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Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma

Let’s face it­––you need a truck that can keep up with your towing and adventurous needs. With that being said, you may find yourself torn between the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Toyota Tacoma. Both vehicles drivers in Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bartow impressive performance capabilities. Although, upon a closer look, you can see that these vehicles aren’t the same.

To help you understand these differences, we here at Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (DCJR) of Winter Haven have put together this Jeep Gladiator vs. Toyota Tacoma comparison. Keep reading to discover which of these trucks best fits your needs!

Performance Capabilities

Both Jeep and Toyota know that you can’t have impressive towing abilities without a powerful engine. After all, the engine really is the heart of the truck. With that being said, both trucks come equipped with a high-powered engine.

While the Gladiator has one engine that comes standard with all trim levels, the Tacoma offers two engines to its drivers. However, those who choose the Jeep Gladiator over the Toyota Tacoma will have more power without needing to upgrade.

 Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma Performance Capabilities 





3.6L Pentastar® V6

3.5L Atkinson V6


285 HP

278 HP


260 lb-ft

265 lb-ft

In addition to having a more powerful standard engine, the Jeep Gladiator provides drivers with more power when it comes to payload and towing.

When properly equipped, the Gladiator has a maximum payload of 1,700 pounds. Toyota Tacoma drivers, on the other hand, will find their truck is equipped with 1,620 pounds of payload when properly equipped.

Gladiator drivers are capable of towing almost 1,000 extra pounds over Tacoma drivers, who have a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 pounds when properly equipped. Gladiator drivers, when properly equipped, can tow up to 7,650 pounds.

One towing feature that you’ll find available with the Gladiator, but not the Tacoma, is the ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera with Trailer Hitch Zoom.

This system works in tandem with the ParkView® feature, which provides a real-time display of the rear of your vehicle while backing up.

While both trucks offer backup cameras, the features of the Jeep Gladiator are far more advanced when hooking up a trailer. With the ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera, not only will you get a live feed of the back of your Gladiator, you’ll be able to get an up-close look at your vehicle’s hitch when connecting or releasing your haul.

You’ll even see modified guidelines with the camera of the Gladiator. Instead of seeing the normal parking assist lines, guidelines outlining the width of your hitch help you hook up your trailer easily.

Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma Off-Roading Abilities

With the ability to pull thousands of pounds, you don’t want anything standing in your way when it comes to exploring. That’s why the Gladiator and Tacoma offer great off-roading performances.

While the Tacoma offers some excellent off-road features like Crawl Control (CRAWL), it gets left in the dust when compared to the Jeep Gladiator, which wears the Trail Rated® badge with honor.

In order for a Jeep vehicle to wear the Trail Rated® badge, it has to pass the test in five different areas: traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation, and ground clearance. When looking first at the ground clearance for the Jeep Gladiator vs. Toyota Tacoma, you see that once again the Tacoma, which has just 9.4 inches of ground clearance, can’t compete with the 11.1 inches of clearance with the Gladiator.

Another way that the Gladiator stands out in comparison to the Tacoma is with the available forward-facing TrailCam, an off-road camera. This feature, which you won’t find in the Toyota Tacoma, provides a real-time view of the front of your Gladiator.

It’ll even provide you with dynamic path lines to help you navigate rough terrain easily. Plus, the camera will always stay clean thanks to a washing nozzle.

Gladiator vs Tacoma: A Clear Winner

For those who seek a truck that has incredible performance, towing, and off-road capabilities, the clear winner is the Jeep Gladiator. In all three categories, the Gladiator easily out-performs the Tacoma.

Are you ready to hit the streets of Winter Haven, Lakeland, and Bartow in an all-around high-performance truck? If so, visit us at DCJR of Winter Haven to test drive the Jeep Gladiator today!