Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma Terre Haute


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The All-New Jeep Gladiator Outhauls and Out-adventures the Competition in Terre Haute

It's been quite some time since we last saw a Jeep brand pickup truck. After the Jeep Comanche bowed out of the industry in the early 90's, Jeep enthusiasts hoped and waited for its eventual replacement. The wait ended up spanning a few decades, but this year that patience was rewarded with the release of the rugged and radical Jeep Gladiator. Stylish, capable, and ready for adventure; it may be the new kid on the block, but Gladiator has already positioned itself as a leader in the mid-size truck segment thanks to its elevated tow ratings and prodigious off-road capability. While there are a few more contenders in the mid-size class, the Gladiator's main competition comes from the well-established Toyota Tacoma and the newly reintroduced Ford Ranger. Let's see how they match up head-to-head.

Gladiator vs. Ranger vs. Tacoma: Off-Road Ability

In just about any off-road comparison, if the Jeep brand is in the picture, the competition is playing catch-up. That's especially true in this matchup as the Wrangler-based Gladiator offers solid out-of-the-box off-road performance. While Tacoma has the TRD trim level and Ranger has the FX4 package add-on, Gladiator is ready for adventure at all levels, thanks to standard equipment like Dana 44 axles, skid plates, and tow hooks (useful for helping out fellow trail-goers in less capable vehicles). And, with a high-mounted air intake and special component sealing, Gladiator can pass through water crossings up to 30-inches deep. Obstacles on the trail don't pose much of a threat either, as Gladiator boasts clearances well in excess of Ranger and Tacoma.

Ground Clearance

  • Gladiator: 10 inches standard / 11.1 inches on Rubicon
  • Ranger: 8.9 inches max
  • Tacoma: 9.4 inches max

Approach Angle

  • Gladiator: 40.8 degrees standard / 43.4 degrees on Rubicon
  • Ranger: 27.9 degrees standard / 28.7 degrees max
  • Tacoma: 29 degrees standard / 35 degrees on TRD PRO

Departure Angle

  • Gladiator: 25 degrees standard / 26 degrees on Rubicon
  • Ranger: 25.2 degrees standard / 25.4 degrees max
  • Tacoma: 23 degrees standard / 23.9 degrees on TRD PRO

Special Trims

For adventurous Farmersburg drivers seeking next-level trail-tackling tenacity, Gladiator Rubicon leaves the competition in the dust with essential off-road equipment like:

  • Tru-Lok® electronic locking front and rear differentials
  • Rock-Trac® 4x4 system with 4:1 low-gear ratio and 84:1 crawl ratio
  • Segment-exclusive electronic front sway bar disconnect
  • Rock rails
  • 11.1-inches of ground clearance
  • FOX brand aluminum-bodied 2-inch-diameter shocks
  • 33-inch all-terrain tires
  • And more…

For comparison, the Tacoma TRD PRO trim features Fox internal bypass shocks, all-terrain tires, skid plates, a lockable rear differential, and an off-road traction system with terrain settings.

The Ranger FX4 package adds front tow hooks, off-road tires, an electronically locking rear axle, skid plates, a terrain management system with low-speed crawl, and off-road monotube shocks.

Gladiator vs. Ranger vs. Tacoma: Towing Capability

While Gladiator's off-road tenacity is second-to-none, it is first and foremost a truck and should be judged accordingly. One of the hallmarks of a good pickup is its towing capacity. Unfortunately for the competition, Gladiator excels in this category as well. Whether you're moving equipment around a jobsite, hooking up the camper for a long road trip, or towing a few recreational vehicles for a weekend of adventure, Gladiator can handle it all thanks to standard anti-sway trailer control and a class-leading towing capacity of 7,650 pounds, when equipped with the Max Tow package.

The Ford Ranger comes close but ultimately falls short; maxing out at 7,500 pounds with no anti-sway trailer control. And, while Gladiator comes standard with a four-and-seven-pin trailer plug, you need to add an extra package to get it on the Ranger.

The Toyota Tacoma brings up the rear, with a maximum tow rating of just 6,800 pounds. However, it does offer a tow package that includes a hitch, wiring, a bigger alternator, and trailer sway control.

Test Drive the Exciting New Jeep Gladiator near Brazil, IN

The all-new Jeep Gladiator blends true truck power with off-road capability that's unbeatable in its class. For more information about available models and finance options, contact Burger Chrysler Jeep today. And, if you'd like to experience this no-holds-barred work horse and adventure machine for yourself, we're more than happy to accommodate you. Come visit our Jeep showroom in Terre Haute for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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