In 2019 and heading into 2020, Greenville and Greer, SC have a better selection of midsize trucks available than in many years. Two of the most highly rated and popular models on the South Carolina market are the Jeep Gladiator and Toyota Tacoma. With powerful towing, advanced features, and a great combination of utility and comfort, both of these trucks rank among the best. That's why we're comparing them, to help our Asheville customers decide which midsize pickup best fits their needs.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Toyota Tacoma each have their own strengths, as well as a lot in common. We know that shoppers as far as Charleston are looking for not only the best midsize pickup truck, but also the best deal on their vehicle. So read our comparison of the Jeep Gladiator vs Toyota Tacoma below, and be sure to check our specials and inventory to find great deals on your next truck.


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Gladiator vs Tacoma: Engines & Towing

While those who need to tow upwards of 10,000 lbs will likely be choosing a full-size pickup truck or even a heavy duty, Greer buyers still want to make sure their midsize truck can tow what they need it to. That's why it's more important than ever for midsize trucks like the Jeep Gladiator and Toyota Tacoma to offer powerful engines and features that enhance their towing capability and utility. Let's take a look at the engine options and towing on these two popular trucks.

The standard engine on all Jeep Gladiator models is a 3.6l V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7l four-cylinder making 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can also upgrade their Tacoma to a 3.5l V6 at 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.

If you're shopping the base models of the Gladiator and Tacoma, you will obviously be treated to significantly more power by the Jeep pickup. Many sedans offer more power from their base engine than the Tacoma, meaning Asheville shoppers will most likely want to upgrade if choosing the Toyota. That's particularly true if you plan on towing or needing passing power on the highway.

However, when properly equipped, both Tacoma and Gladiator offer strong towing. The Toyota Tacoma can tow a maximum of 6,400 lbs, while the Jeep Gladiator offers a class-leading 7,650 lbs of max towing. So for Greenville buyers who truly want to maximize the utility and towing of their midsize pickup, the Jeep Gladiator will be a top choice. Below, we're going to look at off-road capability, where both of these trucks excel compared to the competition, as well as many of their standard features.

Gladiator vs Tacoma: Off-Roading & Features

The Jeep Gladiator is Jeep's first pickup truck, and it shares its platform with the off-road champion Wrangler. It even shares the legendary Rubicon trim with its Wrangler sibling. However, the Toyota Tacoma has also been a favorite in South Carolina for its off-road capability. So which one comes out on top?


The Tacoma TRD Off-Road comes with specialized off-road equipment, including a lockable rear differential, Bilstein monotube shocks, and an off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and crawl control. There's no doubt that the Tacoma offers some great off-road features, but they're divided among several trims. For instance, Greer buyers will have to go with the top-of-the-range TRD Pro trim to get all-terrain tires and a raised ride height.

Meanwhile, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon's standard off-road equipment includes lower crawl ratio, increased clearance, all-terrain tires, locking front & rear differentials, electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar, Fox shock absorbers, rock rails, skid plates, and Jeep's advanced terrain selection and 4x4 system. While the Tacoma offers great equipment and capability, the Jeep Gladiator comes out on top in terms of both value and overall capability.

Feature Highlights

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Toyota Tacoma offer excellent modern tech features, including large touchscreens with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, advanced safety features, and premium sound systems. They're also both available with leather interior and other high-end features in addition to their more off-road oriented features. Features and versatility are also where the Gladiator and Tacoma showcase their unique strengths.

The Jeep Gladiator is the only convertible truck on the market, allowing Charleston, SC owners to change out the roof, go topless, remove the doors for trips to the beach, and more. There is nothing else like the 2020 Gladiator on the market, and Jeep fans will be in love with the customization and convertibility.

On the other hand, the Toyota Tacoma is available in a variety of cab and bed configurations, while the Jeep Gladiator has a single configuration. Depending on your needs when it comes to bed size and capability, the Gladiator or Tacoma could be the better choice for you.

Test Drive the Jeep Gladiator Near You in Greer, SC

Are you shopping for a midsize truck like the 2020 Jeep Gladiator or Toyota Tacoma? The next step is to find a model you like and set up a personal test drive. Both vehicles have their own unique strengths. The Jeep Gladiator is significantly more powerful, offers better off-road performance, and is the only convertible pickup truck available in South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Toyota Tacoma offers more versatility when it comes to cab and bed sizes, as well as an efficient four-cylinder for use as a city vehicle.

At Benson CDJ in Greer, SC, we have a large inventory and are the #1 Jeep dealer in South Carolina, both in ratings and sales volume. That makes us the perfect first stop in your shopping experience. We pride ourselves on providing hometown service, and prices that no other dealer in South Carolina can beat. Whether you're coming down the road from Greenville, or making the trip from Charleston, our staff is ready to provide you an experience unlike any other at a dealer near you. Check out our inventory and specials above, and get in touch with any and all questions you might have.

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