Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 4WD Dual Cab Ute 2023 Review

Is the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon any good

Gladiator Rubicon – Amongst Dual Cab Utes the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon almost sits in a class by itself. Purpose built for heavy duty 4WD activities the Rubicon is amongst the best 4WD Utes around. Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2023 front quarter 2 With almost 250mm of ground clearance, excellent wheel articulation, Fox shock absorbers, front and rear diff locks, mud terrain tyres and the ability to disconnect the front sway bars, the Gladiator Rubicon is at home in the rough stuff.

These very factors are opposite of what is needed for a good highway cruiser.

On road it’s a slightly different story. It has what we call personality. Its ok, just not my first pick as a long-distance cruiser.

Inside the Jeep is all comfort. There’s a little wind noise, and the mud terrain tyres have the typical roar. But the heated seats are particularly comfortable, the infotainment system is straight out of the premium models, and you soon adapt to the “personality’ and enjoy the drive.

Jeep has persisted with the 3.6L Pentastar petrol engine with 209kW and 347Nm, running through an 8-speed automatic transmission and the awesome Jeep Rock-Trac Active On-Demand II 4×4 system. It can be heavy on fuel if pushed hard but not bad on the freeway.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is priced from $87,250 plus the usual costs.

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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon details:

  • Jeep Rock-Trac Active On-Demand II 4×4 system [4:1 Transfer Case]
  • Jeep Tru-Lok Front & Rear Locking Differentials
  • Electronic Front Sway-Bar Disconnect
  • 2:1 Crawl Ratio
  • FOX aluminum-bodied 2” diameter shocks [front/rear]
  • Off-Road Plus Mode
  • Forward-Facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera
  • Selectable Tyre-Fill Alert
  • 32” BFGoodrich Off-Road Tyres [255/75R17]
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • LED Headlights/Taillights/Day-Time Running Lights/Fog Lights
  • Forward Collision Warning Plus
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
  • 9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch Touchscreen with Navigation
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Steel Rear Bumper
  • Rubicon Hood Decal
  • McKinley Leather Trimmed Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob & Parking Brake Handle
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2023 reverse camera

What is good?

  • Very cool styling
  • Outstanding 4WD capability
  • Interior comfort

What is not so good?

  • Limited Payload
  • Limited towing capacity
  • No diesel or hybrid

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Dual Cab 4WD Utes are popular. However, the Gladiator Rubicon is different to the mainstream 4WD Dual Cab Utes.

Buyers could look at Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota 70 Series LandCruiser, RAM 1500, Chev Silverado ZR2,   Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior, Toyota HiLux Rogue, Mazda BT-50 Thunder.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2023 engine

Jeep Gladiator

Model

Gladiator Rubicon

Model Price $87,250 MLP*
Engine 3.6L V6 Petrol Euro 5
Drivetrain 8 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power 209kW @ 6,400rpm
Torque 347Nm @ 4.100rpm
Safety Three-star ANCAP (tested June 2020)
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA
CO2 Emissions 288 g/km
Economy ADR 12.4L/100km / 83L capacity
Economy on test 13.5L/100k
Max Range 783km
Servicing 12Mth / 12,000km Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ 100,000 km
Roadside Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon 2023 front interior

Overall Rating    

84/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 8
AWD/Towing Capability* 9  (4WD 5/5 Towing 4/5 )
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 8

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5591mm
Wheelbase 3488mm
Width 1894mm
Height 1909mm
Wheels 17×7.5 Alloy
Tyres 255/75 R17
Max ground clearance Up to 249mm
Wading Depth 760mm
Approach 40.7 degrees
Rampover 18.4 degrees
Departure angle 25.1 degrees
Turning Circle KTK 13.6m
Tub Length TBA
Tub width arches TBA
Tub Depth TBA
Kerb Weight 2242kg
Payload (kg) 693kg
GVM (kg) 2935kg
GCM 5656kg
Towing Capacity 2721kg
Tow Ball rating 272kg

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Summary

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is unique amongst Dual Can 4WD Utes. It sits almost in a class of its own.

Extremely capable off road, the Gladiator Rubicon comes with Jeeps legendary trail rated moniker.

The Gladiator Rubicon has what we call ‘personality’

About Rob Fraser 2508 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.