The battle of the mid-sized trucks has long been tough and hard-fought. The friendly rivalry between the highly praised Jeep Gladiator and Toyota Tacoma is fierce. As a driver that hails from the Kernersville area, you're interested in picking up a model that'll be able to handle your rugged daily tasks with ease. In that regard, you'll find that the new Jeep Gladiator will provide ample muscle and grit to handle all your towing and hauling tasks. But you're a keen shopper -- you're ultimately looking for the best possible model at the right rate. To that end, we've provided a brief rundown of how the Jeep Gladiator compares to its main competitor, the Toyota Tacoma below.

Performance and Capabilities

As of right now, the Jeep Gladiator offers one sole powertrain, the 3.6-liter V6 which is good for 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power is transferred via an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. Our professionals encourage drivers looking to take their driving to the next level when off-roading to choose the six-speed manual. Every Gladiator includes a standard Four-Wheel-Drive system for optimal grip on loose road surfaces and steep grades. In terms of fuel economy, the Gladiator delivers relatively sensible savings at the pump as it makes 22 mpg on the highway with its automatic transmission configuration. The Gladiator's towing capabilities max out at 7,650 pounds w hen the truck is properly equipped. The Gladiator packs enough ponies under the hood without skimping in terms of torque output meaning it'll be able to handle towing responsibilities and hauling tasks with ease.

The Tacoma rides with one of two powertrains including a base 2.7-liter four-cylinder that generates 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and an available 3.5-liter V6 which produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the former engine configuration and you'll be provided with a six-speed automatic transmission while the latter boasts an available six-speed manual. Fuel-economy returns fall in at 22mpg in the most frequently sought powertrain configuration (V6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission and Four-Wheel-Drive). In terms off towing, the Tacoma can only transport up to 6,800 pounds.

Body Configurations

The Tacoma offers itself in a range of body configurations including a crew cab with a five-foot short bed (or six-foot bed), or an extended cab with a six-foot bed, while the Gladiator is only available as a crew cab truck with a five-foot short bed. However, the Gladiator showcases its superiority once more as it's the sole truck in its class to sport a foldable windshield and removable roof and doors. It's truly the outdoor adventurer's go-to model of choice.

Infotainment Features

The Gladiator continues to trump in the field of entertainment technology as the Jeep truck sports a base Uconnect infotainment system with an included five-inch screen. Settle on a higher trim model like the Sport S and you could enjoy an upgraded 8.4-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Tacoma also features these infotainment systems while offering a slightly smaller screen size.

Off-Road Models

While full-size trucks are largely hailed for their impressive towing and hauling capabilities, mid-size trucks are fan-favorites for those drivers seeking more in the field of trail-riding traits and adeptness. The Jeep Gladiator touts many of the same traits as its SUV brethren which is especially evident with the Gladiator Rubicon model. This trail-ready truck includes Dana 44 axles, all-terrain tires, locking front and rear differentials, a Fox off-road suspension, electronically disconnecting sway bar, a Four-Wheel-Drive transfer case, skid plates, rock rails for rocker panels, and much more.

The Tacoma also offers a trim model geared directly for adventuring off the beaten path; the Tacoma TRD Off-Road. This truck comes armed with a Bilstein suspension, locking rear differential, Fox suspension, TRD cat back exhaust, TRD front skid plate, and advanced trail tech including Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select.

If you'd like to test drive the new Jeep Gladiator please contact a member of our sales team today.


  

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