The 2023 Jeep Gladiator offers a new Freedom Special Edition package that combines premium features with additional capability but otherwise carries into the new model year largely unchanged.
Choosing Your Jeep Gladiator
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is available in five trims - Sport, Sport S, Overland, Rubicon, and Mojave - and prices range from $40,970 to $50,915.
All Gladiator trims feature a part four-wheel drive system while most trims offer an automatic system for $795. The Rubicon trim adds locking front and rear differentials and a transfer case with lower gearing and a strengthened design.
The six-speed manual is standard on most trims while an eight-speed automatic is offered for $2,000. The diesel engine adds $4,000 but also requires an automatic transmission for another $2,500.
Despite the diesel engine’s increased efficiency, the EPA estimates that it will be $200 more expensive annually to fill than the gas version due to the price of the fuels.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|3.6 V6||285 hp||260 lb-ft|
16/23/19 MPG (manual)
17/22/19 MPG (automatic)
|3.0 V6 turbodiesel||260 hp||442 lb-ft||22/28/24 (automatic)|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Gladiator is the same width as the Wrangler (73.8 inches) while its 218-inch length is about half a foot longer than other mid-size pick-ups such as the Tacoma and Ranger. The Jeep is available only in a “crew cab” five-passenger configuration with a five-foot long bed.
Inside, the Jeep provides 38.3 inches of legroom and about 41 inches of headroom which is considered good against its traditional pick-up truck competitors.
The Jeep can haul up to 1,700 pounds in the bed which is good for the class but that figure drops to about 1,100 in the more softly sprung off-road-focused models - a consequence also seen among its competitors’ off-road trims.
Towing ratings also vary with a maximum of about 7,000 pounds which is on the upper end of the class range.
The Gladiator’s Rubicon trim offers the greatest off-road clearances numbers of the line-up with a 43.4-degree approach angle, 20.3-degree break-over angle, and a 26-degree departure angle as well as 11.1 inches of ground clearance. Those figures are competitive with the class, however, its long wheelbase (137 inches) presents a lesser break-over angle and a larger turning radius. The 35-inch package offered on the Rubicon is not currently available for the Gladiator.
The Jeep Active Safety Group includes blind spot detection, rear parking sensors, and LED taillights for a steep $1,145. That package must be selected to add automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control (or down to 15 mph with the manual transmission), and automatic high beams of the $945 Advanced Safety Group.
The Gladiator has not been fully tested by NHTSA or IIHS.
The base trim features a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Most trims offer or include the 8.4-inch Radio and Premium Audio Group which adds a larger screen size as well as a 115-volt outlet, a 400-watt converter, a 10-speaker 12-channel Alpine sound system, navigation, and SiriusXM.
Like the Wrangler, the base Gladiator is bare bones. Manually-adjustable mirrors, crank windows, manual door locks, and (17-inch) steel wheels set the tone for this entry-level trim while front and rear tow hooks, underbody skid plates, and heavy-duty solid axles are also included because - well, it’s a Jeep. Inside, cloth seats, air conditioning, a 3.5-inch driver menu screen, and a center console are notable standard creature comforts.
A three-piece hardtop is available for $1,695, the Auxiliary Switch Group is $395, and the Tailer-Tow Package is $695. The Max Tow Package ($1,695) features wider axles with a lower gear ratio and a limited-slip rear differential, additional engine cooling capacity, a Class IV hitch, and a rear camera zoom feature, and the LED Headlight and Fog Lamp Group is $1,295 and features LED distinct daytime running lights, headlights, and fog lights.
The Willys Sport Package ($2,310) adds 4-wheel drive decals, a limited-slip rear differential, 17-inch black aluminum wheels, mud-terrain tires, rock rails, gloss-black bumper and grille trim, and body-colored fender flares.
The Sport S package can be ordered off of the base trim for $3,400 and includes silver 17-inch aluminum wheels, power heated mirrors, power locks (including the tailgate) and windows, upgraded interior trim, and a premium steering wheel.
With the S package selected, the Cold Weather Package ($1,195) is available and adds heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, and remote engine start. The Technology Group ($1,095) is also offered and includes a seven-inch color driver information display and automatic climate control.
The Freedom pack can be added to the base trim for $6,695. It includes the features of the S package as well as 17-inch gloss black wheels, American flag decals, body-color fender flares, LED headlights and fog lights, gloss black grille inserts, steel front and rear bumpers, heated mirrors, rock rails, leather-trimmed seats, and unique interior accents.
Willys package ($7,445 over the base) can be ordered to combine the off-road-oriented features of the Willys Sport and the additional features of the S and Technology Group packages.
The Overland trim builds on the Sport trim with the S and the 8.4-inch Radio and Premium Audio Group packages and further includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, silver platinum grille inserts, proximity entry, premium door trim, and unique interior trim. The Cold Weather, Towing, and LED lighting features are also available.
The High Altitude package is offered for $7,500 and includes the features of the Jeep Active Safety Group and LED lighting group as well as 20-inch gloss-black wheels, a sport suspension, wide axles, gloss-black grille inserts, running boards, a body-color hardtop, door and tailgate handles, front and rear bumpers, and full fender flares, premium leather seats with contrast stitching on the dash and door panels.
The Rubicon’s primary upgrades from the standard Gladiator include 17-inch wheels with 33-inch tires, Fox shocks, upgraded axles, additional underbody protection, an electronically locking and unlocking sway bar, and additional terrain-drive modes. Red exterior decals and tow hooks are obvious visual cues of the added off-road gear underneath. Feature-wise, it builds off of the Sport trim with the S package and upgraded infotainment.
The Mojave shifts the Rubicon’s focus to the sand dunes and high-speed dirt tracks. It parts ways with the locking front differential and heavy-duty transfer case but gains upgraded Fox shocks, a performance hood, orange exterior and interior highlights, and a sport seat and steering wheel.
The Sport S trim brings the expected Jeep capability while also including enough features for daily life.