The Philly Auto Show spiced things up this year by featuring some of the hottest segments, like the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. With the debut of the 2020 Gladiator back in November 2018, the 2020 Tacoma will be facing some competition for years to come! From the rich history and strong capabilities of the Gladiator to the evolution of the Tacoma, these vehicles are some of the best vehicles on the market. If you’re in the market for a mid-size truck, you’ll definitely be interested in these game-changer segments. Here’s what you need to know about these awesome new vehicles:
The Gladiator Goes Way Back
Jeep had pickup trucks in production continuously from 1947 to 1992. The Jeep Gladiator hit the market in 1962, and was built on the frame of the brand’s Wagoneer station wagon. It came out at a time when Jeep brand, Willy’s Overland Motors, was going through significant transitions, and they changed their name to Kaiser Jeep Corporation in early 1963. The Gladiator was the first 4-wheel-drive-truck that was offered with automatic transmission, which set it apart from other pickups on the market and made it extremely popular across the board. Although it was popular among the public, the Gladiator met its end in 1970.
The Tacoma’s Introduction
The Tacoma got its name from the Coast Salish people from the Pacific Northwestern coast. “Tacoma” is their name for Mt. Rainier. The Tacoma replaced the Toyota Hilux model that was the first Toyota Pickup, which was manufactured in 1968. The first generation of Toyota Tacomas were introduced back in 1995, and were manufactured until 2004. Toyota came out with the second generation of the Tacoma, which ran from 2005 until 2015. Toyota launched the latest generation of Toyota Tacomas in 2016 and they have redesigned the exterior. The Tacoma has come a long way since its beginning in 1995.
With summer right around the corner, towing your boat or jet skis to the beach or the lake might be top of mind. That being said, the Gladiator wins when it comes to towing capacity. It can tow up to 7650 pounds, while the Tacoma has a 6400 pound towing capacity. The Gladiator can tow up to 1000 lbs more than the Tacoma.
In-Cab Cargo Versatility
There are many benefits to having a crew-cab truck because they can carry more people and there’s extra room for storage. The Gladiator and the Tacoma take different approaches to versatility and storage. The Gladiators back seats flip up to reveal extra storage. The Tacoma on the other hand has in-floor storage, but the Jeep’s configurability gives it the advantage.
Interior Quality & Comfort
A high-quality, comfortable interior can take vehicles to a whole new level. The Tacoma and the Gladiator have similar interiors. The Gladiator offers more spacious headroom in both the front and the back in comparison to the Tacoma. With the Gladiator’s removable roof, there is limitless headroom. In addition to the unlimited headroom, the Gladiator has a drivers side grab handle on the windshield pillar, which makes climbing into the Jeep a little bit easier. The Tacoma doesn’t have one.
The Tacoma and the Gladiator are similar vehicles, but the Gladiator comes out on top. The history and the new design of the 2020 Gladiator might even make it the mid-size truck of the year! If you are looking for a Jeep Gladiator in Philadelphia, visit Barbera Autoland. Test drive new and used vehicles and drive home in your new Jeep Gladiator today!