Why the Jeep Gladiator Mojave Falls Short as a Desert Runner


The mid-size truck segment is currently experiencing an exciting time with the release of brand new Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger models. Despite the competition, the Jeep Gladiator Mojave is celebrating its fourth year, presenting itself as a desert runner in a crowded field. The Mojave model comes with a few updates for 2024 but still features the same dated 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. While the Mojave has its pros and cons, it faces stiff competition from newer models in terms of power and modern features.

Pros: Better Styling For 2024, Hugely Capable, Comfortable Ride

The updated 2024 Jeep Gladiator Mojave features slightly sleeker styling, with improvements to the grille and headlights. The V-6 engine offers decent performance, allowing the truck to launch with enthusiasm. However, the Mojave struggles to keep up with its competitors in terms of power, especially on the highway. The specially tuned suspension makes it the only “Desert Rated” Gladiator on the market, designed for high-speed off-roading over sand and rock. The Mojave glides smoothly over dirt roads and offers a higher top-speed in low range compared to the Rubicon model.

Cons: Outdated Suspension Tech, Vague Steering, Pricey

One of the major drawbacks of the Gladiator Mojave is its outdated solid front axle suspension, which feels behind the competition. The vague steering and lack of a disconnecting stabilizer bar make it less suitable for high-speed off-roading. While the Mojave offers a comfortable ride on the road, the cabin features hard, rubber surfaces and plastics. The truck comes at a hefty price, with various optional packages driving the cost up, making it less competitive compared to other mid-size trucks on the market.


In a highly competitive mid-size truck segment, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator Mojave faces tough competition from newer, more powerful models. Despite some improvements to styling and capabilities, the Mojave falls short in areas such as outdated suspension technology, vague steering, and a high price tag with optional packages. While it offers a comfortable ride and the ability to handle off-road terrains, there are better options available in the market for buyers looking for a desert-running truck. Jeep may need to consider updating the Mojave’s features to stay competitive in the evolving mid-size truck segment.

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