Car Review: Jeep Gladiator

3 out of 5 stars

On Apr. 12, 2019, the 2019 Jeep Gladiator, aka the “Jeep Truck,” was initially released. Starting at $33,545, this 4,500 lb beast can reach up to 22 MPG on highways. As car models go, there is a variety of Jeep Gladiator options, with increasing prices respectively. For each model, customers have the option of manual versus automatic, automatic costing exactly $2,000 more. Said models include Sport, Overland, and Rubicon; the most advanced model, the Rubicon Automatic, is high priced at a total of $45,545.

While I was at the dealership, I was impressed with the upgraded features of Jeep. The Jeep Truck, compared to the standard Jeep Wrangler, doubled its towing capabilities from pulling 3,500 lbs to 7,650 lbs. On the interior, the passenger space is also increased, being 31 inches longer and 19.4 inches wider. The extra inches add to the comfort level and improve the vehicle’s handling when carrying cargo. Expectedly, the Gladiator’s doors and top are removable, with the additional feature of a foldable windshield. 

The Jeep Truck doesn’t earn my full five stars because, although it may function properly as a Jeep Wrangler, it barely upholds the status of a truck. Simply having a bed is not enough to consider it a worthwhile truck. When reading car experts’ reviews, I found that Jeep test timed the Gladiator. It took this gas guzzler 7.2 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. That is notably slower than an average truck. Unfortunately, the driving of the vehicle is also quite similar to a Wrangler’s, for the turns are not as precise as one may wish. Aesthetically, in my opinion, the vehicle is quite ugly. It is like looking at a jeep that got cut off in production and welded to the bed of a truck; in response to this creation, I say, “choose”, for this is not the best of both worlds. However, the vehicle’s value ultimately depends on the individual driver, their purpose, their driving style, and their desired functions.