Our Opinion - 2022 Jeep Gladiator Review

A Gladiator is a no-brainer if you love Jeep but need a truck bed. However, it’s not our top pick among the current crop of midsize trucks on the market.

The Gladiator’s off-road capabilities are the most important reason to buy one, not its Wrangler-like appearance. We discovered that Gladiator can do everything its sibling does (particularly in the Mojave version), through mountain biking to rock crawling, thanks to the vehicle’s basic 4-wheel drive.

Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator’s on-road driving is a major disappointment. A lot of body roll was observed throughout our testing, necessitating numerous steering corrections to keep the pickup on a straight course. In addition, Jeep Gladiator’s suspension tuning needs work; the vehicle jitters and bounces when driven on less-than-ideal terrain. On extended trips, the seats might become uncomfortably unpleasant due to the weakened state of the interior ergonomics.

There are further issues with the Gladiator compared to its pickup truck competitors. In our testing, we discovered that towing was a terrifying and almost hazardous experience, even with the gasoline model. In addition, the only size accessible is a five-foot bed, although most of the competitors offer at least two other sizes of box.

Despite all the problems, Jeep pickup consumers may be able to see past these criticisms. A unique appearance and exceptional off-road prowess are only two of the Gladiator’s many advantages.

  • The Sport level includes standard Uconnect 4 with a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
  • Benchmark on Overland, Rubicon, & Mojave trims is Uconnect 4 with an 8.4-inch display.
  • On the Rubicon and Mojave trims, a navigation system and a nine-speaker audio system are included as standard equipment.
  • On the Overland, Rubicon, & Mojave models, keyless entry is standard.
  • Filter for the cab.
  • Replacement for Billet Silver: Silver Zenith.


  • Ability to travel off-road
  • Unique to this category is a detachable roof


  • Inconsistent driving habits
  • Basic trim is devoid of options
  • There is only one bed size available

People who love Jeeps but require the practicality of a pickup bed will find the Gladiator to be the perfect vehicle. It’s based on the iconic Wrangler look and will be available through 2022 with only modest modifications to the rest of the model series. The off-road prowess makes up for what it lacks in road manners. A Gladiator competes with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, and Ford Ranger in the midsize truck market.

Every Gladiator is outfitted with four-wheel drive, courtesy of Jeep. The usual transmission is a six-speed manual, although a 8 automatic is also an option. The base model is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

When combined with a manual transmission, this engine delivers an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, while an automatic transmission returns 17/22 mpg city/highway.

With a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 producing 260 horsepower & 442 lb-ft of torque, Jeep delivers the Gladiator. In order to get the EPA-rated 22/28 mpg, this engine must be mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the Rubicon trim level drops the fuel economy to 21/27mpg. Are you looking for a 392 cubic-inch V-8? For the time being, this particular trim is exclusive to the Jeep Wrangler.

A base Gladiator Sport with the gas V-6 and manual transmission completed the 0-to-60 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds during our testing. The 3.6-liter V-6 in the Gladiator Rubicon and the eight-speed automatic in the Mojave only managed to finish the identical test in 8.6 seconds in each vehicle. Gladiator Sport’s diesel model performed better, reaching Needs a Number Here miles per hour from a stand-in 7.9 seconds instead of 8.2 seconds.

Compared to the Chevrolet Colorado, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated the 2022 Gladiator’s vehicle crash effectiveness at four stars and its rollover performance at 3 stars (out of a maximum five stars). Advanced collision warning with automated urgent braking, blind-spot tracking, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control are all available on Jeep’s Gladiator.

Although the Ford Ranger comes in second place, the Jeep Gladiator has greater room. Only the Gladiator has more legroom in the front seat of the Blue Oval’s medium truck.

In The First And Second Rows, There Is Plenty Of Legroom:

  • 41.2/38.3 inches for the 2022 Gladiator
  • 43.1/34.5 inches for the 2022 Ranger

First And Second-Row Legroom:

  • Gladiator in 2022 will be 42.8 inches tall.
  • 39.8/38.3 inches for the Ranger in 2022

Only one bed size is available for the Gladiator. In terms of dimensions, the box measures 60.3, is 44.8, is 56.8, and is around 18.0 inches deep when measured at the wheel wells. There is a 29.7-inch lift-over. A bed extender for Jeeps is also available.

The Gladiator Game or Sport S with the fuel V-6, automatic gearbox, & Max Tow package is the most capable Gladiator for towing. This set-up allows the 2022 Gladiator to tow up to 7,650 pounds of cargo. When towing, the Rubicon models are capable of pulling 7,000 pounds, while a Gladiator Mojave & Overland are capable of hauling 6,000 pounds.

The Gladiator’s maximum payload rating is 1,700 lbs when equipped with the gasoline V-6 & manual transmission at the Performance or Sport S trim level. The Gladiator’s maximum payload reduces to 1,120-1,200 pounds if you choose the Frontier, Mojave, or Rubicon trim levels. A gasoline V-6 & automatic transmission are required for the Gladiator’s lowest payload rating of 1,105 pounds.

Jeep Gladiator Mojave Is The Recommended Trim:

Jeep’s pickup truck, the Gladiator Mojave, is the best available. The Mojave is on par with the Rubicon, but it’s gear is more suited to blasting down terrain at high speeds. Fox Shox 2.5-inch internal bypass with remote reservoirs have been added to Jeep’s Gladiator.

Another set of upgrades includes a slew of hydraulic bump stops at front suspension, a widened front truck, a lockable rear axle, and a brake-based engine power front axle. Despite only having a 3.6-liter V-6 motor and an eight-speed automatic or manual transmission option, the Mojave is our top pick for Gladiator which has virtually the same rock-crawling capabilities as the Rubicon, but its suspension modifications let it get there that much faster.

Easter Eggs For Jeep Gladiators:

Gladiator’s interiors and exterior trim features a slew of interesting and amusing features. The wheels and the right-hand corner of the windscreen bear the silhouette of a Willys MB. The display unit in the instrument panel also features a picture of a Willys.

There are a handful of Easter Eggs in the Gladiator’s plastic. It’s not a literal egg, but a surprise feature that you’ll find somewhere on the vehicle. For example, the Gladiator’s truck bed is marked with the area code 419, which represents the Toledo, Ohio facility where it is made.

To honor Jeep fan and journalist Rick Pewe, who published for MotorTrend Group publications like Peterson’s 4-Wheel & Off-rail, a pair of small flip-flop sandals adorn the plastic trim of the hood. Finally, Jeep claims that the Gladiator’s 3 wheel is a nod to the 1940s original Willys vehicles.

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  • The Colorado is a Chevy.
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