Jeep Gladiator makes no noise with its diesel engine | Cars
For Jeep enthusiasts, the new Gladiator has got a powerful diesel engine for 2021 that is well suited for off-roading, an extreme measure that will blow your mind. That’s not to say its gas-powered sibling isn’t up to the job, it just lacks the growl that diesel engines inherently offer.
In its third year of production, the mid-size pickup now features four removable doors, comfortably seats four adults, and has removable roof sections and a folding windshield for climbing. It all comes with a five-foot truck bed on all trim levels and four-wheel drive.
Is it good for you? Well, it depends on your penchant for exploring the wilderness up close, rock climbing, and fording up to 30 inches of unscathed water.
- Spacious cabin
- Great style
- Longer wheelbase
- Contested entry and exit
- Can get expensive
- Motorway travel requires firm direction
The 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 can be added in three trim levels – Sport, Overland and Rubicon, but is not available on the Desert-rated Mojave. Our mid-range Overland tester for a week had a base shipping price of $ 41,890, but the diesel adds $ 6,000 and that’s just the beginning of the optional equipment list.
However, we would still recommend the diesel because of its 442 lb-ft of torque starting at 1,400 rpm compared to the 3.6-liter V6 gasoline version reaching 260 lb-ft. torque at 4,400 rpm. It also offers greater fuel economy.
The odd boxy Jeep has competition from Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado as well as the Jeep Wrangler. While Ford and Chevy lag behind in off-road prowess, Tacoma draws closer and some offer a smoother ride on the pavement.
It tows 6,500 pounds, less than its gasoline-powered sibling’s 7,650 pounds, mainly due to the restricted air flow to cool the diesel engine through the grille and no room to mount an engine cooler elsewhere. .
The Gladiator offers a plethora of optional extras that took our tester’s sticker up to $ 61,730. You can save thousands of dollars while enjoying the Jeep experience without missing out on the full leather interior, three-piece hardtop, LED interior lighting, and wireless bluetooth speaker.
We recommend adding Blind Spot Warning and Cross Lane Detection, Adaptive Cruise, Forward Collision Warning, and a larger 8.4 inch display screen with full navigation controls.
Fortunately, standard equipment on all Gladiators includes heavy-duty Dana front and rear axles, 18-inch crystal granite aluminum wheels, 3.73 axle ratio, fuel tank skid plate guards and transfer case, electronic roll mitigation and stability control, Torx tool kit, rear camera and under the rear seat storage compartments.
We found feeding through mud and water trails a breeze in Southwest Florida. Mud and jets of water covered the Gladiator from the roof every few seconds. The ride was exhilarating with full grip and no resistance from its all-season paws.
When you’re not out for a walk, the Overland Cab is a nice place with creature comforts and a suite of technological driver aids to keep you safe. The gear is easily accessible and the seats are firm and comfortable.
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