Gladiator vs Toyota 4Runner Review (Car and Driver)

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    That was a good read. I was hoping for a bit of off road testing though.
     
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    I overland quite a bit in my JKUR. A buddy of mine has a modified 4Runner and he has never had to skip anything the Jeeps have done, including the Maze District of Utah. Articulation is definitely worse on the 4Runner. He'll have a tire in the air more often than the rest of us. But I have been very impressed with his rig, and wouldn't hesitate to buy one for overlanding if it was something I wanted. You'd definitely prefer a Jeep for serious rock crawling, but if you're rock crawling, a Gladiator is a bad choice too due to the breakover angle.
     
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    was his 4runner modded pretty heavily? Tires, lifts, bumpers, etc? I know one thing that deterred me from a 4runner was talking to some overland companies and they said it was more difficult and much more costly to mod one compared to any jeep anything.
     
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    Yes, it was pretty heavily modified and yes, it was expensive. Terrific result, though. One thing 4Runners really have going for them, as overlanding rigs, is a MUCH larger and more usable cargo area. It's almost laughable how compromised my JK looked next to his 4Runner.
     
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    Well I guess I don't have to choose the wife has a '16 4Runner which we both absolutely love and I'm just waiting on my Gladiator to get built and delivered. For long drives the 4Runner is a great rig. The seats and ride quality are much better than the '16 Tacoma we traded in for it. It's hard to compare our 2 door JK to the 4Runner so the new Gladiator will be a better comparison when it arrives. When the 4Runner does die we are going to get another one. I've never liked a car so much that I decided it was going to be a permanent marquee in the garage through different generations. You're right about the interior space. Drop $600 at Costco and it will all fit.
     
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    Last week I traded in my 2018 4Runner trd off-road for a 2020 Gladiator sport. The 4Runner was definitely more comfortable on the inside and roomier. But i wanted another Wrangler but I needed a little more cargo room for all the stuff I have to bring when we go away so I opted for the Gladiator. I do miss my 4Runner however. I love the Gladiator.
     
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    That flex though..
     
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    My wife also has a 2016 4Runner, but other than for commuting (because I won't let her put that many miles on it) or 3rd row seating needs, she drives the Gladiator more than the 4Runner. Their comparison was fair. There isn't anything on the market right now that I would trade my Gladiator for.
     
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    the thing that gets me is the new 2020 is supposed to have a bunch of upgrades like with all the safety stuff, but they evidently aren't doing blind spot monitoring. Plus the price is going up. So you are telling me its comparable to my rubi that is loaded with all the safety stuff price wise?
     
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    I spent a week in Baja in February wheeling with a 4 Runner. Although it had some trouble in the rock gardens, interior space beat the JKUs.
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