2020 Jeep Gladiator vs Rubicon Trail: Can You Really Wheel A Long Truck Up America’s Hardest Rocky Trail? (Video)

We drive a Gladiator Rubicon on the Rubicon.

Can a new all stock 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon tackle the Rubicon trail? It better be able to because this truck is wearing the “Rubicon” name and a “Trail Rated” badge. Roman and Tommy drive a Gladiator over the legendary trail. They are in a convoy, and they have a lot of help. Here is what happens.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

You may know that the guys took a new all stock Jeep Wrangler (JL) Rubicon on this trail last year. That was already a very challenging endeavor. The Gladiator has most of the same off-road hardware and gear, but it has a significantly longer wheelbase than a Wrangler. Hence, it has a worse breakover angle.

Gladiator’s wheelbase is 137.3 inches. The breakover angle is 20.3 degrees. Here is how the new 2020 Gladiator compares to some of its competitors: Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Tacoma TRD Pro.

The Gladiator Rubicon has Falken all-terrain tires, front and rear locking differentials (and solid axles), disconnecting front sway bar for more articulation, low range that enables very slow crawling and good power modulation as slow speeds. It also has slow speed crawl control, steel bumpers, and steel rock sliders (including protection for the bed corners).

If any stock pickup truck can do this tough trail, the Gladiator Rubicon can.