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2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel Road and Trail Review

Jan 10, 2022
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right now on sports TV driving The Jeep Gladiator hit the market a little over a year ago to celebrate a lot and while it hasn't unseated any of the sales leaders, it has gained a solid following from Enthusiastic owners for fans of the

2021

gladiator

you have something new to get excited about this is the new diesel

gladiator

the model we are testing today is the top trim

rubicon

with a long list of options price as you see here $67,130 including delivery yes it has 24,000 in options including the diesel which itself is four grand off the price under the double latch trademark is a three liter v6 turbo diesel that makes 260 horsepower and an impressive 442 pound-feet of torque, though you can get a gas-powered Gladiator with a manual transmission and an optional four-wheel-drive system, the diesel is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
2021 jeep gladiator rubicon ecodiesel road and trail review
The automatic transmission and a part-time dual-range four-wheel-drive configuration rank EPA economy at 21 mpg city and 27 highway, which is an improvement of five and four mpg respectively on compared to the towing capacity of the gas option that is an impressive payload of six thousand pounds with a maximum of twelve hundred pounds in the rear our gladiator was equipped with the optional roll tonneau cover which is a good way to secure the bed the standard bed is five feet long and there is an ac outlet in the back which is really handy for field work the second row folds down for gear although it's a bit taller than i like to fold the seats back to fit passengers i have to get on this now i have room for my legs just a ton of head room of course this pa The top rte will come off completely if I want to take the time to do it, although it's a bit chilly and threatening to snow, so we have built-in speakers today as well. its e that they are for the whole party gladiator feel in the center i have an armrest with cup holders two cup holders down and then a little basket for accessories yeah not bad actually its a little tight but really not that bad this is a

jeep

, all the normal you expect in a

jeep

, it really hasn't changed at all since last year's

review

, yes I'm wearing a toyota coat and the reason is because it's so cold outside and all my coats have logos on them and I don't have a jeep one if i had a jeep one i would be using that right now the interior of a jeep is very different to any other car and it is that way for very good reasons they have moved a lot of the controls are outside the doors because the doors can be removed completely that's why we have the window up and down here we also have tons of controls for the four wheel drive system front and rear lockers we have the disconnect sway bar we've got the four wheel drive part time high and stick low and then we can also switch to uh drive park and all that stuff here with the main control overall a really cool looking interior that has a purpose uh , though you know you could look at it and do the big knobs right but those are good for mitts if you need to make some of the buttons down here dig in but you're not really going to use your front and back lockers that often it's not an everyday thing , so it burrows a little bit lower and then we also know water sealed media ports because you know if you're in a jeep that's important I mean this comes out this comes out you can even remove the windshield , i mean this is all like a lego kit and thats the appeal of these the vehicles are the best on the highways no but you buy something else if thats what you want we have plenty of cu bicles here here cup holder we have a what is this oh this is the tool it even comes with tools to take those parts apart i was talking about i have usb t here uh usb and this is a usbc this is a top of the line model it has a lot of features really great including blind spot warning we have the big screen we have the leather interior the seats in here are pretty comfortable they say

rubicon

in the back so you know you have a fancy model all the controls are manual no electric controls here but it will they get hot just like the steering wheel gets hot and those are some simple buttons here or you can do it within the nav system and this nav system is one of the best on the market i really like it on all fca products you can do everything from the weather which is basically a mirror of the buttons here but you also have quick access to the rear camera from your front camera let's move on lante and let's do a search you can do searches using voice prompts though i found the results unreliable find evergreen mountain lookout no it didn't mean neither is ok that's not going to work The most accurate method is to type a search query.
2021 jeep gladiator rubicon ecodiesel road and trail review

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In addition to navigation and xm satellite radio and all the normal stuff, this also supports Apple CarPlay or Android Auto depending on which device you have. wow that's a nice bright screen that's very responsive today we're headed into the mountains to test some of the features on this rubicon on the

road

we'll also be hitting the highway so we can see how easy this is to drive every day on at Under normal conditions, the most important Achilles heel for a Jeep is, of course, highway driving. This device is designed for really tough conditions off-road and on the highway, where it is fluid.
2021 jeep gladiator rubicon ecodiesel road and trail review
All your little problems stand out first, much noise. thats what happens when you have a brick shaped vehicle with a diesel engine under the hood pushing you through the wind you get a lot of wind noise the engine is actually quite loud i can tell if theres a diesel under it even At speed here and then of course it also works on all terrain tires which are not known for being the quietest, add it all up and you have the exact opposite of a luxury experience but for the capability of this. off road vehicle that's why people put up with this now there are some features in here that can make freeway driving a little more convenient for people who own jeeps there are things available like adaptive cruise control but keep in mind Mind you this is 67 000 and I shift and it doesn't have that option so you can really see it's very easy to look at a jeep and go oh that's only about 40k you know I can do that for sure why not? and then you start to add the features that I think are must-have features for

2021

and yeah all of a sudden you're in the stratosphere so some of those features are really trying to make this easier to live from day to day day. like the blind spot warning system rear cross t traffic alerts rear automatic braking adaptive cruise control those are all the options and then there's the question of whether you really want to ride on all terrain tires all terrains wear out much faster than a traditional all season so you'll also have a bigger annual investment in tires but if all of that sounds great to you and you really just want to see this thing in its element then maybe the gladiator is for you right now let's compare it a lot to the 4runner because i actually had a 4runner up until this morning and i've had the two side by side we have another adventure we're doing later in the month where we're taking them both out on a winter road but the real competition for this one from toyota would of course be the tacoma trd pro the tacoma is much cheaper but i would say its not as capable off road when you really need that extra bit, you know one percent of capacity well anyway we're finally going to jump off the freeway here into the woods roads let's see how this works when the road gets a little twisty now the weather conditions today are, of course terrible we have torrential rain it's windy it rains right in the storm season in the pacific northwest so the suspension on the jeep is super soft it has this really high seating position that gives you a commanding view of everything which is rolling all over the place to be honest not a very fun experience on windy roads and in fact I can see someone who is very prone to movement Illness may not like this whole situation.
2021 jeep gladiator rubicon ecodiesel road and trail review
I have no problem. I know getting there is part of the deal and I'm okay with it. forerunner and a jeep right now and every time i get in a jeep i say yeah no it's too off road and not convenient enough so we'll see how that shapes up when i actually buy a vehicle i might buy some thing completely off Left field like a Cherokee who knows we'll have to retune to that and let's go ahead and do a zero to 60. Now the diesel here isn't just about speed it's about torque the same way this all transmission 8 speed is set up for torque and going over objects and you know how to do things like that but let's go ahead and see how it works on a 0 to 60.
I'll come to a complete stop here three two oh I got auto start stop off three two one go oh come in around three thousand and sixty eight point eight eight seconds it's not fast at all yeah um you don't buy this for the speed no definitely no but we're gonna head into the woods now and that's where we'll see the true benefit of this vehicle. I have no idea what the forest paths will look like today. We had a raging storm all weekend. That tree already looks shorter. than it was last time hi the roads look a little better than when i was here with the fo rerunner today i dont have chains for this but i have the ability to inflate these tires to improve grip.
I've got more trees down here, oh boy, for those who don't travel the forest paths. a normal thing and not just trees branches rocks of course trees uh waterfalls where there were no waterfalls before these are all the things that can happen when you're in the woods it's basically uncontrolled roads and uh I'm not really going that deep and wild here , I mean this is going to a pretty popular

trail

head and then we're going to take a detour road to a less popular

trail

head, but still these are places where I've seen people take all kinds of cars with all kinds of tire you can't imagine having a lot of snow on the side of the roads here this is where it got really hairy with the 4runner a few days back so I can tell the temperature has actually warmed up a lot well it's a lot more exposed rock than it used to be exposed we've had a thaw in the ice and it's going to make this passage a lot easier I think the biggest challenge today is honestly going to be the trees so not even I would have switched to four wheel drive yet because this has been a complete no-problem, oh look someone had a chainsaw and cut down the tree that was blocking the forerunner.
This was a particularly tricky tree because it had wedged itself into the road and between two trees to the right, so I couldn't get it free. I needed a chainsaw or hand saw or something and I didn't have that with me that was bad planning on my part now I carry a saw I should have been packing the whole time I'm currently running 34psi on all corners which is a little low from the manufacturer's recommendation they recommend daily driving have a much higher psi I think it's like 38 which is good for heavier payloads but when you get into things like this you want to lower it a little bit and if the things get tough we will be bringing it up a lot in this review we are introducing a new challenge course that has features that you can really only get through with an advanced jeep, big rocks, loose surfaces, articulation all of these will come into play.
I'm going to need my tubes for low and this first corner there's a really big rock on the inside that I'm going to go over which will make the outside wheel really lean and grab a little bit of dirt so here you can see my wheels as how are they. cutting there now if I go here that will put my wheels right on the rock huh and but the cam has a little bit of goober in there so let's go ahead and wipe it down maybe wipe it down again ok now let's go ahead and do this so I want keep my wheels right on that rock that will really get me over the rock ok oh ok and if i mess up i'm going to squash one of my gopros so i can feel the energy shifting around that rear end wheel going down great yeah it's a little long i have to make an adjustment it's something i don't care about with the gladiator here it's just a little too long so this rock right here is going to be a problem i'll have to go on the left. and thebest way for me to navigate is again with the trail camera so i can see the rock there.
We're definitely going to want to position this to have a lot of space. I'm going to go like this, okay, we have to. turn so the rock doesn't hit the right wheel actually I'm going to put my mirror down there so I can see where that wheel is in relation to the rock yeah we got a good six inches in there which definitely puts us in the right loose stuff to the left so we need to be careful not to slide into it ok i think we've cleared it i just keep going it's pretty narrow but i think we're good actually i'm going to do it i think we have enough clearance to put a wheel on a rock there so let's do it because I think that will make this line light up.
A bit more difficult so again I'm using the trail cam to help fit my front wheels and of course the trail cam yes that's another option it doesn't come stock on this but I think it's great addition we'll make this as hard as possible as we go up you can probably see those rear wheels reaching all the way to the ground and pushing us through something no crossover can do that is unique to vehicles that are like the jeep here and we go I have to say the torque on this diesel makes getting around obstacles like that very easy because you have all the torque right from the start and it just helps you turn around you don't have to rev the engine at all it's just a slow turn to the what you need to do it's pretty cool i really appreciate it on this machine ok now we've gone up let's see what it's like going down we have a hill descent control system here as soon as i hit it it tells me i'm currently set for .6 miles per hour and here it tells me to use the shifter to adjust the speed so I'm going to slot th it's in manual and I'm going to let it roll and we're going to let it do the hill descent now my I'm working here I'm going to switch to the trail camera again so I can see what's in front of me under my wheels I'm going to basically try I'm not going to mimic the same line I'm actually going to take a slightly different line down like this that I'm going to go wider here and we should see a real squishy with that the outside suspension as we raise the front end has to be really I'm putting my foot on the brake here because I'm really concerned because you know what I'm going to cut and put the rear tire on top of that Rock because I'm worried I'm going to really scratch the wheel.
What's cool here is when I take my foot off the brake, it puts me back in this .6 mph downhill mode, so it gives me a chance. to really put the brake on let go think about what it's going to feel like what's going on and say yeah that feels good and then just hit the brake but it stays like that descent mode really makes the process very intentional and that's something crossovers just don't do they don't know most of them do five miles an hour downhill this one point six now of course i can't adjust it i just go down to the shifter here and now go up to 1.2 miles per hour.
I'm still going to try to miss that rock over there because it's a big rock now let's put my mirror up there to make sure I'm not going to. scrape these wheels looking really good I got a good three four inches in there and then we continue down the trail we ain't done yet we got a tighter turn here okay now I have to decide what I'm going to do Here, I think I'm going to go wide open and then go around, which means setting cams are great. I love those cameras. the wheel really crushes the front as i try to get this corner on this really long gladiator i j I love how intentional everything is off road here you know there's nothing oh my gosh moments that just don't back off a bit and off we go, I mean if you take the time to use the features it makes it really easy. it's cool what it comes down to is how you're going to use your vehicle if most of your time will be spent off roading in the woods in the desert places where you really need this level of off road capability then the jeep makes a lot of sense if you're buying a jeep because it looks great and it's never going to go off road you're really making a bad choice because this vehicle is just not great day to day in terms of you know side roads heck even going to the mall it's a little hard to park this one thing though when you take it out here is when it all makes sense so if you are looking for a truck that will take you pretty much anywhere in the world the jeep gladiator is a great choice however if you want something that has better highway handling ers while helping you get over 99 what you will ever find the chevy zr2 bison is really good even the toyota tacoma trd pro which is a machine amazing and they both cost less than this so you have to really think about which ones they are. your needs and what you wear every day if your answer is this then yes the gladiator is probably the best choice for sports tv driving im right um uh it looks like the tree that has been slowly falling down has now blocked the way so we'll have to clear this up i was this close to getting out of the woods i got really lucky in five minutes the rangers came out of nowhere with the chainsaw so i was on my way make sure you subscribe like share this video with your friends and see you here with another video very soon

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