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2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Performance, 0-60, Top Speed and MPG

Updated on: March 9, 2021

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A. Sharma

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With the rising number and popularity of pick-up trucks all over the globe, Jeep had been very busy with developing a new-age pick-up truck for its customers. Thus the Jeep Gladiator is a newcomer in the raging pickup truck industry and has grabbed a lot of attention. Having made its debut in 2019, the Jeep Gladiator establishes its place in the industry with its stern off-road capabilities and good looks. Based on Jeep Wrangler JL’s platform, it is Jeep’s first pickup truck since 1992. This premium pickup bombards the onlooker with its aggressive stance and rough off-road traits. 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab

The Gladiator has earned the accolades of many purists and car admirers and brings in its 2021 model with much fanfare. Since it has only been freshly introduced a year back, the 2021 Gladiator will remain largely unchanged compared to its 2020 model. The bold nameplate of Jeep’s prestigious pickup demands a robust performance too. It goes up against pickups such as Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab, Ford Ranger Crew Cab, and the Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab. However, does the performance of the 2021 Jeep Gladiator live up to its hype and rival its competition? Let’s find out.

"The 2021 Jeep Gladiator has OK on-road performance. It accelerates briskly and provides sufficient passing power, but its ride is jittery, and its handling can feel wayward. " - Cars.USNews

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Engine: Power, Torque, and Transmission Options

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator sports the same trusty 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that chugs out a power of 285 horses and a torque of 260 pound-feet. The Gladiator unites the automatic and manual preferring divided car audience by offering both of them in its powertrain. The Gladiator runs on the modern 4-wheel drivetrain that supplies the power to all 4 wheels of the engine, an industry exclusive feat. This punchy V6 engine is not the only option that Jeep offers. Jeep also gives you the privilege of an aggressive 3.0-liter turbo Diesel engine as well, that generates a tremendous torque of 442 lb-ft and a slightly lower horsepower of 260 hp. This engine may well be your go-to option for all your offroad adventures. 

While the engines on offer do an excellent job off and on the road, it is the gearbox that lacks the feel and shift quality, especially when compared to the modern units. It feels a bit slow to respond under hard acceleration. The ample torque under tap not only improves the off-road performance but also helps in crawling through the city traffic. Overall, the Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab performs suitably for an off-road vehicle.

Models

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab (Expected)

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

MSRP

$33,545

$33,900

$28,000

$26,700

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

4WD

FWD/AWD

RWD/4WD

RWD/4WD

Transmission

6-speed manual/8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

Power

285 hp @ 6,400 rpm

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

270 hp @ 5,500 rpm

278 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator has one of the most powerful engines onboard its hood that makes even its fierce competitors sweat bullets. The power game of all these pickups is diverse in nature, with every pickup leading on one factor or the other. The Ford Ranger takes a commanding lead with its torque while the Ridgeline commands the horsepower sector. However, the lowest torque output of the Gladiator may bring down the speed figures.


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2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab  Acceleration: 0-60 and Quarter Mile Times

The Pentastar V6 of the Jeep Gladiator powers it to 60 MPH from a standstill in 7.9 seconds. Both the transmissions transmit equal power to the engine while accelerating, bringing the quarter-mile timing at 16.1 seconds at a speed of 85.5 MPH. Its weight and the slow gearbox works against it in terms of acceleration clearly.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab accelerate 0-60 mph in 7.9 sec

The Gladiator’s slow torque conversion takes a toll on its speed figures. The Gladiator may boast of the highest horsepower unit among its adversaries but ironically finishes at the lower end of the speed spectrum.

Models

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab 

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.9 

7.2

6.1

7.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.1

15.6

14.7

15.2 

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.5L V6

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is the slowest of the lot which may come as a surprise for some purists. A higher torque conversion may be beneficial to raise the speed figures. The Ford Ranger comes out as a clear winner here as it offers a superior gearbox compared to its rivals. The Honda Ridgeline takes the second spot and offer better performance with a smaller engine.


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2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Brakes: F/R Rotor Dimensions and Stopping Distance

The Jeep Gladiator claims the finest brake motors ever equipped in a pickup. Its front brake rotors of 12.9 inches and the rear rotors of 13.6 inches turn out to be the thickest in their class. Other inbuilt braking features like automatic emergency braking also play a crucial role. 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab brake rotor

With its booming off-road character, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator cuts off the momentum to slow down from 60 MPH in a distance of 129 feet. However, there is a considerable amount of nose-dive under hard braking which certainly requires some time getting used to.

Models

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab 

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Crew Cab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.9

12.6

12.2

10.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13

12.1

10

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,650

4,193

4,232

3,980

60-0 MPH (feet)

129

128

127

132

The competition in the braking performance of these pickups is so cutthroat that each of their stopping distances differs only by a matter of a few feet. The Ford Ranger just emerges as the superior vehicle in terms of braking in this closely contested battle. On the other hand, the Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab offers the most inferior quality of braking in this comparison.

"On-pavement handling is compromised by the same giant tires and solid front axle that make the Gladiator excel off-road. The steering lacks precision, and crosswinds and road ruts demand some attention" - Edmunds 

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Ride and Handling

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator carries forward the same mechanical additions of its 2020 variant, so don’t expect a huge overhaul in its handling. Jeep knows its business well and eMPHasizes a solid off-road performance over anything else. 

Jeep constructs its structure of the Gladiator with a unique approach, leaving extra 19.4 inches between the front and rear wheels. What is the purpose of this modification? Well, Jeep believes it enhances the ride quality and stability of the Gladiator that should make it stand apart from other off-roading vehicles.

The steering of the Gladiator isn’t the best in its class and lacks the precision and engagement of its rivals. But the Gladiator excels where it is known for, with a bundle of off-road equipment at your disposal. While the ride quality may seem perplexing on uneven surfaces, Jeep gets most of the parts right to strike the perfect balance between a pickup truck and an off-roading venture. Its generous ground clearance, heavy axles, and the stable four-wheel drivetrain make it a perfect off-roading prospect.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Crew Cab Performance Verdict

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is a new warrior that is fighting for its place in the pickup market. The performance of the 2021 model won’t differ much from its 2020 predecessor as there aren’t any mechanical changes involved. The Gladiator sets a straightforward marketing strategy, to woo buyers with its off-road prowess. 

However, settling for the Gladiator is like hitting two birds with one stone. Its off-road character cancels out its fuel efficiency and its powerful engine still lags behind its adversaries in terms of speed. So buy the 2021 Jeep Gladiator only after careful consideration.

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2021 Jeep Gladiator Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the 2021 Jeep Gladiator cost?

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator base Sport model comes at a cost of around $33,565 with the V6 gasoline engine a 6-speed manual transmission. The Automatic transmission will set you back another $2000.

What are the different engine options for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator?

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine as standard. Selected trims have the option of choosing the 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. 

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2021 Jeep Gladiator Performance Reviews


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Michael Miller

2021 Jeep Gladiator

Overland 3dr Crew Cab 5 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

1

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 11, 2021

Read and make your own decision

Pros - It starts

Cons - Poor quality interior, engine, ride quality

Unstable The ride is unstable with weight reduction and tightened up suspension, the bed is flimsy and not capable of hauling, and weight and side walls are frail. Useless computer gadgets are overkill and make me sick. I'm returning the truck and having to take a massive loss financially because of poor quality and design

1/10
Features
1/10
Interior
1/10
Design
1/10
Safety
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

JJ

Jason

2021 Jeep Gladiator

Willys 3dr Crew Cab 5 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 24, 2021

Just love the machine.

Pros - Three pedal setup and how it gets going with everything on the bed

Cons - Armrest isn't appropriately placed, dinky side view mirrors, feature list

The three pedal always gets me, but generally a basic drive. I love that it has a three pedal with a stick shift setup. I love the mechanical feel and the fact that there aren't many people out there that know how to drive the stick shift. Two minor concerns, side view mirrors aren't great at what they're supposed to because of their size and it isn't the most tech loaded truck you'll see on the road. Kind of basic which kills the driving part, not totally a complete vehicle which satisfies in all part. definitly comfort is there still for very long drives not suggestable. Lou was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire car buying process! This was my first time buying a car and he made it very easy for me. I felt comfortable asking questions and he explained everything so I could easily understand. Thank you very much Lou!

7/10
Features
5/10
Interior
10/10
Design
7/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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VV

Virginia

2021 Jeep Gladiator

Sport S 3dr Crew Cab 5 ft. SB 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 24, 2021

wrangler feels with a pickup add on!!

Pros - Looks, offroading capabilities and open top, spacious second row

Cons - The mpg could have been better

great driveability and towing capacity This truck is everything I was looking for and more. I missed my Wrangler and this feels like the Wrangler. It rides like a luxury vehicle and the inside is gorgeous. The color is like no other I have ever seen and the wheels and tires are great. I could not be happier. They way they explained made me to go for this car, had a really good experience overall.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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