving the Gladiator much more cargo-carrying capacity and more than twice the towing capacity (7,650 pounds versus just 3,500 of the Wrangler).

It's basically a midsize, crew cab truck -- but with some uniquely Jeep features you won't find in any other midsize truck, including the ability to go topless and doorless, just like the Wrangler.

Prices start at $33,545 for the elemental S trim, which comes without power locks or windows, in keeping with the Jeep ethos of ruggedness and simplicity.


Power options are available, of course -- but it's very Jeep that you can skip them.

The $40,395 Overland comes with luxury touches such as leather trim and ambient interior lighting, as well as power windows and locks, a 7-inch LCD touch screen and 18-inch alloy wheels in place of the steel 17-inch wheels that come standard otherwise.

For maximum off-road capability, there's the Rubicon, which comes with locking front and rear differentials, 11.1 inches of ground clearance, 33-inch all-terrain tires and an electrically disengaging front sway bar to allow for greater front suspension articulation when rock crawling.

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