2020 JEEP GLADIATOR RUBICON


The Gladiator does real truck stuff. Towing capacity with the 3.6-liter V6, the only engine offered at launch, is 7650 pounds, just shy of the diesel Colorado/Canyon and trouncing the Tacoma. Payload is 1650 pounds. Hitting those numbers required Jeep to significantly beef up the Wrangler’s frame and increase engine cooling. That, along with a 20-inch longer wheelbase, pads the Gladiator’s curb weight by some 400 pounds compared to a four-door Wrangler with similar equipment. A V6-powered, two-door Wrangler hit 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds in R&T testing, so expect a Gladiator, which has the same 285-hp output, to clock in at … not fast.