The Jeep Gladiator is NOT a Wrangler with a Bed…Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing and a Bad Thing

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator sure looks like Jeep simply slapped a short bed on the back end of the Wrangler, but that is certainly not the the truth.

There are still plenty of similarities between Jeep’s new truck and its most iconic vehicle, such as the 3.6-liter V6 powertrain, a nearly identical interior and more, but there are some key differences that make a drastic change. First off, the wheelbase on the Gladiator has been stretched out to 137.3-inches, significantly longer than the 118.4-inch JL Unlimited and the 96.8-inch wheelbase of the two-door model.

That means two major changes, one positive and one negative: towing and on-road driving comfort and stability is greatly increased, but the Gladiator’s breakover angle suffers because of it.

We picked up a 3,000-pound Yamaha sport boat to put this truck to the test, and it did not disappoint. Towing just about anything with a Wrangler is generally a white knuckle experience, as the short Jeep likes to wander all over the road. That’s not the case here, and though the engine began to feel taxed, dynamically the truck managed the weight expertly.

Tire choices, some interior features and of course the entire bed on the back are unique to Gladiator, so make sure you watch the video above to find out everything you wanted to know about the new Jeep pickup.