2020 Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger

June 25th, 2019 by

2020 Jeep Gladiator vs Ford Ranger

Both the Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger are new to the increasingly populated compact pickup truck class. The Ford Ranger returned in 2019 after being an exclusively overseas model since 2011. And the all-new Jeep Gladiator debuts for the 2020 model year. In this comparison guide, we compare these fresh-faced new kids and see which has more utility and class.

Roominess: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator is narrower but quite a bit taller than the Ford Ranger. So if you like headroom, the Gladiator has you covered. But if you want the sky to be your limit–literally–you’ll be happy to hear that the Gladiator can give you all the headroom in the world. The top and sides come off and the windshield can be folded down. There’s slightly more legroom in the Ranger than in the Gladiator for driver and front-seat passenger. But adults are going to be way more comfortable in the back of the Gladiator than even the biggest cabin of the Ford Ranger, with more head- and legroom in the Jeep.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Interior

Interior: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

To its credit, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator looks quite a lot like the Jeep Wrangler. That’s by design. In fact, almost everything about the Gladiator from mid-cabin forward looks a lot like the Wrangler. So you’re in for a treat with wide and comfortable seats, quality material throughout the cabin, excellent ergonomics, and everything you need and want within easy reach.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Ford Ranger has a ho-hum design. Nothing it glaringly bad, but there’s nothing to get excited about. The cabin looks dated and the materials aren’t dressed to impress. Even the upper trims don’t quite justify the bigger price tag.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Off-Roading

Off-Roading: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

It’s hard to beat a Jeep when it comes to off-roading. The Gladiator sidles up right up to the Toyota Tacoma and makes this a competitive race for the best off-roader in the compact pickup class. Every trim level is great for slinging mud and going off the beaten path, but the Gladiator Rubicon is the best trim level with all the goodies this Jeep model has to offer.

With the right optional equipment, the Ford Ranger is a competent off-roader, especially if you opt for the Lariat trim and add the FX4 Off-Road package to add off-road-tuned suspension, special off-road tires, locking rear differential, skid plates, terrain management system, and crawl control. But that still doesn’t make the Ranger rise to the heights of the Gladiator.

Towing: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator might be brand new, but it’s come out swinging for the fences. That’s because, even in its rookie year, the Gladiator is almost a class leader in towing capacity. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 7,650 pounds, just 50 pounds shy of being tied with the class-leading Chevy Colorado. By comparison, the 2019 Ford Ranger tows up to 7,500 pounds. If you’re looking at those numbers and realizing you need something with a little more oomph, you probably need a full-size pickup. Otherwise, the Gladiator is an excellent choice.

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