5 Things You Need To Know About The 2024 Jeep Gladiator
Like many new trucks, there are some that are meant to work hard, and there are some that are meant to play hard. In the case of the 2024 Jeep Gladiator, it’s a solid balance of both. In a press release by Stellantis, Jeep’s midsize truck has been refined to be even more capable, more durable, safer, and more fun to drive for the 2024 model year.
J.D. Power ranked the Jeep Gladiator as the top midsize truck for new-vehicle quality, and the 2024 model aims to hold onto that accolade by improving upon every feature that helped make it a respected and desired model in the new truck market. That includes its mighty towing abilities, 4×4 payload, natural off-roading abilities, its fondness for open-air freedom, and high-tech functionality.
With a long list of trims designed for Jeep enthusiasts of every kind, here are five notable features that elevate the 2024 Jeep Gladiator as the brand’s top-quality midsize truck to date.
1. It Is Always Ready For The Trails
Off-roading is built into the DNA of the Jeep brand, and newer models feature a build-in adventure trail guide that includes detailed maps of 62 Jeep Badge of Honor trails across the U.S. and Canada, like the Rubicon Train in California, Hell’s Revenge in Utah, and Jericho Mountain in New Hampshire. Owners that upgrade to a premium subscription gain access to the service’s full catalog of 3,000+ trail guides, all ranging in difficulties, terrains, and points of interest.
Jeep Adventure Guides in the 2024 Jeep Gladiator also comes equipped with “Follow Mode” that informs drivers of waypoints, directions, and obstacles leading up to their approach.
2. Enhanced Safety Features
Because this is a truck built to handle some adventure, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator now offers more than 85 available active and passive safety and security features. Some new standard safety features include first and second-row side curtain airbags, second-row outboard seatbelts that come with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and structural improvements in the event of an impact on the side of the truck.
The new Gladiator comes with a ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, traction control, and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation as a standard feature on all models.
Other features like Forward Collision Warning and Advanced Cruise Control with Stop are both standard on all Gladiator models from the Sport S and up. Blind-spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear park-assist system can be found as standard equipment on the Mojave X and Rubicon X, and are optional on the Sport S, Willys, Mojave, and Rubicon.
Forward collision warning and advanced cruise control with stop now come standard on Sport S and above. Blind-spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear park-assist system come standard on Mojave X and Rubicon X, and are available on Sport S, Willys, Mojave and Rubicon.
3. The 2024 Jeep Gladiator’s Robust Powertrain
The beating heart inside the 2024 Jeep Gladiator is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With a focus on producing low-end torque, this truck is able to perform at its best when off-roading, towing, or hauling.
The truck comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, but it does offer an optional eight-speed automatic transmission as well. Gladiators equipped with manual transmission boast a best-in-class crawl ratio of up to 84:1, and those with the eight-speed automatic transmission have a crawl ratio of up to 77:1.
In addition, the Roc-Trac system gives the driver full control over the amount of torque being released, thereby allowing optimal grip in off-roading scenarios involving low-traction conditions.
4. Body-On-Frame For Improved Stability
By using a body-on-frame design in conjunction with a five-link suspension system, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator grant its drivers more confidence in how it is able to effortlessly handle on-road and off-road driving situations, all while backed by advanced safety features.
By using lightweight, high-strength aluminum closers like doors, door hinges, hood, fender flares, windshield frame, and tailgate, this truck is able to stay lighter on its feet without sacrificing any of its toughness. In addition, the truck’s overall lighter weight gives an extra boost to its fuel economy. The same can be said if the doors are removed for more exposure to the elements and open-air freedom.
5. Upgraded Tech & Interior
As much fun that happens on the outside of the Jeep Gladiator, there are just as many interesting tech features happening on the inside as well. The most notable is the 12.3-inch touchscreen equipped with the Uconnect 5 operating system that provides greater connectivity with devices and services for the best riding experience possible.
Some of the system’s features include:
- Five user profiles plus a valet mode – customizable music preferences, apps, seat position, mirror angles and climate comfort levels (new)
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Fully customizable home screen for quick access to frequently used features and one-touch operation (new)
- Simultaneous connectivity for two Bluetooth-enabled phones (new)
- Alexa Home to Car functionality to include in-vehicle Alexa virtual assistant with natural voice capability and Car to Home features
- Uconnect mobile app
- SiriusXM 360L platform and Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora (new)
- TomTom navigation with predictive search, natural speak and live traffic updates
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to eight wireless devices
“The new 2024 Jeep Gladiator epitomizes the power of the Jeep community and how it continues to push for greater capability, advanced technology and more refinement,” says Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America.
“The new Gladiator makes the best even better, with a more advanced and comfortable interior with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and available power seats tested for water fording, more safety and technology, including standard side-curtain airbags, and a fresh exterior with a new seven-slot grille, seven new wheel designs and a windshield-integrated trail-ready antenna. Combine all of that with its folding windshield, three roof choices, two different door options or taking the doors off altogether, and Gladiator is the only truck in the business that can celebrate this kind of open-air freedom and still do real truck stuff.”