Consumer Reports Only Recommends One Jeep Model

Jeep has struggled to produce an SUV or pickup truck that consumers were truly satisfied with in recent years. The company makes rugged SUVs and trucks with off-roading capabilities, but those traits don’t always translate well to average daily use. As a result, Consumer Reports only recommends one Jeep model despite reviewing countless Jeep vehicles. Here’s why the 2021 Jeep Gladiator’s reliability earned Consumer Reports’ stamp of approval.

A red 2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck is driving on a highway.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck | Jeep

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The American nonprofit organization Consumer Reports was founded over 80 years ago. Its purpose has always been to provide consumers with information and represent consumers who own a product. Finally, Consumer Reports has recommended a Jeep model after years of reviewing Jeeps.

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator scored a 5/5 for predicted owner satisfaction. It also scored a 5/5 for predicted reliability. The truck got a 52% on its road test score, but the ‘recommended’ checkmark speaks volumes to how the pickup truck compares to other Jeep models.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator’s reliability earns its Consumer Reports recommendation

Noah Galloway helps launch Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition truck and Find Your Freedom Contest on March 28, 2019 in Toledo, Ohio.
The Jeep Gladiator | Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Jeep

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The 2021 Jeep Gladiator starts at $34,385. It gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, making a combined total of 25 miles per gallon of gas mileage. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower.

The Gladiator is powerful and gets decent gas mileage, but how is it different from other Jeep models? The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is far more reliable than many other Jeep models. It is also the only convertible pickup truck on the market. The pickup offers more backseat room than competitors as well.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator’s transmission received a 5/5 perfect score from Consumer Reports. In contrast, Jeep recently had to recall thousands of Cherokee SUV models because of a transmission issue. The Gladiator received a 66% score for driving experience from Consumer Reports. In contrast, the 2021 Jeep Compass only received a 40% driving experience score from Consumer Reports. In fact, many consumers agree that the 2021 Jeep Compass should be avoided.

The new Jeep Gladiator received a 3/5 score for ride comfort from Consumer Reports. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler only received a 2/5 score for ride comfort. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator’s reliability and overall driving experience set it apart from other Jeep models. It also comes in several trims to satisfy different consumers.

Is the 2021 Jeep Gladiator a good pickup truck?

A red 2021 Jeep Gladiator with doors removed is seen off-roading.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

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The Jeep Gladiator is a great compact pickup truck. Consumer Reports ranks it second place in its compact pickup truck rankings. In 2021 the Jeep Gladiator is only second to the popular 2021 Honda Ridgeline.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator still suffers from many of the issues that haunt the automaker. Its ride quality isn’t the best. Some consumers have even reported steering issues. Despite its few shortcomings, it’s hard to deny that the Gladiator is a standout Jeep model and a standout compact truck in general.

The new Jeep Gladiator is a great compact pickup truck. Jeep offers a diesel 3.0-liter V6 engine option that makes 260 horsepower. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator features a removable roof and doors, giving this Gladiator the classic Jeep feeling and aesthetic. The Gladiator offers Jeep thrills with reliability good enough to earn Consumer Reports’ recommendation.

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