Jeep Gladiator Diesel

Jeep Gladiator Diesel

model. 2021 Jeep Gladiator Sport EcoDiesel
price. $34,040
as tested. $41,790
seating/style. 5-passenger/4-door mid-size pickup
powertrain. 3.0-liter V6, 260 horsepower
transmission. 8-speed automatic
driveline. 4WD
fuel economy. 22/28/24 city/highway/combined
available. now
words. Nicole Wakelin
visuals. Rebecca Lindland

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Did you miss the chance to carve a mullet from your too-long COVID-19 hair? Consider the 2021 Jeep Gladiator, now with an EcoDiesel engine option, as a panacea. The Glad’s a Wrangler from the front, with room for a party in the pickup bed back. While diesel might not be trendy with the American sedan/SUV crowd, it’s hugely popular with pickup truck folks thanks to impressive torque that’s part of the driving experience.

The Jeep Gladiator Diesel packs in a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic. It’s a $4,000 option available across most of the Gladiator lineup, except for the Desert Rated Mojave trim.

While you might not be expecting strong acceleration out of a midsize pickup truck, the Gladiator diesel will change your mind. It’s more responsive than the gas engine and has no trouble getting up to highway speeds with plenty of power for passing.

There’s something to be said for driving a Jeep truck. You’ll get lots of Jeep Waves, and it’s hard not to be happy when random folks beckon. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel is a winning style for Jeep. Party on.

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