2020 Jeep Gladiator vs Wrangler
Viewed from the front or inside the cabin, the Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Wrangler almost look like the same vehicle. They have the same grille, round headlights, boxy shape, and overall distinctive Jeep look. Plus, they have the exact same width and the Gladiator is just an inch and a half taller than the Wrangler. But then you look again and see that truck bed and realize that the Gladiator is something entirely new. That’s right. Jeep took the look of the Wrangler and made a compact pickup truck. How different are these two Jeep vehicles? And which is better for your driving needs and wants? Keep reading.
Storage Space: 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Obviously, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is going to have more storage space than the Jeep Wrangler. Jeep has only tacked on a 5-foot bed, but the Jeep Wrangler four-door version can’t compete–even with 32 cubic feet of storage behind the back seat and 72 cubes with that seat folded down. If you want your cargo in a closed cabin, the Jeep Wrangler is your best option. But the Jeep Gladiator has more space overall, along with adjustable tie-downs, an in-bed power outlet, and a three-stage tailgate that can be locked into a halfway-down position.
Engine Output: It’s a Tie!
This category is a dead heat. That’s because the Gladiator and the Wrangler share the exact same engine. We’re talking about the 285-horsepower V6 the delivers 260 pound-feet of torque. There’s another engine option on the Jeep Wrangler, with less horsepower but more torque: the 2-liter turbocharged inline-4. But there’s also the promise that the Gladiator will soon have a second engine option as well. Later in the model year, Jeep plans to add a turbocharged V6 EcoDiesel powertrain.
Off-Road Performance: 2019 Jeep Wrangler
To be fair, the Jeep Wrangler has a shorter wheelbase, so stability is built in. Even so, both the Wrangler and the Gladiator are incredibly confident off-road. Every trim level of the Gladiator is built for off-roading, thanks to standard features like a transfer case and skid plates. The trim level best suited for the roads less traveled is the Gladiator Rubicon with front and rear locking differentials, a sway bar, rock rails, a brush guard, and rugged 33-inch tires. Another feature you’re sure to love that is totally unique to the Gladiator’s compact pickup class is its removable top and sides and fold-down windshield. Get ready to get up close and personal with Mother Nature.
The Wrangler, of course, has the same removable top and sides and fold-down windshield. Its standard skid plates and part-time four-wheel drive make this SUV on off-roader’s dream. And, of course, the Wrangler has its own Rubicon, with performance suspension and a locking rear differential. This category is a close race, but the compact SUV frame just suits off-roading slightly better than a compact truck does.