Jeep has a reputation for providing the best off-road vehicles that serve adventurous people. With the Gladiator, the brand provides an ultimate ‘best of both worlds’ off-road vehicle that fuses the truck’s functionality with the Wrangler’s untamed spirit.
Carrying on the momentum of its predecessor, the Jeep Gladiator boasts a new Freedom Special Edition option for the 2023 model year, which combines premium amenities with extra capabilities. But besides that, the majority of the Gladiator features are carryovers.
The Gladiator delivers outstanding off-roading performance, a variety of trims, strong V6 engines, a unique look, and great towing capacity. Additionally, you receive a pickup vehicle that can transform into a convertible. The new Jeep Gladiator takes on the Toyota Tacoma, the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Sierra, and the Nissan Frontier.
With the entry of the new trim, the 2023 Jeep Gladiator now comes in nine models and packages: Sport, Willys Sport, Sport S, Willys, Overland, Freedom, Rubicon, Mojave, and High Altitude, with prices ranging from $40,570 to $55,875. Here’s what you should know about the 2023 Jeep Gladiator.
The Freedom Edition Model Is A Tribute To The Military
Honoring the U.S. armed forces, the brand-new Freedom special edition adds an American flag sticker to the side and a unique Oscar Mike badge to the rear tailgate. The trim also comes standard with beautifully designed LED headlights and fog lights.
The inside of the Freedom has leather-adorned fabric seats, and steel rock rails that protect it from flying rocks. Increasing capability is also a major element of the Capability Package available on the High Altitude, which provides a steel front bumper and rock rails. Additionally, the package includes a front-mounted camera that allows users to see any obstructions in front of them in real-time. To improve trail capabilities, you can also install winches on the steel front and rear bumpers.
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator Offers Two Engine Choices
The Gladiator comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission, a basic V6 engine is a fantastic option for daily driving since it has enough power to reach highway speeds and low-end torque for off-roading. The Gladiator with the standard V6 has a payload capability of up to 1,700 lbs and a towing capacity of up to 7,650 lbs when correctly equipped.
With 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 engine is a viable option. It includes an automated eight-speed gearbox as standard equipment. Depending on the trim level, upgrading to the diesel engine may cost you $4,000 or more. Although we love the diesel’s low-down power, its payload and towing capacities are also reduced to 1,325 and 6,500 lbs, respectively. The diesel engine seems more energetic while hauling, even if it doesn’t have the same capacity as the normal V6 engine.
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator Is A Capable Off-Roading Truck
First off, the Gladiator is approximately a foot longer than other mid-size pickups like the Tacoma and Ranger, yet it has the same width as the Wrangler (73.8 inches). A four-wheel drive system is standard on all Gladiator grades, and an automated system is available on most trims for $795. The transfer case has lower gearing and stronger construction, while the Rubicon trim includes locking front and rear differentials.
The eight-speed automatic is available for $2,000 while the six-speed manual is standard on most levels. The diesel engine costs $4,000 more, but it also requires an automatic transmission, which costs another $2,500. Despite the diesel engine’s higher efficiency, the EPA predicts that owing to fuel costs, it will cost $200 more per year to fill than the gas version.
On top of the truck’s boxy form, which provides it with outstanding approach, break-over, and departure angles, every Gladiator comes with standard four-wheel drive (4WD), skid plates, robust axles, and a low-range transfer case. Depending on your off-roading inclinations, Jeep provides a couple of variants with even greater potential. The Rubicon is a rock-crawling route. Customers who want to race via dirt routes and dunes will flock to the Mojave. Both trims have identical equipment, but they have particular touches that allow them to be exceptionally proficient in their own domains.
Interior Design And Infotainment System Are A Carryover
Like its predecessor, the 2023 Gladiator features a cool-looking cabin, with intuitively placed, easily accessible controls, the perfect seating position, and enhanced rear seat capacity, giving the Gladiator a significant edge over competing crew-cab trucks.
The aesthetic of the infotainment touchscreen is appealing, and responds quickly. A sensible combination of fixed buttons, knobs, and touchscreen controls makes it simple to operate as well. The optional Alpine radio produces a satisfyingly clear sound. The Jeep’s interior offers 38.3 inches of legroom and roughly 41 inches of headroom, squaring up boldly against its competition.
2023 Jeep Gladiator: Pricing And Features
The starting price for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator is $40,570 (destination inclusive). The Jeep Gladiator is available with a new High-Velocity yellow paint, which adds $395 to the sticker price, replacing the old Snazzberry hue. Climbing the family ladder, the Willys Sport starts at $42,880, and it adds a gloss-black bumper and grille trim, mud-terrain tires, 17-inch black aluminum wheels, and rock rails.
The Sport S trim level starts at $43,970, adding an upgraded interior trim, and a premium steering wheel. On the off-road territory, the Mojave model brings for high-speed desert running, whereas Rubicon and Mojave variants are both intended for distinct terrain.
Sources: Jeep, Stellantis