2020 Tacoma vs. Gladiator Comparison

Trucks need to be able to perform even under tough conditions.

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

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Safety

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.

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Safety

  • New Toyota Tacomas come standard with TSS-P.
  • The 2020 Tacoma also comes with the Star Safety System™.
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Price

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.

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Price

  • The Tacoma base trim starts at a MSRP of $26,050 while the Gladiator starts at $33,545.
  • Toyota drivers also get off-road capabilities at a lower starting MSRP with the TRD Off-Road.
  • The Gladiator does not offer certain features, like blind spot and cross path detection, on lower models. Drivers will have to upgrade to a Rubicon 4x4 and will need to select an additional safety package costing $2,000.
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Multimedia

Besides the safety features and price of the truck, sometimes it’s what’s on the inside that matters most.

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Multimedia

  • The 2020 Tacoma SR multimedia center comes standard with a 7.0-in. touch-screen display. TRD Sport and above grades come with an 8.0-in. screen.
  • Both the Tacoma and Gladiator offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. However, these features plus Amazon Alexa compatibility come standard on Tacoma at all trim levels.
  • SafetyConnect® trial provides emergency alerts and assistance as well as roadside care.
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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Gladiator

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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Gladiator

  • The Toyota Tacoma has successfully made a name for itself in the pickup truck industry since 1995, and has been America’s best-selling small pickup truck for the last 15 years.
  • For more standard active safety features, the Tacoma comes with TSS-P.
  • While a standard 7.0-in. touch-screen display is standard in the Tacoma, a 7.0-in. touch-screen display is only offered at the Overland or Rubicon trim levels for the Gladiator.
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