2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel review: A great engine upgrade, but it’ll cost you

We love the rugged look of the Rubicon.


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The Jeep Gladiator pickup gets a new diesel engine option for 2021. It’s the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 you’ll find in the Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500, pushing out 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. But with its $6,000 premium over the standard powertrain, is it good enough to warrant that extra cost?

Like

  • Tons of low-end torque
  • Smooth highway manners
  • Fuel economy benefits
  • Unmatched off-road chops

Don’t Like

  • Diesel engine is expensive
  • Payload and towing ratings suffer

To find out, we head for the sand dunes of Glamis, California. Theoretically, at least, the increased low-end torque and revised gearing in the eight-speed automatic transmission should be a boon for off-roading, letting us keep momentum without needing to change gears. The other benefit of this engine is fuel economy, and the Gladiator Rubicon EcoDiesel is rated to return 22 miles per gallon combined. (Sport and Overland models can achieve 24 mpg.) After 500 miles of driving and a hard day in the dunes, we’re seeing 21.8 mpg. Pretty good.

The Gladiator has an Off-Road Plus setting that sharpens the throttle response in four-wheel-drive high gear for quicker bursts

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CARES Act vs. new Heroes Act vs. HEALS proposal: Everything you could get

The CARES Act passed in March has laid the groundwork for two more proposals from the Democrats and Republicans.


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Without support from either the White House or Repupblican-lead Senate, the Democratic-lead House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve the revised Heroes Act 2.0 stimulus bill. So what does that entail? Good question.

The first thing to know is that the revised Heroes Act is not law. But it does shine a light on the direction that stimulus check negotiations — which are still ongoing, despite the vote — are headed.

The new coronavirus economic relief legislation keeps many of the benefits of the original Heroes Act, like a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 for eligible Americans and a continuation of the $600 unemployment enhancement but reduces some of the previously-proposed allocations for other provisions such as the paycheck protection program and employee tax credit. (See the breakdown below.)

Most analysts see the vote as largely symbolic with little chance of becoming law, but both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have reportedly agreed to continue talks on a possible compromise. With the White

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How to change your default email program and web browser in iOS 14

You can finally change certain default apps with the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS.

In the past, Apple set your default email app to the built-in Mail and your default browser to Safari, and there was no way you could change that…until now. With the introduction of iOS 14 (and iPadOS 14), you can now alter these defaults on your iPhone or iPad. With your email program, you can change the default to Outlook or Gmail. And for your web browser, you can change the default to Edge, Chrome, or Firefox, or another supported app. Let’s cover the steps.

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

First, make sure you’ve updated your device to iOS/iPadOS 14. Go to Settings and then General. Tap the setting for Software Update. Your device will either tell you that your software is up to date or prompt you to download and install the latest update (Figure A).

Figure A

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Now, let’s try changing your default mail client. For this to work, the developer needs to update the app to follow certain Apple requirements for iOS/iPadOS 14. Outlook and Gmail currently support this option, but more apps

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