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2021 Jeep Gladiator Review: Off-Road Monster with Wrangler DNA

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is of those vehicles that can go anywhere and do anything, with unrivaled capability and ruggedness but is also versatile enough to serve as a daily driver for most people.

The all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator is a proper off-roader that has the DNA of the legendary Wrangler. However, it still offers plenty of off-road features for those who want them, including a locking rear differential and an electronically disconnecting front sway bar.

Interior

The interior of the Gladiator is spacious, with plenty of room for all occupants. It's also loaded with modern tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as an available in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot that offers up to 50 gigabytes per month free of charge.

The seats are comfortable and supportive, whether you're on- or off-road. They also offer plenty of adjustabilities to make it easier for multiple occupants to find a good driving position. The infotainment system is easy to use with large buttons that are clearly labeled and quick responses from the touchscreen itself.

Exterior

The all-new 2021 Gladiator has a design that is full of Wrangler DNA with features such as the seven-slot grille and round headlights. It also gets standard LED lighting for its headlamps and taillights, along with fog lights up front and an available winch-capable bumper.

It has a capable off-road suspension system with steel bumpers that can take plenty of abuse and skid plates for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank. It also offers an electronic sway bar disconnect as well as front and rear tow hooks so that you can go just about anywhere in the Gladiator.

Off-Road

The Gladiator is designed to be the ultimate off-road vehicle with its unrivaled capability and ruggedness that can tackle just about any terrain you throw at it. It also has a locking rear differential, available winch-compatible front bumper, electronic sway bar disconnects, and skid plates for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank.

The Gladiator is also equipped with a standard two-speed transfer case as well as an available electronic limited-slip rear differential so that you can drive over pretty much anything with ease.

Technology

There's plenty of modern technology in the all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator, whether you're on or off-road. It has plenty of standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as an available in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot that offers up to 50 gigabytes per month free of charge so you can stay connected wherever your travels take you.

The interior is also equipped with a standard Uconnect multimedia center with a touchscreen that is easy to use and has large buttons for quick responses. It also includes an available Alpine premium sound system with nine speakers, including a subwoofer.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

There are three engine options for the all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator. The base model is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. There's also an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, and there's a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

According to Jeep, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine can tow up to 7,650 pounds while the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine can tow up to 7,650 pounds, and both engines can carry payloads of 2,400 and 2,160 pounds, respectively. The Gladiator also gets an eight-speed automatic transmission that includes a manual shift mode, so you can easily keep it in gear for maximum performance.

Fuel Economy

When equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator gets an EPA estimated 13 liters per 100 km in the city and 10 liters per 100 km on the highway. When equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, it gets an estimated 15 liters per 100 km in the city and 12 liters per 100 km on the highway, while when fitted with the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, it gets an estimated 18 liters per 100 km in the city and 13 liters per 100 km on the highway.

Driving Dynamics

The all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator is designed to be the ultimate off-road vehicle, with an available locking rear differential, electronic sway bar disconnect, and skid plates for its engine, transfer case, and fuel tank. It also has a standard two-speed transfer case and an available electronic limited-slip rear differential so you can drive over pretty much anything with ease.

Safety

The all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator is the perfect mix of capability and safety, with plenty of standard features to keep you and your passengers safe on or off-road. It has a standard rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors, so it's easier than ever before to park this truck no matter where you are.

It also has a standard electronic stability control system, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and all-wheel drive to help you stay in complete control no matter the road conditions. The all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator also has a standard driver knee airbag along with a side curtain and front seat-mounted inflatable safety restraints to keep you safe during an accident.

Comfort and Cargo

The all-new Jeep Gladiator is the perfect mix of comfort and cargo space, with plenty of room for both you and your passengers. It has a standard rear 60/40 split fold-down backseat, so it can easily accommodate up to five people, depending on how much luggage or camping equipment you're carrying.

It also has a standard rearview camera that makes it easier than ever to see what's behind you when backing up or parking the Gladiator. With the all-new Jeep Gladiator, you don't have to choose between comfort and utility as it has up to 74.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat, and with the rear seats folded down, that cargo space can stretch up to 137.8 cubic feet.

In conclusion, the 2021 Gladiator is a genuinely unique off-road SUV. It is designed for the ultimate experience and comes with several features to make this SUV safe, easy to drive, and comfortable.

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