2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma
For years, the Toyota Tacoma has dominated the midsize truck segment. Major domestic automakers (Ford, General Motors) had abandoned the segment in the late 2000’s due to economic / profitability concerns. While Ford and GM have jumped back into the segment in recent years with the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon; the Toyota Tacoma continues to dominate sales in this category. While automakers like Honda and Nissan also have a midsize truck offering, there’s little doubt that Toyota has taken the largest share of the market.
However, in the 2020 model year Fiat-Chrysler released its version of a midsize pickup – the much anticipated Jeep Gladiator. Built on the same platform as the recently redesigned Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator offers off-road capability that is unmatched by other automakers. But does the 2020 Jeep Gladiator have what it takes to stack up against the longstanding market leader? In this article we will compare the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma to help you decide which midsize pickup is the right fit for you.
While the 2020 Toyota Tacoma offers customers two different engine/powertrain options, one engine type has limited availability for only the base level Tacoma. The standard powertrain offering for the 2020 Tacoma is a 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-Valve direct injection engine with Variable Valve Timing-intelligent intake. This engine puts out 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator, on the other hand, is only available in one engine configuration – a 3.6L V6 24-Valve Timing with ESS. This engine is the same engine that is available in the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Jeep has also announced that a 3.0L diesel V6 engine will be available on the Gladiator, however no official date has been announced for its release.
Towing capacity is one of the primary specifications that can set a pickup truck apart from the competition. When properly equipped, the Tacoma puts out up to 6,400 pounds of towing capacity. The Jeep Gladiator, however, tops at an impressive 7,650 pounds, when properly equipped.
Both the Toyota Tacoma and Jeep Gladiator come available in 4×4 drivetrains, however that is about where the similarities end. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, for example, comes available with a Jeep’s proprietary 4:1 Rock-Trac Heavy-Duty Part-Time 4WD System. Also available on the Gladiator Rubicon are the more hard-core off-roading features like a locking front differential, an electronically-disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails and exposed recovery hooks. None of these are available on the 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
As for available configurations, the Tacoma comes available in an extended cab with a 6-ft bed or a crew cab with either a 5-ft short bed or 6-ft long bed. The Jeep Gladiator is only available as a crew cab with a 5-ft bed. The Jeep Gladiator, however, offers owners removable roof and doors as well as an easily foldable windshield.
As the 2020 Jeep Gladiator shares a majority of its components with the newly redesigned Jeep Wrangler, the interiors are strikingly similar. Given that the Wrangler redesign led it to be named 2019 Motortrend SUV of the Year, the Gladiator offers the same award winning experience. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon comes standard with FCA’s 8.4” Uconnect Infotainment system. This comes with Apple Carplay/ Android Auto as well as plenty of USB ports for all your devices. While previous models of the Toyota Tacoma fell short with antiquated infotainment systems, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma rivals the Gladiator with an 8” infotainment system available with Apple Carplay / Android Auto.
As for interior dimensions, both the Gladiator and Tacoma offer similar front leg room of 41.2” and 42.9” respectively. However, your rear passengers with appreciate the added leg room in the Gladiator of 38.3” compared to only 32.6” in the Tacoma. While certain models of the Tacoma offer customers power front seats, the Gladiator is limited to manual adjusted seating. Both vehicles come with the option to upgrade to leather seating.
Both Jeep and Toyota offer similar warranties to new owners. This includes a 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000 limited powertrain warranty. These warranties are not transferrable to the second owner.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma starts at an MSRP of $26,050 compared to a base price of $33,545 on the 2020 Gladiator however the base Tacoma is offered with a much smaller engine and “bare-bones” equipment. When comparing similar trim levels, the Tacoma TRD Pro starts at $43,960 versus $43,740 for a Gladiator Rubicon.
In conclusion, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Toyota Tacoma are both strong offerings in the midsize pickup segment. Both offer customers a range of available options/configurations/trim levels to meet just about any need. While the Tacoma offers customers a more traditional truck, the Gladiator’s capability is simply unmatched is its segment.
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