for Jeep, the Mojave. The first of the automaker’s "desert-rated" models, the Jeep Gladiator Mojave was built specifically for hot, gritty, unpredictable conditions. This year’s model is no different.
Whereas many car brands slap performance-specific names on trim levels without actually offering much extra to back them up, Jeep went all-in on the Gladiator Mojave, including everything a desert racer needs to cross the finish line.
What’s so great about the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave?
Jeep is no stranger to the off-road vehicle world. The American automaker essentially invented the concept with its WWII tool, the Willys Jeep. So it’s no surprise that the Gladiator offers unparalleled off-road performance for a pickup truck.
But the Gladiator Mojave brings things to another level. Fox-brand suspension dampers, Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires, and cast-iron steering knuckles all help to keep the truck grounded and stable on uneven terrain.
The Mojave trim isn’t all bulk and reinforcements, though. Jeep paired this Gladiator’s capability with its own orange-themed styling. Accents can be found outside and in, along with leather sport seats and easy-to-find knobs and controls for maintaining interior comfort during bumpy rides.
Are there any drawbacks to the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave?
Like any vehicle designed with a specific use in mind, the Jeep Gladiator Mojave isn’t for everyone. Being desert-ready has its tradeoffs.
Predictably, the Gladiator feels rough during highway driving, and the Mojave trim makes the situation worse, veering out of lane more than the average pickup. Commuters will also be disappointed by the Mojave’s 15 mpg highway fuel economy, which
Insurance costs will also raise the cost of a Jeep truck. Whether you upgrade to a Mojave trim or you opt for a more standard model, you’ll have to pay for pickup-level insurance rates which are always higher than average.
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