2020 Jeep Gladiator vs Chevrolet Colorado

June 25th, 2019 by

2020 Jeep Gladiator vs Chevrolet Colorado

The Jeep Gladiator might just be the hottest news in trucks in a long time. The Gladiator brings Jeep styling and sensibilities to the compact pickup truck class. Seriously, if you stand in front of a Gladiator, you might mistake it for a Wrangler. But walk around and you’ll find the 18-foot, 5,000-pound giant has a 5-foot truck bed. We think this is a brilliant move on the part of Jeep. But how does the all-new Gladiator stack up against the tried-and-tested industry frontrunners? In this comparison guide, we’ll pair the Gladiator with the Colorado and answer that very question.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Towing Capacity: It’s a Tie!

On paper, the 2019 Chevy Colorado outpulls the Jeep Gladiator in towing capacity. But the difference is so small, you might never practically notice it. The Jeep Gladiator is slated to tow up to 7,650 pounds while the Chevy Colorado puts up a 7,700-pound limit. In other words, the difference is the weight of an eight-year-old kid. Nobody is really going to miss that. You’ll be pleased to know that the Chevy Colorado is best-in-class among compact pickups with the Gladiator swooping in to claim the runner-up spot right out of the gate. And, if you’re looking for the most towing on the base model, the Gladiator pulls 4,000 pounds while the Colorado brings up the rear with 3,500 pounds.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Off-Roading

Off-Roading: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep has built a reputation for off-roading prowess. And, to be fair, the Chevy Colorado fares pretty well in the off-roading department. But the Gladiator is an off-roading dream–with a truck bed attached. This is the only truck in the industry that allows you to remove the top and doors, and even fold down the windshield. Even the base trim is ready for off-roading adventure, with a transfer case and skid plates. But the Gladiator Rubicon is an absolute blast with front and rear locking differentials, sway bar, rock rails, a brush guard, and massive 33-inch tires.

To its credit, the Chevy Colorado boasts a couple of trim levels that are off-road worthy. We’re thinking specifically of the Colorado Z71 and ZR2. The Z71 offers heavy-duty suspension, a locking rear differential, recovery hooks, and hill descent control. Meanwhile, the Colorado ZR2 gives you driver-selectable full-locking front and rear differentials, transfer case shield, off-road rocker protection, and an off-road appearance package. Still, the Colorado has nothing on the Gladiator in this department.


Interior: It’s a Tie!

Jeep has not skimped on the interior of the Gladiator. The seats are comfortable, everything is within easy reach, and there’s plenty of space. You’ll be reminded of the Wrangler when you get into the Gladiator, and that’s pretty great by any measure. For all its comfort and luxury, Jeep hasn’t forgotten that the Gladiator is a rugged off-roader, which is why you can spray down the interior and let this compact pickup drip-dry. Everything is water resistant and there are drain holes on the floor!

Meanwhile, the Chevy Colorado excels in different ways. The materials are mostly top-quality, and everything fits snugly together. The seats are comfortable, and there’s a surprisingly quiet interior for this class. We think you’ll be pleased with either interior. But for off-roading chops, the Gladiator has the Colorado beat.

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