2021 Jeep Gladiator

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2021 Jeep Gladiator
2021 Jeep Gladiator

Key specs

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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

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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 4.6
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Definitely a fan!

I bought my 2021 Overland new. I love it!!! It is fun to drive. Handles well in the snow. This is a well made vehicle. I love the leather seating. The best heated seats and steering wheel I have owned. I’m definitely a fan!!


MOHAVE ride makes for good daily driver

Mojave trim gives a smooth ride. A big improvement over the 2012 Rubicon Unlimited that I had. 17-18 mpg around suburbs and 20-21 on trips. At 13,000 miles no reliability issues. 8-Speed transmission coupled with the 3.6 v6 works well. Great in SNOW. Recommend the AWD optional transfer case.


Buy! Best of the Best!

The best by far mid size truck you can buy! Built better than any truck you will find on the market, hands down an easy choice!!!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Jeep
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
36 months/unlimited distance
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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