2021 Jeep Gladiator
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Ranger
3.6L V6
Base engine
2.3L turbo I4
285 horsepower
Engine Power
270 horsepower
38.3 inches
Rear leg room
34.5 inches
Standard
Convertable roof
Not Available

2021 Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger

There are a lot of options when you're trying to decide on a new pickup truck and making a decision can be especially tough. With so many great options, there's simply not enough time to sift through them all in a timely manner. Two trucks stand out in their class, the Jeep Gladiator and the Ford Ranger. They both offer exceptional power, impressive capability, and comfort for all. For decades now, Jeep has been well known for making some of the best SUVs in the world. But, the 2020 year model brought an exciting change: a Jeep pickup truck! The Gladiator combines the iconic seven-slot grille, round headlights, and open-air concept setup from the Wrangler with a five-foot truck bed! This setup makes it the perfect vehicle to hit the trails with, or you can load up and hit the road for a long haul. Continue reading to learn how the 2021 Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger stack up when you put them head-to-head.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Power & Handling

Two engines are available under the hood of the 2021 Gladiator. A 3.6L V6 kicks off the lineup with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Consumers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic to pair with the V6 engine. For the fans of diesel engines, there is a 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel that provides 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque available at just 1,400 RPM. Where the Gladiator really stands out is with its Trail Rated off-road capability. Every Gladiator trim comes with four-wheel drive, heavy-duty Dana 44 solid axles, an off-road-tuned suspension, and up to eleven inches of ground clearance. The Gladiator Mojave and Rubicon trims add off-roading features like an electronic locking rear differential, electronic disconnecting anti-roll bar, and Rock-Trac part-time 4x4 with a transfer case. Both engines give the Gladiator 7,650 lbs of towing capacity.

2021 Ford Ranger Power & Handling

While the Gladiator has two engines, the Ranger only offers one. Under the hood of all Ranger trims is a 2.3L turbocharged I4 cylinder. This engine kicks out 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The 2.3L engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Gladiator, the Ranger's standard drivetrain is front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive as an available option. While out of the factory, the Ranger isn't anything you'd be very comfortable with on the trails; Ford's all-new Tremor off-road package is available to be added to the Ranger. The Tremor package adds an upgraded, heavy-duty suspension to make it somewhat off-road capable. For towing capacity, the Ranger can handle up to 7,500 lbs.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Features & Design

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is built to mirror the Wrangler's iconic design, from the seven-slot grille and round headlights to the trapezoidal fender flares and open-air freedom. Of course, the main difference is the five-foot truck bed behind the cab. Four trims make up the Gladiator lineup, Sport, Overland, Mojave, and Rubicon, as well as four special editions. Every gladiator comes standard with a removable Sunrider soft top with a sunroof, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. Inside, you'll find a classic round instrument cluster with a digital display at the center, a 5-inch or 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, an 8-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, tinted rear glass, push-button start, and a wash-out interior with drain plugs. Higher-level trims add things like Nappa leather upholstery and an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Even more off-roading features are available on higher trims, including a wider track, electronic sway bar disconnect, high-clearance fender flares, and 33-inch all-terrain tires.

2021 Ford Ranger Features & Design

The 2021 Ford Ranger has three trims to compete with the Gladiator's four. The entry-level XL trim offers a 2.3L engine, AM/FM radio with four speakers on a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and 16-inch steel wheels. The mid-range XLT brings an 8-inch touchscreen, cruise control, and smartphone connectivity. Topping off the lineup is the Lariat, which does add leather seating, LED exterior lighting, keyless entry/ignition, and heated side mirrors. There are off-road packages available to be added that include an electronic locking rear differential, skid plates, and tow hooks.

Conclusion:

In some ways, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger are similar. But in countless other ways, they couldn't be more opposite. The Ford Ranger simply cannot keep up with the Gladiator's off-road capability. The Gladiator is the only production pickup with an open-air design, something no one could imagine from a Ford truck. At first glance, it may be tough to choose between the two, but if you're looking for something capable, comfortable, and versatile, look no further than the 2021 Jeep Gladiator. Don't take our word for it; come on down to Cuero Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to take a test drive and see for yourself!


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