I personally love the side spare tire mount. However, we all need to remember a couple of things.When they announced the Gladiator Concept back in 04/05 I swore I was going to get one. I had just replaced my TJ for a Ram Pickup. But when the production was green lighted over a decade later it had changed a lot. The side tire carrier, shorter bed and extra cab that opened up suicide door style were great touches that really had the right dimensions (for me). Don't get me wrong, I like the Gladiators. But to me they really needed to be lifted and have 37's to look right in my eye. When I bought my JLUR a couple months ago, I gave them another look. I'm happy with my decision, to each their own.
* MPG and federal requirements. That thing is basically a big sail hanging off the side.
I had this in a previous response - sorry for the repeatHmmm. I’m in North Louisiana and searching on Car Fax JTR’s with around 20K miles within a 500 mile radius seem to be about $15-20K off what I can build one for on Jeep’s website. Disclaimer: I have been wrong before. A lot.
In Sept 2020 - I was intent on finding a used Gladiator with less than 10K miles. The used ones I could find were just about the same price that I could get a NEW Gladiator from the dealer with incentives