10 Things to Know Before Buying the 2022 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator hit the US market back in 2020 and has been one of the most successful products released by FCA in recent times. With all the features of a Jeep Wrangler combined with the versatility of a pickup, it has been a favorite among buyers. Even during the covid-19 pandemic and subsequent recession, the Gladiator fared well, making it one of the few vehicles from the stable to return with a profit.

With the arrival of the 2022 Jeep Gladiator, Jeephas retained the ethos of the outgoing model year and comes with no major updates, apart from the addition of the Texas Trail edition. The truck still gets the capable 4WD powertrain as standard, has the same aggressive design language, and a fairly long list of interior and infotainment features are offered as well. Competing with the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline and Ford Ranger, here are 10 things you need to know before getting the 2022 Jeep Gladiator​​.

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10/10 Excellent off-road performance

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Being a Jeep product, the brand’s DNA is etched into this pickup. The 2022 Jeep Gladiator is a cut above rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline when it comes to off-road capability. It’s a true off-road vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler and what makes it even better off-road is the increased wheelbase of 19.4″.

2018 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
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The 3.6L V6 engine has more than enough low-end grunt to offer and therefore tackles slush and sand with ease. The 6-speed manual gearbox also has short initial ratios. Aside from that, metal skid plates, standard 4WD, optional 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission, 30″ water fording capability and excellent approach and departure angles make it even better.

9/10 Towing capacity is better than the Wrangler

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One of the main attractions of getting a pickup has to be the excellent towing capacity it offers. As standard, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator can tow a maximum of 7,650 lbs, which is pretty decent for the segment. For this, however, it must be equipped with the Max Tow package with 4.10 axle ratio, which is a $1,595 optional package.

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This package also includes a 240-amp alternator, 245/75R17 tires, 4.10 axle ratio, Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential, heavy duty Dana 44 wide front axle, heavy duty Dana 44 wide rear axle and many more. If you don’t choose these, it can tow more than 4,000 lbs with ease. The Gladiator can also haul between 1,105 and 1,700 lbs of payload on the cargo bed.

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8/10 Customizability that never ends

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The 2022 Jeep Gladiator is a pickup truck that has endless customization, similar to the outgoing 2021 model. Aside from the long list of off-road equipment, body kits and powertrain upgrades that could be done aftermarket, the Gladiator is also one of the vehicles that gets superior customization options from the factory.

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It can be selected with four different packages, all of which add to the vehicle’s versatility. A petrol 3.6-litre V6 comes as standard, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. But a 3-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine can also be had. An optional 8-speed automatic, 9 color palettes, several design upgrades (including top, door, side steps, side mirrors, grille and moldings and decals) etc. can be added. It’s not overly expensive either.

7/10 Average fuel economy

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This is not a vehicle that should be purchased if you are looking for a cheap mode of transportation to replace your thrifty Corolla. While the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 mated to the 6-speed manual transmission sounds pretty good for a fuel-efficient vehicle, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator is the exact opposite of that. This configuration managed to return 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

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But if you equip the 2022 Jeep Gladiator with the optional 8-speed torque converter, it managed an identical 16 mpg in the city and a slightly better 23 mpg on the highway. If you intend to tow or haul things and want better fuel efficiency, get the optional diesel nameplate. This increases city gas mileage to 22 mpg and highway gas mileage to 28 mpg.

6/10 Not the best in terms of outright performance

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Coming with the same 3.6-liter 24-valve naturally aspirated V6 engine mated to the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator won’t excite anyone with its firepower. Capable of producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, this engine comes with a 4WD drivetrain with a brake operated limited slip differential. The engine is perfectly fine if you enjoy a relaxed cruising experience.

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The low end is where it shines and has more than enough grunt to take on city streets. But as the revs climb, you’ll notice the mediocre torque and the lack of forced induction. The truck could do 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 15.6 seconds. The optional 8-speed automatic is quite fast and smooth. The 3-liter diesel V6 producing 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque is made to pull and isn’t lightning fast either.

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5/10 Ride Quality is a mixed bag

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Just like the Jeep Wrangler, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator will disappoint buyers when it comes to the ride quality on offer. Even with a superior wheelbase and length, compared to the Wrangler, the ride is a bit choppy, regardless of surface roughness. As a result, it’s a notch below rivals like the Honda Ridgeline in terms of ride quality.

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This pickup comes with a leading link front suspension and trailing arm rear suspension with coil springs and anti roll bars. Even with the decent suspension setup on board, the ride at low speeds is quite uncomfortable, with less than impressive damping. Even smaller pits are felt. At higher speeds the same problem persists. Body roll and vertical movement are much higher than rivals too.

4/10 Decent braking performance

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Although the driving dynamics of the 2022 Jeep Gladiator are nothing to write home about, Jeep managed to impress us with the crisp and confident braking performance. The front end of the Gladiator gets 12.9″ rotors and the rear comes with 13.6″ rotors. All other braking features such as ventilated rotors, ABS, brake assist and hill control are also standard.

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Braking performance proved to be more than adequate for the segment. Even with the heaviest curb weight of 4,650 lbs, the 2022 Gladiator managed to brake to 60-0 mph in 129 feet, putting it on par with rivals. The brakes provide a strong bite and fade is also minimal.

3/10 Not the best pickup when it comes to safety features

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Safety is one area that the 2022 Jeep Gladiator doesn’t see any major improvements, compared to the outgoing 2021 model. With an identical construction using mild steel, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator feels strong enough, helping it to be a confident highway cruiser. The 4-star front crash safety rating from NHTSA also indicates decent build quality.

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However, we weren’t satisfied with the safety and driver assistance features offered with the 2022 Jeep Gladiator as standard. Although some of the basic features like ABS, airbags, side impact beams etc are standard, almost all the driver assistance features are part of the optional packages. As a result, you need these packages to get adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, etc., all of which are offered with many cheaper cars.

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2/10 The interior is quite impressive for a pickup truck

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Although the ride quality may not be the best of the lot, the interior of the 2022 Jeep Gladiator is sure to attract many potential customers. The dashboard looks identical to the Wrangler, and that makes it look quite rugged. The thick switches and knobs together with silver and other body colored elements stand out.

2022 Jeep Gladiator S interior
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The steering wheels don’t feel like bargain basements, and the overall interior quality is excellent for the segment. The optional leather upholstery with contrast stitching also makes the Gladiator look very exclusive. However, this rugged interior doesn’t offer the best refinement, as wind and tire noise is quite loud inside the cabin.

1/10 The Uconnect infotainment system is easily the best of the lot

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The touchscreen infotainment system comes standard with the 2022 Jeep Gladiator, and the infotainment doesn’t see any changes from previous model years. The lower trims come with a smaller 7″ Uconnect 4 infotainment system that offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, voice recognition, steering wheel control and many more.

2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel interior
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The larger 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system also gets all these features. As for the interface, both systems proved to be quite polished, with no major lags or stutters. The interface is easy to use and even the elderly would be perfectly happy with it. Sound quality through the standard 8-speaker sound system is also above average.

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