Jeep's first 27-year pickup combines the off-road capability that the brand requires with leading towing capacity.
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic

SACRAMENTO, California – Don't call 2020 Jeep Gladiator, "Wrangler pickup", unless you're ready for a lecture from the owner.

For starters, the top model, a Gladiator Rubicon, is about 30 inches longer and 600 pounds heavier than a four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

The difference in the two Jeeps length and weight is much larger than the gaps between a Honda Civic compact and Accord medium sized sedan.

In addition to the difference in self-weight, the Gladiator was designed to draw 7,650 pounds, more than twice a Wrangler Unlimited's towing capacity of 3,500.

Gladiator frame – a ladder-like structure that is effectively skeleton to most pickup-style vehicles – is made by another supplier and has different shapes and sizes from Wrangler.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator (Photo: Mark Phelan)