2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma – Costa Mesa, CA

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  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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    Starting at

    $33,545

    2020 Toyota Tacoma

    A silver 2020 Toyota is facing right.

    Starting at

    $26,050

    285 HPHorsepower159 - 265 HP
    7,650 LBSTowing Capacity 6,800 LBS
    1,700 LBSPayload Capacity 1,440 LBS

    The all-new Jeep Gladiator is a sight to behold: the power and off-road freedom of a Jeep with the functionality of a traditional pickup truck. Such a revolutionary design and bold approach has been challenged by conventional truck makers, and when you look at them side-by-side, it is easy to see which is superior. For example, if you consider the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma, the Jeep comes out on top again and again.

    Although both of these trucks have powerful engines, the incredible performance of the Gladiator gives you greater towing capacity and potential payload than the Toyota Tacoma can muster. This is important if you have a boat or camper you want to take with you when you leave the city behind. In terms of off-road capability, the Tacoma does its best with the TRD package, but it simply cannot compare to the dedicated off-road design and performance of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Not to mention all the incredible Jeep functionality you get, including removable doors, roof panels, and a folding windshield.

    The interior features and safety options on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator are excellent and ensure you are comfortable and protected while on the road. For the ultimately off-road pickup, the Gladiator just cannot be beat and proves itself time and again. Here at Orange Coast CDJRF, we are proud to offer the full lineup of 2020 Jeeps, including the bold and impressive all-new Gladiator. Come visit us today to see what the Gladiator can do for yourself, and we will help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs.

  • Performance

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    Under the Hood of the 2020 Gladiator

    The engine and powertrain are the heart of any vehicle, and when looking at impressive trucks like these, it is a great place to start. There is one engine available on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and it is a beauty. You get a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that delivers up to 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. While having more options for engines in a truck can be great, having one standard engine with lots of power makes life easier and ensures you get incredible performance no matter what.

    Available Engines in the Tacoma

    With the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, there are two engines available, and we can quickly see why that can be a problem. The standard engine in the Tacoma is a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that offers up to 159 hp and up to 180 lb-ft of torque. That is far below what you get in the Gladiator and shows why having more options can be a waste. The available 3.5L V6 engine in the Tacoma offers up to 278 hp and up to 265 lb-ft of torque for far better performance, but it still gives you less horsepower than the Gladiator.

    Comparing Transmissions

    All models of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator come with a 6-speed manual transmission to ensure you are always in control, especially when going off-road. With the Toyota Tacoma, you typically get a 6-speed automatic transmission, with a 6-speed manual transmission offered on the off-road versions of the Tacoma. If you prefer automatic, then you can choose an 8-speed automatic on any trim of the Gladiator, letting you get exactly the right truck for your needs.

  • Capability

    A silver 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which wins when comparing the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma, is towing a Jeep Wagoneer near Costa Mesa, CA.

    Towing and Payload

    Whether you are mostly interested in going off-road or getting around town, if you are going to buy a truck, then it should be able to get some good work done. That typically comes down to two things: towing and payload. Towing refers to how much weight you can pull behind you, and payload indicates the amount of weight you can load onto the vehicle itself.

    The 2020 Jeep Gladiator

    The 2020 Jeep Gladiator can get a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,650 lbs when properly configured. You can get up to 1,700 lbs of payload capacity if you configure it for that instead. Either way, that is a tremendous amount of weight that the Gladiator can handle and makes it a perfect choice for taking a boat or camper with you wherever you are going.

    The 2020 Toyota Tacoma

    By comparison, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma has a maximum towing capacity of up to 6,800 lbs when properly configured or a maximum payload of up to 1,620 lbs. As you can see, the Tacoma falls short of what the Jeep Gladiator can deliver in both categories. That is significant, and you may well run into problems trying to tow everything you need behind the Tacoma.

  • Off-Roading

    A grey 2020 Jeep Gladiator is driving through mud while off roading near Costa Mesa, CA.

    Off-Road Features

    The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is, ultimately, a Jeep, so you would probably expect it to have amazing off-road features, and you would be correct. Features like a forward-facing off-road TrailCam in the front grille, which gives you a good look at the ground in front of your vehicle so you can see obstacles more easily, a robust 4WD system, and both front and rear electronic-locking differentials ensure the Gladiator is an off-road beast.

    The Off-Road Ready Gladiator

    The Jeep Gladiator also features 2-inch aluminum FOX shocks, an available selectable tire-fill alert so you can more easily take air out of your tires safely for rocky off-road conditions, and steel bumpers with a front bumper that can accept a winch. It has up to four skid plates and steel rock rails to provide exceptional protection to the underside. Plus, as a true Jeep, the Gladiator features removable doors, a 3-piece modular hardtop, and a folding windshield so you can open it up as much as you want.

    Prepped for Some Adventures

    The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a traditional truck with an available TRD off-road package. This does include some fine off-road features such as part-time 4WD, hill start assist control, and 2.5-inch shocks. The TRD also includes electronically controlled locking rear differentials and an aluminum front skid plate. Compared to most other trucks out there, this is a fine off-road package; but when you look at it against the Jeep Gladiator, it definitely falls short.

  • Safety

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    Safety Features of the 2020 Gladiator

    Although safety features might not be your top concern when shopping for a truck, they are certainly important. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has an excellent suite of available safety features including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with full stop, and a forward collision warning with active braking. You can also get rear cross path detection to help you safely backup, Parksense rear park assist, and a Parkview rear backup camera, which both help with parking and navigating tight spots while exploring off-road.

    Safety Features of the Tacoma

    The 2020 Toyota Tacoma also comes with a number of great available safety features, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a lane departure alert, and automatic high beams. It has dynamic radar cruise control, and an advanced airbag system. Other available features including a tire pressure monitor system, rear parking assist, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and rear child door locks. The Tacoma is a fine truck and has great safety features, but nothing that puts it ahead of what the 2020 Jeep Gladiator has to offer.

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