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Enjoying my Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel (not 3.6L)
2021 Jeep Gladiator
I traded in my 2014 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel after nearly four years of ownership, for a 2021 Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel, and I have been extremely pleased with my decision. The Ram Limited was very comfortable and fully loaded, and with the 2nd generation EcoDiesel I was able to get nearly 30 mpg in highway driving. It was a great truck but much bigger than my needs and not well … suited to more adventurous driving...it was simply too nice. I sold my Ram 1500 to the Fort Wayne CarMax, where I received a very good price, then took an Uber to Terry Hendrick CDJR in Archbold, Ohio, where I picked up my slightly used 2021 Gladiator with 11,500 miles. Shout out to Terry Hendrick's and Andy for an attractive price and a trouble-free buying experience. I then proceeded to put nearly 3,500 miles on my new ride, visiting family in the Midwest before returning to the PNW, driving the Gladiator through very windy, cold wintery weather, and the Gladiator performed like a champ. Driving between 70 and 75 mph, I average almost 25 mpg, all while enjoying the updated UConnect system and the Gladiator's heated seats and steering wheel. The interior is a little noisier than the Ram but I was expecting that and the increased wind noise was very tolerable, and the Alpine sound system sounded better in the Gladiator than the same system in my 2014 Ram 1500 Limited. As a mid-size truck, there is significantly less interior and exterior room compared to the Ram 1500, and it's the interior space that I will probably miss. However, compared to the Ram, which drove wonderfully, the Gladiator Rubicon is much more maneuverable, almost sports-car like in comparison, which I prefer. My Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel is nearly full optioned, missing only the auxiliary switch buttons. To date, I've had no issues at all with any of the truck's features, and I look forward to driving it at every opportunity. I've even just taken random drives because it is so enjoyable. I heartedly recommend anyone considering the Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel for it's out-of-the-box capabilities and both modern and old school tech. After owing a 2nd generation EcoDiesel, owners must understand that maintenance costs will be higher than gas engine costs, but I feel the additional expense well worth the capabilities that the diesel engine provides.
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