The Jeep Gladiator Takes on the Toyota Tacoma in a Pickup Truck Comparison

After years of anticipation, the first-ever Jeep brand pickup truck has finally arrived on the lot here at Northwest Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. A crew cab only model, this new model fulfilled all our wishes in a truck. It takes its exterior appearance and some features from the beloved, legendary Jeep Wrangler SUV, and it takes its performance and utility chops from the renowned pickup truck style of vehicle. If you're thinking about upgrading with a new truck this year, let us tell you more about the new Gladiator, and how it stacks up against the competition.

The Jeep Gladiator vs. Toyota Tacoma Performance and Power

Every Jeep Gladiator, regardless of which trim level Waterbury and Torrington drivers prefer, is powered by a nice 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers up 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is standard, and you get to choose either a manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Toyota, on the other hand, has two engines available, neither of which offers as much power as the Gladiator. The Tacoma starts off with a four-cylinder engine that only offers 159 horsepower with 180 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, its second, optional engine is a more powerful V6, but it also can't compete with the Gladiator, with a rating of 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Plus, four-wheel drive is only listed as an option here, as opposed to a standard feature as it is with the Gladiator.

The Jeep Gladiator vs. the Toyota Tacoma Size and Space

The Toyota Tacoma may allow Bristol drivers to choose their cab style from among two choices, while the Gladiator is only available in one crew cab style, but the Gladiator beats both Tacoma styles in space and comfort. On the outside, the Gladiator measures slightly larger, with more height and a little more length. It also has a higher ground clearance, which is perfect for those exciting off-road adventures you'll want to take it on. What this means on the inside is more space for you and your passengers. The Gladiator offers a lot more legroom in the backseat than both styles of Tacoma, as well as more headroom and elbow room to stretch out in.

The Jeep Gladiator vs. the Toyota Tacoma Features

As mentioned, the Gladiator takes its styling cues and is modeled after the popular Jeep Wrangler SUV. This means you get all the good looks and rugged appeal you love about the Wrangler, including a boxy style, round headlights, and vertical slot front grilled. It also means you get that one exciting Wrangler feature on the Gladiator that you won't find on any other pickup truck available on the market - a convertible roof. The Toyota Tacoma can't compete with this special feature, and it's also missing a few other standard Gladiator features, including a Class II bumper hitch (which helps the base model Gladiator achieve a 4,500-pound towing capacity), an anti-sway trailer control system, and a combination four-and-seven-pin trailer plug.

The Jeep Gladiator vs. Toyota Tacoma Utility

Whether you like a pickup truck for hauling work materials to the jobsite, bringing mountain bikes to the trail, or towing a camper to the state park, the Gladiator model is more useful for your toughest jobs than the Tacoma. The Tacoma tops out at around a 6,400-pound towing capacity and a 1,600-pound payload capacity, while the Gladiator can easily tow up to 7,650 pounds and haul 1,600 pounds, depending on the configuration you choose.

Test Drive a New Jeep Gladiator in Torrington

The best way to see what makes the Jeep Gladiator the superior pickup for your commute is a test drive. Stop by and visit us in person soon and let our sales team introduce you to this impressive, exciting Jeep brand truck.


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