What are the Differences Between the Jeep Gladiator And Jeep Wrangler?


Starting from its roots as a military vehicle revamped for civilian use, Jeep has developed a reputation for rugged, capable automobiles—from SUVs to off-road vehicles and pickup trucks—that are just as fit for work and transportation as they are for recreation. A selection of dedicated models makes up the Jeep lineup, with each design modified and refined over the years to continue the renowned legacy. 

Among the Jeep models available in Florida this year, two stand out: the Jeep Wrangler, the descendant of the original 4x4 vehicle released by the brand, and the Jeep Gladiator, a new model that inherits much from the Wrangler while crossing it with a pickup. Both have much to offer for long-time fans and newcomers to the Jeep brand, so deciding which to choose comes down to how they differ. When shopping around for new Jeeps in Miami, consider what each has to offer. 


The most apparent difference between the Wrangler and Gladiator is in their respective bodies. While the Wrangler keeps the classic boxy SUV profile, the Gladiator replaces the trunk with a five feet long bed. Though each one is well-suited to carry plenty of cargo, whether at work or on the road, heavy-duty hauls will particularly appreciate the Gladiator's bed. The addition of this bed makes the Gladiator considerably longer, too—219" versus the Wrangler's 188", with part of that extra length owing to the modified wheelbase. To let it perform truck duties effectively, the Gladiator features wider slats on the front grille and a lighter steel frame to support the larger body.



The Wrangler and Gladiator share an interior that is similar in style and comfort, apart from a few features in the back row seats. The Wrangler's back seats can fold down to expand the cargo space even more. The seats in the Gladiator can also fold down, though there's no trunk that this space connects to. Instead, a storage compartment underneath the seats allows just enough space to stow some extra supplies. A portable Bluetooth speaker comes optional in the Gladiator, too, letting you play your favorite music both in and out of the vehicle.



Both the Gladiator and the Wrangler come standard with a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine and either an eight-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual. However, the Wrangler has more options presently, showcasing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with a mild-hybrid system that offers extra fuel efficiency that the Gladiator lacks. Both vehicles can expect a 3.0-liter diesel V6 join the lineup, and there may be a plug-in hybrid on the way as well. In either vehicle, four-wheel drive is the standard. 

Like most Jeeps, the Wrangler has substantial towing and hauling power, rating at up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity and a total 900-pound payload. The Gladiator goes above and beyond with a towing capacity as high as 7,650 pounds and 1,600-pound payload capacity.



A major draw of any Jeep is its off-road capabilities, and both models are at their best here. The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator alike have a suite of suspension features and protection for the vehicle's exterior, and the Gladiator layers on additional rock sliders to protect the bed. This compensates for the Gladiator's substantial wheelbase potentially making navigation on rough terrain more difficult, though many drivers find midsize pickups like it fully capable of tackling these trails anyway.


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Between the 2019 Wrangler and 2020 Gladiator, the latter's pickup bed and higher towing and payload capacity make it especially suited for hauling, while off-roaders may find the former easier to handle in tight conditions. Either is more than able to offer what you need, though. If you're seeking a new 2019 Jeep in Miami, both of these are available at Planet Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM. Stop by to learn more or take them on a test drive for yourself!

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