It wasn’t all that long ago that if you wanted to go off-road—as in, really off the beaten path—you first had to go to the aftermarket and plunk down your credit card. You’d have to modify your truck with a lifted suspension, chunky tires, stronger axles, locking differentials, maybe a sway bar disconnection kit, and a winch. Don’t forget a set of rock sliders and steel bumpers to protect its body, and beefy skidplates to armor its underbelly. Read the full article on Hagerty.com:
I first saw the Jeep Gladiator, as a yet unnamed pre-production model at the Easter Jeep gathering in Moab UT a few years back. It was a huge hit with everyone who saw it and I made a decision right then that I would get one if Jeep ended up making it. Well, was I ever disappointed when Jeep introduced the Gladiator, not with the extended-cab 6 foot bed we all drooled over at Moab, but a 4-door street version with a stubby, virtually useless bed racked on.
That configuration is fine for the mall-crawler set, however Jeep needs to also make the 2-dr extended cab model as well.