Many satisfied customers that purchased a Jeep Wrangler from Landmark Dodge of Morrow have shared with us just how fun it was to drive. With its fully removable roof and doors, 4-wheel drive, and available manual transmission, the recipe was fully completed as an excellent weekend warrior for the wild.
With the introduction of the 2023 Jeep Gladiator, numerous options make this new concept perfect for both adventuresome and routine driving! The base engine is the same Pentastar 3.6-liter DOHC V6 with aluminum block and heads, along with port fuel injection. It cranks out 285 horsepower, and 260 lb-ft of torque. Now there is the exciting and efficient EcoDiesel option as well, which requires a slightly heftier version to handle the increased torque output.
Jeeps were not the first choice of those who were concerned with straight-line performance, and the Gladiator’s position at around 5,000 lbs does have to contend with a constant fight against physics. The Gladiator’s fuel economy resides at 17/22/19 city/highway/combined MPG, with the diesel nailing down a 21/27/24 city/highway/combined. With all of this taken into consideration, there are so many very epic and untamed tasks that the Gladiator can confidently charge through with its six different drive modes. On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Snow, Rock, and Sand are all up to any extreme challenge.
The Gladiator has a max payload of around 1,700 pounds, and a max towing ability of 7,650 pounds, which is more than double what is found on the standard Wrangler. The Gladiator’s extensive trim list has something for everyone, as the Sport, Willy Sport, Sport S, Willys, Overland, Texas rail, Rubicon, Mojave, and High Altitude all offer their own perks for the road less traveled. The Rubicon is equipped with the RockTrack 4X4 system that allows for a 4:1 low range and an admirable 84:1 crawl ratio.
The Mojave can make the steadfast claim of being one of the few Desert Rated vehicles on the market today and can withstand insane dust, heat, and traction challenges during extreme weather such as sandstorms. The standard touchscreen in the Gladiator is a 5.0-inch unit, with 7.0 and 8.4-inch units available on higher trim levels. To make sure the party at the tailgate or deep in the woods is complete, the Gladiator also sports removable speakers that allow for the fun to continue along with the cooler and climbing gear.
We are consistently bowled over with the Gladiator’s available customization options, such as steel skid plates, a disconnecting sway bar, locking differentials, and XXL 33-inch tires on deck for properly conquering challenging terrain. There’s the option to charge easily through 31.5 inches of water depth, and clear up to 11.1 inches from the ground without any problem. There’s also a steel bed big enough for bringing along extra toys, and a 115-volt power outlet allowing you to host anything from an impromptu cookout to a full-on outdoor jam session!