How does the current batch of midsize pickups stack up? Read on to find out.
Now that the 2020 Jeep Gladiator’s specs have been released, we can finally see how the new Jeep pickup compares to the other midsize pickups in the segment. The Fast Lane Truck actually gathered up a trio of pickups to take on the Gladiator, with the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevy Colorado all eager to strut their stuff and take home the crown of best midsize pickup.
Since the Gladiator only has a single engine to choose from--the 3.6-L Pentastar V6--the comparison trucks were all in trims that match as close as possible to the Gladiator. This meant the Tacoma and Colorado both came with their respective V6 engines, while the Ranger had to make do with its turbocharged 4-banger since it also doesn’t have any other engines.
On horsepower, the Colorado is the clear winner. The Gladiator gets 285 hp, Ranger 270 hp, Tacoma 278 hp, and the Colorado a class-leading 308 hp. Torque, however, belongs to the Ranger at 310 lb-ft, the Colorado 275 lb-ft, the Tacoma 265 lb-ft, and Jeep 260 lb-ft.
Despite lacking in power and torque, the Gladiator actually wins the towing and payload competition. Max payload is 1,600 lbs in the Gladiator along with 7,650 lbs for towing, the Ranger has a max payload of 1,560 lbs and towing of 7,500 lbs, Tacoma can haul 1,175 lbs and tow 6,400 lbs, while the Colorado can carry 1,547 lbs and tow 7,000 lbs.
The Ranger wins the fuel economy wars with an EPA rating of 20 mpg city, 24 highway, and 22 combined. The Gladiator gets 17/22/19 mpg, Tacoma 18/22/20 mpg, and Colorado 17/24/19 mpg.
The Ranger also takes the prize for cheapest pickup. Including destination, the Ranger starts at $31,875 for a base-trim model, while the Jeep Gladiator starts at $35,040. The Tacoma starts at $33,060, and the Colorado at $32,045.
Of course, The Fast Lane Truck didn’t compare off-road performance, so if that’s something that tickles you, you’ll have to wait and see how the Gladiator compares to the Colorado Bison or the Tacoma TRD PRO. These are also just numbers and not necessarily indicative of real-world performance. For that, we’ll have to wait for the Gladiator’s arrival later this spring.