If you are a fan of off-roading, or you are required to traverse poor roads daily, a capable SUV/truck is a must. As such, the Jeep Gladiator 2021 and Ford Bronco 2021 are two options worth considering, both capable of doing just that with a starting price of $33,000 MSRP, so let’s see which one is better.
When we are talking about the powertrain, the Jeep Gladiator has two excellent options. You can either get a 3.6 V6 with 295 hp and 260 lb*ft of torque, which proved to be very reliable, coupled with either a 6-speed manual transmission with a crawler gear for heavy off-roading or an 8-speed automatic. The other option is a turbocharged 3.0L diesel V6, with 260 hp and 442 lb*ft of torque coupled with only an 8-speed automatic. This option works well when fuel economy is concerned, seeing all the other options out there. The Ford Bronco comes with only two engines, a turbocharged 2.3L as standard with 270 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque, or a 2.7 with 325 hp and 400 lb*ft of torque, coupled with either a 7-speed manual with crawler gear or with Ford’s 10-speed automatic which proved to be finicky. The towing capacity for the Gladiator is also outstanding, almost double that of the Bronco with the diesel engine (up to 6,500 lbs, limited by the cooling capacity of the engine) and even greater than double with the petrol engine (up to 7,650lbs)
When the interior is concerned, the Gladiator comes with everything that you might ever need from such a rugged truck. Cloth/leather seats, an infotainment system capable of using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, remote start, the expected safety packages (collision warning, high-beam control, adaptive cruise control), a 115V outlet in the bed, and many others.
Owners love their Gladiator. Most praise how unique it is and adaptable it is. There aren’t many convertible trucks out there, all while being very capable off the road.
If off-roading is a must, and you need everything that the Jeep Gladiator offers you, then the Ford Bronco just isn’t suitable, seeing how it always lacks something that the Jeep Gladiator provides. Test Drive the all-new 2021 Jeep Gladiator at Shepherds CDJR in Auburn, Indiana, where “we will always treat you like family!”
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