Driving a pickup truck is one of the most exhilarating automotive experiences around. They’re efficient, reliable, and safe.
As it pertains to your search for your next pickup, there are two models you should absolutely consider: the Jeep Gladiator and the Toyota Tacoma. Which one will work for you?
At Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we want to help drivers in Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, and Forest Park, IL figure that out. So, we’ve compared some of the most important features in both trucks.
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Hauling a heavy load is easy when you have the Gladiator or the Tacoma at your side. Both models feature robust engines and even greater capabilities that make towing a breeze and make adventuring more fun than ever.
The Tacoma has a maximum towing capacity of 6,500 pounds along with a maximum payload of 1,709 pounds when properly equipped.
However, the Gladiator can do more. It has a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds when properly equipped. The Gladiator also has a maximum payload of 1,725 pounds with the proper configuration.
Thanks to their durable designs, the Gladiator and the Tacoma add lots of utility to your adventures. For instance, you’ll find Multi-Terrain Systems with Crawl Control on either truck. While the Tacoma is outfitted with several off-roading features, the Jeep Gladiator maintains its spot as the winner.
In addition to having four advanced 4x4 systems to choose from, the Jeep Gladiator exhibits larger measurements to get you over any obstacle in your way:
You want a truck that you can trust. You want a truck that performs naturally. You want a truck that encourages adventure opportunities across all sorts of terrain. In short? You want the Jeep Gladiator or the Toyota Tacoma.
Trucks like the Gladiator and the Tacoma are known for the power that lies beneath their hoods. However, the Gladiator pulls no punches. The Gladiator equips a 3.6L Pentastar® engine standard, which produces 285 horsepower.
The Tacoma is no stranger to a good engine. However, the standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine only pumps out 278 horsepower. While it’s close in terms of power output, just a difference of 7 horsepower may showcase in the little moments, such as how fast you can accelerate.
Did you know that the Jeep Gladiator is the only pickup truck that sports a Trail Rated® badge? Yep, you heard that right! It’s been tested out in the elements to prove its strength and capability. Although the Tacoma is available with an off-road-ready trim and various trail features, it goes without a similar badge.
Plus, the Jeep makes 4x4 drive standard, which will help optimize your time on all treks and trails. While the Toyota is available with 4WDemand part-time 4WD, you’ll only have rear-wheel drive as standard.
How do you make use of technology? Do you like to listen to music or podcasts when you drive? Do you want to be able to send texts and make calls just by using your voice? With the Gladiator or the Tacoma, all of the above is possible.
The Gladiator and the Tacoma allow you to stay connected while driving thanks to standard wireless Bluetooth® connectivity and a touchscreen display that lets you use your phone’s important features. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ also come standard in both vehicles.
Where the Gladiator really stands out is with its standard Uconnect® 5 system, which includes a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen display. Your infotainment will show in stunning quality on this large screen.
In comparison, the Toyota comes with a smaller 8-inch display. While you’ll be able to see the same type of information on either model, it may be a bit easier with the screen of the Gladiator.
Regardless of which truck you choose, rest assured you’re getting something reliable and fun to drive. With that said, we at Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram think drivers in Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, and Forest Park, IL will be head over heels for the Jeep Gladiator based on its towing capacity, performance prowess, and interior technology.
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