The 2024 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Combines Work and Fun

May 20, 2024 - 3 minute read

Jeep Gladiator Mojave Lineup

The past two years have seen redesigned models across almost the entire midsize pickup category. Yet, none of these new trucks can approach the character of the Jeep Gladiator, and none of them allow open-air driving. Jeep’s pickup can do everything expected of a midsize pickup while also providing a fun experience you can only find in a Jeep. 

The 2024 Gladiators are still new to the Krusen Motors inventory as of this writing due to the model having started production in February 2024. 2024 brings a host of new standard features across the model line while maintaining prices. Some of the notable additions include:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen with the Unconnect 5 operating system

  • Side-curtain airbags for both first and second-row, even when the roof is removed

  • Wireless Apple and Android smartphone compatibility

For the Sport S and above trim levels: 

  • Forward collision warning

  • Advanced cruise control with stop

  • Trails OffRoad, Jeep Adventure Guides built into the UConnect 5 Nav system

The 2024 Gladiator's trim levels include Sport, Sport S, Willys, Mojave, and Rubicon. The new Mojave X and Rubicon X models are the Majave and Rubicon models with all of the options. All Gladiators are powered by the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, which produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Most unusually, every trim can have a 6-speed manual transmission as well as an automatic 8-speed torque flite.

The Mojave and Rubicon are the model line’s most capable off-road models and reflect Jeep’s understanding of the distinctly different types of off-roading.  The Mojave may be the most fun-loving Gladiator as it specializes in traversing over sand and light off-road terrain at a relatively high speed. By contrast, the Rubicon is true to its name, specializing in crawling over rough terrain at slow speeds. That said, this doesn’t mean the Mojave can’t do the slow, rough stuff. Its 11.6-inch ground clearance is up for the 44.7° approach, 20.9° break-over, and 25.5° departure angles. The driver will just have to work harder at it than they will on the Rubicon. 

For its mission, the Mojave features 2.5-inch aluminum internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs for additional heat management and overall higher-speed suspension tuning. The Rubicon has a lower crawl ratio, a front locking diff (both have rear lockers), a swaybar disconnect, and high-pressure gas-charged monotube shocks with hydraulic rebound stops.

The Gladiator shares the same dash as the Wrangler’s dash design, which uses a large touchscreen, plenty of physical controls, and analog gauges. One of those controls will shut the screen off if you find it distracting. 

The Gladiator Mojave’s business end can carry 1,100 pounds, and the model can tow 6,000 pounds with the 8-speed automatic. Greater capacity actually comes with a lower price point, as the entry-level Sport can carry 1,725 pounds or tow 7,700 pounds. 

To sum up, the Gladiator Mojave is an extraordinarily capable mid-size pickup prepared to take the unpaved at speed and, perhaps more importantly, give you a sense of being in something special every time you hop in. It can also give you thrills like no other when the roof is removed, and you are speeding from one dune to the next. If you are thinking of a midsize pickup and like to have fun, visit Krusen Motors and have them point you to the Gladiators.

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