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Jeep Gladiator Towing Capacity: What To Know

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Although towing capacity can be overlooked by many people when evaluating a new car purchase, for some, it’s the most important thing. If you’re interested in hauling a lot of equipment from place to place, you need to know the towing capacity of your vehicle before doing so. You don’t want to walk away from the lot with a vehicle that can barely tow any weight if that’s something you’re interested in, so it’s important to do research first. However, this can get confusing to do on your own. Luckily, CoPilot is here to tell you all you need to know about Jeep Gladiator towing capacity!

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is a metric that measures the amount of weight your vehicle can pull behind itself using a trailer in a safe fashion while avoiding risking damage to what it’s towing or the vehicle itself. We strongly recommend that you take all precautions you can to avoid going over the maximum towing capacity as stated in your owner’s manual.

With that being said, here are a few different ways to figure out your truck’s towing capacity: reading the owner’s manual, finding a sticker with the information on the inside of the driver’s side door jamb, or calculating it on your own (which isn’t as much of a headache as it sounds). This involves taking the gross combined weight of your vehicle, including everything loaded on it and the weight of the trailer, and subtracting the curb weight or the weight of your vehicle when it’s empty. Although you can definitely calculate the towing capacity yourself, it’s still always easiest to find it by getting the manufacturer’s estimate.


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How much can the Jeep Gladiator tow?

The Jeep Gladiator can tow more weight than many people would expect! The 2021 Jeep Gladiator tow capacity varies depending on the package you get, the equipment you have on it, and the trim level of your vehicle. The base towing capacity for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is 4,000 pounds, but it can go up to 7,650 pounds with the full set of towing equipment that you can purchase with the Gladiator. If you get the Mojave or Rubicon trim levels, the towing capacity starts at 4,500 pounds. 

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a little different in that the type of transmission you get affects the towing capacity. The trim level also changes the towing capacity more substantially in the 2020 model. For the Sport and Sport S trims, the base towing capacity with manual transmission is 4,000 pounds. If you get automatic transmission, it goes up to 4,500 pounds.

The best towing capacity you can get with a 2020 Jeep Gladiator is by getting automatic transmission with the Sport or Sport S trim level and juicing it up with the Max Tow package, rigging the model with extra towing capabilities. That pushes the capacity up to 7,500 pounds! The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland trim starts at 4,000 pounds for towing capacity if you get the manual transmission and 6,000 pounds with the automatic transmission. Both the Mojave and Rubicon trims start at 4,000 pounds for manual transmissions. The Mojave trim with automatic transmission can pull up to 6,000 pounds, while the Rubicon trim with this transmission can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

How does this compare to competitors?

When it comes to the specific class of midsize 4 Wheel Drive pickup trucks that have short beds, the Jeep Gladiator stands above the rest of its competition. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator towing capacity of 4,000 to 7,650 pounds (with the Sport/Sport S trim, automatic transmission, and Max Tow Package) is stronger than others in its class. This includes the 2021 Nissan Frontier with its ability to pull 6,250 to 6,720 pounds, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline with its towing capacity of 3,500 to 5,000 pounds, and the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, which can tow 3,500 to 7,000 pounds. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator also beats out trucks like the 2021 Toyota Tacoma, which can haul at most 3,500 to 6,800 pounds. The last comparison we’ll make here to round it out is the 2021 Ford Ranger with a towing capacity of 3,500 to 7,500 pounds. While some of these competitors come close, nothing in this midsize pickup class can defeat the 2021 Jeep Gladiator towing capacity.


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Other towing features of the Jeep Gladiator

Not only is the 2021 Jeep Gladiator towing capacity formidable, but the Gladiator also has a great slew of other features to help make your towing experience smooth as well. It’s a well-designed and hardy vehicle with a steel frame, heavy-duty axles, and large brakes to make stopping easy. The 2021 Gladiator also comes with an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, which connects to your vehicle’s electronic braking system and gives you the ability to control your braking pressure. Essentially, you can scale it to the weight that you’re towing in your trailer to ensure that braking is smooth across the board, from your truck to your trailer. 

Everything else you need to know

We’d like to reiterate that if towing capacity is the name of your game, you should definitely spring for the Max Tow Package in the Jeep Gladiator. It’ll add some to the sticker price, but it’ll also add thousands of pounds to your towing capacity too.

It’s absolutely essential that you always tow things safely and securely. First of all, you must ensure that the trailer you want to hook up and your truck are compatible and that the trailer properly attaches before you hit the road. Make sure the weight on the trailer is as balanced as can be and that all your equipment is tightly secured so that it won’t bounce around too much. Most important of all, know the weight of what you’re towing and ensure that it doesn’t exceed the Jeep Gladiator towing capacity. Otherwise, you might be putting your trailer and yourself in danger.


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