The upcoming Jeep Gladiator pickup is, somehow, one of the most highly anticipated cars or trucks in recent memory. The mid-size truck market is experiencing a bit of a renaissance right now, so it makes sense that there'd be excitement over one that can drop its top and maintains all the ruggedness of a Wrangler. The problem? It's not for sale yet. The other problem? Mid-size trucks are getting pretty large. But there's a solution if you still want a Jeep pickup and don't want to wait.
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Before the Gladiator became even a glimmer in the back of your brain, Jeep was building a smaller pickup called the Comanche. Internally dubbed the MJ, it took a lot of its design and powertrain from the XJ Cherokee, itself an icon now thanks to the internet. The idea was that the Comanche would maintain the ruggedness of the Cherokee while adding the utility that comes with a truck bed.
It also wasn't gigantic, and bridged the gap between car-based pickups like the Dodge Rampage and bigger trucks like the Ford F-150. It's kind of the perfect size, a pickup that isn't a bear to drive or park, but with enough space in the bed that it could likely transport pretty much anything a bigger pickup could haul.
is not pristine, but that adds to its allure. It's a driver with 157,000 miles on the odometer. If you think the paint looks weird, that's because it's not paint: the exterior is sprayed in bed liner. It has bigger tires and some bolt-on fenders that look very cool.
The description notes that it's not perfect, but that it can be a daily driver that is then taken off-road on weekends. Isn't that what a Jeep is all about?