2021 Jeep Gladiator

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$34,385

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2021 Jeep Gladiator
2021 Jeep Gladiator

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Rugged styling
  • Removable top and doors, fold-flat windshield
  • Surprisingly good ride quality
  • Unrivaled off-road ability
  • Towing capacity

The bad:

  • Very expensive
  • Floaty on-road handling
  • Wind noise
  • Lots of squat when towing
  • Small cargo box

9 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Jeep Gladiator trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New turbo-diesel V-6 engine available
  • Mid-size crew-cab pickup
  • 3.6-liter gas V-6 standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive standard
  • Standard convertible top and removable doors

2021 Jeep Gladiator review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Jeep Gladiator?

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is a mid-size crew-cab pickup truck with room for up to five people. Its standard engine is a 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that works with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The newly available turbo-diesel V-6, meanwhile, teams with an eight-speed automatic. Part-time four-wheel drive is standard, and competitors include the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma.

What’s New on the 2021 Jeep Gladiator?

The newly available turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 makes 260 hp and 442 pounds-feet of torque and gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined — 5 mpg more than the gas V-6. Full-time four-wheel drive is available, and the Overland trim level can now have a forward-facing off-road camera. The Sport trim, meanwhile, can now have LED headlights and foglights. There’s also a new 80th Anniversary Edition with unique appearance cues, and a Willys model with a limited-slip differential, rock rails and Mud-Terrain tires.   

Which Features in the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • Folding soft-top
  • Fold-down windshield
  • Removable doors
  • Air conditioning
  • Push-button start
  • Cloth seats
  • Cruise control

Available features include: 

  • Three-piece hard top
  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Household power outlet in cargo box
  • Adjustable cargo tie-downs
  • Power locks, mirrors and windows
  • Remote start
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Alpine premium stereo
  • 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Blind spot warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking

2021 Jeep Gladiator Vs. 2021 Ford Ranger: How Do They Compare?

The Ford Ranger is powered by a stout turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 270 hp, and the truck can tow up to 7,500 pounds — slightly less than the Gladiator’s 7,650-pound maximum — when properly equipped. The two trucks both boast user-friendly touchscreen multimedia systems, but the Ranger’s interior looks dated compared with the Gladiator’s. The Gladiator’s diesel engine gives the Jeep a slight fuel-economy edge, but if you’re only interested in gas power, the Ranger comes out ahead. 

Should I Buy the 2021 Jeep Gladiator?

The Jeep Gladiator is a unique entrant in the mid-size pickup truck class. The off-road Rubicon version has the rock-crawling ability of a muscled-up mountain goat, but the Gladiator’s poor straight-line tracking is a problem when driving on paved surfaces. It’s also pricey. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

UNIQUE GLADIATOR

When I first saw it on the street, I knew it was different. A Jeep, I'm a former wrangler owner. I am completely taken by this one of a kind Gladiator experience. I didnt know if I could drive it with the added on back. NO PROBLEM. It handles better than my wrangler. In every way. The back cover, I have more room now for carrying items, beach gear to whatever. Love the Blue color. Vivid. Fun. I'm in jeep heaven. Cant believe the turning radius, ease of driving. All cars look the same nowadays and are boring to me. This brings out the adventure and uniqueness, I love the car!!

4.3

New toy at the moment

Overall the vehicle is great, I did a lot of modifications. Improvements for this vehicle is when it rains the part over the door needs to be longer so the rain doesn’t go into the car and splash over the interior and hit a person on the head

5.0

Rides great. Looks very good. Light blue.

Works & looks great. I highly recommend the Gladiator Jeep. I also bought a new Jeep Compass for my daughter. It is roomy & runs great.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Jeep
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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