2021 Jeep Gladiator
When the Jeep Gladiator was first revealed, it quickly got plenty of attention for combining the best off-road vehicle with a midsize pickup truck. Bringing life to a vehicle segment that was mostly barren, the Gladiator started offering some competition. As other automakers take note, Jeep enters 2021 with the Gladiator pickup truck once again.
3.0L EcoDiesel V6
Avail. Engine Type
Uconnect 4C NAV
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator did something different by making a 4×4 drivetrain standard on all trims – the Sport, Willys Sport, Sport S, Willys, Overland, 80th Anniversary, Rubicon, Mojave, and High Altitude, there are many choices already to choose from. A 3.6-liter V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing for better performance, and electric start-stop (ESS) technology for conserving fuel is the standard engine across the lineup. It can generate 285 horsepower and up to 260 lb-ft of torque. Available on all trims is the more powerful 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine, able to generate 260 horsepower but 442 lb-ft of torque.
Because all trims are locked into a 4×4 drivetrain, all but the Rubicon come equipped with a Command-Trac part-time 4WD system and Selec-Trac® Full Time 4WD System for managing various road conditions. The Rubicon comes with Rock-Trac HD Part Time 4WD Sys and Rock-Trac Full Time 4WD System in place of these for added rock-crawling ability.
Most trims come with a six-speed manual transmission with an 8-speed automatic transmission available, standard on the 80th Anniversary trim and the High Altitude trim. With the entire lineup coming standard with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, the fuel economy is 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The EcoDiesel V6 has an EPA of 22/28 mpg city/highway.
All trims past the Willys Sport trim come standard with heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, and power tailgate lock. Across the lineup, front door tinted glass is standard, along with a tinted windshield glass, solar control or deep-tint sunscreen glass, a soft top with the option to get a hard top or other tops available, side steps, a roll-up tonneau cover for the truck bed, and spray-in bedliner. LED taillamps and front fog lamps are available on all trims past and including the Sport S (standard on the High Altitude trim), and trims past and including the Rubicon come with LED turn signal and parking lamps. The standard wheel size is 17-inch wheels, with 18-inch wheels on the Overland and 80th Anniversary trims, and 20-inch wheels on the High Altitude trim.
Cloth-trimmed bucket seats are the standard up to the 80th Anniversary, followed with leather upholstery with bucket seats on the rest of the lineup. A rear 60/40 spilt-folding rear seat is a lineup standard, and all trims past and including the Sport S can come with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and automatic temperature control. Trims past and including the Rubicon can also come with ambient LED interior lighting.
The standard setup is Uconnect 3 on a 5-inch touchscreen and an 8-speaker system, with integrated voice command with Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch touchscreen is available on the Sport S, standard on the rest of the lineup with Uconnect 4C Nav on an 8.4-inch display past and including the Rubicon trim. All trims with Uconnect 4 or better also come with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and HD Radio. An Alpine premium audio system is available on the Sport S, Willys, Overland, and Rubicon – standard on the 80th Anniversary and High Altitude trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
All 2021 Jeep Gladiator trims come with an advanced multistage front airbag system, supplemental front seat side airbags, stability, and traction control systems, trailer sway control, anti-lock 4-wheel disc HD brakes, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, keyless go, a Parkview rear back-up camera, and a Sentry Key theft deterrent system. Blind-spot and cross-path detection, full-speed forward collision warning plus, and a ParkSense rear-park assist system become available past and including the Sport S trim.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.