Jeep Gladiator Off-Road Review

2022 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Driving Through Sand Dunes

If you’re looking for a rugged new pickup truck around Ventura, Santa Barbara Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram FIAT® has got the perfect model for you: the Jeep Gladiator! The Gladiator is a relatively new member of the Jeep lineup, but it’s quickly made a name for itself, with powerful specs and tough capabilities over all types of terrain. Jeep vehicles are famous for their strong off-roading prowess, and the Gladiator doesn’t disappoint! Check out the guide below for details on the Jeep Gladiator ground clearance and other off-road features, as well as some critical excerpts of this mid-size pickup.

Jeep Gladiator Specs & Off-Road Features

The Jeep Gladiator is the first-ever Trail Rated pickup truck, as proven by strenuous off-road testing. In addition to its robust Gladiator Falken tires and a ground clearance of 10 inches, the Gladiator comes with a choice of two engines: a 3.6L Pentastar V6 and a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6. Here are the relevant specs for both:

  • 3.6L Pentastar V6 / 285 hp / 260 lb-ft of torque 7,700-pound towing capacity
  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 / 260 hp / 442 lb-ft of torque / 6,500-pound towing capacity

The Gladiator was built with off-roading in mind, handling the toughest terrain as easily as local Oxnard errands. Here are a few highlighted off-road-ready features that you’ll find on the new Gladiator:

  • 4×4 capability
  • Water fording up to 31.5 inches
  • Tru-Lok Electronic Locking Differentials
  • Segment-Exclusive Sway Bar Disconnect
  • Steel rock rails
  • Front and rear tow hooks
  • Jeep Gladiator Suspension
  • Steel skid plates

Jeep Gladiator Review Highlights

We love the Jeep Gladiator, but you don’t have to take our word for it! The foremost auto industry efforts have a lot to say about this adventurous mid-size pickup. 

In a review of the Jeep Gladiator, Car and Driver writes that it easily combines the power and capability of the iconic Jeep Wrangler with the convenience of a pickup truck. They draw particular attention to the “trail-conquering capability,” “generous ground clearance,” and “copious skid plates” of the Gladiator, concluding that it is “both a legitimate pickup truck and a trail-ready tool.”

Edmunds rates the 2023 Jeep Gladiator their #2 Mid-Size Truck, calling it “very easy to like” and noting that it “does almost anything the Jeep Wrangler can do” while adding the convenience of a rear cargo bed and higher tow ratings. They name the Jeep Gladiator’s “Pros” as its convertibility, its spacious back seat, and (of course) its “rugged Jeep character and off-road prowess.”

Discover the Jeep Gladiator at Santa Barbara Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram FIAT®!

Interested in seeing how the Jeep Gladiator suspension handles on the road for yourself? Contact our office to set up a test drive around Goleta! We’ll show you the different trims and you can even get a better idea of the dimensions in person. 


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