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2021 Jeep Gladiator Pickup's New Texas Trail Model Is Exclusively for Texans

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 4/12/2021 Eric Stafford
a truck with a mountain in the background: Starting at $41,930, the Gladiator Texas Trail features unique decals and black 17-inch wheels on 32-inch mud-terrain tires. © Stellantis Starting at $41,930, the Gladiator Texas Trail features unique decals and black 17-inch wheels on 32-inch mud-terrain tires.
  • The 2021 Jeep Gladiator lineup has added a new trim level called the Texas Trail that's only sold in Texas.
  • Along with unique exterior decals and special interior accents, the Texas Trail features gloss-black 17-inch wheels and 32-inch mud-terrain tires.
  • The Gladiator Texas Trail is currently on sale at Texas Jeep dealerships.

Texas now has its own version of the 2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck: the new Texas Trail model, which will be exclusively sold in the Lone Star State with a starting price of $41,930.

For anyone wondering why the Gladiator lineup doesn't offer a Delaware or Idaho special edition, Jeep says the Texas Trail model was created to celebrate the largest truck market in America, and that happens to be in the country's second-largest state.

Based on the Sport S trim, the Texas Trail is equipped with gloss-black 17-inch rims shod with 32-inch mud-terrain tires and the Trailer Tow package, which includes Class IV trailer hitch, enhanced engine cooling, and other amenities. Other standout standard equipment on the special model are side steps, a black hard top, a 7.0-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and black leather upholstery with a Texas Trail graphic embossed on the seats.

a truck with a mountain in the background: 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail rear © Stellantis 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail rear

The exterior of the Texas-exclusive Gladiator is distinguished by unique Texas Trail decals on the hood. Jeep also attemps to give onlookers a history lesson by incorporating the year 1836 into the badging because—as any self-respecting Texan should know—that's the year the state declared itself the free and indepependent Republic of Texas. The more you know!

Every 2021 Jeep Gladiator comes with three years of free maintenance and other benefits as part of the automaker's Wave Customer Care program. Jeep's Badge of Honor program, which is accessed through a mobile app that details trail information and allows owners to earn badges for tackling them, also introduces two new Texas trails: the Black Gap 4x4 trail in Big Bend National Park and the Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport, Texas.

The 2021 Gladiator Texas Trail is available with either the 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 or the 260-hp (with 442 pound-feet of torque) diesel 3.0-liter V-6. Four-wheel drive is, of course, standard, and this rugged pickup is approved for off-road horseplay with Jeep's Trail Rated badge. It's also currently on sale at Jeep dealerships in Texas.


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