No V6 truck has any right to sound this good.
Less than a year after launch, there is already a range of aftermarket exhaust options for the new Jeep Gladiator pickup truck from Borla Exhaust, and we're having a real tough time deciding which one we like best. Would we go with a rear-exit S-Type? A side-exit ATAK system? Or something a bit more tame?
No matter what the exhaust of choice, the exhaust note gets a significant sonic improvement, making the Gladiator's 3.6L Pentastar V6 - an engine not necessarily known for its pleasing tone - sound better than any V6 has any right to.
The most basic catalyst-back system design from Borla - the single rear-exit Climber - is so-named because it offers a comparatively high clearance for off-roading purposes. If you plan on taking your new Jeep Gladiator off the pavement, that's the one we'd recommend.
But if you can do with a bit less clearance, Borla's side-exit systems look fantastic, and looks matter with a vanity purchase like an aftermarket exhaust system. All of these systems are available with polished or black-finish round tips, so you can tailor the look even further to suit your preferences.
In addition to enhancing the Gladiator's natural exhaust note, these catalyst-back exhaust systems from Borla Exhaust promise modest bumps in peak torque and horsepower, thanks to their ability to aid in efficient exhaust scavenging. They're made from 2.75-inch-diameter T-304 stainless steel that should hold up well against years of exposure to the elements.
The Jeep Gladiator is Fiat Chrysler's first mid-size pickup truck since the Dodge/Ram Dakota nameplate was retired after the 2011 model year. It's been relatively successful for Jeep so far, racking up more than 40,000 unit sales throughout 2019, while production was still getting off the ground. That said, we don't imagine we'll be seeing any more excessive dealer markups, and in fact, late last month, Jeep began offering thousands in discount on the Gladiator across the country.