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Jeep Gladiator Conquers California Trail During Test Drive


Back in October 2015, Southern California native Brad and his son started the YouTube channel TrailRecon, which is dedicated to all things off-roading. They've gone on plenty of off-roading adventures during that time, showcasing the capabilities of countless different gear and vehicles. Needless to say, if you're an off-roading enthusiast in any capacity, you need to be following this channel.

In one TrailRecon video, Brad took his new 2020 Jeep Gladiator rock crawling for the first time, and if you know anything about this new Jeep, you know that it was made for its off-road capability Joined by his friend Josh in his lifted Jeep Gladiator with 37? tires, Brad took his Jeep (which was still fitted with its stock tires and suspension) through the Mica Gem Mine trail in California to give you just a taste of what the Gladiator can do.

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Jeep Gladiator: The Midsize Pickup Truck for the Off-Road Enthusiast

The Gladiator comes available in four trim levels: the Sport, the Sport S, the Overland, Rubicon. If you're an off-roading fanatic, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is the ride for you. But, more about that later. As far as basic features go, the new Jeep Gladiator is a four-door, five-passenger midsize truck (competing with the likes of Chevy Colorado, the Ford Ranger, and the Toyota Tacoma) that comes with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The Jeep pickup is also equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower.

Exterior-wise, the Gladiator also comes with four different roof options, including a black vinyl Sun-Rider soft top and a black Freedom-Top three-piece hard top. It also comes with a multi-functional tailgate, forward-collision warning with active braking, and adaptive cruise control. How about those off-roading features though...

Each Gladiator comes with a set of Dana 44 front and rear axles, two-inch monotube Fox shocks, and a part-time two-speed transfer case from the Wrangler. The Rubicon model adds a full-time Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system with 4.0:1 low-range gearing, electronic locking differentials on both axles, 33-inch Falken off-road tires that necessitate taller fenders, and an optional forward-facing trail camera. Featuring an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, and a departure angle of 26 degrees, the Rubicon also comes with front- and rear-axle electric lockers and an electronic disconnecting front sway-bar.

This post was originally published on November 21, 2019.


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