You don’t have to be a mainstream car buyer; there are vehicles out there for people who are different from the general public. But you don’t have to look for a niche manufacturer (Studebaker’s Avanti) to find what you want. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is made by a major manufacturer, with an extensive dealer network.
Why Drive Doorless?
There doesn’t have to be a logical reason to drive without doors, it’s just fun! It should be mentioned that the Gladiator is also a convertible, and the open-air experience from driving without a top extends to driving without doors. (That part’s logical.)
Extending that logic, there is a different reason for driving doorless; during off-road trips. Here, doing without doors makes it much easier to lean out and judge rough terrain. That’s very important, especially when you can move past where a side mirror would be. It becomes easy to see where the driver’s front wheel is pointed. Yes, you could use the Gladiator’s touchscreen to see forward, but the driver’s direct line of sight is superior. Conversely, driving on paved road without your side-view mirrors can be unsettling.
Is it Easy to go Doorless?
Yes, it is, for the Jeep Gladiator. The doors can be removed by the owner (or at least don’t require a technician) in a few steps. First, roll the windows down. Then, you need to disconnect the cable that secures the door to the Gladiator, then a doorstop, that also keeps the door secured. Next, remove the two hinge bolts that do most of the work of keeping the door in place. You can now remove the door, which shouldn’t be hard, as it’s made of aluminum (and weighs about 50 pounds).