Wrangler vs Gladiator?

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As a non-truck/non-offroading, city dwelling, winter climate living, dog loving, convertible lover... I seriously considered the Gladiator before settling on the JLU. I was worried about parking it in an urban parking garage, and my brother has a Silverado. The JLU is shorter and easier to manuever in tight places.

I think much the way the Ford Maverick isn't for real truck people... I don't think the Gladiator is either. They're pickups focused at people who wouldn't normally buy a pickup.

 

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May not be a popular opinion but facts are facts... a gladiator is not a jeep for "jeepers" and it's not enough of a truck for people who want a truck.

Its trying to grab that market that tge scrambler did back in the day... reality is they were not great sellers back then. Honestly it might of been smarter to make it a 2 door.
 

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I’m in the camp that thinks the gladiators are FUGLY until they’re lifted and on 40’s, then they suddenly look amazing.

Still don’t think I’d buy one though.
 

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Dumb question, but does the Gladiator ride better than a JLU or does it have the same steering issues as the JLU? We don't take my wife's JLU Sahara on longer trips because I hate driving it on the highway, I feel like I'm constantly trying to keep it in the lane. Don't get me wrong, I love her Jeep, it's fun, but it's not for me on long trips. Wondering how the Gladiator compares.
 


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There are Pro's and cons to each. I have a Gladiator and love it, wife has a JL and loves it. You can build either to pretty much do what you want, with a few exceptions.
 


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The problem is they're ugly.
Jeep made the owner drive the front part of a JL and added a short bed.
A totally unique vehicle would do better.
 

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I like em !!! and last years sales were about 1 Gladiator for every 2 Wranglers so they are selling great and are going nowhere
I have a 2020 Ram Classic Hemi 4x4 mega cab I got for 29k new which way does truck better than Gladiator and I can't justify a move like that right now with a JK and JL in the driveway but.....
Get a hot color like Tuscadero or Mojito! on them and a base unit with Extreme Recon and I may just reconsider my stance
They are Jeeps !!! - our 4 doors are Jeeps as much as the 2's too!
Trevors Jeep Kaiser M-715 is definitely a Jeep too - but thats about it
Trevors Jeep.jpg

Best not to say otherwise too ! 😲
 

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As a non-truck/non-offroading, city dwelling, winter climate living, dog loving, convertible lover... I seriously considered the Gladiator before settling on the JLU. I was worried about parking it in an urban parking garage, and my brother has a Silverado. The JLU is shorter and easier to manuever in tight places.

I think much the way the Ford Maverick isn't for real truck people... I don't think the Gladiator is either. They're pickups focused at people who wouldn't normally buy a pickup.
Yes and no. It’s built on a frame and is definitely a pickup and it definitely can tow. I traded my Ram 2500 crew cab long bed 4x4 for the gladiator, because it is fully capable of doing the truck stuff I need it to do but now I can do Jeep stuff too. Best of both worlds no compromise except in interior space. The gladiator also is very manageable in a parking garage, cameras are definitely a plus but it’s just as narrow as your JLU and turns at a surprisingly tight radius.
 

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There are lots of JT Diesels, just not Mojave for whatever reason.
To me it’s clear that the Mojave was designed for a hemi but the political climate changed dramatically and that, unfortunately will no longer happen. I may be ignorant because my Mojave is my first Jeep, but, I don’t have any problem with the power of the 3.6, it’s handled everything I’ve thrown at it as far as towing and off-roading. I did change my rear springs to max tow springs to minimize squat while trailering but it works wonderfully. That being said, if it does get a hurricane in the future, I will upgrade, if not, maybe a hemi swap after it’s paid off.

 

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