2021 Jeep Gladiator vs 2021 Ford Ranger

Are you on the search for a highly capable pickup truck to be your partner in adventure all over the roads of Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY? If so, the two you may be considering are the 2021 Jeep Gladiator and the 2021 Ford Ranger.

Here at Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Hamilton, we’re dedicated to helping our drivers find the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle, and we know that starts with research. In order to make your research journey as easy as possible, we created this breakdown of the Jeep Gladiator vs. Ford Ranger. Now, let’s see how these two stack up against one another!

Jeep Gladiator Trim Levels

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Trim Levels

A bounty of trim levels can be found for the Jeep Gladiator. Seven standard trim levels include Sport, Willys Sport, Sport S, Overland, Rubicon, Mojave, and High Altitude. Three limited edition trims, the Willys, Freedom, and 80th Anniversary, complete the lineup.

With the Ford Ranger, you only get three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat, meaning there’s less versatility and fewer customization options.

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Engine Options

Two separate engine options appear for the Gladiator starting with the standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine. It produces 285 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque. If you stick with this one, it achieves an EPA-estimated 17 city/22 highway MPG.

Next, you have the available 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower with a best-in-class 442 lb-ft of torque. With this engine in place, your Jeep will achieve an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.

The Ford Ranger carries only one engine, the 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, which produces 270 horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque. Although the Ranger exceeds the second Gladiator engine in horsepower, it cannot match that of the first engine. Also, the 3.0L Gladiator engine outshines the torque you’ll find in the Ranger.

Jeep Gladiator Powertrain

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Powertrain Capabilities

When you’re looking for a truck, you’re going to want something with advanced powertrain capabilities, and that includes the ability to haul large loads. With the 2021 Gladiator, you’re going to have a maximum towing capacity of 7,650 pounds. That means you’ll be able to easily tow a boat, trailer, RV, or jet ski. The 2021 Ranger falls a bit short, providing just a 7,500-pound towing capacity.

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Ground Clearance

Ground clearance differences come between the Jeep and the Ford. The Jeep features a maximum ground clearance of 11.6 inches, so your undercarriage stays far from the brush, debris, and gravel you travel over. In the Ford, it supplies you with a ground clearance of 8.4 inches, which provides less protection from your truck getting scratched underneath your vehicle.

Jeep Gladiator Towing

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Towing Technology

When it comes to off-roading ability, the Gladiator certainly delivers. The available forward-facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera aids in off-road navigation by displaying a gridline display of the path ahead, so you can easily maneuver over any obstacle. There is not a similar feature over in the Ranger.

To add to your off-roading pleasure, the Gladiator supplies an exclusive Off-Road+ button to specifically enhance and increase your throttle, transmission power, and traction control. Again, the Ranger does not provide you with anything comparable to this.

Although you can get Trailer Coverage through the Ford Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®), it does not provide you with a camera to help you to align your trailer hitch up to your trailer. The Gladiator can be equipped with an available trailer hitch zoom with dynamic hitch guideline for the perfect trailer-hitch hookup.

To put the brakes on your trailer, the Gladiator offers the optional integrated Trailer Brake controller. Your trailer won’t go off the rails with this tool in place. Unfortunately, the Ranger does not offer any type of trailer brake control.

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Infotainment

To view your Off-Road Camera and work out your route to your destination, the Jeep Gladiator gives you an 8.4-inch touchscreen display upgrade. The Ford offers one 8-inch touchscreen but no other choices.

If you’re taking up real estate lakeside, the Jeep Gladiator comes with detachable Bluetooth® speakers you can bring along. They charge while you drive, and they’re weather- and waterproof. You cannot find a match in the Ford Ranger.

Jeep Gladiator

Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger Build

The Jeep Gladiator isn’t your typical pickup truck. Depending on the frame you choose, you’ll have the ability to remove the top and doors. Nothing is as freeing as the feeling of sunlight shining through and the cool breeze running through the interior cabin on a warm day.

There are a few different roof options:

  • Zipperless Sunrider® Soft Top
  • Body-Color Hardtop
  • Black Freedom Top® Hardtop

With the available Zipperless Sunrider® Soft Top, you’ll be able to lower the roof with an easy one-handed operation. The available Freedom Top® comes off by just simply popping out the removable lightweight roof panels.

When it comes to the doors, you’ll have the ability to remove them completely. All ten Gladiator trim levels come equipped with easy-to-lift aluminum doors.

Over in the 2021 Ranger, you won’t find any of these advanced exterior design features. Also, you’ll only have the choice between three different trim levels, as opposed to ten with the Gladiator.

The Verdict: 2021 Jeep Gladiator vs 2021 Ford Ranger

While both these trucks are a great choice for your commutes around Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, it’s clear the 2021 Jeep Gladiator outperforms the 2021 Ford Ranger in crucial categories like performance and design.

If you’re looking to test drive the innovative and one-of-a-kind Jeep Gladiator, then come on down to Friendly CDJR of Hamilton to see it for yourself. We’re dedicated to helping our drivers every step of the way through their car-buying journey. For more information, contact us or stop by our showroom today!

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