2021 Jeep Gladiator
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Ranger
Keyless Ignition
Only Available On Higher Trims
285 hp
Engine Power
270 hp
22.0 gal
Fuel Capacity
18.0 gal
10.0 in
Ground Clearance
8.4 in

2021 Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger

If you need a new pickup truck, you need one that is powerful enough to get the job done. Two of the best out there are the 2021 Jeep Gladiator and the Ford Ranger. Both of these pickups have incredible engines, a tremendous amount of features, and some terrific numbers when it comes to towing and hauling. While both of these pickups would make great additions to your driveway, only one can be crowned king of the midsize trucks. For the answer on which one has the edge continue reading as we compare them and see which one comes out on top!

2021 Jeep Gladiator Power & Handling

There are two impressive engine options available for the 2021 Gladiator, and they both give you the kind of power you expect from Jeep. Standard is a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. You can pair this engine with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. This year the Gladiator comes with a terrific diesel-option, a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that kicks out 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines get a 5-foot bed and four-wheel-drive. If you're looking to tow a massive amount of material, the Gladiator can tow 7,650 pounds with a 1,700-pound payload capacity.

2021 Ford Ranger Power & Handling

There is only one engine available for the 2021 Ranger. It's a serviceable turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which pairs with a ten-speed automatic transmission that provides drivers passengers with a smooth ride. On all trims, you have a selection of either rear or four-wheel-drive. Unlike the Jeep Gladiator, there is no diesel option, so your a touch limited when it comes to horsepower and torque. The towing numbers are solid for the Ranger as it can haul up to 7,500 pounds, which is still less than the Gladiator.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Features & Design

Four trim levels are available for the 2021 Gladiator, and each comes with an impressive amount of features. Starting things is the Sport, which has cruise control, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system, and a 5-inch central display with voice control capability.You also get a soft folding top, removable doors, and a fold-down front windshield. Up next is the Overland, which has automatic headlights, power windows, heated power mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 7-inch central display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The trim with the most off-road features is the Rubicon, which has a 4.10 rear axle ratio, 33-inch all-terrain tires, fenders with increased clearance, FOX shock absorbers, locking front and rear differentials, and body-protecting rock rails and skid plates. There are features geared more toward desert driving with the Mojave as it has a reinforced frame, FOX internal bypass shock absorbers, and Desert Rated badge.

2021 Ford Ranger Features & Design

There are three main trim levels available for the Ford Ranger, and there are some good features to be found here. The XL starts things off with 16-inch steel wheels, a manually locking tailgate, air conditioning, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a wi-fi hotspot. A 101A package adds to this with cruise control, power mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Ford's Sync 3 system. The middle trim is the XLT, which has alloy wheels, keyless entry, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are several packages available for the XLT that bring a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote ignition, power-folding mirrors, front parking sensors, navigation, and adaptive cruise control. The top-level Lariat rounds things out with LED headlights and leather upholstery.


There is a lot to love about both of these pickups, but in the end, we think you should drive home in the 2021 Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator comes with two powerful engine options, including a diesel option and the four trim levels of the Gladiator have more features than the Ranger's three. We obviously recommend that you take a test drive of the Gladiator by heading down to Dave Smith Motors and scheduling one with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team. Though if you can't make it down to the dealership, you can still check out the entire inventory here on our website.

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