Long trips in the JT are not uncomfortable, granted you do not have the room of a full size truck. At the present my longest trip was 6 hours with no issues. In December we are planning a 12 hour trip that will be the test.
One of the things that probably doesn't get talked about (or does it?) is having these tall vehicles and kids. How is someone going to feel if their 9-year-old son or daughter falls while trying to exit the small rear doors of a Gladiator Rubicon or Mojave and cracks their skull open on the pavement, because the vehicle is so high off the ground? Or their wife?“Tapped Out” is spot on. 100% agree. As far as steering goes, I can drive 90 mph with one finger on the wheel. I have the stock steering (no TSB upgrade), but I did install the Synergy sector brace. So, if your JT isn’t able to drive like mine then something is wrong and you need to make that change. I would start with the TSB upgrade. It sounds like it works and it’s free.
When I was a kid, my sister took her son and her on a cross country move (meaning everything they had) packed into an MG midget. It was barely a car, I know that she wouldn't be able to get out of that car today if she could even get into it. It is all relative.It's all relative
I used to do 17.5 hours in a manual Chevy S10 without Cruise Control. My knee would swell a lot.
After that, I drove a Wrangler - night and day difference, but not nearly as nice as a sedan, or today's vehicles.
This Gladiator is leaps and bounds over the TJ Wrangler - but not as nice as a a Cadillac. It's all what you're used to and coming from.
I wouldn't think twice about driving 12hrs in this thing. I'd look forward to the trip.
This is a you can't have your cake and eat it too conversation. Meaning, you can't make an off-road brute and expect it to behave in a civilized manner on the interstate. So in my opinion, the Gladiator, especially in the trim I have, the Mojave, is much more oriented/tilted to off-road use. In Wrangler language, if you want the city slicker with nicer manners, you get the Sahara, and if you want the noisy, off-road, aggressive brute that can climb rocks, you get the Rubicon.
If these vehicles are so great for the highway: what's up with the 97mph speed limiter on the Gladiator?Hmmmm, don't totally agree. Why would one be harsher than the other, really? My Overland has Rubicon springs under the front, max tow under the rear, Rubicon Fox shocks all around, and I run Rubicon tires (*take-offs) half the year. I also have a steel Rubicon bumper and winch up front - it rides and handles fine. It's a pleasure to cruise on the interstate with it. Smooth and as responsive as any truck I've ever owned - even more.
The Rubicon wouldn't drive or handle any differently unless it's lifted and has much larger tires - that's because other than width (by a WHOPPING 1.5 inches! ) they are the same drivetrain on the highway. They are the same exact steering gear.
I can't see how my Overland could ride or drive or handle any better than any other JT trim level. Especially with the switching I've done. I'd take it to any part of the country and not be working any more than if I was driving my wife's Grand Cherokee. In fact, my JT does so well, it's become my daily driver.
Maybe the Mojave sucks on the highway - but mine with Rubicon suspension does GREAT. And a wider track JT should do even BETTER - as Pontiac used to advertise, wider is better.
So maybe the Mojave isn't the best choice for highways - get something else. That's the one version I've not driven.
Agree. We have the Jeep for “fun”/utility (my daily) and a Durango for a nice comfy family ride. However, we took the Jeep on a 6 hour trip to FL and it wasn’t all that bad. It wasn’t quiet and an ideal highway driver, but when we got to FL it was nice to take the Freedom Panels off and cruise around. Something you can’t do in a Durango.To me it depends on what you want for the time you’re NOT driving 10 hours. Since that trip only happens a couple times a year it probably shouldn’t be the make or break for your decision.
my buddy has a 19’ Ram 1500 Laramie. If I was regularly driving long distances I would choose that truck 10/10 times over the Gladiator. It’s MUCH quieter (even With a hardtop), drives like a Cadillac, and has all the space you could ever hope for.
If you want a gladiator for the utility and all the things you can do with that you can’t do in the Ram, like taking top/doors off, more capable off-road, etc then that might be the better choice. You just have to realize it won’t be as comfortable as a full size truck on long drives.