2020 Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Jeep Gladiator – Costa Mesa, CA

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  • 2020 Jeep Wrangler

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    2020 Jeep Gladiator

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    260 - 285 HPHorsepower285 HP
    260 - 442 LB-FTTorque260 LB-FT
    22/24 MPGFuel Economy16/23 MPG

    Shopping for a vehicle can be tricky. It often requires comparing a variety of specs on a number of different vehicles. For example, if you’re looking at full-size trucks from competing manufacturers, you’ll want to consider vehicle engines, towing capacities, performance, and other similar features to see which one comes out ahead. But when comparing the 2020 Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the answers may not be so simple.

    At first glance, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and 2020 Jeep Gladiator appear to be very different vehicles, so any comparison may seem like an “apples to oranges” situation. The Jeep Wrangler is just what you expect, even if it has more torque available than has ever been found on a Wrangler. Meanwhile, the Gladiator is a short-box, midsize truck. For 2020 the Jeep Wrangler is trail-rated across all trims. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the first truck ever to receive a trail rated badge.

    If you are interested in off-roading, both of these vehicles prove to be an excellent companion. Trail rated vehicles need to meet five categories in order to earn a trail rated badge. These vehicles must be able to meet the categories of traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation, and ground clearance.

    But despite their obvious differences, the two vehicles share many similarities. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a truck built with the heart and soul of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, which means it’s engineered to do just about everything the Wrangler can do. A match between the two reveals no clear winner because they’re so much alike. The choice really comes down to which truck better suits your preferences – so visit us at Orange Coast CJDRF and check them out for yourself.

  • Performance

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    The 2020 Wrangler and 2020 Gladiator

    The same engines are available on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler or the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, with one exception. First, both vehicles come equipped with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that offers up to 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque; a great engine that gets an estimated 17 in the city and 25 mpg on the highway in the Jeep Wrangler, and an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway in the Gladiator.

    Diesel on the Wrangler and Gladiator?

    From there, a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine is available, offering up to 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque to the Wrangler or the Gladiator. It’s worth mentioning that this engine was not available on the Gladiator at its initial launch, so give us a call for more details about choosing it for the Wrangler or Gladiator.

    Additional Engines on the 2020 Wrangler

    The third available option for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is a 2.0L Turbo engine that offers up to 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you want more torque than horsepower, this engine gives the Wrangler a solid non-diesel option. However, this engine is not available with the Gladiator; one of the few distinctions between the two vehicles in terms of overall performance.

    Both the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator come with a 6-speed manual transmission standard or an available 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s important to note that while both vehicles have the same engine, they offer very different towing capacities. The Wrangler, when properly equipped, can tow up to 3,500 lbs. while the Gladiator has a maximum tow of up to 7,650 lbs. If towing is a priority for you, the Gladiator might be the better choice.

  • Off-Road Capability

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    Trail Rated Vehicles

    The 2020 Jeep Wrangler and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator are fantastic vehicles if you like to go off-road and hit up some challenging trails. While a lot of pickup trucks out there have a dedicated off-road trim, most only have one or two features for going off-road. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a true Jeep pickup and can handle pretty much any trail that the Wrangler can.

    Water Fording

    Both vehicles are designed to safely ford up to 30 inches of water, so you won’t have to worry about flooding. Both feature high air intakes, sealed electrical connections, and moisture-resistant body openings designed for getting through streams and creeks. Both vehicles also feature excellent, adaptable 4x4 systems, with the traction to tackle harsh road conditions.

    The Trail Rated Gladiator

    Both vehicles also offer fantastic ground clearance for driving with ease through uneven terrain and other types of debris. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the first pickup truck ever to be awarded the Trail Rated Badge, after rigorous testing on harsh terrain and in other extreme conditions. Jeep has earned its reputation as a quintessential off-road machine, and whether you choose the Wrangler or the Gladiator, you’ll find yourself in good company as you leave the road behind and explore the beauty of the natural world.

  • Interior

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    Style and Comfort

    Just because you want to hit the trail doesn’t mean you have to leave luxury behind. The interior of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator offer a fantastic combination of stylish comfort and practical functionality. Your options vary based on trim preference, but a variety of great features are available on each of these vehicles.

    The 2020 Jeep Wrangler

    The 2020 Jeep Wrangler has an available 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with navigation, numerous leather details available throughout the interior, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Also available is a 9-speaker Alpine Premium audio system with an overhead soundbar and all-weather subwoofer. Removable carpets and a one-way floor drain inside the Wrangler makes it easy to wash out and clean up after a long day on the trail.

    2020 Jeep Gladiator

    Many of the same excellent interior features are available in the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, emphasizing the fact that choosing the right vehicle is a matter of personal preference. Heated front seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control are available, along with 9-speaker Alpine Premium audio system and weatherproof Bluetooth speaker that recharges as you drive. This can also be removed, so you can take your music with you as you venture out to explore the landscape.

  • Safety

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    2020 Jeep Wrangler Safety Features

    Both the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator are exceptionally safe vehicles with countless standard and available safety features to choose from. The Wrangler has available ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView on the rear backup camera to help you easily fit into tight spots. You can also opt for available blind spot monitoring, a forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler is arguably the safest truck Jeep ever produced, designed to protect you both on and off-road.

    2020 Jeep Gladiator Safety Features

    As you might expect, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator has essentially the same available safety features as the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, including blind spot monitoring, a forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Gladiator also has available rear cross path detection, to alert you to people or vehicles passing behind your truck while its in reverse. Because the Gladiator is a midsize truck with excellent towing capacity, it features a trailer sway control system to help keep trailers under control when being towed.

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