2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma

As the Jeep Gladiator rolls out for the new decade, everyone’s wondering where it fits in a comparison between all the trucks in its class. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is considered a midsize truck, even if it doesn’t quite look like most of them do. One of the most popular midsize trucks, the Toyota Tacoma, returns for the 2020 model year in direct competition with the Gladiator.

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma maintains the design established back in 2016, making it blend in with most of the other midsize pickups on the road. On the other hand, the Jeep Gladiator is brand new and designed with the unmistakable Jeep grille, shape, and ruggedness. Looks aren’t everything, though, so the best way to see which one really serves the needs of a midsize truck owner best, is to compare their specifications side-by-side. The table below is designed to compare some of the most important traits of each, including available features, so you can see for yourself which is the better midsize truck.

2020 Jeep Gladiator 


2020 Toyota Tacoma 

3.6L V6  Engine 3.5L V6 
285 Maximum Horsepower  278
Alpine® Premium, 8-Speaker, USB, Memory Card, Radio  Audio System  JBL®, 6-Speaker, USB, Radio 
7650 Towing 6800

Towing Power Analysis

The maximum towing capacity of 6800 lbs. for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma can only be achieved through the following trim, drive type, cab style, engine, and transmission combinations:

  • SR: 4x2, Access Cab, V6, 6-Speed Automatic
  • TRD® Sport: 4x2, Access Cab, V6, 6-Speed Automatic
  • SR5: 4x2, Access Cab, V6, 6-Speed Automatic

Obviously, the best way to get maximum towing power out of the Tacoma is with the 4x2, access cab, and the automatic transmission. But even then, it’s disappointing that even with the best possible combination of features, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma just can’t match the towing power of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

On the Jeep side, the maximum towing capacity is available on two trims, the Sport and Sport S, both with crew cabs and 4WD. Furthermore, the Rubicon trim still gets more than the Tacoma at 7000 lbs. The Jeep Gladiator does have a higher starting MSRP, but that price automatically gives every Gladiator owner the pickup’s most powerful engine, 4WD, and a crew cab. It’s clear that the most powerful of these two trucks is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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