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First introduced in 1995, the Toyota Tacoma entered the market as a replacement for the Hilux. More than 20 years later, the Jeep Gladiator was introduced in 2019.
Not only has the Tacoma been around longer, it also comes in at a lower starting MSRP. Looking at the base trim price, the Tacoma has a starting MSRP of $26,050 while the Gladiator’s base trim starts at $33,545 with standard 6MT.
Both vehicles offer active safety features like the Gladiator's Hill Start Assist, but the Gladiator lacks a suite of active safety features comparable to Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
Here we will dive into what these two vehicles have to offer in terms of safety, price, and multimedia options.
Published Date: 07/01/2020
When it comes to safety, the Toyota Tacoma comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P® (TSS-P), Toyota’s suite of active safety features. TSS-P includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). Comparably, the Gladiator does have some active safety features like Hill Start Assist and optional Adaptive Cruise Control/Forward Collision Warning+, but lacks the more advanced features of TSS-P.
The Tacoma also comes standard with another suite of safety features called the Star Safety System™. This system includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST). The Gladiator comes standard with some similar features like Electronic Stability Control, but it doesn’t have a whole suite of features similar to the Star Safety System™.
To keep your car running safely, Toyota offers ToyotaCare, a factory-scheduled maintenance plan that comes standard on all new purchases and leases of Toyota vehicles. It lasts for 25,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. It also includes Roadside Assistance that lasts for two years and unlimited miles. Jeep has its own maintenance program called Jeep Wave® which includes 24/7 member support via phone and chat, and oil changes and tire rotations.
The base trim Tacoma SR 4x2 has a starting MSRP of $26,050, while the Gladiator’s base trim, the Sport 4x4, MT, has an MSRP of $33,545. The Tacoma base trim, SR 4x4, also offers an All-Wheel Drive option. It has an MSRP of $29,125 which is still less than the Gladiator’s base trim price.
Even the Tacoma's off-road trim has a lower starting MSRP than the Gladiator off-road trim. Starting at $36,965, the TRD Off-Road 4x4 Double Cab V6 is considerably more affordable than the Gladiator Rubicon 4x4 which has an MSRP of $43,875.
Another added benefit included at a lower price tag is the available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) for the Tacoma TRD Off-Road. This feature comes standard on the Limited 4x4 trim with a starting MSRP of $41,865 and on the TRD Pro trim (MSRP $43,960). For Jeep customers wanting blind spot and cross path detection, it is only an option on the Rubicon 4x4 trim, and will cost an extra $2,000.
Besides the safety features and price of the truck, sometimes it’s what’s on the inside that matters most.
The Tacoma SR comes with a 7.0-in. touch-screen display and all other trims come with an 8.0-in. touch-screen display. To get the same size touch-screen in the Jeep Gladiator, drivers will have to get the Overland or Rubicon trim. The Gladiator Sport and Sport S trims only have a 5.0-in. touch-screen.
Not only does the Tacoma come with a larger display, all trims come standard with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. To get these same options as a standard feature, customers can choose between the Overland and Rubicon Gladiator trims. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility are also available on the Gladiator Sport S trim, but no Gladiator trims come with Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Beyond music, the Tacoma comes with a SafetyConnect® trial which offers roadside and emergency assistance. The Gladiator offers UConnect® which has some features similar to SafetyConnect® such as SiruisXM and Wi-Fi.
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With more than two decades of experience, the Toyota Tacoma has more history behind it than the Jeep Gladiator which was released in 2019. Not only is the Gladiator newer to the market, it is a more expensive option than the Tacoma. The base trim Tacoma has a starting MSRP of $26,050, while the Gladiator’s base trim has an MSRP of $33,545 with MT. Plus, Tacoma has been America’s best-selling small pickup truck for the last 15 years.
The Toyota Tacoma also comes standard with a suite of active safety features called Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P). TSS-P includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). The Gladiator does have some safety features, like Hill Start Assist and Forward Collision Warning. However, it does not have a suite of active safety features comparable to TSS-P.
When it comes to the interior, the Tacoma SR comes standard with a 7.0-in. touch-screen display and all higher trims include an 8.0-in. touch-screen display. To get the same size touch-screen in the Jeep Gladiator, drivers will have to get the Overland or Rubicon trim. The Sport and Sport S trims only have a 5.0-in. touch-screen.
Based on standard active safety features, price, and multimedia connectivity, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma offers more for less.