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 you should absolutely consider: the 2023 Jeep Gladiator and the 2023 Toyota Tacoma. Which one will work for you?
At Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we want to help drivers in Chicago, Skokie, Park Ridge, or Forest Park ILfigure 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 6,800 pounds along with a maximum payload of 1,685 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 1,710 pounds with the proper configuration.
Thanks to their durable beds, the Gladiator and the Tacoma add lots of utility to your adventures. For instance, you’ll find helpful tie-down systems in either truck that help you take dirt bikes to your favorite course or transport renovation supplies for that home improvement project. The Jeep has an available 3-position tailgate to customize its carrying abilities too!
Trucks are also notorious for tailgating, and who doesn’t love a little music at the party? The Jeep makes it easy to tune in to your pre-game playlist with its industry-exclusive available Removable Speaker! It features wireless connectivity, recharges as you drive, is weatherproof and dust resistant, and can withstand three feet of water for up to 30 minutes! The Toyota goes without a similar feature.
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. You want the Jeep Gladiator or the Toyota Tacoma.
The Gladiator equips a 3.6L Pentastar® engine standard, which produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A second engine is available: a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
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 your 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 and 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 two available Uconnect® systems, one of which includes an 8.4-inch high-resolution touchscreen display. Your infotainment will show in stunning quality without an upgrade as well thanks to its standard 7-inch screen!
In comparison, the Toyota also comes with a 7-inch display; however, its upgraded display is only eight inches. Even though the Jeep’s available screen is slightly bigger, you can expect a similar viewing experience in either pickup.
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, or 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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