Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma

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The choice between the Jeep Gladiator and the Toyota Tacoma is an important one to make in the midsize truck segment. While the Tacoma has been around longer than the Gladiator, the Jeep truck came in with a bang once it was introduced to the lineup. So, which truck is the ideal option for drivers around Auburn, Shrewsbury, and Worcester, Massachusetts?

Part of it depends on what you’re looking for, but as you’ll see, the Gladiator excels in terms of performance, capability, and off-roading technology. Our Harr Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team will be happy to offer more insight into this Gladiator vs. Tacoma comparison. Read on!

Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma: Performance Power

Jeep Gladiator towing a boatYou can choose between two engines in both the 2023 Toyota Tacoma and the 2023 Jeep Gladiator. The difference, however, is that the Jeep engines generate more power.

The standard motor in the Tacoma is a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine making 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine of the Gladiator, which makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and you’ll notice there’s quite a gap in output.

The second engine for the Tacoma is a 3.5L V6, yet it produces just 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. So, if you want horsepower, you’ll choose the standard Jeep V6 engine. If you want more torque, you can opt for the available Jeep engine, which is a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 that generates 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.

Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma: Maximum Towing & Payload Capacities

Being able to use all the power in your truck is more important than the specification numbers. So, which 2023 truck delivers more towing capacity: the Jeep Gladiator or the Toyota Tacoma? The answer is the Gladiator.

While the Tacoma peaks at 6,800 pounds with its largest engine, the Jeep can tow as much as 7,700 pounds when properly equipped. Even choosing the optional diesel engine for the Jeep puts you within close range of the Tacoma’s max as it can tow 6,500 pounds.

Payload capacity is another important metric to consider when it comes to hauling gear. The Toyota Tacoma reaches a maximum of 1,685 pounds, while the Jeep Gladiator exceeds that considerably at 1,710 pounds when properly equipped.

Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma: Off-Roading Abilities

Jeep GladiatorThe entire Jeep brand is built around off-roading savviness. So, when you choose the most aggressive off-roading trim level for each truck, the Jeep Gladiator is going to be a more adventurous option than the 2023 Tacoma.

It’s not that the Tacoma is bereft of off-roading ability. It offers traits like an electronically locking rear differential, just like the Jeep Gladiator. But what the Tacoma doesn’t have are traits such as the optional Rock-Trac® transfer case with a 4:1 low range and an 84:1 crawl ratio, which is something you can enjoy with the Gladiator.

2023 Jeep Gladiator Takes the Crown

The sheer power generated by the pair of Gladiator engines plus the ability to confidently travel off-road around Worcester, Auburn, and Shrewsbury, MA, gives this truck the edge over the Tacoma. You’ll have fun loading up your gear and setting off on some interesting adventures.

You can view our online inventory at Harr CDJR to pick your favorite. Once you’ve found the right fit, contact our team and come by for a test drive!


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