Jeep came out with the all-new Gladiator pickup for the 2020 model year, so there isn't a large inventory of used stock on the market yet. It's worth looking for, though, if you want a truck with off-road capability, Jeep personality, and a convertible top. It's also worth mentioning that NACTOY chose the 2020 Gladiator as their Truck of the Year.
Removable Top and DoorsNo other pickup on the market gives you the option of removing the top and doors. Gladiator comes with either a soft-top or hardtop and both are removable. All four doors can also be taken off, and the windshield can be folded down for maximum contact with the outdoors.
Off-road CapabilityGladiator is engineered to be a true off-road pickup. It has heavy-duty axles, up to 11 inches of ground clearance, and front and rear tow hooks. Water sealing and high air intake openings let it ford waterways that are up to 30 inches deep. If water isn't your problem, you might be more interested in the Desert Rated models that are specialized to resist heat and sand.
Best-In-Class UtilityGladiator is a class leader among midsize trucks in at least three categories. Properly equipped, it maxes out at 7,650 pounds in gas towing. Its 5-foot bed can haul up to 1,700 pounds of payload, which tops all 4x4 midsize competitors. To help keep all this weight under control, Gladiator also has the biggest brakes in the class.
Ride and HandlingVehicles that are great for off-road are often not so great on pavement, and this holds true for Gladiator. It can be a rough ride around town, and the steering can be a little floaty, requiring almost constant adjustment. It's also fairly noisy in the cabin, but that may be the price you pay to have the doors and top light and easily removable.
Gear RatiosYou can get Gladiator with either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The testers at MotorTrend felt that the gears on the manual were not spaced as well as those on the automatic, and that caused the truck to strain a bit before shifting to the next higher gear. If you're wavering between the automatic and the stick, you might want to check this out on a test drive and see if you notice it.
PriceGladiator is expensive for its class, and since the used models available are only a year old, you're not going to find them deeply discounted. In fact, Kelley Blue Book gives the 2020 Gladiator second place for resale value among midsize pickups. On the other hand, this truck is unique, so if it's what you want, and you have the money, there's really no substitute.