Here’s what you should know about the 2023 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep has a reputation for providing the best off-road vehicles that serve adventurous people. With the Gladiator, the brand provides the ultimate “best of both worlds” off-road vehicle that combines truck functionality with the untamed spirit of the Wrangler.

Carrying on the momentum of its predecessor, the Jeep Gladiator features a new Freedom Special Edition option for the 2023 model year, which combines premium comfort with added capability. But other than that, the majority of Gladiator features are carried over.

The Gladiator delivers outstanding off-road performance, a variety of trims, strong V6 engines, a unique look and great towing capacity. In addition, you get a pickup truck that can be turned into a convertible. The new Jeep Gladiator takes on the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Sierra and 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

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Honoring the United States Armed Forces, the all-new Freedom Special Edition adds an American flag sticker on the side and a unique Oscar Mike badge on the rear tailgate. The interior also comes as standard with beautifully designed LED headlights and fog lights.

The interior of the Freedom has leather-trimmed cloth seats and steel rails that protect it from flying rocks. Increased capability is also a key part of the Capability Package available on the High Altitude, which adds a steel front bumper and rock rails. In addition, the package includes a front-mounted camera that allows users to see any obstacles ahead in real time. To improve track capacity, you can also install winches on steel front and rear bumpers.

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The 2023 Jeep Gladiator offers two engine choices

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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 base V6 engine is a great option for daily driving because it has enough power to reach highway speeds and low-end torque for off-road driving. The Gladiator with the standard V6 has a payload capacity of up to 1,700 lbs and a towing capacity of up to 7,650 lbs when properly equipped.

With 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine is a viable option. It includes an automated eight-speed gearbox as standard equipment. Depending on the trim level, an upgrade to the diesel engine could set you back $4,000 or more. While we love the diesel’s low-end power, its payload and towing capacities are also reduced to 1,325 and 6,500 lbs, respectively. The diesel engine seems more energetic when pulling, although it doesn’t have the same capacity as the standard V6 engine.

The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is a capable off-road truck

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First, the Gladiator is about a foot longer than other midsize pickups like the Tacoma and Ranger, but it’s the same width as the Wrangler (73.8 inches). An all-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 trim levels. The diesel engine costs $4,000 more, but it also requires an automatic transmission that costs another $2,500. Despite the diesel engine’s higher efficiency, the EPA predicts that due to fuel costs, it will cost $200 more per year to fill than the gas version.

In addition to the truck’s boxy shape, which gives it outstanding approach, break and departure angles, every Gladiator comes standard with four-wheel drive (4WD), skid plates, rugged axles and a low-range transmission. Depending on your off-road inclinations, Jeep provides a couple of variants with even greater potential. Rubicon is a rock crawling path. Customers looking to race through dirt roads and dunes will flock to Mojave. Both trims have identical equipment, but they have special touches that allow them to be exceptionally skilled in their own domains.

Interior and infotainment system is a carryover

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Like its predecessor, the 2023 Gladiator has a cool cab, with intuitively placed, easy-to-reach controls, the ideal seating position and improved rear seat capacity, giving the Gladiator a significant advantage over competing crew cab trucks.

The aesthetics of the infotainment touchscreen are pleasing and responsive. A sensible combination of fixed buttons, knobs and touchscreen controls make it easy to use too. The optional Alpine radio provides a satisfyingly clear sound. The Jeep’s interior offers 38.3 inches of legroom and roughly 41 inches of headroom, which boldly stands up to the competition.

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2023 Jeep Gladiator: Prices and Features

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The starting price for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator is $40,570 (including destination). The Jeep Gladiator is available with a new High-Velocity Yellow color, which adds $395 to the sticker price and replaces the old Snazzberry shade. Climbing up the family ladder, the Willys Sport starts at $42,880, and it adds a gloss black bumper and grille, mud tires, 17-inch black aluminum wheels and stone rails.

The Sport S trim level starts at $43,970, with an upgraded interior and a premium steering wheel. On the off-road front, the Mojave model offers high-speed running in the desert, while the Rubicon and Mojave variants are both intended for distinct terrain.

Sources: Jeep, Stellantis

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