Edmunds Contrasts Jeep Gladiator with Colorado, Tacoma
The truck segment was gaining popularity in the last several decades. There’s a new player in the segment to further stoke a truck enthusiast’s appetite: the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
To find out the Gladiator stacks up, we have compared it to its competitions: the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado. Which of these midsize trucks would be best at being an adventure vehicle, a workhorse or a driver?
The Chevy and the Toyota triumph when it comes to providing a variety of engine configurations and body styles. However, the Gladiator’s singular configuration has become easily the most popular one for truck shoppers. Pricing varies depending on the trim level you select. As an instance, the Gladiator Sport S level starts at $38,240. That’s with the conventional transmission; add another $2,000 in case you are interested in an automatic. You’ll pay less to receive a comparable Colorado LT ($35,395) or a Tacoma SR5 ($35,935) in that crew-cab setup with the short cargo bed, V6 and hard disk drive.
TOWING AND HAULING
Want to pull on a camping trailer with your truck? A conventional 7,000-pound highest tow rating is boasted by the Colorado using all the V6. The Tacoma V6 is close behind at 6,400 lbs. In Sport S variant, the Gladiator can only tow 4,500 lbs.
You can, however, boost the Gladiator Sport S’ capability with the addition of an Max Tow bundle. Chevy, for its part, offers.
All three trucks feature bed designs that are comparable, with tie-down points along with tailgates that are light enough to start and shut with one hand. We enjoy the Gladiator’s low load floor and bed sides, which make getting cargo more easy if you’re standing at the side of your truck.
The Tacoma’s bed design is rather useful, and the Toyota and Jeep trucks offer movable tracked cleats and 110-volt household-style electricity outlets. Although the mattress of the Colorado has the quantity, additionally, it includes higher bed sides which make getting cargo and a top load floor.
ON THE ROAD
Now at this mid-$30,000 price mount, each of three trucks are acceptable replacements for a crossover SUV. And in comparison to trucks, they are more easy to push in parking lots and cities.
The Colorado has the maximum energy. And it’s also the most comfortable truck on the road with inviting front seats boasting a variety of adjustability to drive. Its infotainment program supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. To the Gladiator, look for greatest comfort. It has the rear legroom in its class.
The Jeep’s convertible top, which you remove or fully can fold, is another feature that no other truck contains. At highway speeds, the Gladiator’s steering comes with a drifting and numb feel on the downside that some motorists may find annoying. As for the Tacoma, taller drivers might not be able to find a comfortable position for extended stints on the highway. And in comparison to the Gladiator and the Colorado, the Tacoma powertrain is tepid and lethargic.
OFF THE ROAD
Trucks have a pleasant reputation for being able to secure you and your gear in and out of demanding places. All three have four-wheel driveway and low-range gearing to tackle steep slopes, rock crawling, or hauling a heavy ship out of the water. But they are not all equally adept at these jobs.
Moving implies climbing over obstacles, as well as the Gladiator can tackle ruts, rocks and steep climbs better than either the Colorado or the Tacoma. It’s also easier to see from, which can be for driving on the ideal path along a dirt path useful.
The Tacoma is effective in its own right though it can not quite match the Gladiator for ultimate status. Least competent is the Colorado. In particular, ground clearance is reduced by its spoiler that is dangling when driving over obstacles. The process to do so is not simple, although it’s removable.
EDMUNDS SAYS: To get a truck at the $35,000 to $40,000 range, the very ideal pick for on-road relaxation and regular towing performance is your Colorado. But if you plan on taking your automobile off-road, the Gladiator wins out using its go-anywhere suspension and ground clearance. Can not decide? The Tacoma strikes a great blend of all the elements.
The automotive site Edmunds given to The Associated Press this story. Calvin Kim is a car test engineer in Edmunds.
— Edmunds Video: 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 vs. 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon: https://youtu.be/YShvfvW-qbg
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