Jeep Gladiator: Which one should you buy, 2021 or 2022? | News

The most important changes: Sportbastrim gets a standard 7-inch touch screen, which replaces the 5-inch screen; Overland, Rubicon and Mojave replace 8.4-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation; new Altitude trim introduced, while 80th Anniversary and Freedom Editions are no longer available

Pricing: $ 36,910 for Sports up to $ 54,105 for the maximum height (all prices include destination fee); 2022 price increases range from $ 300 to $ 2,335

For sale: Now

What should you buy, 2021 or 2022? Those who shop with lower equipment levels should opt for the 2022 model’s upgraded multimedia system. Shoppers considering Overland, Rubicon or Mojave can save significantly with a 2021 model if the built-in navigation and the largest touch screen are not necessary. All remaining trims are carried over unchanged and offer a better value for 2021.

Introduced for the 2020 model year, the Gladiator mixes Jeeps’ off-road CV with the benefits of a flatbed for a unique offering among mid-size pickup trucks. The pickup is entering its third year largely unchanged, with a handful of technical upgrades on selected models and a compressed list of available trim. What makes change is the 2022 Gladiator price tag, which increases anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than $ 2,000 depending on the trim.

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What’s new for 2022?

The most notable change for the 2022 Gladiator comes in its technical range. The base models now get Jeep’s latest Uconnect 4 system, which has a 7-inch touch screen instead of the 2021 model’s Uconnect 3 system and 5-inch screen. Previously offered as a package option, the Uconnect 4C, which replaces an 8.4-inch screen with navigation, will be standard on Overland, Rubicon and Mojave models. These three also get a premium stereo upgrade and keyless access; Both functions are optional on the lower trim.

Features

Gladiator is among the few light vehicles in the US market that still lacks standard automatic emergency braking, an important safety feature that carmakers – including Jeep’s parent company – promised back in 2016 to make standard in September 2022. To agree on adaptive cruise control, shoppers must cross in the box for the Jeeps Advanced Safety Group Package, available on all trim.

All Gladiator variants come with a standard Sunrider folding soft top with sunroof; a Freedom-hard top is optional. Lower upholstery has fabric seats; Leather-trimmed seats are optional or standard in the top four upholstery, starting in Overland.

Drivelines

The standard engine for all Gladiator models is a 3.6-liter V-6 that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. The base engine offers a maximum payload of 1,700 pounds and a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds with the available Max towing package.

Buyers can replace the standard V-6 with a turbo diesel 3.0-liter V-6 that delivers 260 hp and 442 pounds of torque; diesel offers a payload capacity of 1,325 pounds and a towing capacity that peaks at 6,500 pounds. The V-6 base comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission; an optional eight-speed automatic can be paired with both engines. All Gladiator trim is available with full-time four-wheel drive.

Trim and pricing

2022 Jeep Gladiator is on sale now, but shoppers will probably still find 2021 models. In December, the discontinued model accounted for approximately 65% ​​of all new Gladiator inventory among Cars.com dealers. All prices listed below include a destination fee of $ 1,595:

  • Sports: $ 36,910 ($ 670 increase)
  • Willys Sport: $ 39,010 ($ 670 increase)
  • Sports S: $ 40,310 ($ 475 increase)
  • Height: $ 42,105 (new for 2022)
  • Willys: $ 43,205 (increase $ 1,305)
  • Country Road: $ 45,015 ($ 2,315 increase)
  • Rubicon, Mojave: $ 48,855 ($ 2,335 increase)
  • High: $ 54,105 ($ 300 increase)

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