What’s There to Love About the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon?

So, you’re considering picking up a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. You’ve been hearing good things, but you have questions: Is it a “real” Jeep? Is it tough? What’s it like off road? Is it like owning a Wrangler? Is it fun? How much can it accessorized? And the biggest question of all: What’s there to love about the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon? Read on for those answer from and more”

About the 2022 Jeep Gladiator

First off, this crew-cab pickup truck is indeed a Jeep. So, if you’re a fan of the brand – the Wrangler in particular — you won’t be disappointed. For one thing, you can, indeed, hack around off road, if that’s what you’re worried about. But more on that later.

The Gladiator, which is the only convertible truck out there, by the way, has a five-foot cargo bed, four doors, standard four-wheel drive, and a larger back seat than other midsize pickups.

Specs-wise, we’re talking a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 285 horses and has a towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds (higher than that of a Wrangler). Your transmission choices are an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual. Oh, and the truck, which starts at close to $37,000, seats five.

What About the Off-Road Experience?

Hey, let’s make it plain: this ride is off-road ready, straight out of the box. Yeah, the Wrangler is more agile in the mud and dirt, but you do get a better ride with the Jeep Gladiator, owing to its longer wheelbase. Plus, you also get removable body panels; the doors and roof do come off! There’s nothing quite like gobbling up some lumpy terrain while in the open air, as free as you can be.

And if you’re in the mood for several consecutive days off road, the Rubicon is totally accommodating: all your bags and gear can stow nicely inside the cab.

Here’s the deal: if you’re simply planning on using the Rubicon to tow or haul, that’s cool, but you will be missing out. You should certainly take advantage of the transfer case 4:1 reduction ration, 33-inch-tall tires, the Rubicon’s disconnecting front anti-roll bar, rock sliders, and its higher-than-the-Wrangler’s ground clearance. And despite the Rubicon’s longer wheelbase, its breakover angle is just 2.3 degrees shallower than that of the Wrangler Unlimited. What’s more, the Rubicon comes standard with industrial-strength rock rails that sit between its wheels and under the pickup bed, which shields the lower body from dents and scratches when rumbling over obstacles.

It’s like the smart girl who gets demerits, or askance looks, because she’s also beautiful. Don’t blame the Rubicon for its versatility and cornucopia of attributes!

What Else Is There to Love About the Rubicon?

Well, it does offer what’s called an off-road + drive mode, which can be activated for the rear axle or front and rear axles together, which helps you get the most from rock climbing or clambering through dreck. And better dampers, plus that long wheelbase, equals a darned comfy and controlled ride.

While there’s a long list of options, which can really add up, you don’t really need them to experience the Rubicon’s essence. In short, this is the best Gladiator available.

What’s there to love about the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon? To borrow from a famous sonnet, we have “counted the ways.” Or most of them, at least. The bottom line is that this is a super choice for Jeep afficionados who need a ride that has that rugged Jeep character, loads of loves to go off road, and that can tow and haul like a truck.

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