We drive the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Ute 2024 Review

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon road test review

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon – Jeep Gladiator dual cab Ute sits in an odd segment. Its slightly larger than the normal dual cab Utes yet not as large as the smaller Pick-Up Trucks.

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Add to that the awesome 4WD capability of the Rubicon and its almost sitting alone. Perhaps the only Ute that comes close to it is the updated Toyota LandCruiser 70 series.

But what makes it so special.

Let’s start with the design parameters. The Rubicon is designed to be the best production 4WD Ute available.

It comes with the legendary Rock-Trac® on-demand 4×4 system 4:1 transfer case. Add to that locking front and rear diffs, disconnect able front sway bars, 249mm of ground clearance. Underneath there are standard heavy-duty Dana® 44 front and rear solid axles, heavy duty high strength skid plates and massive wheel articulation as well.

More capability comes from an aggressive 40-degree approach angle and 25 degree departure. There is 760mm of water fording capability and heavy-duty tow hooks front and back if things go wrong.

The Gladiator Rubicon comes with a 3.6L petrol engine that has enough performance but is a little thirsty. A Gladiator hybrid version would be appreciated.

Inside its well appointed and comfortable. Lots of infotainment and technology as well as soft yet supportive seats that are also heated.

The Rubicon is priced from $87,250 plus the usual costs and you get a lot for that.

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What is good?
  • Looks cool
  • 4WD Capability
  • Comfortable inside
What is not so good?
  • Petrol engine is thirsty.
  • Lower payload and towing capacity.
  • Wired Apple CarPlay

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Instead of the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon buyers could Also look at

The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon sits almost alone.

Buyers could look at the Toyota LandCruiser 79 series Ute, the upcoming INEOS Quartermaster Ute.

Other alternatives could be the Nissan Navara Pro 4X Warrior, Toyota HiLux GR Sport, or the Ford Ranger Raptor.

A slightly off-centre alternative could be the RAM 1500 Warlock if you can find one or the latest Big Horn.

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