2021 Jeep Gladiator
Features & Specs
2021 Ford Ranger
22 gal
Fuel Capacity
18 gal
Removable Top
Not Available
11 in
Max Ground Clearance
8.4 in

2021 Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger

A big job requires a big truck that works as hard as you do, and for our money, there are only two out there on the market that are worth your time. The Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger are two of the best mid-size pickups out there for a reason, as both come with massive engine options, some impressive towing numbers, and outstanding features to go along with gorgeous looking interiors. However, while our team here at Reedman Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Springfield thinks either one of these trucks would make a wonderful addition to your driveway, there is one that stands out. Continue reading below to see which one comes out on top!

2021 Jeep Gladiator Power & Handling

There are two engine options available for the Jeep Gladiator, and both of them come with an outstanding amount of power. Standard on all trims is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that rips out an impressive 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. You can pair this engine with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission, and both provide you with a very smooth ride. This year, the Gladiator comes with a fantastic diesel option, and it's a diesel-powered 3.0-liter V6 that pumps out 260 horsepower and a massive 442 lb-ft of torque and pairs exclusively with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Are you looking tow around a lot of material for that big job? Then the Gladiator is the truck for you as it has a 7,650-pound towing capacity and a 1,700-pound payload capacity, both of which are among the class leaders. You also get standard four-wheel-drive

2021 Ford Ranger Power & Handling

Unfortunately, there is only one engine option available for the Ford Ranger, but it provides some decent power. Under the hood lies a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and gets a ten-speed automatic transmission. All of this power is sent to rear wheels or all four if you prefer. There is no diesel option available for the Ford Ranger, which puts it at a significant disadvantage compared to the Gladiator. Towing for the Ranger is decent at 7,500 pounds, but that is a tad less than what the Gladiator offers.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Features & Design

With the Jeep Gladiator, you get four major trim levels, and each one comes with an amazing amount of tech and comfort features. The Sport is the base trim as it comes with cruise control, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system,a 5-inch central display with voice control capability, a standard soft folding top, removable doors, and a fold-down front windshield. If you're a little more adventurous, we recommend the Overland, which adds 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. Seeing as how the Gladiator is a Jeep vehicle, it will come with some superior off-road capability, and that comes via the Rubicon trim, 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. Rounding things out is the desert-ready Mojave which has a reinforced frame, FOX internal bypass shock absorbers, and Desert Rated badge.

2021 Ford Ranger Features & Design

There is one less trim level available for the Ford Ranger, which means there are fewer features. The Ranger starts with the XL trim, which comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a manually locking tailgate, air conditioning, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a wi-fi hotspot. If you want a little more bang for your buck, we recommend the 101A package to go with the XL, which adds cruise control, power mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Ford's Sync 3 system. Next is the XLT, which adds alloy wheels, keyless entry, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some packages are also available for the XLT, which add a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote ignition, power-folding mirrors, front parking sensors, navigation, and adaptive cruise control. Finally, the top-level Lariat is an interesting addition to the Ranger lineup as it rounds things out with LED headlights and leather upholstery.


While there are merits to both of these pickups, we will go with the Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator has two impressive engines, including a solid diesel option, and there are more features in its four trim lineup than the Rangers three. Are you ready to take a test drive of this incredible pickup? Then head down to Reedman Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Springfield, check out our extensive Gladiator inventory, and schedule a test drive with our knowledgeable and friendly sales team! If you find a trim you like, be sure to visit our finance department to assist you in getting a great deal. You can even view our entire Gladiator inventory here on our website!

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