Despite a Nosedive in Reliability, This Pickup Truck Model Is Still Likely to Please

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator was once considered the most reliable Jeep model produced in years. Jeep models have been plagued with reliability issues, especially the Wrangler. The Gladiator’s reliability has taken a nosedive, here’s why consumers will still love the rugged pickup truck.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is considered as the second-best midsize pickup truck

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The 2021 Jeep Gladiator has been called the second-best midsize truck of the year by various automotive publications. Edmunds and MotorTrend have ranked the pickup second on lists of best midsize trucks released this year. The Jeep Gladiator just burst onto the truck scene in 2020, so why do consumers already love Jeep’s new pickup?

The Honda Ridgeline has dominated midsize truck rankings year after year because of its unique driving experience. The Ridgeline provides a smoother ride and better fuel economy than most of its competitors because of its unique unibody design.

The Gladiator is very much the antithesis of the Honda Ridgeline. The Ridgeline is a great city truck. The Jeep Gladiator is much more rugged and suited for off-road adventures. The Gladiator is practically a Jeep Wrangler with the added utility of a truck bed.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is born to be wild

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator on the road
2021 Jeep Gladiator | Jeep

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Other than the Toyota Tacoma, few midsize pickup trucks are as well-suited as the 2021 Jeep Gladiator for adventuring. The Gladiator was born to take the road less traveled.

It has a whopping 10 inches of ground clearance. The pickup uses a leading link front suspension and trailing arm rear suspension for increased traction off-road. The Jeep Gladiator’s design is focused on being able to endure different types of terrain while being as comfortable as possible for occupants.

The Toyota Tacoma has been considered as one of the best off-road midsize pickups for years, but it cannot hold a candle to the Gladiator’s design. This pickup is perfect for experiencing the outdoors in new and exciting ways.

Should you buy a Jeep Gladiator?

A blue Jeep Gladiator is on display.
A blue Jeep Gladiator is on display | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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The Jeep Gladiator starts at $35,315. It uses a 3.6-liter V6 engine to make an exhilarating 285 horsepower. The truck is also available with a diesel engine. The off-road pickup gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Gladiator can tow at least 4,000 pounds. It has a payload capacity of at least 1,080 pounds. If you’re in the market for a midsize pickup that can do more than just carry a heavy load, the Gladiator is the perfect truck for you.

The pickup’s reliability may have taken a major hit (as is common with many Jeep models) but the average Jeep buyer isn’t prioritizing reliability. The average Jeep buyer is prioritizing adventure, and the Gladiator more than delivers on that front.

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