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

The main changes: Sport base trim gets standard 7-inch touchscreen, replacing 5-inch display; Overland, Rubicon and Mojave trade in 8.4-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation; new Altitude trim introduced, while the 80th Anniversary and Freedom Editions are no longer available

Pricing: $36,910 for Sport up to $54,105 for the top-of-the-line (all prices include destination charge); 2022 price increases range from $300 to $2,335

For sale: Now

What should you buy, 2021 or 2022? Those trading in lower trim levels should opt for the 2022 model’s upgraded multimedia system. Shoppers considering the Overland, Rubicon or Mojave can save significantly with a 2021 model if the built-in navigation and largest touchscreen aren’t necessary. All remaining trims carry over unchanged and offer better value for 2021.

Introduced for the 2020 model year, Gladiator blends Jeep’s off-road resume with the utility of a cargo bed for a unique offering among midsize pickups. The pickup enters its third year largely unchanged, with a handful of tech upgrades on select models and a condensed list of available trims. What makes change is the 2022 Gladiator’s price tag, which increases anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than $2,000 depending on trim.

Related: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: Unique, Expensive, and Hugely Entertaining

What’s new for 2022?

The most notable change for the 2022 Gladiator comes in its tech offerings. Base models now get Jeep’s latest Uconnect 4 system, which has a 7-inch touchscreen 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 features are optional on lower trims.

Functions

The Gladiator is among the few light-duty vehicles on the U.S. market that still lack standard automatic emergency braking, a key safety feature that automakers — including Jeep’s parent company — promised back in 2016 to make standard by September 2022. To get it along with adaptive cruise control, shoppers must tick in the box for Jeep’s Advanced Safety Group Package, available on all trims.

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

Drive lines

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

Buyers can swap out the standard V-6 for a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 260 hp and 442 pound-feet of torque; the diesel offers a payload capacity of 1,325 pounds and a towing capacity that tops out at 6,500 pounds. The base V-6 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission; an optional eight-speed automatic can be paired with both engines. All Gladiator trims are available with full-time four-wheel drive.

Trims and pricing

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

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

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