2021 Jeep Gladiator

MSRP $33,545

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2021 Jeep Gladiator Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 6, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Jeep brand is known all over the world for its strong 4x4 drivetrains, innovative design, and quality components across all its SUVs and Trucks. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is a hard-working and rugged truck that needs no introduction. It basically shares the same platform with the Wrangler and offers a steel cargo bed for carrying all your additional cargo.

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Pros

Rugged Construction

Standard 4X4 Configuration

Plenty of trim options

Convertible Configuration

Cons

Only one body and bed type available 

Boxy profile leads to wind noise 

Expensive compared to rivals

Lower Fuel Efficiency 

What's New?

The best thing about the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is that it is available in many trim options

The Gladiator also gets an oil-burning 3.0 L V 6 engine that produces 260 HP and a mammoth 442 lb-ft of torque

You get options for hardtop headliner, automatic transmission, Alpine Premium Audio system, Trailer Brake Control, etc.

Packages like Trailer Tow Package, Tow Package with a 4.10 Axle ratio, Auxiliary Switch Group, Smoker’s Group, etc depending upon the selected trim option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33545

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

97 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

285 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.9/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

137.3 in.

length

218 in.

width

73.8 in.

height

75 in.

curb weight

4650 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104 cu ft.

cargo volume

35.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

7650 lbs.

payload capacity

1600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

195 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$33,545 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Jeep Gladiator in Black Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

5.0

Engine and Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Exterior

8.0

5.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.2

Overall Rating


The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is available in nine trim options to choose from. The trims are Sport, Sport S, Willys, Overland, 80th Anniversary Edition, Freedom, Mojave, Rubicon, and High Altitude. The price for the base trim Sport starts at $34,040 and goes up to $ 52,240 for the top-of-the-line High Altitude trim. The Gladiator faces stiff competition from the likes of Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab, Ford Ranger Crew Cab, and Nissan Frontier Crew Cab.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab front angle view
2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab rear angle view

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Exterior


2021 Jeep Gladiator Features

The 2021 Gladiator comes in nine trim options and each trim is specifically designed to cater to a different set of buyers. The trims are Sport, Sport S, Willys, Overland, 80th Anniversary Edition, Freedom, Mojave, Rubicon, and High Altitude in the ascending order of their price and features 

Trims 

Sport

Sport S

Willys

Overland

80th Anniversary Edition

Freedom

Mojave

Rubicon

High Altitude

MSRP($)

34,040

42,360

43,520

44,225

45,570

45,430

46,060

46,060

54,035

Key features

Command-Trac 4x4 system

Adds to or upgrades to features in Sport

Adds to or upgrades to features in Sport/Sport S

Adds to or upgrades to features in Sport S

adds to or upgrades to features in Sport S

Adds to or upgrades to features in Overland 

Adds to or upgrades to features in Overland

Adds to or upgrades to features in Mojave

Adds to or upgrades to features in Rubicon

 

5-foot steel box with 4 tie-downs

Power windows/locks

Willys hood decal

115-volt auxiliary power outlet

80th Anniversary Edition fender badges

Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats with Cloth Inserts

Larger, reinforced rear track bar

Front sway bar disconnect system

Sport suspension

 

Full-framed removable doors

Power, heated mirrors 

Gloss Black grille 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Neutral Grey metallic grille bezels, headlamp rings, and fog lamp bezels 

LED Headlamps and Fog Lamps

Off-Road Plus Mode

Skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case 

Sport front and rear shock absorbers 

 

Push-button start

— Leather-wrapped steering wheel

4x4 tailgate decal

Automatic halogen headlamps 

Overland front bumper

Freedom edition decals and oscar mike tailgate batch

Reinforced frame

Dual vented hood with Rubicon decal

Nappa leather-trimmed seats

 

8-speaker sound system with overhead soundbar

Security alarm

Heavy-duty front and rear Red-painted shocks

Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

Technology Group

Rock rails and steel bumpers

Sunrider Soft Top in Black vinyl

4- and 7-pin trailer wiring harness 

Remote Proximity Keyless Entry

 

Uconnect 3 with 5-inch touchscreen

Remote keyless entry

Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential

Universal garage door opener 

Convenience Group

Different rooftop options by MOPAR

1-inch front suspension lift

Modular Seat Back Jeep Utility Grid System

Body-color power, heated mirrors

 

17-inch steel Low-Gloss Black wheels

17-inch aluminum painted Tech Silver Metallic wheels 

17-inch Mid-Gloss Black Rubicon aluminum wheels

18-inch aluminum polished and painted Granite Crystal wheels

18-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels

17-Inch Satin carbon wheels 

17-inch aluminum painted Low-Gloss Black wheels

17-inch aluminum polished and painted Granite Crystal wheels

20-inch aluminum fully painted Gloss Black wheels

 

Torx tool kit for top/door removal

Deep-tint sunscreen windows

Heavy-duty rock rails

Rearview day/night mirror

80th Anniversary Edition console badge

 

Thicker front upper control arms

4:1 low-range transfer case

Lockable behind-seat storage

 

Damped 3-position tailgate

Power locking tailgate

Slush Mats

Cloth seats with Overland logo

   

Performance-style hood with Mojave decal

4.10:1 axle ratio

Universal garage door opener

 

Daytime running lamp system 

Automatic headlamps

Convenience Group (Sport S only)

Side steps

   

FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers

Performance suspension with FOX 2.0 monotube shocks

 

 Which Trim should you buy?

We believe that the Overland trim is well-equipped with the most necessary features and is also priced better. It comes with an optimum balance of comfort features like dual-zone climate control A/C, a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, Uconnect 4 with 7-inch full-color touchscreen, etc, and off-road-worthy features like the bigger 18-inch wheels with Dueler A/S tires and Skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case. It also gets a diesel engine option, which would be more suitable for off-roading.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Engine and Performance

5.0/10

The 2021 Gladiator is powered by a 3.6 L Pentastar V 6 engine producing 285 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. It can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission. It also gets an optional 3.0 L V6 diesel engine producing 260 HP and a whopping 442 lb-ft of torque. However, the diesel engine can be equipped only on Sport, Overland, and Rubicon, High Altitude models. The diesel engine would be more suitable for hard-core off-roading with its 442 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab driving view

Models(2021)

Jeep Gladiator 

Honda Ridgeline

Ford Ranger 

Nissan Frontier 

MSRP

34,040

36,670

29,000

31,690

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.8 V6 

Drivetrain

4WD

FWD/AWD

RWD/4WD

RWD/4WD

Transmission

6-speed manual/8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power

285 hp @ 6,400 rpm

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

270 hp @ 5,500 rpm

310 HP@ 6400 rpm

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

281 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.9

7.2

6.1

7.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.1

15.6

14.7

15.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

100

130

110

112

The 3.6 L Pentastar engine from the FCA is known for its good performance and reliability. However, with the Gladiator the performance is a bit sluggish and less than urgent. As a result, the 0-60 mph sprint is slower than the rivals. The 2021 Frontier comes with a bigger 3.8 L engine and produces more power than the rivals and thus has a good 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times. The Ford Ranger gets the benefit of lower weight from its smaller turbocharged engine and hence blows away the competition.

How well does the 2021 Jeep Gladiator handle?

The 2021 Gladiator comes with the same technical specifications as the 2020 model so, don’t expect any changes to the handling. The main purpose of the Jeep Gladiator is to offer a solid off-roading pedigree that no other competition can offer. It’s a truck and performs like one. The handling isn’t great and high-speed cornering can be scary. The standard 4x4 configuration offers adequate traction to conquer any terrain you throw at it.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab ride and handling

The steering in the Gladiator lacks precision and engagement in comparison to its rivals, which offer a more car-like feel. Even the Wrangler offers a better steering feel than the Gladiator. While the ride quality is not tuned for better comfort and maybe worrisome on hardcore off-roading, Jeep has tried to offer a good combination of a practical Crew Cab truck and a true off-road vehicle which the rivals can’t match. Its rigid structure, higher ground clearance, and standard 4x4

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Braking Performance

The 2021 Gladiator is the heaviest of the lot and to stop all that momentum when in motion, it requires larger brake rotors, and fortunately, they are adequate in nature. Overall, braking becomes more important when you are towing a trailer. The Gladiator also offers braking features like automatic emergency braking which plays a crucial role. 

Models(2021)

Jeep Gladiator 

Honda Ridgeline

Ford Ranger 

Nissan Frontier 

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.9

12.6

12.2

11.7

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13

12.1

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,650

4,193

4,232

4,320 

60-0 MPH (feet)

129

128

127

NA

The stopping distances are very similar to each other and we expect nearby results for the Nissan Frontier. It comes with smaller rotors and is heavy at 4,320 lbs so, the stopping distance might increase to some extent. The Jeep gets larger rotors at both ends but owing to more curb weight its stopping distance is more as compared to rivals.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Fuel Economy

3.0/10

The fuel efficiency of the Jeep Gladiator is less in comparison to its rivals. The 3.6 L V 6 engine is efficient in nature on most other FCA vehicles. We expected a better fuel economy, but owing to higher curb weight and standard 4x4 configuration the fuel economy is lower. With a combined fuel efficiency of 19 MPG, it is not exactly poor but can’t match the competition. It offers a combined range of 418 miles which is very respectable considering its efficiency

Models(2021)

Jeep Gladiator 

Honda Ridgeline

Ford Ranger 

Nissan Frontier 

MPG (City)

16

19

21

17

MPG (Highway)

23

24

26

23

MPG (Combined)

19

21

23

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.0 

19.5

18.0

18

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) in miles

352.0/506.0/418.0

370.0/468.0/410.0

378.0/468.0/414.0

306/414/342

The 2021 Gladiator offers a decent range owing to the larger capacity of the fuel tank. The Honda and Ford trucks offer better efficiency but have smaller fuel tanks and hence lose out to Jeep in munching more miles on a full tank. However, they are quite similar. Nissan Frontier offers the lowest range due to lesser efficiency and smaller fuel tank.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Interior

The 2021 Gladiator’s interior is essentially a straight port from its near sibling, the Wrangler. The only difference here is that the Gladiator features enhanced material quality, a more rugged interior philosophy, and a lot of chunky controls. All of this results in an intuitive and sensible interior layout that is very driver-friendly. Speaking of the front seats, they are very supportive and comfortable and are at an elevated position so the driver can get a better view of the road. 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab cockpit area

The interior features will depend on the trim you opt for or the optional packages that you avail. Some standard features like waterproof push-button start, cloth upholstery, steering wheel-mounted controls, A/C, 5-foot steel box, etc definitely add value to the base trims. The upper trims get features like an automatic climate control system, Nappa leather seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Monaco-wrapped mid-bolster, Remote Proximity

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab seats

Keyless Entry, premium music system, etc. 

Models(2021)

Jeep Gladiator 

Honda Ridgeline

Ford Ranger 

Nissan Frontier 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/55.7/41.2

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.9/58.3/42.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.8/55.7/38.3

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.6/53.6/33leg.6

Cargo Volume (cu.ft.)

35.5

41.4

N/A

33.5

The 2021 Gladiator offers maximum headroom and legroom across both rows, thanks to its boxy profile and more height. The cargo volume is not the maximum but is sufficient for most people. The Honda Ridgeline offers maximum cargo capacity and its interior dimensions are better than Ford and Nissan trucks. Some of the standout interior features of the Gladiator are:

  • Nappa leather-trimmed seats
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Push-button start
  • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry

 What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Jeep Gladiator offers decent infotainment features across all trims. However, the lower trims come with an older UConnect 3, 5-inch touch]screen display with AM/FM Radio, integrated voice command, and hands-free calling via Bluetooth connectivity. The 8-speaker sound system with an overhead soundbar is standard. So, you will have to upgrade to a technology package to get the latest connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a better stereo system

The higher trims come with Uconnect 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and GPS Navigation. They also get a better-sounding 9-speaker Alpine Premium Audio System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Siri Eyes Free, etc. So it all depends upon your preferences inside the cabin and Jeep offers many options to spec-up your Gladiator. Some of the standout infotainment features of the Gladiator are:

  • Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen 
  • GPS Navigation
  • 9-speaker Alpine Premium Audio System 
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Android Auto 
  • Apple CarPlay

2021 Jeep Gladiator Exterior

8.0/10

The Gladiator is simply a stretched-out Wrangler that has an added 19 inches of wheelbase compared to its sibling and has a cargo bed nested on its back. This has an unfortunate effect on the Gladiator’s proportions, with its profile not particularly attractive compared to conventional pickup trucks. The Gladiator shares the same styling aspects as the Wrangler, like the bulbous headlights and the beefy fenders and tires. 

​  2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab 

The signature 7-slot grille and round headlamps with DRLs are standard across all the trims. Overall, all the trims look similar with minor aesthetic and technical changes. The boxy profile of the Wrangler is very prominent in its styling. Actually, what makes this truck different from other trucks is its removable doors and roof along with a complete fold-down windshield. Such a configuration can offer you flexibility and experience like no other truck in this segment. The bed is available in only a single 5 feet configuration which can feel inadequate in comparison to its rivals.

Models(2021)

Jeep Gladiator 

Honda Ridgeline

Ford Ranger 

Nissan Frontier 

Curb weight (lbs)

4650 

4255

4232

4320

Length (inches)

218

210.0

210.8

205.6

Width (inches)

73.8

78.6

73.3

72.8

Height (inches)

75.0

70.8

71.1

70.1

Ground clearance (inches)

10.0

7.9

8.4

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

137.3

125.2

126.8

125.9

The higher wheelbase and more length help in increasing the legroom across the second row and passengers can enjoy a more comfortable ride. The higher weight is a result of its rugged construction and all-time 4x4 configuration. Also, the ground clearance is the highest, which shows its higher off-road compatibility. The rivals simply can’t match the off-road pedigree and interior space of the Gladiator. Some of the standout exterior features of the Gladiator are:

  • Body-color 7-slot grille
  • Removable doors and roof
  • Numerous skid plates
  • Rock and side rails
  • Body-color wheel arches
  • LED / Halogen Headlamps

2021 Jeep Gladiator Safety

The Jeep Gladiator Overland comes with an exceptionally solid safety cage that consists of high-strength steel paired with lightweight aluminum, making it lighter in weight while still providing a very strong chassis. NHTSA has rated the Gladiator for a few crash tests only, and it managed to score 4-star in frontal crash tests and 3-star in Rollover Testing. Jeep has reserved most of its active safety tech for the top-draw Sport S, Overland, Rubicon, and High Altitude trims. Even to access these safety features, the driver has to unlock them through 2 prerequisite packages. Some of the standout safety features of the Gladiator are:

  • Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Trailer Sway Control 
  • Enhanced Accident Response System 
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Sentry Key with Engine Immobilizer 
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamp Control (Optional)
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus (Optional)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (Optional)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (Safety Group)
  • Rear Cross-Path Detection (Safety Group)

2021 Jeep Gladiator Competition

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab V/S 2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

The Honda Ridgeline offers better cruising speeds, fuel efficiency, quieter ride, and better creature comforts compared to the Gladiator. It is also more expensive than the Gladiator. But it can’t match the off-road might of the Gladiator. The Gladiator does not focus much on styling as it is more concerned about practicality and offers more fun on those off-road getaways.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Vs 2021 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

The Ford Ranger is cheaper than the Gladiator. It also offers better fuel efficiency, better handling, quieter ride, etc. The Gladiator answers it with a better off-road pedigree, a more powerful engine, and unbeatable ruggedness. The Ford Ranger is more of a family truck for hauling passengers with their cargo and the Gladiator is more of an off-road-ready tool. However, it can’t offer the same levels of comfort as the Ranger. 

2021 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab V/S 2021 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

The Nissan Frontier offers more power output than the Gladiator and is also cheaper than it. It offers higher highway cruising speeds, better styling, and similar fuel efficiency with a bigger engine. The Gladiator fights back with higher off-road compatibility, robust construction, and standard 4x4 configuration.

2021 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Final Verdict

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab is the perfect partner for you to traverse unexplored terrains. This pickup has all the classical qualities of a true Jeep with a host of standard features to add to the equation. We have no doubt about the off-roading capability of the Gladiator pickup, although its cargo versatility is a bit subpar. Although it may lag behind its rivals in terms of performance, the Gladiator surely knows how to conquer the most challenging terrains with its long list of off-roading equipment.

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