Four trim levels are on offer: Sport, Overland, Rubicon and Mojave. All Gladiator trims get crew cabs and a 5-foot cargo bed. Four-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.
The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, teamed to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. All models except the Mojave get an available 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that generates 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of twist. This powerplant is connected to the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The turbodiesel gets EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.*
There’s seating for five passengers, with a rear-row bench with room for three. A storage area under the rear seats provides a place to stow items. There are 38.3 inches of rear legroom for the back-seat passengers to stretch their legs and stay comfortable, more than many rival vehicles.
The base Gladiator Sport trim includes a folding soft top, push-button start, manual window and door locks, a fold-down windshield, cloth upholstery, removable doors, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, front and rear tow hooks, cruise control, a 5-inch central display, an eight-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, voice control and a USB port.
If you’re looking for a pickup with a roomy and comfortable interior, exceptional off-road capability, and a user-friendly infotainment system, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator is the obvious choice. The versatile Gladiator pleases buyers at dealerships like the South Bend Jeep dealer, thanks to body-on-frame construction and hefty towing capacity of 7,650 pounds. That’s 2,000 pounds more than the Jeep Wrangler. Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator features removable body panels. It’s the only pickup truck with a detachable roof and doors. The Gladiator has an impressive maximum payload of 1,700 pounds.
The 2022 Gladiator has a longer wheelbase than the Wrangler, delivering a smoother ride. The folks at the South Bend Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealer tell us that customers appreciate the Gladiator’s potent optional diesel engine, which delivers more torque and higher fuel economy figures than competitors.
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator gets high marks from the automotive media, with Kelley Blue Book writing:
“The 2022 Jeep Gladiator is an off-road specialist in midsize pickup truck form. It’s also the only pickup with a detachable roof and doors. Based on the Wrangler, but with a 5-foot truck bed, the Gladiator can be a work vehicle in the week and a fun machine on weekends. Although there are other midsize pickups with off-road abilities, there’s nothing exactly like the Jeep Gladiator. And certainly nothing that can match the off-roading heritage of a Jeep.”
As of this writing, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.