Jeep Gladiator and Toyota Tacoma

Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma

We want to look at the Jeep Gladiator and see how it lines up against the popular Toyota Tacoma. These two models rate highly with consumers, but what do the metrics and features tell us about these two truck rivals?


Horsepower is a big concern for drivers who want to take a larger vehicle onto difficult terrains AND maintain solid handling and acceleration. The Jeep Gladiator packs a solid 285 HP compared with the Toyota Tacoma’s 159 HP. The Tacoma model has three engines, whereas Jeep has two. Jeep’s EcoDiesel V6 version creates a best-in-class 442 lb-ft of torque.


The other best-in-class qualification for the Gladiator is its 7,600 pound towing capacity. You can use it to carry all kinds of heavy equipment such as trailers, fishing boats, snowmobiles, and more. It can handle a maximum payload of 1,700 pounds. The Tacoma does well here, too, with a towing capacity of 6,400 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,685 pounds.

Interior Technology

Both vehicles have lucrative Bluetooth features that allow you to connect your mobile devices to their easy-to-use touchscreens. This is great news if you want to enjoy media, hands-free. They each have Wi-Fi hotspot capability and ways to hook up to either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Again, we think the Gladiator goes further in this regard. With that model, you get your choice of two UConnect systems, including one with an 8.4-inch high-res touchscreen. It also lets you access the Alexa system and lots of navigational assistance with the Jeep Skill program, which is unavailable in the Tacoma.

So, it looks like the overall winner is the Jeep Gladiator. We hope you enjoyed this analysis of these powerful vehicles.

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