The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is packed with all sorts of equipment to help it through the toughest off-road conditions, which is why we had to put it through the harshest test we have.
We went in search of the mud, and though August in southern Ontario has been extremely dry, a patch of standing water and soft earth was still waiting for us on the Hydroline trail.
The 33-inch Falken Wildpeak tires are a key part of the equation when it comes to squishy earth, and they did a nice job getting all of the Jeep’s power into the ground. Locking differentials are part of the equation with the Rubicon as well, though there is a catch. At least for now, you can only lock the differentials when the transfer case is in Low, although Jeep says they plan to offer an update to the Gladiator to allow the lockers in high range as well.
The angles of attack on the Gladiator are impressive, save for one: the breakover. At just 20.3 degrees, the belly of this truck is constantly getting hung up and the standard rock rails are put to good use. This is more problematic because the approach angle, of 43.6 degrees, just begs you to hit big obstacles head on. A departure angle of 26 degrees rounds out the angles, and is fairly respectable as well.
The electronic disconnecting sway bar is another handy feature that can make a big difference when you get into some tricky articulating sections. If you want to see exactly how the sway bar works, and watch the Gladiator hit the mud, make sure you watch the video above.