2022 Jeep Gladiator

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2022 Jeep Gladiator Review: The Best Made Better

Two years ago, Jeep finally introduced a pickup truck in the USA. Called the Jeep Gladiator, its name immediately conjures up images of sliding through tight gravel bends, chucking mud while crawling through a swampy marshland, and jumping over dunes. The Russell Crowe of trucks, then, but with better manners. Jeep enthusiasts will know what it really is, though, a pickup version of the Wrangler they all love, but instead of using the Wrangler's platform, it inherits mechanical aspects from the Ram 1500. Despite this, it competes in the midsize truck segment, where rivals include the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Chevrolet Colorado. As you'd expect, four-wheel drive is the only drivetrain for this truck, but what you might not expect is that in addition to a 285-horsepower gasoline V6 with a 7,650-pound towing capacity, Jeep also sells the Gladiator with a 260-hp 3.0-liter diesel V6 generating 442 lb-ft of torque from the Ram 1500. When it comes to midsize trucks, few have the presence and off-road capability of the Gladiator, but in a cut-throat segment in a country as obsessive over trucks as the USA, the Gladiator won't have it easy, and with the price of the Jeep truck being on the high side, the brand loyalists will need to be its biggest supporters.

Read in this review:

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2022 Jeep Gladiator Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Jeep Gladiator?

After a big year of changes last year that included the introduction of the 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine and a slew of special editions, 2022 is a year of consolidation for the Gladiator. It is essentially a carryover model without any changes, although Jeep is known to introduce special editions at any time and we could see one or two as the year progresses. In other news, it's worth noting that, as part of the Dual-Door Group option, Jeep Performance Parts now offers half doors with a choice of upper-door assemblies for the Gladiator to enhance that feel of open-air freedom.

Pros and Cons

  • Stand-out design
  • Decent towing ability
  • Extremely capable off-road
  • You can remove the roof and doors
  • Usable rear-seat space
  • Intuitive Uconnect infotainment
  • Not the most refined highway cruiser
  • Steering not the most responsive
  • Noisy cabin
  • Safety features cost extra

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2022 Jeep Gladiator Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,170
Altitude
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,170
Texas Trail
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,170
Willys
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,170
Willys Sport
3.6L V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
$37,170
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2022 Gladiator Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 218.0 in
  • Wheelbase 137.3 in
  • Height 75.0 in
  • Max Width 73.8 in
  • Curb Weight 4,650.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Clearcoat +$395
  • Firecracker Red Clearcoat +$395
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat +$395
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat +$395
  • Sarge Green Clearcoat +$395
  • Silver Zynith Clearcoat +$395
  • Snazzberry Pearlcoat +$395
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat +$395
  • Limited Edition Gobi Clearcoat, Late Availability +$495
  • Bright White Clearcoat

2022 Gladiator Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Diesel, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator suffers from poor road manners. We can excuse this to a certain extent, given that it was built with off-roading in mind. The vague steering is extremely annoying on the road but an advantage when driving swiftly on dirt and sand. As anyone with high-speed dirt-driving experience will tell you, the secret to smooth direction changes is minute steering inputs. Having sports car-like steering will result in some serious scratches... on the roof. Having said that, it's getting more difficult to forgive Jeep these mistakes. We now live in a world where cars like the Land Rover Defender and Toyota Land Cruiser offer serious off-road potential, but without feeling so wayward on the blacktop, and our experience overseas with a Ford Ranger Raptor really gives us reason to believe Jeep needs to do better.

There are three different four-wheel-drive systems to choose from. The first is Command-Trac, standard on the Sport, Overland, and Mojave. This is an old-school part-time 4WD system with rear-wheel-drive, 4WD High, and 4WD Low. It's a basic setup that works well, especially if you want to do big, epic slides in the Mojave. Like most part-time systems, you can't use the 4WD High mode on the tarmac, as it will only result in axle binding and the damage that comes with it.

Jeep must have noticed the complaints regarding the Gladiator's uncooperative handling nature on-road because you can now opt for a 4WD system called Selec-Trac. It has the same driving modes as the standard setup but with one extra mode. In the standard 4WD system, the center differential is permanently locked, splitting the power 50:50 between the front and rear axle. Selec-Trac offers a 4WD high mode with an unlocked center differential, allowing the front and rear axles to operate independently.

Finally, there's the part-time 4:1 Rock-Trac, standard on the Rubicon. You get the same driving modes, but with an extra-low crawling gear. As an added bonus, you can also disconnect the sway bar for added wheel articulation in true Jeep fashion.

In short, there's now a 4WD system for every driving situation. If you want a Gladiator that offers optimal grip at high speeds on tarmac, Selec-Trac is the best option. For serious off-road duty, Rock-Trac is the best option.

We can't discuss the handling and driving impression without mentioning the Mojave model specifically. It's basically a Raptor competitor, equipped with lifted 2.5-inch FOX internal-bypass shocks with external reservoirs to keep the heat low. Throw in some hydraulic bump stops, and you have a serious off-roader that wouldn't look out of place competing in the Baja 100.

It's an odd driving experience, and you have to build confidence to exploit it fully. In the beginning, you brace for an impact after bravely jumping a dune, but the impact never comes. After a while, you learn to trust the suspension, but finding that limit and learning how to drive what is essentially a truck with an off-road racing suspension takes time.

2022 Gladiator Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.2 in
  • Front Head Room 42.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 42.8 in

2022 Gladiator Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Gladiator Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Jeep Gladiator A Good Pickup Truck?

The price of the Jeep Gladiator is relatively steep, starting at $34,645. That's okay, because it's more of a niche product than an outright rival to the likes of the Toyota Tacoma. Toyota drivers believe in durability and reliability above all else, and are unlikely to be swayed by a removable roof and doors.

If anything, Jeep will be pilfering sales from itself. The Wrangler is also a hardcore off-roader, which asks its owner to make some sacrifices in terms of daily useability. The Gladiator does almost everything the Wrangler is capable of but wrapped in the appealing body of a pickup truck, which seems like a solid alternative to us. To be blunt, the Gladiator brings nothing new to the table. What it does is inject some fun into the midsize pickup truck segment, which is a refreshing change from the usual bean-counter-driven product planning we're used to seeing.

Since there is such a wide spread of abilities within the range, the 2022 Gladiator is a vehicle that caters to both hardcore off-roaders and those looking for a smaller alternative to the F-150 Raptor. Since Ford doesn't offer the Ranger Raptor in the USA, the Gladiator Mojave gets to play around in a segment of one.

2022 Jeep Gladiator Comparisons

Toyota Tacoma Toyota
Jeep Wrangler Jeep
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Gladiator285 hp17/22 mpg$38,775
Toyota Tacoma 278 hp18/22 mpg$27,150
Jeep Wrangler 285 hp17/25 mpg$31,195

2022 Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is also a midsize truck with proper off-roading credentials. It's more affordable, offers more body styles and bed sizes, and has built a reputation for being reliable. While the Toyota can be equipped with a bigger six-foot bed, the 3.6-liter V6 engine in the Jeep is capable of towing more.

The Toyota comes with more safety features, but the Gladiator is newer and more interesting.

It boils down to what you want to do with the truck. If you want a dependable truck that will get you there and back, the Toyota is the right call. But if you want to make a statement, and have some fun, the Jeep is a better choice. It's the one that'll tackle desert trails and climb rocks with far more aplomb, and it'll steal the limelight wherever you go.

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2022 Jeep Gladiator vs Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler matches the Gladiator in many ways. They look the same, have the same interior, and you can remove the roof and doors on both.

They also share the same weaknesses, but the Gladiator does more to fix them. Both the turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 in the Wrangler can feel underpowered at high speed. The Gladiator is available with a new diesel V6, which fixes that problem. A previous Wrangler flaw - the lack of the Selec-Trac 4WD system that allows for four-wheel drive on tarmac - has now been fixed though, adding an additional layer of active safety to the Wrangler that it didn't have previously.

The Gladiator is also more practical thanks to the bed, and the bigger wheelbase allowing for more interior space. It will boil down to the buyer's personality. Either way, he/she will end up with a great off-roader. It's on-road that the Gladiator performs better though, even if it is only marginally so.

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