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Jeep Gladiator 2021 vs Honda Ridgeline 2021: A comparison of two midsize pickup trucks

Jeep Gladiator 2021 offers Jeep capabilities with pickup beds while in 2021 Honda’s motobike
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Ridgeline includes a strong legacy of reliability. Which one is better?

Fast facts
  • Jeep Gladiator: Function of a pickup with the appearance of a Wrangler.

  • Honda Ridgeline: Increase the chance; New appearance.

2021 Jeep Gladiator

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Jeep Gladiator 2021 base price: $ 35,040

What we like: An authentic off-road vehicle; convertibles; a pickup with towing near the forefront.

What we will change: Solid shafts create a tough ride; boxy furniture; a lot of noise on the road.

General: The Jeep Gladiator 2021 offers the functionality of a pickup with the look and rigidity of a Jeep Wrangler. It is a typical midsize trucker with a four-door body, 5-foot bed and seats for five.

What’s new for 2021: Now available with a diesel engine; 4WD full-time with low gear; 80th Anniversary Edition and Willys joins the squad.

Features and technology: Each Gladiator comes with all-wheel drive, 5-foot bed, detachable roof and foldable windshield. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard while an 8-speed automatic is also available. A 260-hp 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine is optional in Sport, Overland and Rubicon models. Making 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, it’s only available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Step up in the lineup from the base Sport model and get power windows, 18-inch wheels in Overland. Head over to Rubicon for electronic key differentials, Fox terrain shock absorbers, part-time 4 × 4 and more.

What does the future hold? Expect a slight change over the next few years as the Gladiator is a relatively new vehicle.

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Honda Ridgeline 2021

Starting price of Honda Ridgeline Standard Crew Cab 2021: $ 36,000 EST

What we like: Accelerated quickly from a smooth V6; Exquisite ride; Spacious standard crew cabin; multi-purpose back door; body in bed.

What we will change: Not intended for off-roading deep woods; FWD towed 3,500 pounds; The AWD is capable of towing 5,000 pounds.

Total: The Honda Ridgeline 2021 has one of the smoothest driving experiences in the segment. Some capabilities are inferior to other midsize rigs, but Ridgeline is a leader in fuel efficiency. Seriously, though, we would feel guilty making it dirty.

What’s new for 2021: Ridgeline 2021 new from the front windshield pillars. The new Honda Performance Development (HPD) package gives the appearance a bit, with flared fenders, black grille, and new 18-inch wheels. Small changes inside include a revised infotainment system.

Features and technology: New Honda Ridgeline with a redesign for 2021. Power is provided by an award-winning 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 262 lb-ft of torque. This Honda’s standard nine-speed automatic provides power to the front-wheel drive, while the AWD is an available option. Ridgeline dashed off the line quickly and captured the same distance that other midsize trucks get from a diesel engine.

This truck performs well thanks to its unibody construction with independent spring-loaded rear suspension. This helps it drive more like a car or SUV than a body truck on a chassis. That’s also one of the reasons this Honda is less powerful off-road than some of its more powerful competitors.

Inside 8 inch touch screen along with Apple
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CarPlay and Android Auto bring the party. Specific models can be ordered with an in-bed sound system that will liven up any party at the tailgate.

What are the future goals: Unconfirmed rumors suggest the Ridgeline Hybrid could appear later in 2021 as a 2022 model.

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Benefits of Jeep Gladiator: True off-road capability with the pickup bed behind you

Benefits of Honda Ridgeline: Ride like car; the interior is very comfortable; Good fuel economy

2021 Jeep Gladiator vs Honda Ridgeline 2021: Which is better?

They almost cater to two different buyers. One Gladiator owner will play hard and dirty it before the day ends, while owner Ridgeline is thinking of pursuing urban or suburban. For all its capabilities, our pick is the Jeep Gladiator 2021.

This story originally ran on Autotrader.com.



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