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7 Different Jeep Gladiators for 6 Different Budgets

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is perhaps the most exciting new vehicle to go on sale this year. Regardless of trim level, the new Gladiator offers great configuration options, tons of off-road capability and impressive towing and payload capacity. We all have different budgets though, and with prices ranging from $35,000 to just over $60,000 depending on trim level, the Gladiator covers a pretty wide spectrum. To help you make sense of all this, we’ve outlined seven different Gladiators we’d look to buy at six different price points.

Base Sport Manual

$35,000 – Base Sport Manual

$35k gets you the most basic Gladiator. While it won’t come with central locking or power windows, it’s important to think of everything the Gladiator does offer, even in the base form. Any Jeep Gladiator comes with great off-road capability, removable doors, a removable top and a windshield that folds flat with the removal of just a few bolts. Under the hood is a strong 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. If you need to adhere to a strict $35,000 budget, you’ll want the manual. Still, even in its base version, the Gladiator comes with plenty of qualities worth getting excited about. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Sport S Automatic

$40,000 – Sport S Automatic

Increasing our budget by $5k to $40,000 gives us a lot more options. At this price point, look to a Sport S model, which comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, central locking with remote keyless entry, power windows, power heated mirrors, more power outlets and a few other comfort items. With a little room left in our budget, we’d check the box for the 8-speed automatic transmission and call it good. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Base Rubicon Manual

$45,000 – Base Rubicon Manual

The $45,000 price point is where your options start to get overwhelming, as the Sport S, Overland and Rubicon trim levels are all in play. In this case, we want to take the opportunity to point out that, while you’ll typically see them with sticker prices of $50,000-$60,000, you can actually get an off-road-oriented Rubicon model for $45,000. The Rubicon leverages all of the Gladiator’s best traits, offering a Fox off-road suspension, locking differentials, an electronic disconnecting front sway bar, lower off-road gearing, rock protection, steel bumpers and more. Additionally, it comes with red recovery hooks on the front and rear and taller fenders for added clearance. With $45,000 to spend, you won’t be able to afford things like an automatic transmission or the optional hardtop for your Gladiator Rubicon, but for many off-road drivers out there, a simple Gladiator Rubicon with all of the off-road tech and no extra frills is the very best kind. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

port S Automatic with Options

$45,000 – Sport S Automatic with Options

Alternatively, if you don’t need the off-road stuff, $45,000 can also get you a nicely equipped Sport S model with the automatic, an optional 7.0-in infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all the safety features like automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control and blind spot monitoring, plus heated seats, the max tow package and auxiliary switches in case you want to add powered accessories later on. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

verland Automatic with Options

$50,000 – Overland Automatic with Options

For $50,000 — provided you don’t have hardcore off-road needs — you may want to consider a luxury-oriented Overland model. The Gladiator’s Overland trim starts off at around $42k with cloth seats, a manual transmission and little else. It tops out at around $55,000 when it’s fully optioned. Given the Overland model’s luxury tilt, we’d prioritize comfort-maximizing features when optioning ours to fit within a $50,000 budget. An automatic transmission, leather seats, a body-colored hardtop, the optional 8.4-in UConnect system, active safety features and LED lighting would make for a comfortable, well-equipped truck. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Rubicon Automatic with Options

$55,000 – Rubicon Automatic with Options

$55k can get you a nicely equipped Gladiator Rubicon. Since we’ve already got all of the off-road features covered, we’d focus on adding bang-for-your-buck features here, like the 8-speed automatic transmission, the 8.4-in UConnect infotainment screen, a hardtop with the hardtop headliner for reduced wind noise, LED lighting, all the active safety features and auxiliary switches for powering accessories like lights that you may want to add down the road. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Loaded Rubicon

$60,000 – Loaded Rubicon

A fully-loaded Gladiator Rubicon comes in just north of $60,000. For your money, on top of all of its inherent off-road capability, a loaded Rubicon comes with a body-colored hardtop and fenders along with a canvas soft-top as part of the “Dual Top Group.” It also has leather seats, LED lighting, all of the available active safety features, optional polished black wheels, Jeep’s new forward-facing Trail Camera, a steel front bumper ready to be fitted with a winch, a spray-in bed liner, proximity-based keyless entry and more. While this is the best Gladiator you can buy right now, keep in mind that a diesel engine is scheduled to be introduced for the Gladiator next year that will likely push the price of a loaded example toward $70,000. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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