Jeep loves Consumer Reports. The Jeep Wrangler is consistently rated lowest in its class. The 2023 Jeep Gladiator has already landed in last place for pickup trucks of the year. What’s wrong with the Jeep Gladiator and why can’t Jeep make his 4×4 suitable for consumers to like?Let’s see if we can figure it out.
Is the 2023 Jeep Gladiator a good truck?
According to Consumer Reports, it doesn’t. Despite its rough reliability history, as a general rule, adding a truck bed to an already stiff SUV is unlikely to make it a better car.
Wranglers are always rough around the edges. This is part of its charm. However, lengthening the wheelbase a bit and adding an empty blob of sheet metal and plastic to the rear “roughs it around the edges” and makes the Gladiator rougher all around. I am reporting how I feel. However, the Gladiator is said to have a slightly better ride than the Wrangler, as it uses a rear suspension from Ram. Adding a bed to your Wrangler might not be all bad.
The biggest drawback to Consumer Reports Gladiator is reliability.
Is the 2023 Jeep Gladiator Reliable?
According to CR, Jeep pickup truck owners should expect some problems. This model has been plagued with suspension, driveline, body integrity, transmission and fuel system troubles.
These expected issues stem from consistent issues observed with the 2020 and 2021 model year Gladiator.
Is the 2023 Jeep Gladiator good for off-road?
This is where Jeep pickup trucks come into play. There aren’t many pickups that make you want to ride off-road more than the Gladiator. Assuming nothing breaks, trail riding and bouldering are what the Jeep does best.
All Gladiator trims make for strong off-roaders, but if you’re serious about ripping trails, the top tier Rubicon trim comes with beefier tires, upgraded suspension and a stronger Comes with rear differential.
Not that the removable roof and doors are suitable for off-road, but this feature makes the Gladiator unique in its field.
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is Consumer Reports’ Worst Pickup Truck, Should You Buy It?
No one ever bought a Wrangler because it was the smartest car to buy. In fact, most Jeep owners do so despite their lack of sensitivity. I don’t see any practicality or reason to discourage buying a Gladiator.