2021 Jeep® Gladiator vs. 2021 Chevy Colorado: Performance, Off-Roading, and More

There’s a lot of competition in the midsize truck market, and two major contenders are the Jeep® Gladiator and the Chevrolet Colorado. Both vehicles received a refresh in 2021, and it’s time to see which one is right for you. If you can’t make it to our Lynchburg showroom, be sure to research “Jeep dealer near me” to experience the Jeep Gladiator firsthand.

2021 Jeep Gladiator vs 2021 Chevy Colorado

Power and Performance

To tow with the best of them, choose the Jeep Gladiator with its impressive 7,650-pound towing capacity. There’s a newly available 3.0-liter diesel V6 option or choose the traditional 3.6-liter V6 and enjoy 285 horsepower in addition to 260 lbs-ft of torque.

However, the Chevy Colorado does offer competitive handling and a smooth ride, with several powertrain offerings to suit your needs:

  • 0-liter inline-4
  • A 3.6-liter V6

The 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel engine is a great pick for those who need to do some serious work, with a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. Overall, if you’re primarily looking for options, the Colorado has plenty to offer.


It’s true that the Chevy Colorado is a serious performer when it comes to off-roading. The Z71 kit is primed and ready, offering hill descent control, all-terrain tires, automatic locking rear differential, and off-road suspension.

However, the Gladiator is part of the Jeep legacy and has major off-road chops: Tru-Lok® Electronic Locking Differentials, electronic disconnecting sway bar, steel rock rails, a Dana 44 solid axle, and a transfer case. It’s even built to withstand up to 30 inches of water.


Despite some differences in towing and off-roading capacity, both the Jeep Gladiator and the Chevrolet Colorado can handle whatever you throw at them. From operating as family vehicles to towing 7,000 pounds down a dirt road, both trucks can work hard and playing hard.

Inside, both vehicles are comfortable, and each truck features cozy cabin accents and user-friendly tech. However, the Jeep Gladiator does boast a splash of personality and a deep-seated legacy as being an off-roading and hauling champion.

Billy Craft Chysler Dodge Jeep® RAM can get you behind the wheel of a new Jeep Gladiator today, so ask about our Jeep service offerings to keep your Gladiator in fine working order. We also have plenty of used trucks for sale if you’re in the market for a preowned vehicle with serious towing capacity.