When I first drove the Jeep unveiled the , and now that I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces, well, move over, Rubicon., I thought I’d found my off-road dream truck. Solid axles, a crazy crawl ratio, front and rear differential lockers and a convertible to boot? Hell yes. But then
- Purposeful suspension upgrades
- No noticeable loss in other off-road abilities
- Easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment tech
- The roof comes off!
- Reduced tow rating
- Fully loaded models get pretty expensive
The Mojave is only offered with four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case. It’s also only available with Jeep’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, and while a six-speed manual transmission is standard, you can opt for an eight-speed automatic for $2,000.
This is also the first vehicle to get Jeep’s new Desert Rated badge. This means that, in addition to all of the usual off-road stuff that goes into earning the Trail Rated badge, the Gladiator Mojave is prepped for high-speed desert running. I’m talking about bombing through whoops and scrambling up dunes. Yes, any Gladiator can do