Red 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon vs silver 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland

What Are the Differences Between the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator?

2020 Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Jeep Gladiator Comparison

Think of a true off-roader and the Jeep Wrangler immediately comes to mind. This iconic SUV is well known for its proven capability, but with the recent introduction of the Jeep Gladiator, a new player has entered the game. The brand’s first pickup in almost 30 years is heavily based on the Wrangler and it shares many similarities with it, including a rugged style, plenty of power, and strong off-road capability. So, what exactly sets these two Jeeps apart? See how these models match up in this 2020 Jeep Wrangler vs 2020 Jeep Gladiator comparison and find out in which areas the two differ significantly.

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The main area where the two models differ is in length. As a mid-size truck, the Gladiator features a 5-feet bed, while the Wrangler sticks with a boxy SUV design. This translates into a length difference of 31 inches. In terms of off-road angles, there’s also quite a difference. The four-door Wrangler has a 41.4-degree approach angle and a 36.1-degree departure angle, while the Gladiator gets a 40.8-degree approach angle and a 25.0-degree departure angle due to the added bed. Aside from that, the Gladiator is essentially the Wrangler from the back seat forward. Both vehicles have the exact same removable doors, available hard and soft removable tops, and a windshield that folds down.

Side view of red 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with removed top and doors parked on a river bank
Low-angle shot of red 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon rock crawling

Off-Road Equipment

For an off-road comparison, we should probably focus on the Rubicon models. The Wrangler Rubicon comes standard with an off-road-oriented transfer case, rock sliders, 33-inch all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, locking front and rear sway bars, enhanced fenders, and an off-road suspension. The Gladiator Rubicon retains all these features and adds additional rock protection to the corners of the bed, which are especially vulnerable to damage due to their length. This model also gets stronger wheels, larger rear brakes, and FOX aluminum body shock absorbers.


The powertrain lineup of the Gladiator isn’t as diverse as the one of the Wrangler. While this SUV is offered with either a 3.6-liter V6, a 2.0-liter turbocharged V4, or a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, the Gladiator comes with just a 3.6-liter V6 engine. In terms of towing and payload capacities, however, the Gladiator takes the win. This truck can pull a maximum of 7,650 pounds – the best rating in the midsize truck segment – and haul up to 1,600 pounds. The Wrangler, on the other hand, offers a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and a payload of just under 900 pounds, regardless of how it’s equipped.

Front view of grey 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland towing a trailer

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As you can see, both Jeeps are great options to tackle any kind of terrain, but the all-new Gladiator sacrifices a little off-road prowess in exchange for pickup truck practicality. Now that you the differences between the iconic Wrangler and the cool Gladiator, it’s time to take your pick! Visit us at Albany CDJR and get behind the wheel of one of these models. If you’re interested in getting more information on any model of the Jeep lineup, please contact our sales team at (541) 238-0146.