The four trucks excel at different things

The midsize truck segment is red hot at the moment from the recently launched Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator's imminent arrival at dealers. The folks at The Fast Lane Truck were able to drive the Gladiator at the media drive event and compared it on video to the Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma.

Gallery: 2020 Jeep Gladiator: First Drive

According to The Fast Lane Truck, the Gladiator's 3.6-liter V6 requires lots of revs to make the most of the power. It matches well with the eight-speed automatic, though. This model is a soft top, which makes the cabin noticeably louder than the other hardtop trucks. However, this also makes the Jeep the only offering in the segment capable of open-roof motoring. When towing, the Gladiator is quite stable, but the host dings the model for only offering trailer braking as a Mopar accessory.

Among the rest of the trucks, the Ranger receives praise for its rapid acceleration and good fuel economy in its class. The Tacoma is a solid all-rounder, and the Colorado offers strong performance with its combination of a V6 engine and eight-speed automatic.

If you missed Motor1.com's earlier specs comparison of the midsize truck segment, here's how they stand up against each other on paper:

  2019 Ford Ranger 2020 Jeep Gladiator   2019 GMC  Canyon 2019 Chevy Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline 2019 Toyota Tacoma 2019 Nissan Frontier    

Base Price:

$24,300 $33,545 $21,500 $21,300 $29,990 $25,200 $24,500
Trims: XL, XLT, Lariat Sport, Sport S, Overland, Rubicon SL, SLE, SLT, All-Terrain, Denali, WT, LT, Z71, ZR2 RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, Black Edition SR, SR5, TRD, TRD-Offroad, TRD Pro, Limited S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X
Cabs:

Supercab,

Supercrew

Crew Crew, Extended Crew, Extended Crew Access, Double Crew, King
Engines: 2.3L Ecoboost

3.6L V6

 

2.5L I4, 3.6L V6, 2.8L I4 Diesel 2.5L I4, 3.6L V6, 2.8L I4 Diesel 3.5 L V6 3.5L V6, 2.7 I4 2.5 I4, 4.0L V6
Transmissions: 10-speed AT 6-speed MT, 8-Speed AT 6-speed, MT, 6-speed AT, 8-speed AT 6-speed, MT, 6-speed AT, 8-speed AT 6-speed AT 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT  6-speed MT, 5-speed AT
Hp/Tq (ft-lbs): 270/310 285/260

200/191 (I4)

308/275 (V6)

181/369 (Diesel)

200/191 (I4)

308/275 (V6)

181/369 (Diesel)

280/262

159/180 (I4)

278/265 (V6)

152/171 (I4)

261/281 (V6)

Max Payload (lbs.): 1,860 1,600 1,548 1,548 1,465 1,420 1,430

Max Towing (lbs.):

7,500 7,650 7,700 7,700 5,000 6,800 6,690
Off-Road Offering: FX4 Rubicon All Terrain ZR2 N/A TRD-Pro PRO-4X, Desert Runner
Innovations: 10-speed transmission has 2 more gears than closest competitors Offers the segment's only removable soft top, fold-down windshield GMC/Chevrolet offers the segment's only diesel engine GMC/Chevrolet offers the segment's only diesel engine Unibody design offers car-like characteristics,  front-wheel-drive with full-time AWD available

Crawl Control (configurable cruise control for rock control)

Not innovative, but still popular despite platform that is 15 years old 

Source: The Fast Lane Truck via YouTube

 

Listen to the Motor1.com U.S. Podcast episode on the Jeep Gladiator: