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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