Many of our Oskaloosa, Iowa customers have been asking us to compare the Jeep Gladiator vs Jeep Wrangler when it comes to off-roading. The Jeep Wrangler has long been the king of off-roading, but the new Jeep Gladiator has turned a lot of heads. That's because it is based on the Wrangler and has a lot of dedicated off-road equipment and capability.

So if you've been trying to decide between the Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Wrangler, we're going to compare their off-roading performance, as well as some key features. If you're near Pella, IA and want to test drive either the Wrangler or Gladiator, visit Pella Motors to put them through their paces. Our friendly staff is here to answer any questions you have, and help you choose between these two stellar vehicles.

Jeep Wrangler vs Gladiator Off-Roading

There's no doubt that the Jeep Wrangler is America's iconic off-roading vehicle. But while there have been off-road pickup trucks, most notably the RAM 1500 Rebel, there's never been anything like the Jeep Gladiator.

In fact, the Jeep Gladiator is built on the new Wrangler's platform, giving it much of the same off-road capability as the class-leading Wrangler. The Gladiator and Wrangler both use the same 3.6l V6 as standard, producing 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles also offer a Rubicon trim that brings an incomparable level of off-road equipment.


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Standard equipment on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon includes an off-road transfer case with a low crawl ratio, increased ground clearance, off-road tires, locking front & rear differentials, electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar, Fox shock absorbers, selectable terrain modes, and skid plates & rock rails.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon receives almost identical off-road equipment to the Jeep Gladiator. While many of of Jeep's vehicles have an off-road oriented Trailhawk trim, the Gladiator is the the first to match the Wrangler with a Rubicon trim level. This impressive off-road capability, combined with its class-leading towing and other unique features, makes the Jeep Gladiator the mid-size truck to beat.

Jeep Gladiator vs Wrangler - Utility

The Jeep Wrangler has always been a favorite for off-roading, but it's it has often lagged behind other true SUV competitors when it comes to towing and cargo room. The recently redesigned Wrangler, which won Motor Trend's SUV of the Year, is more spacious and offers better towing than previous models. However, despite being based on the same platform, the Jeep Gladiator offers significantly more towing and utility.

Not content to just have the best off-road pickup truck, Jeep has also given the Gladiator class-leading towing. Compared to the Jeep Wrangler's 3,500 lb max towing capacity, which is very good for a vehicle of its size, the Gladiator tows a truly impressive 7,650 lbs. Even Oskaloosa shoppers who don't plan to off-road in their midsize pickup truck will find that the Gladiator offers greater utility than its class competition.

Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator is also fully convertible, a first for a pickup truck. This adds a new dimension to its identity, and allows Jeep to offer the best of both worlds. With the convertibility & off-road prowess of the Wrangler, best in class towing, and the utility of a 5 ft bed, the Jeep Gladiator is a truly great addition to Jeep's lineup.

Compare the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon vs Jeep Wrangler

Ready to compare the Jeep Gladiator vs Jeep Wrangler for yourself? At Pella Motors, we have both of these remarkable vehicles in stock, and ready for you to test drive. The Jeep Wrangler is Motor Trend's SUV of the Year, while the Jeep Gladiator sets new standards in towing, off-roading, and customization for its class. And although it's based on the Wrangler, it has its own personality and strengths.

The friendly staff at Pella Motors is here to answer all Iowa shoppers' questions, so don't hesitate to contact us to learn more. Check out our inventory above, and schedule your test drive of the Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Wrangler today.

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